The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life - eBook  -     By: Karen Linamen
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780307729590
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  1. Midwest, US
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    I found this chocolate lacking
    November 4, 2011
    The J Family Mom
    Midwest, US
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I thought the book had a great premise and enjoyed the antedotes and chocolate references. While the author had seemed to experienced some difficult times and wanted to guide her children well, I found her biblical basis and references lacking. She seemed to quote others when she made a biblical point, so she didn't have to be the one to say something "religious" and instead it was made by someone else. Want a book with guiding stories from real life? Then read this, but if you're looking for a biblical basis and backing for her advice then you'll find this chocolate lacking as I did.

    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."
  2. Manila, Philippines
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging book for people going through problems
    September 7, 2011
    Brewed Coffee
    Manila, Philippines
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I chose the book "The Chocolate Diaries" by Karen Scalf Linamen, specifically because of the word "chocolate." As we all know, chocolate is one of those comfort foods we turn to when we are sometimes stressed, depressed or simply craving for that bittersweet taste. So I had this thinking that this would probably be a feel-good book. And I was not disappointed.

    Going through the pages is like having an afternoon chat with a good friend over a nice cup of coffee. It's an intimate and candid book that talks about personal stories of the author herself as well as stories of friends and people who inspired her in life. It is an easy, light read that is full of fun stories and points to ponder on, as well as wonderful chocolate recipes. That said, don't expect in-depth discussions on theological aspects of faith. But with all the humor, there are bits and pieces of wisdom that you can find in the stories that the author shared. One can't help but be touched by some of the stories, and there are some that one can actually identify with.

    The book talks about how women (probably men too) can cope with life's problems or what the author calls the rocky road of life. The bumps will be there throughout the journey, but instead of cursing those bumps, the journey can be made sweeter, or at least more bearable through the support of friends and those God-send people that come to the rescue when we least expect it. But while we can turn to friends for help, there are times that we will be left on our own to struggle through the rough roads. Who then do we turn to? I like what the author said: "But time and time again, as I dangled at the end of a fraying rope, I find myself crying out to God...I was struck daily by the realization that when all was said and done, there was only one Person I could turn to for the sweet relief I so desperately craved.........

    So even as you are brought to your knees on the most bitter of paths, look to God's Word and give him the chance to help you."

    Reading "The Chocolate Diaries" is like eating chocolate. It is satisfying and it leaves a lingering sweet taste long after the chocolate has melted in the mouth and has been swallowed. The book may not be so radically life changing but it is definitely inspiring and one that gives encouragement for the journey ahead.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  3. Iowa
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Sweet Read!
    August 13, 2011
    Sara
    Iowa
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Chocolate Diaries - Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life.

    I enjoyed reading this faith-based, positive and uplifting book. Karen Scalf Linamen takes personal experiences and compiles them in to 15 stories of women's journeys through life - the good and the bad. I enjoyed how the author compares these trials and events in life to chocolate. The book also includes recipes for some sweet treats. This book is like sitting down with a girlfriend for a cup of coffee.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  4. Littleton, CO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshing and Delightful
    August 4, 2011
    Victoria
    Littleton, CO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'll be honest: sometimes I hear stories of the things that other women have gone through or are currently facing, and I feel ashamed at how relatively good my life has been. Any bumps on the road of my life have been minor, simply irritating pebbles compared with the boulders that other women find themselves crashed against. Because of that, I don't really know how to relate to someone who is facing something life-changing, like divorce, serious illness or abuse. But the one thing I have going for me in that department is I like to read, and I've read this book.

    Karen Scalf Linamen has hilariously pulled together stories from dozens of women who have tested and approved strategies for embracing a sweeter life--even while traveling rocky roads. This book is chock full of joy, reasons to laugh, ideas to help you heal and reliable hop leading to a sweeter future. It is also riddled with recipes to help you find ways to indulge in a little chocolate every day.

    Ms. Linamen is the kind of writer that makes you feel like you've made a new friend. She expertly weaves in stories from her life that lend to the book's authenticity. Her advice is sound and her humor is refreshing. I may not know quite what to say to someone who is going through a rough time, but I could point them to this book. I think it could be a ray of sunshine on what else would be a dark, lonely path.

    This book was sent to me by WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review, as a part of their Blogging for Books program.
  5. San Diego, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational and Delicious!
    August 3, 2011
    JanM
    San Diego, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    From the first chapter, "Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen," I was hooked. Karen Linamen shares personal stories and the experiences of friends in a humorous way that made me want to keep reading.

    The author's stories and scripture are encouraging and inspirational. One of my favorite chapters was on 'thought toxins.' You know, the negative thoughts that pop up, wasting our time and causing us stress. The author shares emotional 'pick-me-ups' sprinkled with a few great chocolate recipes sent in by her readers.

    You'll find plenty of concrete suggestions in this book, but it's much more than just "how to." Each chapter ends with "Food for Thought," questions to help you further examine each topic as it applies to your life.

    I finished this book feeling entertained and empowered to make simple changes in my life which will, as the title says, sweeten the journey.

    I also immediately went to my cupboard to find the ingredients to make the Three minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug, from page 139!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook 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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