Kevin O’Donnell 

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Lion Books

Humour: A Little Guide for Mind, Body and Spirit Paperback – July 21, 2000  

by Kevin O’Donnell

Laughter is a universal language. Throughout the world and throughout history laughter is an experience shared by all human beings. Laughter can help release tension, resolve differences, bring hope and it has even been shown to help heal the body. In this amusing little book, Kevin O’Donnell takes a sideways look at humour, its biology, its psychology, its social value, and its spiritual role. Short, pithy bits of text combine with informal design to create a pace which is fast and fun. Contents include: 1. How peculiar: the biology of humour; laughter therapy 2. Apes and Angels: tears and laughter; the scatological and the slapstick that earths us 3. What is funny?: incongruence, satire and the absurd 5. Open the Door: humour as a sign of transcendence 6. Laughter after Auschwitz: redemptive humour 7. The Fool: mocking the tragic and affirming life 8. The Divine Comedy: Jesus the joker; holy fools 9. Putting a smile on your Face: tips to brighten up the day.

About the Author

KEVIN O’DONNELL is an Anglican priest who was an RE teacher both before and after theological training at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. Before returning to parish ministry in 1999 he was chaplain at Heathfield School, Ascot. He is the author of a number of RE text books and contributor to others.

Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (July 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745950256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745950259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces

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