I recently finished reading an advanced review copy of The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen, which will be hitting stores May 3, 2011. The book shares stories from Karen as well as from dozens of other women on what they do to cope on this rocky road we call life.
Each chapter contains “Sweet Secrets” where someone answers the question: “What’s your favorite secret to a sweeter journey on the rocky road of life?” Some answers include taking a break to indulge in their favorite chocolate treat, others read excerpts from the bible and look to God to help them.
The end of each chapter contains some “Food for Thought” questions. These questions help you take the stories that you read about overcoming difficulties and make you think about them in relation to your own life. I liked this feature in the book because they would be great questions for discussion in a book group but they are also just great questions to answer for yourself to try and get yourself into a more positive mindset.
Also included at the end of several chapters were “Because Real Women Don’t Need a Cookbook” recipes. All of which include one main ingredient, yep, you guessed it – Chocolate!
The book was enjoyable and eye opening and I definitely recommend it to anyone who might be looking for guidance to a sweeter journey on the rocky road of life!
About Karen – No stranger to good chocolate, Karen Scalf Linamen is a popular speaker and the author of several books for women, including Just Hand Over the Chocolate and No One Will Get Hurt and Chocolathereapy: Satisfying the Deepest Cravings of Your Inner Chick. Karen writes, entertains, cooks, and pursues the sweet life with her family in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.