Monday, September 5, 2011

The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Linamen

Ready to Make Some Sweet Changes? 

Karen Linamen dishes up a satisfying blend of moxie and mocha, sharing stories from dozens of women who reveal savvy strategies for embracing a sweeter life—even while traveling rocky roads. If you’re hungry for more joy, reasons to laugh again, ideas to help you heal, and reliable hope leading to a sweeter future, this journey will leave you satisfied.

Funny, transparent, and uplifting,
The Chocolate Diaries is like taking a road trip with good friends who are wise about life. And while you’re at it, indulge (just a little) in the quirky recipes for concocting chocolate delights out of whatever ingredients you can round up in your kitch. The road may still be bumpy, but you’ll be having too much fun to care. ~~synopsis from Goodreads

The subtitle of this book is Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life. Don't ya love it? 

What an amazing book! This book contains some great advise, presented in a very fun way. And the author talks about chocolate -- a lot!  How yummy is that? Ms. Linamen has a great sense of humor and I think I would love to be her friend - she would be so much fun. 

Some of her chapter titles and her words of wisdom at the beginning of the chapters are a hoot. Check these out and if these don't make you want to read this book, I don't know what will.

Great chapter titles 
  • Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen  
  • There's More to Life Than Chocolate (Sometimes There's Chocolate with Nuts) 
  • Chocolate-Covered Bacon Lollipop, Anyone?  
Words of wisdom that I enjoyed  
  • In case of heated argument, add chocolate. It makes everything sweeter and can help two people stick together.  
  • Prayer. Friends. Laughter. Tears. What a recipe for healing! Throw in some chocolate and there's a good chance you could fix the world. 
  • Every morning, put eating chocolate at the top of your to-do list. That way, you'll always get one thing done. 
I will especially follow that final words of wisdom tidbit - it makes sense to me!
There are also some great recipes and ideas for enjoying chocolate throughout the book - bonus!! 
I really enjoyed this book and got some great advice but not in a 'preachy' kind of way. It did give me some things to think about. I loved her writing so much I am going to check out some of her other books. Maybe Ms. Linamen can help me in other aspects of my life. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for review. I was not obligated to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.


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