Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor

Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor

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by Susan Sparks
     
 

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In this personal and funny look at humor as a spiritual practice, Rev. Susan Sparks—an ex-lawyer turned comedian and Baptist minister—presents a convincing case that the power of humor radiates far beyond punch lines.See more details below

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In this personal and funny look at humor as a spiritual practice, Rev. Susan Sparks—an ex-lawyer turned comedian and Baptist minister—presents a convincing case that the power of humor radiates far beyond punch lines.

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Publishers Weekly
In this sometimes amusing, often earnest book on the importance of humor in spiritual life, the author makes her case for the healing power of laughter as a cleansing, transforming, and renewing gift from God. Senior pastor of New York's Madison Avenue Baptist Church and a standup comedian, Sparksasserts that believers who abandon their "spiritual geliophobia" (fear of laughter in the presence of the divine), will discover that humor in the context of the sacred can change the way they see God--and view themselves. In a series of chapters that include reflection questions for readers, the writer looks at sacred laughter in history; through a childlike lens; as a tool for healing and acceptance; and as a way of coping with the stress of overbooked modern lives. Readers who don't expect a constant stream of wit may find a provocative case for adding leavening levity to sacred spaces where it might be sorely lacking. (Aug.)
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"Like music, laughter is a universal language. And Susan Sparks speaks this language like no other. [This book] weaves humor and the sacred into one beautiful work of art. If you want to blast some fresh air into your spiritual life, then by all means read this book!"
Naomi Judd, multi-platinum country music artist; actress; author, Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully and other books

"Thank God for Susan Sparks! By immersing ourselves in her honest insights, warm encouragement and hysterical stories, we're able to shatter the crust around our hearts that has kept us from fully experiencing the grace of life as God intended."
Peter Wallace, host and producer, Day1; author, Living Loved: Knowing Jesus as the Lover of Your Soul

“Pure joy. Lively and lighthearted examples illustrate the connection between guffawing and God. A must-read if you want to laugh, learn and lighten up your journey on your spiritual path.”
Allen Klein, author, The Courage to Laugh and The Healing Power of Humor

“The definitive book about how humor and laughter have everything to do with God. You will laugh out loud, and then it will move you to quiet contemplation and awe. It has done more for me than most of the theology books I’ve been forced to plow through. I’m still smiling ... and contemplating.”
Edward L. Beck, CP, author, God Underneath: Spiritual Memoirs of a Catholic Priest; ABC News religion contributor

“Helps us transcend to a higher and better place, no matter what our circumstances. A much needed balm for a world that often forgets how to laugh.”
Saranne Rothberg, CEO, The ComedyCures Foundation; host, ComedyCures LaughTalk Radio

“More than a delightfully written book; it is a Saturday afternoon conversation with a favorite friend at the neighborhood coffee shop. I hope that this is just the first installment in an ongoing Saturday afternoon conversation with a new favorite friend, Susan Sparks.”
Pam Durso, executive director, Baptist Women in Ministry

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000922736
Publisher:
SkyLight Paths Publishing
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
264,950
File size:
1 MB

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