Client: Harper San Francisco
Art: Anita Kunz

“When you’re happy, you sometimes feel that you might burst out—in song, in praise, in thanksgiving. You feel covered in delight. You “gird yourself with joy.” And when a happiness inducing event occurs in your life, the world around you seems changed, transformed. The earth itself feels happier.”
—Fr. James Martin, SJ

In Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life, The Colbert Report’s “official chaplain” James Martin, SJ, gives us a revolutionary look at how joy, humor, and laughter can change our lives and save our spirits. A Jesuit priest with a busy media ministry, Martin understands the intersections between spirituality and daily life. In Between Heaven and Mirth, he uses scriptural passages, the lives of the saints, the spiritual teachings of other traditions, and his own personal reflections to show us why joy is the inevitable result of faith, because a healthy spirituality and a healthy sense of humor go hand-in-hand with God’s great plan for humankind.