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The Resource Laugh your way to grace : reclaiming the spiritual power of humor, Susan Sparks

Laugh your way to grace : reclaiming the spiritual power of humor, Susan Sparks

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Laugh your way to grace : reclaiming the spiritual power of humor
Title
Laugh your way to grace
Title remainder
reclaiming the spiritual power of humor
Statement of responsibility
Susan Sparks
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Laughter is the GPS system for the soul," poses Susan Sparks as she diagnoses our current condition of "spiritual geliophobia"the fear of laughter in the presence of God. We have forgotten the playful, joyful aspect of the Holy One. "For those who think God doesn't laugh, think platypus and blowfish," is her reminder to all who live life just a bit too seriously. This is a substantive, yet personal and funny look at the power of humor. With compelling stories from her life and "laughter interludes" sprinkled throughout, Susan tracks the various ways humor has been revered in ancient cultures and world religious traditions, explores why humor is rarely included in our images of God, highlights the ways that humor allows us to transcend our isolation and our barriers, and reveals the ways in which humor can be the "ark" that carries us when tragedy hits. The result is a powerful, humorous case for laughter as a spiritual, healing path
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sparks, Susan
Dewey number
233/.5
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL65.L3
LC item number
S63 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Laughter
  • Wit and humor
  • Religion
Label
Laugh your way to grace : reclaiming the spiritual power of humor, Susan Sparks
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Why aren't we laughing? Humor and holiness are not oxymorons : finding my way as an ordained comedian -- The lost branch of the family tree : remembering our legacy of laughter -- Spiritual geliophobia : the fear of laughing in the presence of God -- Eating dessert on the Titanic : the opportunity for joy is now -- pt. II. What would happen if we laughed? High places of the heart : finding perspective through laughter -- We're all Hells Angels : using humor to see past our differences -- Burping in the pulpit : rediscovering a fresh spiritual practice through the eyes of a child -- Breathe, just breathe : the healing power of breath and laughter -- Into the ark : laughter in times of crisis -- A Leo's search for God : laughter helps us keep faith when God is silent -- The dash in between : how we live and what we leave
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st quality paperback ed.
Extent
xxv, 138 pages
Isbn
9781594732805
Lccn
2010015058
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn457160282
  • (OCoLC)457160282
  • 2540993
Label
Laugh your way to grace : reclaiming the spiritual power of humor, Susan Sparks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Why aren't we laughing? Humor and holiness are not oxymorons : finding my way as an ordained comedian -- The lost branch of the family tree : remembering our legacy of laughter -- Spiritual geliophobia : the fear of laughing in the presence of God -- Eating dessert on the Titanic : the opportunity for joy is now -- pt. II. What would happen if we laughed? High places of the heart : finding perspective through laughter -- We're all Hells Angels : using humor to see past our differences -- Burping in the pulpit : rediscovering a fresh spiritual practice through the eyes of a child -- Breathe, just breathe : the healing power of breath and laughter -- Into the ark : laughter in times of crisis -- A Leo's search for God : laughter helps us keep faith when God is silent -- The dash in between : how we live and what we leave
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st quality paperback ed.
Extent
xxv, 138 pages
Isbn
9781594732805
Lccn
2010015058
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn457160282
  • (OCoLC)457160282
  • 2540993

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