#Review / #Giveaway – Laugh, Cry, Reflect: Stories from a Joyful Heart by Amy Laundrie

Laugh, Cry, Reflect: Stories from a Joyful Heart
Memoirs / Parenting & Relationships
HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc. (June 1, 2018)
Paperback: 200 pages
ISBN-10: 1595986073
ISBN-13: 978-1595986078

Laugh, Cry, Reflect is a collection of short yet powerful personal stories. Some will make you laugh—like when you find out why the author’s 12-year-old daughter requested a home pregnancy test. Other stories may tug at your heartstrings—like when you learn what item was placed on a beloved relative’s casket. Many of these poignant essays will prompt you to reflect on moments from your own life. All are offerings of hope, wonder, and joy.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I started reading this book one or two short stories a night but on the third night, I just kept reading until the end.

I found part of this memoir to be a delight. Little snippets from the author’s life that could make you Laugh, Cry, Reflect. A set of stories about 3 runner ducks named Huey, Duey, and Louey had me doing all three. I also enjoyed the little peeks into the author’s life as a 4th-grade teacher.  The story about her “Magic Key” game with her grandaughters was my absolute favorite.

For very personal reasons, her Only One Life story had my tears flowing.  You see, there are been two times in my life beyond my control, that objects that hold near and dear memories have been left behind or lost due to moves I wish we had never had to make. That story brought back feelings about the things I didn’t get to “weed through” myself and only learned sometime later precious ones were no longer with me. It is times like these that yes, I know we only have one life to live and I realize yet again how badly I have screwed this one life up. I think I was living my life to the max like this author and God threw a huge monkey wrench into it not once but twice. There are many days I still search for my purpose and wish I could go back in time.

I found Ms. Laundrie’s memoir sent me on a little emotional roller coaster of my own, but my story is not unique. Everyone has memories that make us Laugh – Cry – Reflect. Maybe someday I will be able to put my own memoir together, but I don’t think I would ever be brave enough to share it with the world. Maybe this author’s book will help you reflect on your own life. Maybe you have a book in you that you would like to share with a precious few or the entire world.

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About the Author

A retired fourth-grade teacher, Amy Laundrie’s first book, Whinny of the Wild Horses, was published in 1990. She went on to publish a total of seven children’s books. Laugh, Cry, Reflect: Stories From a Joyful Heart is her first book for adults. Readers have called the stories poignant, humorous, and heartfelt testimonials to a woman’s life. They have universal truths and emotions that speak to a wide reading audience. All, she hopes, are offerings of hope, wonder, and joy. Find out more about Amy on her website here.

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Upcoming Wisconsin Events:

July 10 1:30-2:30, “Laugh, Cry, Reflect: Sharing Stories,” Oak Park Place, 800 Waldo St., Baraboo, WI

July 26 6:00-7:30, “Stories to Tell: Memoirs and More,” Stoughton Public Library, 304 S. 4th St., Stoughton, WI

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7 thoughts on “#Review / #Giveaway – Laugh, Cry, Reflect: Stories from a Joyful Heart by Amy Laundrie

  1. Thank you for your review on “Laugh, Cry, Reflect: Stories from a Joyful Heart” by Amy Laundrie. From the description of the book and your review, I know this is a book that I not only would love to read, but one that I’m sure will have me going through the whole spectrum of emotions That is a ood thing because I feel we need to feel every emotion at times to help us deal with our own trials and triumphs in life. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!
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  2. Thanks for this beautiful and unforgettable feature and giveaway which is a real treasure. I would enjoy the stories which are about life and how we manage our trials and tribulations.

  3. How does this book differ from other inspirational books? I have read some that actually made me feel worse than when I started the books.

    1. Dear Angie,
      As the author, I can say that the underlying theme of the book is to enjoy life, to make most of each day. You’re right; life is not all rosey but we can relish the moments of joy. Best wishes.

  4. This sounds like one of those books that during some times can be hard to read, but when you finish, you’re so glad you kept at it. I love books like that.

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