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Affectionately known as Chewbacca Mom, this mother of two captured the hearts of millions with a viral video featuring a Chewbacca mask and her infectious laughter. Here she shares the obstacles she overcame---childhood homelessness, abuse, a suicide attempt, marital struggles, and body shame---on her journey to living a joy-filled life for God. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0310350565
ISBN-13: 9780310350569

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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 smart phone, 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 thinking 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.

Author Bio

Candace Payne is a viral sensation whose Facebook Live video of trying on a Chewbacca Mask became the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date (165+ million views). She has been featured in more than 3,000 media outlets and has interviewed with major media such as "Good Morning America," "The Late Late Show with James Corden," The New York Times, PEOPLE and Cosmopolitan. Candace recently launched a video series with TLCme and her first book will release in the fall of 2017. Candace lives in Texas with her husband, two children, and ornery pug. Connect with Candace online at CandacePayne.me.

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  1. The Consulting Writer
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Have You Seen My Joy? My Almond Joy?
    January 23, 2018
    The Consulting Writer
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    So what's the deal with Candace Payne? She's a stay at home mom who happened to become an overnight sensation due to video gone viral of her revealing a special toy: a Chewbacca mask. Filled with glee, Candace laughs wholeheartedly for several minutes. This isn't a superficial, fake laugh. It's a full belly laugh. She clearly is having fun. And yes, she got her 15 minutes of fame, but she took it one step further. She's now written a book and I'm currently attending the online Bible study entitled "Defiant Joy".

    Candace is a down to Earth mom whose history of multiple moves and financial struggles have made her into the grateful and joyful woman she is today. In Laugh It Up! she shares the decision she'd made as a child that, even though happiness was fleeting, to always find the joy, despite tough moments in life. When I first saw the video, her laughter was contagious. But then I saw a list of other videos from the Jimmy Kimmel show to James Cordon, and I began to wonder if all this unexpected fame had changed her. That's not the impression I get from this book. Candace is taking that fleeting moment of fame and using it for God's glory and purpose.

    I'm naturally pessimistic. I call myself a "realist". The point is, I'm not bubbling over with laughter and joy. In fact, joy typically takes middle or back seat often. When I make dinner, my catchphrase is, "I apologize in advance" because I assume it'll be awful. So many it rare is, but still...that's the type of person I am. When this book came up for review, I snatched up the opportunity to not only read it but also to get involved in the Bible study. She gives us homework?! Ok, according to Candace, it's "funwork", but still. #1 on the list is to go a day without complaining or arguing.

    HAHAHAHHA.

    Yeah. I failed by the time dinner was done. I only realized I was grumbling as I was washing the dishes.

    Life punches us all in the gut from time to time. Some a lot more than others. And it truly amazes me, those that have gone through so much, that still exude that joy. Dive into this book to find ways to spark joy in your life. As Christians, we really should be joyful. Seriously! We have the joy of sharing the good news. For anyone struggling to maintain their joy, I highly recommended this simple and entertaining look at how we might increase our joy in life. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging memoir, not spiritual in nature
    December 4, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Payne placed a live video on Facebook that went viral and is the most viewed to date. Because of that, she became somewhat of a sensation. She reveals her life story in this memoir.

    Payne is pretty much the kind of person to whom many can relate. She's over weight, struggled with her self concept when young, was a promiscuous teen, has had marital difficulties, has fought depression, etc. Her life story could be any of ours. She would have been one of a million moms and wives except for her video.

    Payne's book is an encouragement for all of us. She wants us to be real, not hiding behind a mask. She wants us to fight for joy as that has sustained her through her life events. She wants us to get rid of the "can'ts" and "shoulds" and be authentic.

    The millions of people who have viewed her Chewbacca Mom video will enjoy getting to know the person behind the laughter. For me, never having seen the video, I appreciated this memoir but was not amazed by it. I didn't think it was very funny and never laughed while reading it. I did appreciate her honesty about her life experiences. My biggest disappointment is that Payne never wrote about the true source of joy. She had a good opportunity with her moments of fame to reveal Jesus as her ultimate source of joy and strength but did not.

    I recommend this book to those who have seen her Facebook video and want to know more about her.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  3. PhoenixAngelinaPamela
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Book
    November 7, 2017
    PhoenixAngelinaPamela
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Laugh It Up! is a book thats easy to read and understandable, its engaging, its relateable. For Me, Im not much of a reader so it has to really get my attention for me to read it and Laugh It Up! did just that. It had me laughing, crying, and so getting what Candace was saying. I didnt want to put it down. I highly recommend Laugh It Up! its a excellent book. ~Phoenix Angelina / Pamela
  4. Debbie H
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You wont want to put this book down!
    November 7, 2017
    Debbie H
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever read a book that you didnt want to put down? Well, this is that kind of book! It keeps your attention from the first page all the way to the end! Its beautifully written with a great blend of humor & heart...I laughed...I cried...it touched my soul! The chapters go into detail about Candace Paynes (Chewbacca Moms) life through the ups and downs. Each chapter shows how she keeps Joy in her life & how you can too! I consider myself a joyful person, but the book has a way of making you look at areas of your life in a deeper way & find areas where you didnt even realize Joy wasnt as prevalent as it could be. If you are searching for Joy, or want to maintain Joy, or just want to take a peek behind the mask and learn more about Candace, This book is for you!
  5. Jessica Ham
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Laugh Heard 'Round The Internet
    November 7, 2017
    Jessica Ham
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first saw the FB live viral video of Chewbacca Mom Candace Payne laughing infectiously after putting on a Chewbacca mask she bought instead of yoga pants, I was hooked. I know how frustrating it can be to shop for fitness clothes and turn up empty. So when she turned that into a moment of Simple Joy instead of pure frustration, I knew I needed to follow her. In her book, Laugh It Up, she reveals so much of her life and her struggles and how she has found joy in the midst of it all. This is not only her story, but can be yours too as she reveals the wisdom she has found as she searched for joy in the midst of the good and bad in life. This is an uplifting book that offers some real, practical advice on joy- not happiness- but real joy that can laugh even in the midst of pain and hardship.
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