Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen

What a wonderful title!!! The subtitle to this book is "Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life".
I absolutely loved this book! The cover has an unusual feel to it and the colors are eye-attracting!
I loved reading the stories that different people shared about how they make life a sweeter journey. Each chapter has a "thought" at the beginning, a block of information called Sweet Secrets in which different people answer the question 'What's your secret to a sweeter life?', and (at the end of each chapter) a section called Food for Thought, which basically are questions to be used for reflection or discussion.
This book would make a great book study for a group of women from all walks of life! Oh, I almost the VERY end of each chapter is a recipe featuring chocolate! Yummy! I envisioned using each recipe as the snack for the book study each week!

There are many easy ways to make life sweeter discussed, such as changing one word in your vocabulary . Instead of saying , I HAVE to do this and that and oh I am so stressed!! Just say I GET to do this and that and oh what a blessing that I get to do these things!
Another chapter focuses on friendships and healthy loving relationships as a way to journey through the rocky roads of life with hope and the company of those who love you.
I loved reading through it and then going back through it and doing the Food for Thought questions. This one is high on my list to share with friends!

I received this book free to review from Waterbrook Press and have not been obligated to provide a positive review.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Multnomah Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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