The best of the beststories, one-liners, and jokes from some of todays funniest Christian speakers and best-selling writers This new book, like its best-selling predecessors, is packed with the kind of smiles and smirks, chuckles and giggles that thousands of readers have come to love and expect. It includes some of the funniest stories from todays Christian writers like Barbara Johnson, John Ortberg, Mark Buchanan, Patsy Clairmont, Becky Freeman, Chonda Pierce, and more. Whether the topic is kids, marriage, pets, church, parenting, aging, or lifes most embarrassing moments, the writers will help you keep life in perspective by revealing their own foibles, follies, and failings. Realizing that laughter and faith can go hand in hand, they offer real-life anecdotes that will keep your world in balance evenand especiallywhen life gets tough.
Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of Jesus and The One Year Devotions for Women. She is also coauthor of Women of the Bible and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus and the general editor of the Names of God Bible. Anns fascination with and love of Scripture have resulted in books that have opened the Bible to a wide range of readers. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Spangler regards humor as "a gift God has given us to enable us to respond to
life creatively." To this end, she includes humorous "women only" stories from
well-known evangelical speakers and writers, such as Luci Swindoll, Becky
Freeman, Barbara Johnson and Thelma Wells. Drawing from their own experiences
of motherhood, marriage, friendship and aging, these women invite an easy
solidarity; Patsy Clairmont tells of walking down the street feeling very
fashionable, only to discover a pair of pantyhose trailing behind, while
Barbara Johnson informs women that the best way to prepare for a mammogram is
to smash their breasts thrice daily between a pair of frozen metal bookends.
Most of the vignettes have no spiritual message whatsoever (Liz Curtis Higgs's
essays on home decorating and bra-shopping in junior high are funny but not up
to her usual spiritual standards). Some contributors try to use the humor as a
theological jumping-off place: Thelma Wells describes a Ruth-and-Naomi
friendship with a woman who refused to abandon her during a Nashville tornado.
Most of the stories elicit a chuckle or two, though very few are
fall-on-one's-face hilarious (an exception is Chondra Pierce's description of
how she deals with telemarketers at suppertime). This inoffensive, benign book
will entertain readers without challenging them spiritually. (Jan.) Copyright
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