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

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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
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Karen
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, first-reads
FAIR DISCLOSURE: I received an ARC (Advanced Release Copy) of this book.

"Can't Make This Stuff Up!: Finding the Upside to Life's Downs" was my introduction to Susannah B. Lewis although she is a blogger and has done podcasts. Her Southern roots and her love for her family shine through the book. Some of the book hit me hard, because she talks a lot about the death of her mother, and I lost my Mom in June of this year.

She has a sense of humor--sometimes sassy, sometimes sweet. She is brutally ho
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Shelley
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a preview copy of this book to review.

I have followed Susannah since her blogging days, and have howled with laughter at her Facebook videos (some of them still make me giggle as I recall them--those PSAs crack me up). I cried with her when she recounted losing her mom, and cried tears of joy last year as she announced her pregnancy. She is so down to earth and relatable, and because I feel like I know her, when I had the opportunity to read the first few chapters of her newest book,
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Michelle Witkowski
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just read my sample copy of this book. It only took me an hour to read this short copy. I am so ready for this book to be out in April. It was such a great story of Susannah B. Lewis' childhood and life. I could relate to many of her childhood memories growing up in a small town and being from the south. Her family members were similar to some of mine when I was a child. I laughed at many parts til my sides hurt. I cried at the heartache she endured. So many different emotions. So well written S ...more
Lisa
The publisher was kind enough to provide me with the first eight chapters of this book, and my review is based on those first eight chapters. After reading them, let me tell you, April 9 CANNOT GET HERE FAST ENOUGH so that I can get the entire book (which I have pre-ordered) in my hot little hands.

Susannah B. Lewis is a Southern girl, as am I. That makes me love her right off the bat. She's from a small town. She has lost both her parents. She's a mom. I can relate to all these things. And she t
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Michelle Rash
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the draws to reading, for me, is to feel like I am right there with the author. Just them and me sitting at the kitchen table or in a coffee shop listening to their old family stories or made up tales. I want to be transported in my mind to Paris or Texas or wherever the author is taking me. I want to FEEL something; sadness, happiness, longing, nostalgic- something! Susannah Lewis has accomplished this in all of her written works, especially this one. I have pre-ordered this book on Amaz ...more
skketch
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
***NOVEL THOUGHTS***

++Thanks to Goodreads and Nelson Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review++

I always appreciate when an author uses anecdotal real life stories to illustrate ways of looking at problems and finding a silver lining to them or to make a point about Life. Not only does the reader learn about the author's life, but hopefully, they can take comfort or wisdom for their own lives. Such is the way in Can't Make This Stuff Up. While Lewis' thoughts through her retelling her o
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Nicole
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the stories of her life but I am not a religious person so I had to skip the Bible quotes because they were a bit much for me.
Kayla Tornello
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed how this author uses her faith to get through life. When she faces problems, she looks to the Bible for guiding words. She is very honest about her life and her stories will make you laugh.

I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Yay!
Beverly Jones
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't seen one of "Whoa Susannah's" videos, you have been missing out. I first came across her hilariousness on Facebook and was an instant fan. So when I heard that she was writing a book, I was so excited! I had such high hopes for this book, and let me tell you, this book exceeded my expectations. It is everything I thought it would be and more! I laughed and I cried and I followed Susannah's advice and "cried until I laughed." This book is so funny, but also so meaningful. I felt li ...more
JAIME LINHART
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FAIR DISCLOSURE: I received an ARC (Advanced Release Copy) of this book-- the first 8 chapters anyway.
Now I'm jonesing for the the rest. So much so, that even though I have pre-ordered on Amazon, I may have to get a few more copies and hand them out to friends.
If you are Anti-Christian, look down your nose at Christianity, or have no heart -- you will not like this book. It's filled with life experiences, and the scriptures that got her through.
If you are on the fence with Christianity, this wil
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Heather Jenkins
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As one of the lucky recipients of the advanced first few chapters of this book, I can honestly say that I was not surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I have followed Susannah on social media, so I knew a few details about her life going in. She is so open and honest in these pages that you want to laugh with her, cry with her, and learn from her. I literally laughed out loud several times, and thought “me too” more times than I can count. This book is REAL, because you really can’t make this stu ...more
Lisadiana
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Goodreads and Nelson Books for the ARC in the giveaways. I am so grateful I did. I didn’t know anything about Susannah B. Lewis prior to receiving this book. This book really lets you get to know who she is from a very honest but best best girlfriends kind of way.

This book was such an easy read, wasn’t hard to get into and stay interested. Many funny moments and just an all around feel good book. I found that I was quite entertained by her memories and what she was goin
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Delana
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I preordered a copy and was sent a chapter to read.
I LOVE it! I love reading about her childhood and hearing
how she is like every other mom and wonders if she is
doing everything right or completely screwing up. I am
so excited to read the book!
Howard Hewitt
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Really kept me thinking and some stories brought tears to my eyes. Loved it. Thank you to Good Reads and the Author for letting it be given away.
Sarah Cole-wright
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing author.. very funny and will have you wanting MORE!!!! You will cry and even laugh out loud. It will make you take a good hard look at what you have and make you cherish it.
Alisa
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I can relate to most of the real-life scenarios that Susannah B. Lewis cleverly describes. However, the total takeover of Biblical quotes, alienated me as someone who doesn't practice. It took away from my pleasure when reading the book.
Pattie Wells
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book that is the first 8 chapters. I loved her fiction novels and she is one of the few authors that I will get excited over in advance and that I will keep everything she writes. I was expecting to love this book as well but anticipated it to be like a normal biography with the exception that watching her videos on Facebook I knew about her personal life, past and present, so I would probably relate more to what she chose to include. I was surprised. Reading ...more
JeanMarieT
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have finished reading my advanced release copy of Can’t Make This Stuff Up. This is the first non-fiction book of Susannah B Lewis’ books. I have read her other books and also recommend them. In this book Susannah uses each chapter to tell the story of a life event, some small, some major, and then she relates it to a life lesson learned. Most of these lessons are steps of faith and learning to trust her God more deeply. Her story telling style is easygoing and relatable; her lessons learned a ...more
Kayla Meyers
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a sample copy of this book that included the first 8 chapters for my honest review.

Susannah Lewis delivers you a genuine story about navigating life. You experience her joys and tragedies with her, she writes in such a compelling and heartfelt way that you can't help but feel what she is feeling. She mixes in a bit of humor which is the type of storytelling that I was used to from her. You can feel the pain and joy in her writing. Susannah is a follower of God and you go through her
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Denise Vaughn
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought I had hit the jackpot when I was lucky enough to get the first 8 chapters in an ARC. Well let me tell you it was not the best thing in the world. I wanted more!!! It was like getting a 'taste' of the best apple pie in the South and not getting the whole pie!!! Seriously it was that good. I love to read books about the South. I have never been there, but I sure hope to someday. This is a non-fiction book by Susannah B. Lewis and she can tell a story. Laughter, tears, hope, encouragement ...more
Barbie
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader Sampler of this book from the publisher

If you enjoy a good conversation of reminiscing with a friend, a friend from small town southern USA, then you will enjoy the smiles, the laughs and even the tears as Susannah shares her life stories. Infused with scripture and Biblical truths you will see the path she has chosen and how she stays on that path today. I anxiously await the rest of her story!
Lisa Kersten
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. Can't Make This Stuff Up! By Susannah B. Lewis, and this book is my favorite read so far this year! I loved her as a blogger, but goodness Susannah is funny, relatable, and quite possibly my new favorite author.

As a southerner myself, I especially loved reading about her testimony and her walk with Christ, even when it was difficult. She made me laugh, cry, and reminisce about my formable years.
I recommend this book for anyone who
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Leah Miller
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced sampler of this book with the first 8 chapters. I love that Susannah is so real about events in her life and how her faith has brought her through some tough times. Her book is easy to relate to and full of encouraging messages. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a laugh and needs encouragement to find the positives in life when life is bringing you down.
Lisa Brannon
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got to read the first 8 chapters of this book and I cannot wait for it to come out so I can purchase it to finish it! So far, this has been such a good book! You will cry, laugh, and find yourself saying “yep, I know exactly what you mean!” I felt like I could relate with much of what she talks about! What I love the most is how she ends every chapter praising God-giving Him the glory! What an awesome platform she’s been given to witness to others! God has revealed to her, her gift and she use ...more
Tricia Scott
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received my exclusive sampler of Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Yesterday and I have a Hard time Putting it down except to sleep. This sampler makes me really want the rest of the book ASAP. Susanna B. Lewis puts into words her Southern roots life with laughter and tears (good tears). Susannah touches on real life things that I to have endured as well. Her words are remarkable and the scriptures back her words up 100%. My step dad passed two years ago and the words I have read today not only gave m ...more
Meredith Stone
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have watched her videos on Facebook for some time now and she always manages to make me laugh. For this book, I love how she incorporated humor with her messages about Christianity. I loved this book. I downloaded the Audible version where she reads it herself and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Carrie Palmer
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read the first eight chapters of this book. I have read other books by this author that were fiction and I loved them! This book was completely different in content and I loved it even more! She is so real and has wonderful insight on how to use scripture and faith to get through this life. It will make you laugh....it will make you cry. It will certainly make you think. Great read!
Marci Tatum
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to be chosen as a reviewer for this book. I was sent a sample of the book including the first 8 chapters. I am in school so finding time to read for pleasure is difficult. I picked this book up this morning and could not stop until I finished it.

The author Susannah is incredibly funny. She is also religious. I thoroughly enjoyed her religious and humorous spin on her life, even through some tough tribulations, through god, she found "the upside to life's downs".

It might be just t
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Beth McCraw
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will definitely be reading this one again and again through the years!
jennifer hendricks
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of the first 8 chapters of this book from the publisher. Let me tell you, I’m so glad I pre ordered the book not only in print form but audible also! Susannah’s southern upbringing resonates throughout the book with humor and uplifting spiritual content. I first found Susannah on the Anna and Susannah show podcast and I’m so glad I did. This woman’s gets it! From raising kids to raising dogs she gets it. Now run get your pre-order on so you can enjoy some laughs, tears and just ...more
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Susannah B. Lewis is the author of Ten Years Taken, The Charm of the Defeated, Suspicion on Sugar Creek and Unfortunate Ursula Underwood. Her first non-fiction book, Can’t Make this Stuff Up, will be released by Thomas Nelson in April 2019. Susannah’s work has been featured on Yahoo!, Lifetime, TODAY, US Weekly, Southern Writers’ Magazine, The Humor Daily and Erma Bombeck’s Humor Writers, among ot ...more