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Laugh it up! : embrace freedom and experience defiant joy

by Payne, Candace,

Format: Print Book 2017
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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 152.42 P29
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  152.42 P29

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.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Payne, better known as the Chewbacca Mom, shares how she learned to experience joy in this inspiring memoir. Payne shot to international fame almost overnight in May 2016 after posting a video of herself laughing uncontrollably in a Chewbacca mask, but the unfettered happiness captured in the video was, she writes, a long time coming. She grew up poor, was sexually assaulted as a teenager, attempted suicide, has struggled to remain committed to her marriage, and has battled with health and body image issues. But rather than be dragged down by her traumas, she says she has chosen to embrace joy as a daily choice. Joy, she writes, evicts shame and always tells the truth. "Shame is a big, nasty, bully, y'all," she writes following a disastrous sexual experience in college. "In a rare moment of clarity I knew I needed to release it's grip over my thoughts and actions, but had no clue how." Payne then returns to the teachings of her upbringing and gradually comes back to Jesus Christ. But while Payne is open about her past troubles and discovery of joy in religion, the book feels improbably light, with facts relayed but little insight offered. Those who laughed along with Payne in her video will enjoy getting to know more about her. . (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Joy.
Publisher Grand Rapids, Michigan :2017
Language English
Description 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780310350569
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