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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA); Reprint edition (29 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307408892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307408891
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,714,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie on 19 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Why is God Laughing is a parable about a man, Mickey Fellows, who is a comedienne, and his mentor, Francisco. Francisco gets Mickey to explore his life--the life he has hidden behind a wall of jokes all his life.

The mentor teaches Mickey about authentic humor, which awakens Mickey's soul and allows him to make real connections to people.

Mickey's story is about spiritual optimism and joy.

In the final chapter of the book, Chopra presents the 10 principles of spiritual optimism. He writes; "When you explore yourself on the inner plane, you are walking with intuition."

The 10 principles:

1. The healthiest response to life is laughter

2. There is always a reason to be grateful

3. You belong in the scene of the universe. There's nothing to be afraid of. You are safe.

4. Your soul cherishes every aspect of your life

5. There is a plan, and your soul knows it

6. Ecstasy is the energy of spirit. When life flows, ecstasy is natural

7. There is a creative solution to every problem. Every possibility holds the promise of abundance

8. Obstacles are opportunities in disguise

9. Evolution leads the way through desire

10. Freedom is letting go.

Why is God Laughing is a book you will want to refer to often--to remind yourself to laugh, be grateful, and to love life.

By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.
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Chopra creates the parable of L.A. comedian Mickey Fellows who, after his father's death meets Francisco. Mickey and Francisco have conversations regarding the true nature of being being, and Mickey learns the ten reasons to be optimistic - and how to truly laugh. Literally only takes a couple hours to read.
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By Elise on 7 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read most of Deepak Chopra's books and I would happily recommend most of them. This book is different to his others; it's a story rather than non-fiction. It's so so... he's much better at non-fiction than story writing.
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Interesting read but didn't blow me away in the same way that the Shack did, but still worth a read
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Standard Chopra Themes, But Doesn't Work as Fiction 21 Aug. 2008
By L. Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this book with high hopes. I generally like Chopra's work, although I am not a hard-core fan, and I love to laugh. I also believe humour is a key companion to spiritual growth - when you can laugh at yourself, you probably have hit on some self-truth. And Mike Myer's Foreword seemed to be heading in the right direction, quoting Lenny Bruce's equation for comedy as "laughter = pain + time", and noting that Chopra would call the 'plus time' detachment. Enlightenment and comedy share that in common.

Unfortunately Why is God Laughing? doesn't quite follow-through on its promise, although it has some nice moments. The main problem for me is that the book seems more like an outline, and a derivative one at that. It doesn't evoke any powerful emotions, because we don't have enough time with the main character, Mickey, to feel invested in him. The entire book feels rushed, more like a premise for hitting certain spiritual points, chapter by chapter. These points, or lessons, drive the book's progression more than the character's inner growth. This is often a problem when non-fiction writers cross over to fiction, but I thought Chopra had solved it after his last fiction effort, Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment (recently released in paperback, and which I highly recommend.)

Chopra's epilogue is interesting, as he lays out his own ideas on how to embrace joy and optimism while living in a scary, fear-based culture. If the story doesn't grab you, you can always jump straight to the epilogue for a good Chopra fix. The bottom line is, the themes of this book are true to his usual message, and clearly presented - it just doesn't work as a novel. So you probably won't be deeply disappointed, but you won't be deeply moved either. If you don't want to risk it, just buy Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment instead.
46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Maybe Because He Gets the Joke? 25 Jun. 2008
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
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"Either you're a person wondering if you have a soul, or you're a soul who knows that being a person isn't real." - From the book

For comedian Mickey Fellows, life is about to get very interesting.

On the heels of his father's death, Mickey meets a mysterious stranger named Francisco on the beach. Tucking riddles in his clothing, posing profound questions and inviting Mickey to engage in some potentially embarrassing--even dangerous--situations will forever alter the jaded comedian.

Who is Francisco? Out of all the people in L.A., why did he pick Mickey for an enigmatic "process"? Will Mickey have to trade his sense of humor--his very livelihood--in order to become fearless? Or is it like Mickey's dead father says: God is laughing...always?

So what is it that God's laughing about? What does Mickey's dead father know now that he's on the other side--and wants desperately to communicate to his son? And what does spirituality have to do with off-color jokes and humor in general?

In the novel Why Is God Laughing, prolific author, spiritual teacher and medical doctor Deepak Chopra offers readers an entertaining parable about one man confronting his deepest fears during his unusual interactions with a man named Francisco. As he begins to ask questions about life and his reason for being, Mickey echoes the musings of millions in these hectic times.

Originally, I had bought Why Is God Laughing? as a Father's Day present for my husband, especially since he enjoys Chopra's storytelling in both his fiction and non-fiction books. Turns out, though, that *I* ended up devouring it before my husband could even begin reading!

And a thoroughly enjoyable read it was--especially as it's filled with hilarious jokes!

Here are a few of the interesting passages I highlighted throughout the book as I was reading:

* "Death is life on another frequency. The music doesn't end just because someone can't hear it."

* "Fear cannot be trusted."

* "You will correct the mistake that lies at the very root of victimization: a belief that the movie controls you, instead of the other way around."

* "Once you have authorship of your self, you come out of silence into activity to write your own story."

* "Whatever captivates you is also trying to wake you up."

* "So how does God want us to grow, in what direction, according to what guidelines? None. You get to grow the way you want to, by following your own desires...The things that deeply interest you play the role of God."

* "...take your place inside the drama with confidence. Everything is as it should be. The role assigned to you is right and proper. It is tailor-made for you, for your complete self."

In the tradition of Father Joseph Girzone's Joshua series, Why Is God Laughing? presents gentle challenges from a humble stranger. Timeless and universal truths are shared in a non-threatening way throughout the story, and Chopra shares invaluable spiritual insight at the end with ten transformational principles that--if understood and applied--can be a powerful catalyst for real change.

Do you wonder what happens when people die? Do you fear death? Does fear paralyze you from doing what you love--or from taking risks to find out? Do you wonder if life on Earth is "all there is"? Have you bought into the idea that there is sacred and profane, that there is a literal hell and a literal heaven? Does God even care what you do here on Earth?

And why, oh why, is God laughing?

Join comedian Mickey Fellows on an journey that illuminates some possible answers to those questions--and to discover how to fearlessly be the best "you" possible!--through the engaging book Why Is God Laughing?

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
"Laughing" is contagious! 21 Jun. 2008
By Lissa Coffey, Host of coffeytalk.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We're each on a journey in this life, and our passions help us to get there. The lead character in this story, Mickey, is a comedian, and so he gets to where he needs to go through humor. Ultimately, we're all headed in the same direction, to re-discover who we are. We learn from each other, and we can certainly learn from Mickey. Deepak is a gifted writer. The story unfolds with a series of riddles, and jokes sprinkled throughout. And then almost as a bonus, we get the lessons, the messages, so that we are guided along in our own journey. Sweet, and profound. Another terrific book from Deepak Chopra.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Another Winner By Deepak Chopra 4 Jun. 2008
By Norma Lehmeierhartie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Why is God Laughing is a parable about a man, Mickey Fellows, who is a comedienne, and his mentor, Francisco. Francisco gets Mickey to explore his life--the life he has hidden behind a wall of jokes all his life.

The mentor teaches Mickey about authentic humor, which awakens Mickey's soul and allows him to make real connections to people.

Mickey's story is about spiritual optimism and joy.

In the final chapter of the book, Chopra presents the 10 principles of spiritual optimism. He writes; "When you explore yourself on the inner plane, you are walking with intuition."

The 10 principles:

1. The healthiest response to life is laughter

2. There is always a reason to be grateful

3. You belong in the scene of the universe. There's nothing to be afraid of. You are safe.

4. Your soul cherishes every aspect of your life

5. There is a plan, and your soul knows it

6. Ecstasy is the energy of spirit. When life flows, ecstasy is natural

7. There is a creative solution to every problem. Every possibility holds the promise of abundance

8. Obstacles are opportunities in disguise

9. Evolution leads the way through desire

10. Freedom is letting go.

Why is God Laughing is a book you will want to refer to often--to remind yourself to laugh, be grateful, and to love life.

By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Deeper than the title suggests 13 April 2009
By NancyR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There is a LOT more to this book than the title suggests. I picked it up thinking I was going to merely find a way to bring a little more of a fun or humorous outlook to my daily life. Instead, it made me question the "reality" of my daily life, what I had previously defined as "me," and what I saw as the world around me. Yes, it was a fun read, but it's way deeper than that if you need it to be.

Having read don Miguel Ruiz and Eckhardt Tolle, I would say this book is right up there with "The Four Agreements" and "The Power of Now" in terms of potential for impact in your life. Similar message told in a slightly different way through a story about a relatively ordinary guy. I think Chopra did a wonderful job with making the information and concepts more accessible to more people with this story format. Then if you don't get it in the story, the last chapter consists of a detailed explanation of how to achieve joy (freedom).

Highly recommended if you are looking to break free of the old story of your life.
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