Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

The Chocolate Diaries May 10, 2011

I just finished reading The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life by Karen Scalf Linamen. It was a really quick and easy read. And it talked about chocolate. I love chocolate. And it talked about God. I love God more.

At times, the book was a little ADD for me, but then in the book the author said she had ADD, so then I understood. There were a lot of people stories – how various individuals overcame life’s hurdles – which I liked. At the end of each chapter, there is a list of discussion questions and a chocolate recipe. To read the first chapter, click here. For a free chocolate cake in a mug recipe, click here.

While the book itself didn’t give me a whole lot to think about, what I am excited about is using this book as a starter study/discussion book for a women’s small group. The Chocolate Diaries has a real “girlfriend” vibe and I can picture a small group of women, sitting around a living room, eating chocolate, discussing life’s journey, laughing, crying and praying. The book is easy to read and very conversational, thus appealing to a wide variety of women (sorry guys, I just don’t see you reading this).

At the end of The Chocolate Diaries, Karen Scalf Linamen challenges the reader to go and “reach out to someone you know who’s traveling a rocky road and share with her one of the sweet secrets in this book.” I plan to do just that with a group of women. So usually, I give my review books away, but this one I will be keeping so that I can share life with a small group.

(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)


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