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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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  • Karen S.
  • 27-11-18

Great book!

I want to be friends with Candace! This book was a breath of fresh air and I plan to listen to it again. Thank you Candace for choosing joy and sharing it with us!

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  • Mary
  • 21-07-21

Great listen

I laughed and cried! Such a great listen and inspiring story! It is very relatable and I highly recommend!

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  • Anonyamous
  • 26-12-20

hilarious and educational

Candice makes learning relivant and fun! she is so real! You can easily relate to her because she is real with everyone!

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  • Dawn Varney
  • 16-06-20

loved it!!!

So real and raw, thanks for sharing your story! cant wait to read your other books

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  • Dramatic Design
  • 25-06-19

Wow!

What an amazing book! Thank you for sharing your story...and your joy with us, Candace!

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  • Spankysgirl
  • 13-03-19

Such a great book!

Love it! I would recommend it to anyone. What a great reminder to chose Joy and shut the "should" up!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-18

Searching for Joy

I love this book. I have been through a lot in my life and I am actively trying to find joy again. Parts of this book were hard for me to listen to, she made me realize that the reason I as struggling so much to find joy is because I had lost hope. I am beginning to think about what I want for the future, giving me something to hope for. Thank you Candice for writing this book.
God Bless,
Sarah Spragg

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  • babo4517
  • 02-10-18

Oh my gawd ya'll!!

As Candace says..OH MY GAWD YA'LL!!! I loved this book. I have NEVER bought a book AFTER I listened to it...I just ordered this one. She is awe inspiring on her quest for true joy and I hope and pray I can better myself each day to follow in her footsteps!!!!

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  • Jennifer
  • 29-09-18

Outstanding, fresh perspective.

Be a joy seeker! I needed a new lenses to look through and did not even realize since I am typically a happy person anyway. Candice’s perspective provided this change of thought for me. She stirred something in me to freshen my focus. Relatable and real, loved it!

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  • ChrisCBaker
  • 08-09-18

Wonderful

This book is amazing. Candace shares her life story and her journey to find Defiant Joy. As I listened to this while doing my house hold duties I found myself having to hit pause several times to write down what she had just said bc it was that good and I wanted to remember it. I am going to listen to it again but this time while I sit with pen and paper.