It's Always Darkest Before the Fun Comes Up : There are two kinds of laughter. One is a hollow hilarity that masks pain too deep for words. The other is a full, joyous laugh that sounds triumphantly on the far side of life's dark passages. Comedian Chonda Pierce knows about both kinds. In It's Always Darkest Before the Fun Comes Up, this spunky preacher's daughter will do more than tickle your ribs. She'll touch the place in you where laughter and tears dwell side by side. She'll show you the deep wisdom of a merry heart. And with humor and honesty, she'll reveal the God who knows how to turn life's worst punches into its most glorious punch lines-in his perfect time. SC, 172 pages.