My review is on the book The Chocolate Diaries - Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life by Karen Scalf Linamen. The basic focus of the book is to give it's readers savvy strategies for embracing a sweeter life-even when life leads you down a rocky road! Ideas for how to find more joy, give you reasons to laugh again and ideas to help you heal.
Sprinkled at the end of each delectable chapter are some great yummy chocolate recipes to try! Many are very tempting!!
Ms. Scalf Linamen creatively uses chocolate as a theme for her book, it's chapter titles, notes and jokes. I have to say that she is pretty creative author!
I had high hopes for this book. I was excited about it and it's chocolate theme!! But as I began reading I began to think that there was just something missing. It seemed to me to just touch the surface of how to have joy and not go deep enough to penetrate my serious nature. Don't get me wrong, it's not that bad of a book but I find it a bit on the shallow side of truly leading someone in need of deep joy to it's source. God is talked about and readers are encouraged to seek Him but not in a way that would cause one to realize that our TRUE joy comes from a personal relationship with Him. To me that was a little disappointing.
The stories are somewhat funny, much is about the author's own life-she couldn't have had a more colorful one!! She also sprinkles in experiences from friends and family members as well. Let me tell you the people that she knows have gone through some tough experiences!! Wow!!
All in all the book was just okay in my opinion. I'm sure many people would like it but it didn't meet my standards. The chocolate recipes did however!!! Man they were good!!
In my opinion, The Chocolate Diaries fall short of a 5 star dessert but is worth maybe 3 stars for the creativity displayed and the great recipes.
You can take a sneak peek at the first chapter here.
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. No other compensation was given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own”.