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In this refreshing new take on spirituality, bestselling author Deepak Chopra uses a fictional tale of a comedian and his unlikely mentor to show us a path back to hope, joy, and even enlightenment—with a lot of laughter along the way.

Meet Mickey Fellows. A successful L.A. comedian, he’s just a regular guy, with his fair share of fears, egocentricities, and addictions. Af...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2008)
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erry
Ketika sedang luntang lantung ga karuan di toko buku Gramedia di Pekanbaru, tak sengaja mata melihat sebuah buku dengan judul “menggoda”.” Mengapa Tuhan Tertawa?”. Jadi inget si naga yang sering memanggil gus gieb dengan “han han“. Jadi teringat teman-teman dan keluarga di Jakarta. Homesick yang kuderita semakin kuat mendera *lebay mode on*.

Ternyata..setelah kudekati si buku tadi, nafsu membeli buku semakin kuat ketika kulihat nama sang penulis –Deepak Chopra-. Siapa coba yang tdk pernah menden...more
Ordinary Dahlia
Hmmmmm...
Secara keseluruhan idenya hampir sama dengan fire in the heart yaitu pertemuan antara manusia terpilih dengan seorang incredible yang membuka paradigma berfikir walaupun menurut pendapat g lokasinya kurang tepat karena terasa kurang mistis (hahah, ga penting tapi g tetep merasa ada yang salah)

Lewat teka-teki, buku ini menyoroti sesuatu yang lekat pada diri setiap manusia yaitu takut, ego dan candu. Terdengar sangat bagus dan menjanjikan bukan? Tapi ternyata cerita dan candaan yang disod...more
Karen
It's always good to be reminded not to buy into fear and not to be driven by one's ego. The storyline in this book is interesting, but I didn't find any big revelations. I was surprised by the assertion that sin does not really exist in this world and that God laughs when he thinks people believe there is sin. Really. Murder is not sin? Stealing is not sin? What are they? Oh, right, illusions. I don't buy it. I don't believe that grace comes from obtaining some secret knowledge or by understandi...more
KellyWells
Just like all of Chopra's novels, this one is wrought with philosophy! It's pretty easy to find in this one and he gives a discourse in the back that is wonderful!
Favorite Quote of the Book:

"you keep on doing what never worked in the first place...dont.

addictions are artificial substitutes...

you're stuck on things that never bring you what you really want

you can't have real roses so you buy plastic ones

you can't think sweet thoughts so you gobble down sugar

you can't figure out how to be happy so...more
J-russ
A great read. It is a spiritual book but not in the lecture style of so many of the genre. Deepak Chopra is inspiring and writes narratives that are easy to relate to. Definitely a worth read!! (and it only took 2 days to read)
Mingo Johnson
It is about Mickey Fellows's, who is a successful comedian in L.A., journey to joy happiness and peace. After his father's death, Mickey meets Francisco, who changes his life forever. Mickey is given three riddles that he must answer, but his uses his experiences to answer them. Then the author gives the reader ten principles to guide on the road to joy and spiritual optimism.
Allie
I liked the format of this book in that it was easy to understand and he slips important messages in without beating you over the head with it. The last section of the book was the most helpful to me and something i know I'll reference again and again. This made me want to read more of his books!
Brenda
I still don't know why God is laughing, but I know why Deepak Chopra is laughing...
Lee Anne
I picked this up hoping it would make me "happier with my lot in life," as I tend to put it. Every once in a while, reading some Self-Improvement/New Age-y title seems like a good idea, and I'd never read Deepak Chopra before, and you know how I like all things Indian...

Too bad the lessons are awkwardly couched in a Mitch Albom-style narrative, in which an actor/comedian, upset over the death of his father, meets a mysterious stranger who encourages him, though various exercises, riddles, and ba...more
Cheryl
there were some funny jokes in this book, funny enough for me to attempt to memorize them and add them to my whole 2 other jokes i can ever remember... but i just didn't like the parable story about a selfish comic who is visited by the ghost of his father and an otherworldy guide/guru who teaches him what life is really about: letting go of ego and living in the present moment and if you are quiet enough, you can hear the music of the spheres, which is god laughing. i liked the last part, the g...more
Tommy
The answer to the question, "Why is God Laughing?" might very well be, "He's doing something more entertaining than reading this book."

Sorry to slam Deepak, but this book just failed to connect with me for three reasons:

1) The spiritual platitudes, while solid, were ones I've heard many times before, from various sources. Not that I fault Chopra for this, maybe it's just that the basics of a spiritual life are universal and as ancient as wisdom itself. But, still, I'm always looking for an evolu...more
Adih Respati
Chopra tells the of tale of Mickey, a stage comic, whose recently deceased father's soul came to clue him in that he's about to get a lesson on life. A guide equipped with puzzles, Francisco, is provided to help Mickey sees that he has been, among other things, trapped in life of fear, addicted to his ego, and have been taken hostage by social role that life entices instead of being a free soul. These get in a way to his own happiness --a big irony for a guy whose daily job is to bring laughter...more
Ashley
After having just read "Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desires," I thought I would check out the newest one from Chopra. It is written in story format, not nonfiction lecture. I got into the story. The Epilogue contained Chopra's thoughts on joy and optimism. Since I remain fairly optimistic in my life, or at least end back up there after troubles, I wondered whether the advice would resonate. It left me with the same struggle I have had for years--one that pops up often in my affinity toward Easter...more
Sophie

This book is a short and quick read, and therefore important morals and points are explicit. I felt some of these points, however, were lost through the lack of character development, especially in Mickey the main character.
Charles
I expected more from this book. The forward by Mike Meyers lists his 3 heros as his dad, Deepak Chopra and Del Close. I was hoping that Close's understanding of Truth = Comedy would inform this book as deeply as Chopra's brand of Truth Seeking. Unfortunately, the bulk of the book is a weak narrative about a "famous comedian" who peppers his spiritual transformation with humor - but the humor is actually just a series of old jokes familiar to anyone who reads Readers Digest or listens to Prairie...more
Chenley Cabaluna
Buddhism. lol. A must read para sa mga gustong ma-enlightened sa kanilang path and life. LOL hahahahah! Yung mga hindi pa nahahanap ang sarili nila, this is your chance! HAHAHA :))
Sfdreams
I have been a fan of Deepak since the mid-to-late eighties when I saw him along with Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, and others at a killer event in the Bay Area. I went in thinking, "Deepak who??" and was blown away by his talk on quantum physics and the body.

I liked this book, even though I did not like the cheesy comic so much. I particularly like the thought of "listening to the music of the spheres" and the comic's father who after dying said that he heard God's Laughing.

There were a lot...more
Mark
This book is pretty good, but I felt a little indifferent to the end. At first he weaves an easy to follow story about a guy, down on his luck. He meets a strange new friend who challenges him to look at things differently by placing him in situations. He learns and you learn with him. All well and good, but at the very end, the guy reaches pure enlightenment and metaphorically flies off the end of the pier after having giving up everything.

Yeah right...from schmoe to enlightenment in about 6 mo...more
Self
I would have given this a higher rating were I new to these types of books. It's a good parable, the jokes got on my nerves, but that wasn't the point. (just too many bad jokes in there though even if it was part of who the character was I couldn't take it after awhile).
Having said that, the info in here was another layer of reminders and another layer of information that is gently laid out for you to do with it what you will. (hey its your life, so make something good of it if you can)
Easy read...more
Carol
This fictional tale by Deepak is reminiscent of the Peaceful Warrior books and the Carlos you gbooks. A comdedian who has avoided the spiritual side of himself goes on a spiritual journey. Deepak ends the "morality tale/novel" with full explanation of what he believes to be the spiritual journey. I didn't love or hate this book. Once you've read a few of Deepak's books, you become familiar with his message. A couple of the comedian's jokes were pretty funny, and gave me a laugh in the car drivin...more
Dalyn
Easy read, it's always good for me to be reminded that fear, ego and addiction get in the way of living in the moment with my spiritual self. Nothing new in this book, I would have liked to have read more about the journey or "how to" of staying in that spiritual place rather than just recognizing that you need to find it. I realize the last chapter does show this but the book really ended for me before the last chapter. I would have liked the last chapter to have been included in Mickey's journ...more
Jazzy D
The only Deepak Chopra book I've read, and loved it!! I need to re-read it again. It was awesome.
Dinah
The premise of this book is that you should feel free enough to make a fool of yourself and that perfect freedom/understanding/love/etc. comes when you can do that. I'm not opposed to the lesson or the sentiment; I'll even agree with it -- it's just that I think most of the time parables such as this make rather tendentious reading - characters are created and animated just to make a point. The person who recommended it to me found it meaningful; it just didn't work for me. zzzzzzzz
Barry
This book is divided into two parts: an illustrative story at the beginning, and some spiritual principles from Mr Chopra at the end. The story is mildly entertaining but the principles are flat and uninspiring. The principles don't reference the story at all and it felt like two different books. The story was interesting but unbelievable and the book as a whole is not a must read. It's not a bad book, just not inspiring or educational.
Divya
An interesting read. Not a life-changing book for me, but there were some of his observations and spiritual instructions made me stop and think. He makes his point in a quick and simple fashion, and you aren't drowned in complex philosophy commentary.
Detachment, letting go of fear and all those nuggets of the author's wisdom had new meaning when understood in the context of Micky, the comedian with the most human shortcomings.
Desiree
I really enjoyed the fictional story in this book. The messages that were present in the story of Mickey's life were much needed during the time that I read this book. Several points were highlighted as much needed reminders. The second part of the book I didn't enjoy as much. Maybe because it followed such a captivating first half and was quite dry and harder to connect to in my opinion. Overall, it was a pretty good read.
Jamie Wilson-hull
Certainly not one of Chopra's most poignant of books but, it's a piece of fiction, written around some key points that Chopra tries to demonstrate through his humorous main character.

If you like humorous fictional stories that leave you with some new age thinking, this is a book that will entertain you while trying to give you a light-hearted set of spiritually based points.

A good read in a light-hearted way.
Happy
This book is AMAZING. It has a sense of humor with a lot of wisdom. The words are easy to understand and the scenes are easy to imagine. I love this book so much I read it for 4 hours only. I just can't close nor hold it down. I was into the riddles and the next tests for Mickey. I love the mysteries, the results, the riddles, the jokes, the surprises and the analogies. Deepak is a genius! I am so inspired.
Kelly Small
This book was uplifting for me- a good one if you have a hard time with fear or anxiety (which a lot of people do right now with all that's happening in our country and the world!). The first part of the book is a fictional story (the only fiction I've ever read by Deepak Chopra) and I really enjoyed it- it's a fast read. In the second part, he goes over 10 points that his story illustrates.
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