Book Review: Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by James Martin


Author: James Martin
TitleBetween Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
Publication Info:
ISBN: 0062024264
Summary/Review: One of my favorite religious writers takes on the misconception that religious people must always be somber and serious.  Richly illustrated with examples from scripture, the lives of saints and holy people, and the author’s own life, Fr. Martin demonstrates the importance of joy and humor to the spiritual life.  The book runs a little long as he often overstates the point but it’s a good read with a nice selection of jokes as well.

Recommended books: In Pursuit of the Great White Rabbit: Reflections on a Practical Spirituality by Edward Hays and The Humor of Christ by Elton Trueblood
Rating: ***

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