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Laugh It Up!

Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy

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The world knows Candace Payne as “Chewbacca Mom,” the Dallas wife and mom who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million with a Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter. In Laugh It Up!, Candace reveals her secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and how you can discover and experience the same.
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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.

Contributor(s) Candace Payne
About the Contributor(s) Candace Payne

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

UPC 025986350567
ISBN-10 0310350565
ISBN-13 9780310350569
Publish Date Nov 7, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.30
Width 5.40
Length 208
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $16.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by thezwomann
Overall Rating
First of all, let me just say that if you're looking for something authentic, real, vulnerable, deep, life-impacting, and funny as all get-out, then you found the motherload! You can order it here. Now.

You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll crave tacos!

Most of us first discovered Candace Payne via Facebook. She was streaming the unboxing of a personal purchase with her friends and family via Facebook Live: a Chewbacca mask that makes Wookie sounds when the mouth is opened.

"You go, girl!" is what I thought as she explained this mask was her birthday present, and she would not be sharing it with her children. (This is something all mommas understand—we do NOT share the "precious" with little humans who break things.)

In case you missed it, or you want to laugh again, you can search for "Chewbacca Mom" and watch the video. I triple dog dare you to watch it and try not to laugh. It's impossible!

When Candace shared her authentic, unbridled, defiant joy with her friends and family, they shared. And then they shared. And then they shared. She laughed and the world laughed with her. Quite literally.

The opportunities that have come her way as a result of the most-watched-ever Facebook Live video have not been squandered: They have been cherished, stewarded, and leveraged for maximum impact. She has toured Facebook headquarters; been presented with a Chewbacca Mom action figure at Hasbro headquarters; met Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies; enjoyed an all-expense paid trip to Disney World with her family; appeared on a variety of TV shows from Good Morning America to the Late Show with James Corden (including Carpool Karaoke with Director JJ Abrams). Oh my the carpool karaoke & try to get through it without laughing. It. Cannot. Be. Done.

Who Is This Woman & Why Is She So Joyful?

I had ordered a review copy and have had a chance to get to know the author in an online group. Over the last couple of months reading the book, listening to Candace explain her purpose for writing it, and experiencing first-hand her heart for people, I've become convinced this book was written for a higher purpose than a good laugh—although you WILL most definitely laugh!

The real purpose behind Laugh It Up! is to offer the reader HOPE.

"Joy can replace a cup of tears with an ocean of laughter."

I think most people will start reading this book out of pure curiosity: "Who is the woman behind the mask? How could she laugh for 3 minutes straight? Was she always this way?" What will keep them reading is much deeper than that. The real question behind the curiosity is this: Can I experience this type of joy, too?

In Laugh It Up!, Candace shares the challenges she's overcome in her life—homelessness, sexual abuse, bullying, marital conflict, body image issues, cyber bullying—and how in spite of all the trials and tribulations, she found a way to live life with defiant joy.

"I never want to magnify my struggles compared with yours. I only offer my experiences and the journey I have traveled to embrace freedom and live with defiant joy." (p. 85)

Each chapter features illustrations hand-drawn by Candace for a purpose. She is an artist, and if you examine the symbolism in the illustration, you'll see where you're headed. It's like a sneak preview. Here are a few of the chapter concepts:

- Joy is a fighter.
- Joy likes to play.
- Joy stays the course.
- When Comparison calls, Joy doesn't answer.
- Joy evicts shame.
- Joy shakes off the haters.

Regarding Joy, Candace commented, "Those aren't concepts that I just kinda came up with. They're from my faith! They're from the depths of who I am...from my faith! When I say something like 'Joy evicts shame,' there's actually stuff that I've read in the Bible that supports that...and has shaped that in me."

By personifying emotions (e.g., Joy, Hope, Contentment, Shame, Fear, etc.), the author paints word pictures to point out proactive steps for a joy-full life despite external circumstances.

Beneath the surface of her personal stories and hysterical commentary, you will find a cheerful life coach challenging you and cheering you on to make the changes you need to make in order to live a joy-full life. Here are just a few nuggets of wisdom I highlighted in my copy:

"No matter the trial or triumph, I find it’s easier to silence the calls of Comparison when we are content with our lives. Contentment is the antidote to Comparison." (p. 54)

"Don’t relent for one second in your fight for Joy. Either you allow the sum of your darkest memories and mistakes to occupy your thoughts, or you allow Joy to have the remote control and remind you that you are seen, valued, and loved." (p. 73)

"Live authentically with the grace to know risks are where bridges of joy are forged over many waters of disappointments, regrets, failures, and lists of can'ts." (p. 155)

Candace is the real deal. She is vulnerable, authentic, and courageous—three of the attributes I value most in life. She's also hilarious!!! I laughed out loud so many times while I read her commentary on life's unpredictable adventures, I surprised myself. But I don't want to ruin those moments for you. Read it. You'll laugh. I guarantee it!

So, if you have not guessed by now, I definitely recommend Laugh It Up! for anyone who needs a good laugh, is curious about Chewbacca Mom, and enjoys tacos.

But more importantly, I STRONGLY recommend Laugh It Up! to anyone who is yearning for Joy and Contentment; needing to evict Shame and Fear; and searching for Hope in this life. This book is your G.P.S. for getting there.

BREAKING NEWS: Candace has also created a video-driven 6-week study to accompany her book. It's entitled "Defiant Joy" and will be released soon. AND she's already writing book #2. Candace Payne is here to stay, and I'm so glad!!!

Order your copy of "Laugh It Up!: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy" by Candace Payne today.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I purchased a review copy of the book so I could read it and write an honest review. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” (Posted on 11/7/2017)

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