The Barnes & Noble Review
A good dose of sugar for the soul is something we all need occasionally, and who better to supply it than fellow life-learners who've garnered their smarts through experience. In a collection of 55 enriching stories, Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit provides "hope, strength and wisdom" to young women looking for a bit of inspirational "chocolate."
Divided into eight sections, this affirmative volume sheds insight into themes on life, such as "Discovering Life's Treasures," "Teen Mischief," and "Proud Mamas," with stories ranging from the surprising to triumphant. Included among the gems are Laurie Nuck's story about a car salesman who gets his comeuppance, "How Slick Stan Learned Probability"; Judith Bader Jones's "Plastic Curtains," relating a girl's struggle with her mom's new boyfriend; and Sheila Stephens's poem "Spirit Petals."
Young women looking for a spirit-stirring pick-me-up will find it here. From these truthful and poignant stories, they'll be motivated to look at themselves more closely and share their own wisdom with friends and family. Teachers and parents will also find this book a useful springboard for discussions on life choices and emotional well-being. An enlightening choice for birthdays, book clubs, or someone who's down, Allenbaugh's collection is one sweet read.
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Heartwarming, haunting, and often hilarious, the delicious true-life stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit will remind you how much you have in common with young women everywhere. The Chocolate storytellers have shared their own moving experiences about setting a goal and reaching it, about being the victim of a cruel trick and rising above it, about finding love in unexpected places, and about finding the divine in all things. These stories will comfort you and show you that joy often lies just on the other side of pain. You'll also discover why a bit of mischief can sometimes open the path to spiritual fulfillment.
Alive with humor, honesty, and the intimacy of close friends, Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit will help you discover all the facets of a spirit-filled life ways to nurture your faith in yourself, to use your creative gifts, to find love through friends, parents, partners, and teachers, and to experience pure joy.
The stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit are written by teens themselves as well as by women with good memories for those years gone by. From lighthearted vignettes to poignant confessions, these stories touch on the things all young women face as they move into adulthood and search for spiritual grounding during times both tame and turbulent. These stories also celebrate the mentors that I believe God supplies each of us the role models, teachers, and friends we encounter along the way to help guide us when we're lost, believe in us when we're afraid to believe in ourselves, and cheer for us when we succeed.
So find a comfy, sacred place, nibble on some chocolate, and let the heartwarming stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit fill your heart. As you turn the pages, listen for the messages that were meant just for you and look for the stories that would bring your friends the comfort they need as well. I hope that these stories will provide inspiration and show you how far you've come as you decide what you value, what qualities you hold dear in yourself and others, and where to find spiritual comfort when you need it most.
May Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit warm your heart and bring you the hope, strength, and wisdom you so richly deserve.
Copyright © 2002 by Kay Allenbaugh