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Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    The Perfect Gift for Lots of Joy

    Looking for the perfect gift for your priest, minister, spiritual director or cranky relative? This informative and hilarious book will delight them. Get a copy for yourself, too. If you're like me, you're not sure sometimes what humor is appropriate, when you can laugh in church or even what's funny. Fr. Jim clears it up with serious reasons for good humor, and he clarifies what's good. Fascinating historical anecdotes speak of the humor of many holy people from various times and faiths. Plus, there are really good jokes and lots of joy, the kind that comes from God. Did you know that God has a sense of humor? Get the punch line in "Between Heaven and Mirth." You really need to know this before the Apocalypse.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Why so serious?

    This book is something I needed. I sometimes feel weighted down by the serious of life, and I see humor as something necessary that is often set aside and considered frivolous. I love the references and interpretations in this book and many times I felt moved to read parts to my family because they were just so funny. I'm torn between sharing it with my pastor or getting him his own copy. I'm so thankful to have stumbled across this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

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    REFRESHING!!!

    Although this is written by a Jesuit priest, in addition to Catholicism, he looks into other Christian religions, Judaism, and even some Eastern religions, pointing out the attraction and need of some joy and levity in our religions. His premise, with which I found refreshing to hear stated is that if we believe we are made in God's image, that He is with us always, that Christ died for us, then why aren't we filled with joy--particularly in our ritural services. I would suggest that every pastor, seminarian and anyone working in church ministries in any denomination, read this book and take it to heart. He pointed out many saints and other past religious leaders who were filled with joy, laughter and mirth. I am glad to have read it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    highly recommend

    this book will make you laugh out loud, no matter where you are. it is humorous and pokes a bit of fun at how stern religious folks can be. i think you will enjoy it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is a great book for all those who believe that religion should be a joyful experience

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Thank you!

    After 3 years of constant health struggles your book helped me to once again find my joy. Thank you!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 18, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    wonderful!

    Great read for anyone who needs to be reminded that faith is about joy, not suffering.

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