Saturday, November 22, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

You'll find a lot of books these days that are honest about how messy marriage can get.  I mean, think about it.  Spending decades with the same person, only now what was once cute and quirky is now irritating and annoying.  Problem is, most of the books that declare marriage messy don't encourage you to remain in the mess.

"Messy Beautiful Love" kind of does just that.  Darlene admits her own messiness in her marriage and discusses how the mess came about.  But she doesn't stop there.  Instead, Darlene demonstrates how to turn the mess into a beautiful new kind of love.

The kind of love that goes the distance.

The kind of love that brings honor to God.

Not the kind of love that says "Suck it up and deal".  Nope, this isn't a manual on how to suffer in silence all for the glory of God.  Those books need to be removed from your shelf immediately, and replaced with "Messy Beautiful Love".

Darlene lives out her message and shares it with readers so they can see this "Messy Beautiful Love" in action.  We learn best by seeing a concrete example, and she is brave enough to allow us to watch her life as it unfolds with the message of the book.

I'll stick my neck out here and suggest that newlyweds could use a copy of this book as a wedding gift with a note that says "Read in case of emergency!" attached.  More marriages might be "Messy Beautiful Love" affairs if this gets out!

My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson for my copy in exchange for an honest review.  This may be the best book about marriage you'll read, so be sure to get a copy!

Happy Reading!



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