• Between Heaven and Mirth

  • Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
  • By: James Martin
  • Narrated by: James Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-06-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (160 ratings)

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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.
©2011 James Martin, S.J. (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By lisa reinhart on 09-10-12

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By mark on 05-02-12

Great Perspective

A well balanced, easy to listen to and useful perception. It focuses on the important things in life for when we get bogged down by gloom and drudgery. A simple and clear perspective about choices we have in life.
I feel richer for having taken in this book.
Well done, Jim.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alex on 11-18-15

OK but not brilliant

An OK book but not brilliant. I listened to this on Audiobook and although I enjoyed listening to it I did lose interest now and again. I chose it because I listened to and really enjoyed another of James Martin's books. I have to be honest to admit I was glad I finished it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By LJLC on 06-19-13

Lightweight and a bit boring

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I expected to be amused in a good clean way. Mostly though, I found this book a little tedious.

Would you be willing to try another book from James Martin? Why or why not?


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