I'll Bring the Chocolate

Non-Fiction - Home/Crafts
208 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Caution – reading this book could be hazardous to your waistline.

I’ll Bring The Chocolate by Karen Porter is a delightful look at friendship and chocolate. Karen Porter compares being a faithful friend with delectable, luscious, mouth- watering chocolate. Friends rescue each other, when one is sick. The other visits, brings food, offers to clean the house, and hopefully remembers to bring chocolate.

MS Porter shares simple stories and life experiences to make her point. She skillfully describes a good friend, one that is willing to be there through the tears and laughter, one that is loyal and gives you strength when you need it. There are nine chapters. Each discusses a different aspect of friendship and a different type of chocolate--from Godiva to chocolate pie, from a box of chocolates to a chocolate fountain.

MS Porter knows her chocolate and she knows what a good friend is. At the end of each chapter is a recipe for something, chocolate. From the moment I looked at the cover of this book I knew it would be special; after all the word “chocolate” is in the title. I enjoyed I’ll Bring The Chocolate immensely. The cover is inviting, and the plot is easy to understand. MS Porter has added “Bringing the chocolate “ suggestions at the end of each chapter. I’ll Bring The Chocolate is filled with spiritual insight and written with a little humor and lots of truth. I was drooling for chocolate by the time I finished reading the whole book. I recommend this book to all Christian women.

Susy Flory

Have you ever let your ambition, your busyness, and your quest to reach your goals gradually fill up your life and not leave room for friends, faith, fun, and laughter? I'll Bring the Chocolate: Satisfying a Woman's Craving for Friendship and Faith by Karen Porter is a wake-up call for every woman who's forgotten the sweetness and strength found in deep friendships with other women.

Karen was a busy and ultra-successful executive who admits that she "swapped the need for friendship with the allure of accomplishment...I didn't mind stepping on others to climb the ladder of success." After a while, she discovered that work is no substitute for the beauty and nourishment of friendship, and she decided to seek out new friends as well as repair the damage done to existing friendships using a hard-earned collection of nine important ways to survive life's difficulties and enjoy its pleasures...with friends.

I love the chapter formats in I'll Bring the Chocolate--each starts with a little story from Karen's life, then folds in layers of biblical principles and wise morsels of advice, then finishes with discussion questions, a prayer, and a luscious chocolate recipe. A chocolate theme holds everything together, and as I read I was thinking what a wonderful book this would be for a women's group study, complete with a chocolate dessert at each meeting! Some of my very favorite stories included the Ugly Cake, the Chocolate Truffle friend (best one in the box!), and the Rescued Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise.

But most of all, I love Karen's transparency, humility, and willingness to unwrap her own shortcomings on her journey to learning how to be a good friend. I learned so much and identified with so many of the stories...and yet they are shared with love and empathy. A delicious book, and well worth reading more than once.