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Stand All the Way Up: Stories of Staying In It When You Want to Burn It All Down

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Whenever you face the hard stuff—the pieces and parts of life that keep you up at night, relentlessly reminding you that the “simple and easy” path is somehow a turn you’ve missed along the way —is your first instinct to try to make it all simply go away? You might wonder if it’s possible to just ignore it, or, better yet, to burn it all down.

During a particularly difficul
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by B Books
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Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and B&H Publishing Group for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All opinions and views are my own.

Prior to Stand All The Way Up I have never read a book by Sophie Hudson. This woman is funny and authentic. I can't say anything particularly lightning-boltish-from-the-sky-raining-fresh-theology occured here, but it read like a coffee date with an encouraging friend. And if that's the vibe you're looking for, this is a good book. While my biggest complaint is that the or
Lauren Denton
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is another one I've loved during this time of chaos. It's made me laugh (a lot) and cry and nod my head vigorously and underline and highlight and take pictures of bits of text to send to friends. It's so honest and raw but coated in grace and kindness and wit. Thank the Lord for Sophie Hudson. ...more
Richard Propes
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Hudson understands.

She understands what its like to sit at the hospital for days on end as a loved one prayerfully breathes into their final moments of life.

She understands what it's like to live in a body that can act more than a little unpredictably and the awkward combination of shame and determination that one feels when this occurs.

She understands shame. She understands what it's like to live in a body that embarrasses you and that causes you to isolate from others including those
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, for-women
Reading this book is like a conversation with a dear friend. Sophie is a consummate storyteller and honest guide, full of wisdom and hilarious hot takes. I laughed, I cried and I stopped to think. Even though warmth and intimacy exudes from the pages, you'll be encouraged to put down the book and engage your real-life friends and community. I was encouraged to extend grace, to stand up when needed and to look at my own junk with honesty. What a great book for the year of our Lord 2020. ...more
Kylie Hunt
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Prior to "Stand All The Way Up" I hadn't had the privilege to read any books written by Sophie Hudson.

This book was a great introduction to her work as it was both witty and heartfelt.
It is one of those books that feels like a coffee chat with a dear friend and I really appreciated that aspect of it.

I think the below quote from the book is one of my favorites and sums up the message of it:
"We can't be agents of change when we're too busy fuming and screaming and ranting and railing. And as I've
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the stars!!! I listened to the audiobook, which I had been checking audible for every single day since the release of the book and snapped it up just as soon as it released. Jesus knee this would be the book we would need right now and He gave Sophie Hudson the hilarious and heartfelt and stirring words! It was just so, so good!! A must read/listen!
Candice Foldenauer
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The chapter on body image was vulnerable and powerful. The chapter on her mother's passing was the kind of writing that made me fall in love with Sophie's writing in her first book. ...more
Carrie ReadingtoKnow
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
I laughed SO HARD at the beginning of this book. This was my first introduction to Sophie Hudson and oh. my. does she ever know how to tell a story. I literally could not breathe I was laughing so hard. Tears were streaming down my face within those first few chapters. I liked Hudson immediately.

But I'm still giving this book two stars because I have no idea what this book was ultimately about.

At first, I thought it was about going with the flow of life, taking your knocks, but standing back u
Lauren Kornegay (fortwords)
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stand All The Way Up • Sophie Hudson
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5)

“I really don’t want to burn it all down. I want holy fire to fall.”
Thumbs Up:
Witty and funny writing! Great examples in her stories, and good, gospel centered reflections.

👎🏻Thumbs Down:
I have nothing bad to say. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and think and it really hit home.

🤓For readers WHO:
-enjoy essay style writing
-like Christian memoir/personal growth

👉🏼This is wh
Ruth Hoehler
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read almost all of Sophie’s books & I am just a fan of hers. From her raisins’ in Mississippi, to her now living in Alabama, she speaks my language. This book had many of her hilarious stories & anecdotes, but it also had some great spiritual truths in it too. Namely: the epilogue! Not the funniest, but hands-down the best part of the book! (So glad I read it! Ha) The chapter about her mama was just beautiful & heart-wrenching. Her message in the last chapter that specifically speaks to t ...more
Caitlin Waits
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ultimately, I found this book hopeful and encouraging, especially during our difficult time of pandemic and racial tensions. Hudson’s (honestly, I feel like calling the author Sophie after finishing this book!) voice is warm and fun, like your favorite aunt, as she recounts her life stories and brings in what God taught her without being overly pedantic or didactic.

It did take me a sustained reading session to really get into the book, and I’m sure some is from being a generation younger than H
Morgan Murphy
Jun 14, 2021 rated it liked it
This book reads more like a blog and the audiobook sounds more like a podcast. There are many encouraging stories from Sophie’s life. She tells her stories in a way that you want to finish them, but I wish there was more. It was such a quick read that when I found myself really invested, it was was coming to a close.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sophie feels like an old friend and after listening to her and Melanie on their podcast, it just seems natural to have her in my ears narrating her book. She feels like a good friend and I appreciate her humor, her willingness to write about her faith, and the way she is so relatable.
Lynn Trollope
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prefect for my soul

This was so timely. I read it in less then two days. I think I can tackle next week with my head held high.
Amy Langmaack
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2020
This collection of stories was put together to remind the reader that they can get through the hard stuff. In this series of essays Hudson put together, she shares candidly about the hard things she has endured in the last few years. It’s enough to knock a person over. And yet, Hudson is coming out of that season with her spunk and humor intact.

In comical stories, sarcasm and real moments of pain, Hudson reminds us that through it all it is God who sustains us. Through His Word and His people he
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Sophie Hudson and I loved Stand All the Way Up!! Sophie writes just like she talks, and if you've ever heard her speak you know she is hilarious!! This life is filled with many difficulties. Difficulties that sometimes would just be easier to ignore. With her unique, humorous voice, Hudson encourages us to instead stand up for ourselves, for the ones we love, for those who can't stand up for themselves and for the Kingdom. Stand All the Way Up is such a timely read for the current circums ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've spent much of 2020 feeling a little (sometimes a lot) isolated and confused by the Church (capital C) I have always loved. In my burnout and loneliness, I've had moments of wanting to stand and fight, moments of wanting to run away, and moments of wanting to sit in a corner with my fingers in my ears. Throughout this year, God has been faithful to whisper in my ear the encouragement I've needed at just the right time, and this book was one of His loudest whispers to me. Sophie Hudson gets i ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Move over, Erma Bombeck. There’s a new queen on the humor scene. Her name is Sophie Hudson. And although she may not be new to you, she was to me. Ditto her hilarious, excruciatingly insightful Stand All the Way Up: Stories of Staying in it When you Want to Burn it All Down.

Talk about a breath of fresh air.

Anyone who opens a book with monkeys invading an open air lodge in Kenya and stealing Cajun-flavored Pistachios has me hooked. Ditto an author who candidly admit she’s “having issues” with bi
Sophie Hudson definitely knows how to tell a story! And she does so with humor and sass. For the most part, I enjoyed reading this collection of stories that reminded me to stand up - that's a concept I sometimes struggle with because it's often easier and way more comfortable for me to sit down.
Some of the stories are personal and rambled with more detail than I needed or wanted to know. This is a personal feeling -I would have probably felt differently if I had heard of the author before I pic
Lisa Hudson
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

In her latest book STAND ALL THE WAY UP: Stories of Staying In It When You Want to Burn It All Down author Sophie Hudson (no relation) brings it all to the table - the good, the bad and the ugly. In doing so, Hudson uses her signature wit, sass and wisdom to bring a beautiful blessing for readers. Hudson’s writing style is so remarkable. She has the ability to make readers feel as though they are one of her best friends and they have met at their favorite Coffee Sho
Gretchen Garrison
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before I finished this book, I had only listened to Sophie Hudson's books. I must say that her style of writing is enjoyable either way. (I do think I will have to listen to this one eventually though because I LOVE her accent and voice!) While I still have 3 1/2 years until I turn 50, I can so relate to the different situations that Sophie wrote about.. (Okay, fine, we are in the same stage of life!) While this book has been finished for a few months in anticipation of its release, to me based ...more
Marie Bungard
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite reads are those that motivate, encourage, and make me more aware of
what is happening in this crazy world. Not self help so much as books that say 'I've been where you've been and this is how 'we' dealt with it. We? Never alone, always with God and the great people He placed in our lives for the purpose of coming alongside.

Sophie Hudson's (Stand All The Way Up) writing style is straight forward, say it like it is, and downright funny.

Here are a few concepts that are covered in this b
I'd missed Sophie story-telling. And make no mistake, this is a collection of stories from the south, told in a southern way. If you've read her previous books, read her blog, and/ or listen to her podcast with Melanie Shakle than I am sure you'll like this book, too.

Sophie is one of those Internet people I wish I knew in real life and I'd also like her to be my friend/ mentor because she's wise, but in a totally relatable and down to earth kind of way.

The book is divided into 13 chapters, each
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stand All the Way Up by Sophie Hudson is a collection of essays, or stories if you will, that reveal what God was saying to Sophie as she was going through a hard stretch in her life. I think this is a book that many of us could relate to this year as many of us have gone through a hard stretch of some sort or another.

In Stand All the Way Up, Hudson shares stories from being a mid-life woman. She shares about how difficult it was to walk with her siblings and her family through her mother's pass
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Hudson is the friend you always wished you had. She has the best stories, the best recipes, and the best sense of humor. In her new book "Stand All the Way Up: Stories of Staying In It When You Want to Burn It All Down" she knocks 2020 flat on its butt. Lulling you in with a few chapters of her usual southern charm and stories, she wastes no time in diving into scripture and calling a spade a spade. "I am so angry" she exclaims at one point, actually she exclaims "I am so angry. I am so a ...more
Debra Laughlin
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Hudson has a sense of humor like a Erma Bombeck only with more butter and college football. In her book of short essays on life and its seasons of challenges and joys, Hudson treats the reader to her southern wit and charming view of her lot in life. Claiming that she is a people pleaser, Hudson has done much to work against that and finally land on some acceptance of her roles as mother, wife, podcaster, author, and business woman. It's amazing that we're not related because just as many ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Stand All the Way Up
Stories of Staying In It When You Want to Burn It All Down
by Sophie Hudson

B&H Publishing Group (B&H Books, Holman Bibles, B&H Español, and B&H Kids)
B&H Books
Christian | Religion & Spirituality
Pub Date 16 Jun 2020

I am reviewing a copy of Stand All the Way Up though B&H Publishing/B&H Books and Netgalley:

There are things we struggle with everyday for some it’s weight, or other self esteem issues. There are times we live in low places, Sophie Hudson knows this well and in S
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The world is heavy right now, though this isn’t the only time in history the world has experienced some of the things we are going through. However, with that, I have been needing some extra humor, but yet faith encouragement reads in my life. This new book by Sophie Hudson, titled, Stand All the Way Up ~ Stores of Staying In It When You Want to Burn it All Down, was just what I needed. Relatable things to laugh at, cry to, and encourage me in my faith!

This book is about sharing what she has lea
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes we just need a book that will make us laugh. A book that we feel like we can really connect to the author, and it seems as if that author is just having a friendly conversation with us. Stand All the Way Up is that type of book. I really enjoyed reading this book, and feel that it would be an encouraging and fun read for any woman, but especially women in the 30-60 year age range.

Hudson uses personal stories to illustrate Biblical truths that are easily applicable to our lives. My favo
Joy Wolfe
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Sophie Hudson's books, so needless to say, I was anxiously awaiting her newest book and it did not disappoint! I don't know the author, but reading her book makes you feel like you're sitting down with a good cup of coffee and a girlfriend. She opens up about issues in her life that we all face from time to time and it was so refreshing to have someone put into words what so many of us feel or have gone through. The first few chapters had me crying I was laughing so hard, but b ...more
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Sophie Hudson loves to laugh more than just about anything. She began writing her blog,, in November 2005, and much to her surprise, she's stuck with it. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Sophie loves cheering like crazy at college football games and watching ...more

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