Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism

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In this refreshing new take on spirituality, bestselling author Deepak Chopra uses a fictional tale of a comedian and his unlikely mentor to show us a path back to hope, joy, and even enlightenment—with a lot of laughter along the way.

Meet Mickey Fellows. A successful L.A. comedian, he’s just a regular guy, with his fair share of fears, egocentricities, and addictions. After his father’s death, Mickey meets a mysterious stranger named Francisco, who changes his life forever. ...

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Overview

In this refreshing new take on spirituality, bestselling author Deepak Chopra uses a fictional tale of a comedian and his unlikely mentor to show us a path back to hope, joy, and even enlightenment—with a lot of laughter along the way.

Meet Mickey Fellows. A successful L.A. comedian, he’s just a regular guy, with his fair share of fears, egocentricities, and addictions. After his father’s death, Mickey meets a mysterious stranger named Francisco, who changes his life forever. The two begin an ongoing discussion about the true nature of being. Reluctantly at first, Mickey accepts the stranger’s help and starts to explore his own life in an effort to answer the riddles Francisco poses. Mickey starts to look at those aspects of himself that he has hidden behind a wall of wisecracks all his life. Eventually Mickey realizes that authentic humor opens him up to the power of spirit—allowing him to finally make real connections with people.

After taking the reader on a journey with Mickey, Chopra then spells out the lessons that Mickey’s story imparts to us: ten reasons to be optimistic, even in our challenging world. Chopra believes that the healthiest response to life is laughter from the heart, and even in the face of global turmoil, we can cultivate an internal sense of optimism. Rich with humor and practical advice, Why Is God Laughing? shows us without a doubt that there is always a reason to be grateful, that every possibility holds the promise of abundance, and that obstacles are simply opportunities in disguise. In the end, we really don’t need a reason to be happy. The power of happiness lies within each of us, just waiting to be unleashed. And Mickey Fellows’s journey shows us the way.

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Any day that the strange and austere spirits of François Fénelon, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Louisa May Alcott can be invoked is a good one as far as this reviewer goes. Best-selling spiritual guide and self-help author Chopra has turned to the didactic novel used to such notable effect by the aforementioned writers in this story of Mickey Fellows, a comedian working in Los Angeles who gradually learns the lessons imparted by "Francisco" about the nature of reality and illusion, moving toward a more generous and outward-focused life. While Chopra's book is exceedingly thin as a novel, his message is as benign as ever. The book includes an introduction by comedian Mike Meyers ("Mickey"?). For most collections.
—Graham Christian

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Why is God laughing? Good question. Deepak takes us halfway to an answer, to a line in the sand. Then, after we’ve contemplated the parable of Mickey Fellows, we cross that line and arrive at the liberating answer on our own. What is it? I ain’t telling. Read the book yourself!”
—Dan Aykroyd, actor and comedian

Why Is God Laughing? deserves a standing ovation; I couldn’t put it down. Deepak Chopra has written another life-changing book that I will definitely recommend to everyone.”
—Mike Robles, Emmy Award–winning comedian; creator and executive producer of Que Locos and Loco Comedy Jam

“If you’re skimming these quotes to see whether you’re going to buy this book, don’t bother. Just read a bit of chapter five!”
—John Cleese, actor and comedian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307408884
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 444,656
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 5.86 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of more than fifty books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Chopra’s Wellness Radio airs weekly on Sirius Satellite Stars, Channel 102, and focuses on the areas of success, love, sexuality and relationships, well-being, and spirituality. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity.

www.deepakchopra.com

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  • Posted December 25, 2012

    Such a good book.  Puts reality in perspective and gets you thin

    Such a good book.  Puts reality in perspective and gets you thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Good book

    This was a good book. Gets you to really evaluate your life and the decisions we make.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

    An inspiring, quick read

    A Lighter Chopra book. It seems good as a "guy's guy" book (partially based on Mike Myer's fwd and the jokes used). It is a good starter book for someone who is opening to 'what's up" and as a fun refresher in parable form ,giving us another perspective of our fears and how they may be blocking our joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Great Philosophy, Bad Example

    Chopra's story about Mickey Fellow left me with mixed feelings. Certainly Chopra gives a detailed description about overcoming ego and fear. Yet the life that Mickey Fellows seems to adopt, while better in some respects, seems banal. His humor has dried up. Funny thing, some of Mickey's humor early on in the book, the humor that Chopra said he was using to build a wall between himself and God, was actually quite funny, and I fail to see how this was 'building a wall'. Also, like with alot of Chopra's books, in this book Chopra seems unable to tell the difference between a person who is a victim and a person who has a victim mentality. This is very common in the 'self help' industry. I believe what he may be trying to say in the book (concerning victimization) is 'as a good strategy, don't picture yourself as a victim'. Well, if it's a good strategy, why not say so? Chopra at times seems to almost sneer or have contempt for those who have been true victims. He needs to draw this distinction. Overall, it was a very interesting book, one I'd recommend buying, but the ending was rather banal and unsatisfying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    I love 'Why God Is Laughing'. Deepak uses witty humor but gives practical advise to help us find happiness.

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