Excerpt: 'Why Is God Laughing'

The voice sounded discouraged, but Mickey didn't care. He couldn't imagine God laughing, unless he was laughing at the horrible mess human beings had made on earth, in which case it was a cruel laugh. Now the Devil, he might wear a grin, and for good reason. Mickey suddenly felt a sadness in his chest. "I'm disappointed in you, Larry. You never used to preach at me. You made a lot of mistakes, but I gave you credit for one thing. You were never a hypocrite."

I can make up for everything, kiddo.

"Too late."

Mickey was already at the door. The fuzzy gray screen went black, and the room was plunged into darkness. His hand hesitated for just a second on the doorknob. The voice had warned him not to blow it. What if he just had?

Reprinted from the book "Why Is God Laughing?" by Deepak Chopra. Copyright © 2008 by Deepak Chopra. Published by Harmony Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

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