Saturday, April 4, 2009

Life is Tough - by Stacy Gooch - Anderson Book Review by Michele Ashman Bell

If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Stacy Gooch Anderson, I am excited to introduce this wonderful woman to you and tell you a little about her and her new book, "Life is Tough - I Doubt I'll Make It Out Alive."

The first moment you come face to face with Stacy, you can't help but notice her eyes and her incredible smile. They are like magnets that draw you in. Just like her books. She has a way of writing that pulls the reader in and makes them feel right at home. She's an everyday woman, with an extraordinarily positive way of looking at life. Her book, "Life is Tough" is a testament that a positive outlook and humor are crucial in getting through challenges and difficulties in life.

As I read each story in the book I found myself laughing, crying and totally relating to all of life's "a-ha" and "oh no" moments that we all face at one time or another. I particularly laughed at the story in Life Lesson Number Eight: The best things in life are worth all the pain and misery it takes to claim them as your own. Stacy shares the lovely experience of being pregnant and giving birth for the first time. I think all women who have had this experience probably went into it with one expectation and came out of it with a completely different reality. I particularly loved it when Stacy wrote:

"The next day the nurse brought me this wailing bundle, which looked like an oversized fly larvae with a red face. I gave it back. "This isn't mine."

Stacy's candid approach and insightful depictions of real life will lift and edify the reader and brighten anyone's day.

I'll leave you with one of Stacy's daily Life Savers:

"Never argue with a stupid person because when you do, they will drag you down to their level."

Stacy's book can be found at:


Barnes and Noble


Deseret Book

Seagull Book


JoAnn Arnold said...

I've just finished "Life is Tough..." and I agree. In fact I'll be reviewing it on my blog, as well.

Stacy G. Anderson said...

Thank you, Michele! You are way too kind! Although I have to admit, the sparkle in my eye you referred to? My son's insist it's the glint of a madwoman!!! ;-)

Love you, friend!!!