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Overview Find Out What's So Funny When Nothing's Funny Sometimes life just stinks - people disappoint, bad things happen, and hardship comes. Laughing Matters is a collection of stories that shows the difference between those who resign and those who rejoice when reality bites. Readers will be encouraged to choose joy, to find hope, and to discover the abundant life Christ offers all who follow Him. Author and humorist Phil Callaway - once described as "Dave Barry with a message" - employs his revealing and hilarious style to remind readers that, "it's always darkest just before the fridge door opens."
Publishers Description Find Out What's So Funny When Nothing's Funny Sometimes life just stinks--people disappoint, bad things happen, and hardship comes. "Laughing Matters" is a collection of stories that shows the difference between those who resign and those who rejoice when reality bites. Readers will be encouraged to choose joy, to find hope, and to discover the abundant life Christ offers all who follow Him. Author and humorist Phil Callaway--once described as "Dave Barry with a message"--employs his revealing and hilarious style to remind readers that, "it's always darkest just before the fridge door opens." Do you resign or rejoice when reality bites? Sometimes life just stinks. People disappoint. Bad things happen. Hardship comes in double helpings. The last thing you want to do is laugh. So let hilarious humorist Phil Callaway show you--as only he can--that some of the darkest times are those just before the fridge door opens. *** ** *** ** "Everything Phil Callaway writes is full of life because he's discovered a fabulous secret: The joy of Christ doesn't go away, even when life is a mess." Luis Palau, President of the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association "Phil really knows how to get in touch with his spiritual funny bone.""" Janette Oke, Bestselling author "One page into this book and I'm quaking with laughter. Callaway has the uncanny ability to uncover the funny in any situation and report it with inspirational wit." Paul L. Maier, Coauthor of "The DaVinci Code: Fact or Fiction?" "This book is an excellent source of encouragement for anyone in the midst of a crisis who may be asking God that hardest question of all: 'Why?'" Martha Bolton, Author of "Cooking with Hot Flashes" and "Didn't My Skin Used to Fit?" Story Behind the Book Phil Callaway wrote this book after a five-year journey he and his wife embarked upon when she began having seizures. He discovered that when life throws you curve balls, juices lemons in your eyes, scrunches you in a knuckle sandwich...the last thing you want to do is laugh. And at the moment we realize that life can just plain stink, "this book helps us know where to go from that point," he says. Celebrities like Dave Dravecky, Barbara Johnson, Gloria Gaither, and Joni Eareckson Tada have endorsed Callaway's positive approach to trials. "Everything Phil Callaway writes is full of life because he's discovered a fabulous secret: The joy of Christ doesn't go away, even when life is a mess," says evangelist Luis Palau.
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Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 29
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590525388 ISBN13 9781590525388
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More About Phil Callaway
Phil Callaway is an award-winning author known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life. He is president of Laugh and Learn, Inc., and the author of twenty books, including Laughing Matters and Family Squeeze. Callaway is a wildly popular speaker who keeps being asked to appear at churches, couples' nights out, healthcare conventions, and corporate events. He also is a repeat guest on national radio and television shows. Phil and his wife, Ramona, have three grown children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Laughing Matters: Learning to Laugh When Life Stinks?
Between hilarity and tears Sep 11, 2008
Phil Callaway is that rare writer pigeon-holed somewhere between Cormac McCarthy and Andy Rooney. He is Harpo Marx if Harpo spoke, but instead of honking the horn, Phil is touching my soul along with my funny bone. Just today I read something of his and I had the urge to squeal with delight at how "on" he was to the human condition, me laughing at someone else's foibles. Then, with the perfect twist on the humanity, he had me seeing myself. You could do a lot worse than buying this book, but I'm not sure you could do much better.
Learning to Laugh Mar 7, 2006
I cannot look at the cover of this book without a smile crossing my face. Laughing Matters has given me a much-needed boost and a "faith-lift"! With warm and at times hilarious stories, Callaway shows (not tells) us how joy works in our lives. He does this not from some high platform, but by sitting in the snow bank with us and putting an arm about our shoulder. Too many books look at things clinically. This is no laboratory look at laughter, this is a 5-star picture of how joy can come to life for us. I've ordered a DVD from Callaway's website and 6 copies of this book for our small group. Fabulous, life-altering material.
Buy this book! Sep 20, 2005
I am not exaggerating when I say that this book saved my life. I have suffered with depression for a long time and I'm not naive enough to think that this will be the end of it. But this book came along at the perfect time and literally saved my life. Mr. Callaway deals with 5 things we need to do to "Bring joy to life" and I found myself not only nodding in agreement as I read, I was asking, why didn't I think of that? I will be ordering copies for friends and family this Christmas.
Drop dead hilarious Sep 15, 2005
I have just finished this book for the third time in less than two weeks. It sits atop my nightstand and I haven't had enough sleep because I've been reading the darn thing so much. I think that Callaway's perspective on life should be bottled and sold by telemarketers and the world would be a better place. The book tells us how to "learn to laugh when life stinks." And that's exactly what it does. I won't recount how awful the last year of my life has been, but this book has, I believe, literally saved my life. Callaway tells his own story of his wife's health troubles, of a deadly disease in his family, and of the challenges of life and death. He does so in such a warm and witty way that you can't stop reading. I thank God for the gift of this book.