This review of Messy, Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages by Darlene Schacht is made possible by Family Christian. All opinions are my own.
Last Christmas, I received a book in the mail as part of a Secret Santa swap. It was The Good Wife’s Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet by Darlene Schacht, known to many as the Time Warp Wife. So much in that book spoke to me, but I found myself longing for more words of wisdom as it applied to marriage. Darlene has done just that with her new book, Messy, Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages.
About Messy, Beautiful Love
“Messy Beautiful Love” delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.
Love gets messy.
Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.
“Messy Beautiful Love” is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.
When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience. “Messy Beautiful Love” is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.
Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages is available in paperback for $15.99.
My Thought on Messy, Beautiful Love
Having read The Good Wife’s Guide, I knew that Darlene would be continually calling to mind the type of marriage Christians are called to have. What I didn’t expect was her being raw and honest while exposing a dark time of her own marriage when it was God’s Grace and her husband’s unwavering belief in Christian marriage that kept it from completely dissolving. That’s a hard thing to fathom in a culture where they say half of all marriages end in divorce.
It was her brutal honesty that had me continuing to read the pages and see what else I could relate to in her words. There were plenty of things as I know that my own marriage has had its share of messiness. And, through the pages you’ll be reminded that God’s grace is sufficient for you, too.
Each of the chapters ends with a challenge that can help you improve your marriage. Some are easier to do than others, depending upon where you relationship currently sits. And, she recognizes it by reminding you that every marriage is different and what might work for one won’t necessarily work for you.
After progressing through the book, she ends with a wonderful spiritual focus on marriage with 31 prayers for her marriage including Scripture references. If there is one thing I learned long ago, it is that we have to pray constantly for our marriage and spouse. It doesn’t make problems evaporate, but it can help to refocus your eyes on what is most important rather than the trivial things of daily life which can grate on your nerves.
One lucky blog reader will win a copy of this inspirational book on marriage. Visit the Messy, Beautiful Love giveaway post by December 3, 2014 to enter for your chance to win.
What are some things you have done to help build up your marriage rather than tear it down?
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