Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared on all the major networks, and in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, NPR's Fresh Air, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business.
"Martin's book suggests numerous ways to foster the strength of
gracious good humor and makes a wonderful case for replacing
suffering and sadness with an abundance of levity and
"Winsome and comical but also provocative and thoughtful, Martin's book is a breath of fresh air for those who would take religion--and themselves--too seriously."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Between Heaven and Mirth is delicious, well-crafted and well-paced. Martin draws on his own experience as a priest and demonstrates both a light touch and an impressive command of his subject."--Harvey Cox, the Washington Post Book World
"If you ever got in trouble as a child for laughing in church, prepare to be vindicated."--Scott Alessi, U.S. Catholic