Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Chocolate Diaries

Truth be told, I’m a firm believer that all women need chocolate.  When I found out about a non-fiction book about women getting through tough times with the help of family, friends, prayer, laughter, tears, and plenty of chocolate, of course I was interested in reading The Chocolate Diaries. 
In some ways, it is lighter in tone and has more humor than many of the books I’ve been reading lately, though there are certainly some heart-wrenching stories included.  Karen Scalf Linamen approaches what she refers to as “Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life” with humor and honesty that make even some of the most bitter circumstances palatable in the end.

This Christian writer, speaker, and chocolate connoisseur has authored several books for women.  This isn’t the first work she’s done about how to handle suffering with God’s grace and some good chocolate.  I liked how she incorporated some of her own tough times with the woes of other strong women who have come through suffering with a greater sense of themselves, the Lord, and, of course, the value of chocolate in whatever form you can get it.   
There are quotes, ideas about how to satisfy a chocolate craving in a pinch, and some mouth-watering recipes mixed in throughout the batch of true stories that are as inspiring as they are rich. 
I highly recommend eating chocolate in some form or another while reading the The Chocolate Diaries.  It definitely enhances the sensory experiences and helps set in stone the fact that women need chocolate.  To get your copy of The Chocolate Diaries, click here.
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