The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen
Reading this book is like visiting a good friend. When you arrive she is happy to see you . She knows you really well and you do not talk about the weather or gossip about a neighbor. She listens and you know she loves you. You can be goofy and kick your shoes off and let your hair down and just laugh and she laughs with you. She knows when to just sit and let you vent, and then gently leads you to words that give life from the Word of God. You can cry and not feel ashamed and you know that even if she doesn’t completely understand, she will still be your friend. And if that’s not enough, she brings out the dark chocolate truffles and lets you indulge.
This book just got better and better. At first I wasn’t sure if I was relating to the author but then a friend would visit and I would read a chapter to her and she could thoroughly relate. Other times I was promoted to send a quote from the book to a friend that encouraged them. I’m sure I’ll use this book time and time again to share with women (and men) who are going through the rocky roads of life like depression, divorce, sickness, children rebelling, or appliances breaking. The stories shared are real yet shared with a passion for life that is more of need. My favorite quote in the book is “when you’re flat on your back, keep looking up. You’re looking in the right direction”. This book will encourage you and challenge you to do just that.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.