Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I came across a short review today in Religion BookLine of a new book, Jesus Laughed: The Redemptive Power of Humor by Robert Darden.
The blurb about Darden's book reads, in part, "In an often breezy style, this historical, biblical, philological and psychological treatise is 'a call to reclaim Holy Laughter for the church.' Darden examines the ingredients of humor and ferrets out what's funny in scripture. After documenting how the Church lost its sense of humor, he champions the reasons 'the redeemed ought to look more like it.' Darden's reach is broad, embracing first-rate thinkers and writers such as Karl Barth, Elton Trueblood, C.S. Lewis, Annie Dillard and Anne Lamott ..."
I look forward to reading Jesus Laughed, due out in September. While you await the release of this new book, you might prepare for it by reading an article I wrote called "Did Jesus Laugh?"