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Publisher's Summary

The world knows Candace Payne as "Chewbacca Mom", the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smartphone, and infectious laughter.
Candace's viral moment of simple joy became Facebook Live's top video. But what the video doesn't show is Candace's storied journey of daunting obstacles on the way to the joy-filled life - extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth.
Laugh It Up! tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask. Like most of us, Candace has often felt overlooked, undervalued, and insignificant. But she has also discovered the secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and Laugh It Up! will help you discover and experience the same.
Join Candace to discover the gift God has given us all to experience life to the fullest. All you need to do is answer "yes" when joy, whom Candace personifies as a friend, calls you to come and play.



Do you feel tempted to give up on your dreams? Joy stays the course.
Do your knees knock when you think about the future? Joy hopes for what can be.
Do you feel unseen and unnoticed? Joy is content whether backstage or center stage.
Do you feel crushed under the weight of regret? Joy loves you enough to weep with you but also enough to help you move on.

When life punches you in the gut, it can be difficult to muster a smile - much less a laugh. But with humor and power, wit and wisdom, Candace lights the way forward to a life that is free indeed.
©2017 Candace Payne (P)2017 Zondervan
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5 out of 5 stars
By gLamse on 04-15-18

Joy is a Choice

Thank you for this book! It reminded me that Joy is a choice I can make in any situation. That joy is contagious & a way to bless others! = )

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kimberly Becker on 04-13-18

Hope rules over shame

Where does Laugh It Up! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks in the top 5% due to her story sharing hope and overcoming shame.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Laugh It Up!?

For me it was her being real about her marital struggles and her battle with shame despite her husband being a great man.

Have you listened to any of Candace Payne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first of hers

What did you learn from Laugh It Up! that you would use in your daily life?

That shame is saying you are a bad person and God has not called us to walk in shame.

Any additional comments?

Great book for any age!

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