Between Heaven and Mirth

  • by James Martin
  • Narrated by James Martin
  • 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at life’s absurdities—not to mention our own humanity. Father Martin invites believers to rediscover the importance of humor and laughter in our daily lives and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy.
Holy people are joyful people, says Father Martin, offering countless examples of healthy humor and purposeful levity in the stories of biblical heroes and heroines, and in the lives of the saints and the world’s great spiritual masters. He shows us how the parables are often the stuff of comedy, and how the gospels reveal Jesus to be a man with a palpable sense of joy and even playfulness. In fact, Father Martin argues compellingly, thinking about a Jesus without a sense of humor may be close to heretical.
Drawing on Scripture, sharing anecdotes from his experiences as a lifelong Catholic, a Jesuit for over twenty years, and a priest for more than ten, and including amusing and insightful sidebars, footnotes, and jokes, Father Martin illustrates how joy, humor, and laughter help us to live more spiritual lives, understand ourselves and others better, and more fully appreciate God’s presence among us. Practical how-to advice helps us use humor to show our faith, embrace our humanity, put things into perspective, open our minds, speak truth, demonstrate courage, challenge power, learn hospitality, foster effective human relations, deepen our relationship with God, and ... enjoy ourselves. Inviting God to lighten our hearts, we can enjoy a little heaven on earth.


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Customer Reviews

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Loved this audio book.

What made the experience of listening to Between Heaven and Mirth the most enjoyable?

I love the way he tells stories. He is very honest and has a great sense of humor.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked his honesty.

Which character – as performed by James Martin – was your favorite?

James Martin

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book is very uplifting and inspirational.

Any additional comments?

You can pick up this book at any time and not necessarily finish it all at once. You can come back again and again and get something new every time.

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- lisa reinhart


What disappointed you about Between Heaven and Mirth?

Martin's central theme is that the Bible has funny stories in it and that Jesus had a sense of humor. He makes the case early on, and then the rest of the book for me is "so what?" Lots of example, none of them hugely funny, but I can see how they would have been funny to a 1st Century Hebrew, Greek or Roman. But still once the point had been made, I did not see any point to the rest of the book.

Has Between Heaven and Mirth turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. The other two books that I listened to from James Martin were excellent: one about the Saints and another about the Jesuits.

What about James Martin’s performance did you like?

Very clear voice and conversational style. Excellent to listen to.

What character would you cut from Between Heaven and Mirth?

It's not that sort of book. No characters.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio