Preaching Punchlines:
The Ten Commandments of Comedy

Waiting in the wings is an untapped power that can transform the craft of preaching. It isn’t studied or taught because it has been mistaken as trivial or simply the means to get a laugh. What is this ignored superpower? The art of stand-up comedy.

In Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Comedy, Susan Sparks brings two decades of experience as a preacher and a professional stand-up to mine the strategies comedians have employed for years. Lessons include framing messages that people will listen to, remember, and share; finding your creative voice; building bridges and community; and bringing full authenticity in the pulpit. The art of stand-up comedy is not just about jokes; it’s about developing intimacy, honesty, and trust—three dynamics that must be present before any sermon is truly heard.

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Laugh Your Way to Grace:
Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor

An ex-lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister presents a deliciously rebellious pitch for the power of humor in the spiritual search. “Laughter is the GPS system for the soul,” poses Rev. Susan Sparks. “Humor offers a revolutionary, yet simple, spiritual paradigm: If you can laugh at yourself, you can forgive yourself. And if you can forgive yourself, you can forgive others.” Follow the journey of this “high priestess of humor” and discover how laughter can blaze the trail to a new (or renewed) spiritual path.

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