The Chocolate Diaries
by Karen Scalf Linamen
I loved reading this book. Karen took stories from women who were experiencing different problems in their lives and put them together. Karen shows us that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I thoroughly loved that at the end of each chapter was a recipe having to do with chocolate. I know I can't wait to try the fab fondue!
One of my favorite chapters was Eat Chocolate. Write More. Feel Better. where she says "When we journal about these events, the narrative we create helps anchor the trauma...In other words, we take the floating puzzle pieces and find permanent places for them in the bigger picture of our lives. Plus, making a coherent story out of events that feel messy or chaotic helps us feel more in control." This is something that hit home. I love to write, I have always loved to write. Many people in my life think that it is odd that I keep an online journal and a private diary. When you think of someone keeping a diary you think of a teenage girl writing about a cute boy she met, or at least that's what I think of. However, I choose to keep a journal because I learned a long time a go that writing out what is going on in my life and how I'm feeling about it, is a huge release. I wasn't sure that anyone else understood that, but I see that Karen does and I love her for sharing this with me.
Karen's book was very inspiring to me, definitely a book that I would encourage my friends to buy.
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.*