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Now with an exclusive bonus chapter only available on audiobook!

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.

©2017 Candace Payne (P)2017 Zondervan

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laughed, loved, left changed

like most people I fell in love with Candace the moment I like many clicked on that now viral post. this book confirms why I fell in love and felt like I wanted to get to know her. I could relate to her story in so many ways. if you want a book that will surely give you Joy and challenge you to think of Joy as more than a moment soon gone but a lifelong friends who is always there this book is for you. I honestly thinky favorite part was her pastors story at the very end. it reminded me that God specializes in dreams we think impossible.

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Joy

This book is pure Joy and Heart! When I think about Joy inside of me, I picture her like Candace. Thanks for the Joy.

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  • geriL
  • KIHEI, HI, United States
  • 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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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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Get rid of the shoulds

This book is simple in message and my heart needed to hear it. Thank you, Candace. You made me laugh and cry. I felt like I was hearing encouragement from a dear friend. My heart has been heavy, and your call to see Joy standing there with me is hard to hear and yet so comforting.

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So real

Thank you Candace for your so raw and very real words. This book was inspiring. It pushes you to not allow the circumstances of life to steal, kill or destroy the Joy that the Lord has put in your heart.
We all need to look at this world with this child like wonder and embrace this infectious joy that Candace oozes.

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So fun!

Candace, what fun it was to hear your book. I sure hope you have kept in touch with Mr. Anthony since your trip. Your family was a big part of his healing and I am sure you would continue to be a blessing to him.
Continue spreading your joy to all those you come in contact with - you have a gift to share!

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A Must Read

I rarely read books twice. However this is a book that I would read over and over again. Candice is an amazing writer who helps you to visualize what Joy looks like in everyday life. I don't think we can get enough. I love her story and how she shows how the Lord has guided her steps.

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love

she is hilarious and made me cry too. a must read and a must keep!