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“What gets lost in all the stories about the decline of religion is how many people have left church because they find its leaders uninspired and institutionally minded. Jason Micheli is neither. He is as funny as he is smart and both come through in refreshing, irreverent ways in Cancer is Funny. If you’re spiritual but not religious or if you’re religious but have forgotten how to be spiritual, Jason Micheli reminds us that God can be found in the world beyond the Church, even in incurable cancer. And Jason shows us with raw candor that wherever God is to be found, joy and laughter are possible.”
—Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution
“Jason Micheli is one of the most hip, funny, deeply-theological-without-being-boring pastors in my church today. Jason is an engaging, always substantive-without-being-showy communicator of the faith. Now that he’s got Stage Dangerous Cancer Jason’s wit, faith, and genius turns even that tough journey into a pilgrimage toward God. Only Jason could transform cancer into a source of comedy but also a great occasion to teach the rest of us how to think like Christians about life, sickness, death, and God. Jason is able to do this because he, as much as anyone I know, believes in a living, redemptive God who is with us, in good times and bad. A funny, faithful book.”
– Will Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and United Methodist Bishop, retired.
“Jason Micheli is the bravest motherfucker I’ve ever met. It takes a lot of courage to keep faith with God while you’re saying, “Fuck you cancer, and your little tumor Toto too.” But not only does he keep faith; it deepens because he becomes a theologian of the only theology that matters—the theology of death and life, you know, the theology of when shit gets real. Writing with the wit and brutal honesty of Annie Lamott, Michelli takes his readers on a shakedown cruise of pain, suffering, and discovery where we all meet God, perhaps for the first time. Get this book, bitches.”
– Dr. Jeffrey Pugh, Professor of Religion, Elon University
“Illness creates loneliness but Micheli resists that development by sharing his struggle with cancer. He does so with good humor which is not only a gift because, as he suggests, cancer is only funny in a tragic way, but also the most fundamental quality for a well-lived and faithful life.”
– Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Emeritus Professor of Divinity and Law at Duke University
If smart-ass humor is the best evidence of fighting spirit, Jason Micheli is Charles Bronson of cancer patients. He disrupts all the cliches of cancer chronicles: he’s not old or saintly and peddling comfort or resolution. He’s a preacher who’s not at peace, a GenXer who acknowledges that irony is his security blanket. Staring down the barrel of a life-threatening disease, he proves that irreverence can be the flip side of faith.
— JC Herz, author of Learning to Breathe Fire
“Sometimes you read a book you have to finish. Sometimes you know you have to read it again. On occasions you read a book that makes you think, laugh, drop some tears, & want to grab a drink with the author. Jason has done that, plus I have a list of people who will be getting this book as a gift. If you love solid theology, powerful testimony, & a text you will ruminate over, you will love this book.”
– Tripp Fuller, author of The Home-brewed Christianity Guide to Jesus
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“There’s a lot about love going around that is so insipid it’s disheartening. “Love is love,” I’m told, at which point I usually think, “No, no it isn’t; It’s about a whole lot more than you can imagine.” Jason Micheli, whose continual dance with death leaves him little room for sentiment, knows that love means vulnerability, risk, courage, and vomit stains on silk sheets. He also understands that God is somewhere in the preposterous action of humans saying, “I do, I’m in it for the long haul.”
Christians, who are supposed to know something about love, are often the worst at it. Partly this is because they are no less susceptible to illusion and deceit than the rest of the world, but mostly they don’t understand the stakes. Jason Micheli does understand what is at stake when we take the insane leap of loving another person and committing our lives to them, and for this very reason he doesn’t give us the pious crap about love we’ve come to expect from Christians. From the scars of family history, to the carnal desires that drive us, sacred and profane, Micheli puts it all in his story so we might recognize ourselves. More importantly, he confronts us with the fact that it all matters because God became flesh that we may know that even in what seems to be absence, empty fear, and a graceless world, God’s presence is with us.”
– Dr. Jeffrey Pugh
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