The Physically Fit MessiahThe Physically Fit Messiah: Wellness Wisdom PAST and PRESENT

Cal Samra

The Physically Fit Messiah: Wellness Wisdom Past and Present by Joyful Noiseletter editor Cal Samra is the first book to spotlight the history of the many health reformers down through the centuries, and to discover that they were all giving essentially the same advice about the health benefits of a natural diet, occasional fasting, regular exercise, and good humor.

You’ll be amazed at how many doctors and religious leaders of all faith
traditions, as well as modern secular body builders and sports superstars, have agreed on the way to improve your wellness and longevity. From the Hebrew prophet Daniel to Jesus and the early Greek Christian physicians to the Franciscans, John Wesley and the early Methodists, Ben Franklin, to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sojourner Truth, Ellen White and the Seventh-day Adventists, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the Hindu yoga masters, to George Bernard Shaw, Jack LaLanne, Patch Adams, M.D., and The Blue Zones centenarians.

Many superstars in the world of sports, like Tom Brady and Venus and Serena Williams, are now extending their careers by eating a natural, plant-based diet similar to the diet recommended by many health reformers quoted in Samra's book and to the natural diets recommended in the The Blue Zones?

It is sad to witness how many people are ignorant of their wellness and longevity heritage.

Illustrated with cartoons from The Joyful Noiseletter.

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House CallsHouse Calls

Patch Adams, M.D.

Dr. Patch Adams, "the clown-prince of physicians," who still makes house calls, offers some wise and wacky advice for anyone to visit hospital patients and out-patients and bring healing love, humor, compassion, friendship, faith, and hope to speed recovery. Patch aims to humanize hi-tech medicine. Merrily illustrated with cartoons by Jerry Van Amerongen.

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Laughter Is The Best MedicineLaughter Is The Best Medicine

Dave Coverly

The creator of the award-winning "Speed Bump" cartoons offers a book of hilarious cartoons skewering health professionals and spoofing the quirks of patients. It's the perfect gift to help a hospital patient, outpatient, or health professional feel better. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Joyfully AgingJoyfully Aging

Dr. Richard Bimler

In this magnificent book, Dr. Bimler, a gifted Christian humorist, urges seniors to "affirm life as a gift from God despite all our worries and woes and wrinkles and whining." He encourages them to live and laugh in the joy of the resurrection. Bimler "delivers therapy for all who resist the aging process." --Paul L. Maier

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Good Humor: God's Kids Say the Funnies ThingsGood Humor: God's Kids Say the Funniest Things

Cal and Rose Samra

Kids provide endless material for laughter -- and this unique collection of humor, drawn from the files of past Issues of The Joyful Noiseletter, will tickle your funnybone.

Scores of jokes and humorous stories, all relating to the hilarious things kids say and do in and out of church, are categorized into chapters and accompanied by the cartoons of talented Christian artists like Bil Keane of The Family Circus. Assembled by the editors of The Joyful Noiseletter.

Read it in Sunday School or with your kids, or give it as a gift to other parents or grandparents. They'll love it.

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Laughter Was God's Idea:
Stories about Healing Humor

Chaplain Jack Hinson

A discouraged and despairing Protestant chaplain tells how he turned around his ministry and delivered a joyful, cheerful spirit with lots of humor to patients and staff at a North Carolina hospital for 14 years.

"Chaplain Jack" has written an amazing story about the close cooperation between a joyful, witty chaplain and the medical doctors and nurses at the hospital.

"After 14 years of dosing out daily spoonfuls of healing humor to patients, loved ones, and members of the hospital staff, I'm convinced that laughter is still the best medicine," Hinson writes. "Good humor is our ally in the healing process."

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Just Play Ball

Joe Garagiola

Joe Garagiola's new book, Just Play Ball, is probably the funniest book ever written about baseball. Starting with a forward by Joe's lifelong friend Yogi Berra, the book serves up hilarious anecdotes, stories, and one-liners from Joe's many years as a Major League catcher and Hall of Fame sportscaster.

The book is a fresh look at what's right with Major League baseball. Joe's keen sense of humor resonates with both young and old; it's a humor that springs from the love of the game and the players.

"I wrote the book," Joe said, "because I got tired of reading about steroids, human growth hormones, drugs, and the rest. To paraphrase Will Rogers, I've never seen a game I didn't like."

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The Funny Side of Tennis

Cal Samra

There are 24.7 million tennis players in the United States. If you are one of them, you are likely to see yourself and your tennis friends in this hilarious book of tennis cartoons, anecdotes, and witty quotes. If you're not one of them, this book is the perfect gift to cheer up a tennis player who needs some laughs.

Cal Samra, editor of The Joyful Noiseletter and a tennis enthusiast, put together this book, which features the tennis cartoons of 11 cartoonists, including Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus, and Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts. Many of the cartoonists contribute regularly to JN.

But that's not all. This book is also about the health benefits of tennis played with good humor. "Laughter is good medicine," says Dr. Ellen Rome, a Cleveland Clinic physician who is a tennis player herself, "and if tennis is played for fun and with good humor, the health benefits are even greater."

Here's more proof that vigorous exercise and humor are powerful weapons in the never-ending battle against obesity and depression.

You'll read about the longevity of many tennis players, humorists, and comedians. And you'll be inspired by stories of tennis aficionados who play competitive amateur tennis into their 80's and 90's.

And you'll be introduced to Samra's Law: The older tennis players get, the funnier they get.

"Cal Samra has collected a treasury of cartoons, anecdotes, and witty quotes that will bring a chuckle from even the non-tennis player. The book is an easy, feel-good read that definitely captures the funny side of tennis."

-- Pam Shebest
Tennis reporter
The Kalamazoo Gazette

"A former AP reporter and editor of an award-winning humor newsletter, Samra takes a look at the lighter side of tennis with the works of 11 different cartoonists, and interweaves anecdotes and quotes that will leave you chuckling."

-- Inside Tennis magazine

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Do Vegetarians Eat Animal Crackers?
And Other Questions You Might Not Think to Ask

Robert Bimler

Here's a collection of over 1,000 amusing, zany, and thought-provoking questions you might not think to ask. It also makes a great gift for a teacher who wants to tickle and humor students. They'll leave you chuckling. Samples: Is it true that if you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed? If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes? Why is a person who invests all your money called a broker? Where do the Joneses live and why should we keep up with them? Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

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Holy Humor and More Holy Humor

Cal and Rose Samra

The contributors to Holy Humor and More Holy Humor have been called "the world's funniest Christians." These two rib-tickling treasuries of Christian joy and humor — from the first 10 years of The Joyful Noiseletter — together have sold more than a half-million copies.

Each book features about 100 cartoons by 16 gifted cartoonists, including Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus, and Johnny Hart, creator of B.C., and an avalanche of healing humor, knee-slapping jokes, clean limericks, bulletin bloopers, and "jestimonials." Conveniently arranged by topic or month for easy use, both books are also fully indexed.

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More Holy Hilarity

Cal and Rose Samra

A collection of favorite jokes, inspirational humor, and cartoons from The Joyful Noiseletter. Here is the hilarious sequel to the best-selling books, Holy Humor and More Holy Humor, effectively disproving any notion that Christians are relentlessly dour, melancholy, humorless, and joyless.

This book is packed with more side-splitting clean jokes, uplifting stories, one-liners, bulletin bloopers, out-of-the-mouths-of-God's-kids, joyful Scriptural references, and priceless cartoons. The book is fully indexed for quick reference for pastors, public speakers, teachers, and health professionals.

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Mirth for the Millenium

Cal and Rose Samra

Here’s a great stocking-stuffer – a 5 x 5 gift book featuring a collection of millennium humor and cartoons. The best over-the-counter remedy for the blues or burnout.

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The Laughter Prescription

Cal and Rose Samra

No matter what type of ailment a person suffers from, one treatment never fails to improve mood and overall condition: laughter, taken at regular intervals, day and night. Another delightful stocking stuffer.

2864 — $6.95 Add to cart

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