I have read other books by Karen Scalf Linamen, and I appreciate her honesty and heartfelt delivery in her writing. Her newest book, “The Chocolate Diaries”, that I read for Blogging for Books” is no exception. She is straightforward, but inserts joy and humor as she relates how she has learned “sweet secrets” along her recent rocky road of life. I appreciated the inclusion of other uplifiting stories of those who have overcome obstacles and what they did to embrace a sweeter life. This is an easy read, and a great one for a book club — she includes thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter for discussion (along with a fun chocolate recipe submitted by readers!) My favorite chapter is #6 — “Eat Chocolate, Write More, Feel Better” where Karen gives some great hints and ideas for journaling that can help you through the rocky and sweeter times of life.
I recently read Max Lucado’s newest book, “Max on Life” for Booksneeze. This was a great book — it covered so many of the questions that we have about God, marriage and family, hope and hurt, and even the after life. I appreciate that this book covers so many areas, and Max’s straightforward yet graceful answers to the questions are easily understood and backed with appropriate Scripture. I would recommend this book for anyone — whether you are a Christian far along the journey or someone who is just beginning their walk with Christ. This is easily a “go-to” book to keep on the bookshelf — there are handy topical and Scripture indexes at the back of the book for easy reference.