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Between Heaven and Mirth

Between Heaven and Mirth

Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life

by James Martin, SJ

"Whether you're Catholic or Pentecostal, Buddhist or Hindu, or a stalwart atheist, Martin's hilarious Between Heaven and Mirth will infuse you with this believer's vivacity for being alive."

—Mary Karr, author of Lit 

 

"Jim is a Jesuit priest and a funny guy. I'm grateful to know both of him."

—Stephen Colbert, in USA Today

About <em>Between Heaven and Mirth</em>

About Between Heaven and Mirth

Father Martin invites us to rediscover the importance of humor and laughter in our daily lives and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy. Read more about the new book Between Heaven and Mirth.

Joy and Laughter Support a Serious Faith: A Q&A with Fr. Jim Martin

Joy and Laughter Support a Serious Faith: A Q&A with Fr. Jim Martin

By Elizabeth Scalia

"Happiness is an emotion about what life gives you; joy is deeper, for it comes from a relationship with God."

Fr. James Martin on The Colbert Report

Fr. James Martin on The Colbert Report

Check out Stephen Colbert's interview with Fr. Martin on the Colbert Report.

Join the Twitter Book Club on <em>Between Heaven and Mirth</em>

Join the Twitter Book Club on Between Heaven and Mirth

Every day from Dec 1-15, we'll post a brief book excerpt and invite your twitter comments. Visit the Patheos book club blog to join the chat today!

Read An Excerpt

Read An Excerpt

By James Martin, S.J.

"Joy, humor, and laughter are spiritual gifts that we ignore at our peril." Read an excerpt from the new book Between Heaven and Mirth.

When the Holidays are Filled with Turkeys

When the Holidays are Filled with Turkeys

By James Martin, S.J.

Anticipating a Holiday that looks nothing like the Normal Rockwell ideal? Here are some tips on getting through the festivities with your sense of humor intact.

Meet the Author

Meet the Author

Click here to view a speaking schedule for Father Jim Martin.

Book Discussion Questions

Book Discussion Questions

A dozen provocative questions to deepen your personal or group study of Between Heaven and Mirth.

Book Club Roundtable

A Call to Play

A Call to Play

By Christine Valters Paintner

Perhaps we have it all backwards and what we take most seriously is not of concern for God. Maybe God's call to play and the cosmic dance are truly at the heart of the world. How might I live differently I believed this?

Nekkid between Heaven and Mirth

Nekkid between Heaven and Mirth

By Karen Spears Zacharias

Martin isn’t trying to entertain his audience as much as he’s trying to educate them. And the point he makes is a good one. We live in a culture of carping, Martin says.

Deep Joy and Deep Trouble

Deep Joy and Deep Trouble

By Bruce Epperly

Joy and humor enable us to experience life with a sense of graceful acceptance and letting go. These oft-neglected spiritual virtues liberate us from superficial self-concern and remind us that we are not the center of the universe—the events of our lives are important, but not all-important...

Taking Humor Seriously

Taking Humor Seriously

By Brandon Vogt

Like the angels, Martin floats through life with levity, making jokes, laughing regularly, and never taking himself too seriously. Between Heaven and Mirth shows us all how to live this way and is the perfect guide to spiritual joy.

Can Complainers Gather Between Heaven and Mirth

Can Complainers Gather Between Heaven and Mirth

By Max Lindeman

Joy and laughter serve truth well, but can a little complaining, with a top spin of humor, also serve?

I Shall Say It Again: Rejoice!

I Shall Say It Again: Rejoice!

By Julie Davis

I can't tell you how many times I've had people ask me, "How can you be a Happy Catholic?" They then go on to cite the problems currently in the Church, how hard life is in general, and so on and so forth. My answer is that happy does not mean cheerful. James Martin has written a book all about that very thing.

Chatting with Father Martin

Chatting with Father Martin

By Elizabeth Scalia

So, Between Heaven and Mirth is not exactly a pie in the face, but it reminds us—as did Chesterton—that “angels fly because they take themselves lightly.” Does that mean people have to be happy all the time, or they're earthbound?

A Barrel of Laughs and a Pie in the Face

A Barrel of Laughs and a Pie in the Face

By Sarah Reinhard

I love to laugh, and maybe that's part of the reason I was attracted to what I envisioned James Martin's new book, Between Heaven and Mirth, would be.

Happiness Attracts

Happiness Attracts

By Angelica Nohemi Quinonez

Through page after page of jokes and anecdotes, Fr. Martin shows us how joy, humor, and laughter are some of God’s greatest gifts.

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