Can't Make This Stuff Up!: Finding the Upside to Life's Downs

Can't Make This Stuff Up!: Finding the Upside to Life's Downs

by Susannah B. Lewis

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In her highly-anticipated nonfiction debut, humorist and popular blogger Susannah B. Lewis (Whoa! Susannah) uses dry wit and an eye for the absurd to find laughter in even the most challenging circumstances.

Millions of online fans have flocked to Susannah B. Lewis's hysterical, take-no-prisoners videos that capture her uproarious yet deeply faithful view of the world. Now she brings to book form her keen eye for the absurd as she reveals her experiences growing up in a small Tennessee town. From the time an escaped albino panther wandered into her backyard to the Thanksgiving when an egg in the table's centerpiece hatched a baby chicken to the kind neighbors who brought casseroles in Tupperware for months—even years—after her father died when she was just eleven years old, the stories she tells delve deeply into the rich culture of the South that molded her. Clinging to the promises of God in times of grief and looking for every opportunity to laugh, Lewis is the wry yet wise girl next door who invites you to sit a spell beside her on the front porch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721346035
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 533,835
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Susannah B. Lewis is a humorist, blogger for Whoa! Susannah, and freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. The author of Can’t Make This Stuff Up!, Lewis studied creative writing at Jackson State Community College and earned her bachelor's degree in business management from Bethel College. She lives in Medina, Tennessee, with her husband, Jason, their three children, and three dogs.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction: Hey, Y'all! xiii

1 Write, Rinse, Repeat 1

2 Cry So Hard You Laugh 11

3 Love the Ones You're With 21

4 Tie a Knot Worth Tying 31

5 Bloom Where You're Planted 41

6 Arise and Call Yourself Blessed 53

7 The Upside to Life's Downs 65

8 Hang Up Those Hang-Ups 73

9 Leave the Trolls Under the Bridge 81

10 Don't Wear Them Leggings 89

11 Get in the Game, Mamas 97

12 Bless This Mess 107

13 Eat the Mississippi Mud Cake 115

14 Praise Him in the Storm 121

15 Sit a Spell 129

16 Cancel Your Guilt Trip 145

17 Comfort Others and You Will Be Comforted 153

18 Make a Joyful Noise 165

19 Keep On Keepin' On 173

20 Thank You for Bein' a Friend 181

21 Whoal Slow Down 191

22 Not Crazy, Not Absurd, Simply Beautiful! 197

Acknowledgments 203

About the Author 205

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Can't Make This Stuff Up!: Finding the Upside to Life's Downs 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Thank you NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. I found Susannah on Facebook a couple of years ago through one of her hilarious viral blog posts. She is hilarious yet serious about sharing the love of Jesus with everyone around her and this book is no exception. I love how she makes light of funny Southern/family situations but is also able to share her heart when she talked about how she dealt with becoming an orphan at 34 and how she was able to help others through grief. Those parts really resonated with me as my dad passed away suddenly 2 years ago. The only negative about this e-book was that the formatting was thrown off in most of the book so paragraphs were backwards and you really had to pay attention for it to make sense and sometimes it just didn't make sense because words were missing. I'm hoping it was because it was an ARC and will be fixed in the final version. Otherwise, I highly recommend reading this book by the "New Erma Bombeck".
Anonymous 8 months ago
So relatable and knowledgeable in scripture.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Thank you for sharing your life and your testimony. Of course I follow you on Facebook and enjoy your videos too. You made your mama proud but you made your Heavenly Father the proudest. I enjoyed the book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
One of the BEST books I've read in a long time! I literally could not put it down!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful uplifting book. I enjoyed every single word. May God Bless You Susannah!!
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Terri_Beth More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this book that not only speaks to your heart and soul and makes you cry a deep heart felt cry that brings tears blocking your vision then you have to wait awhile because you can’t see the pages through your blurry eyes. It is also a downright knee slapping funny kind of book, I mean like making you spew Dr. Pepper and have it come out your nose kind of funny! Then turn the page and make you cry right back again while your nose is still stinging from the Dr. Pepper that came up your nose. After several pages you’ll be back to laughing historically, while crying at the same time. Let me say this, if anyone has lost someone close to them, a family member, a friend, a pet, this book will help you in so many ways I can not even count. I have read it now 3 times, it’s that good! This book will bring you peace, give you renewed strength and hopefully help ease some of your heartaches. God Bless You, Susannah B Lewis, for writing this book. You don’t know how much I needed it! If I could give your book a 10 point rating I would. Blessings!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful reminder of humor in every day life and how our faith in Jesus will support us always
MrsGoglia More than 1 year ago
I was given a sampler of the first eight chapters of this book from the publisher , talk about lucky !!!! It was funny, full of humor and wit. Parts made laugh out loud and at times made me sit back and take it all in. Susannah B . Lewis, has such a way with words and I enjoyed every page. If you follow her at all on social media you are familiar with her southern voice and as you read, it’s as if she is right in the room with you telling you a story. It was full of ups and downs, describing her greatest triumphs and times in her life that forever changed her. An extremely great read and highly recommended.