Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Messy Beautiful Love: A Book Review
Love gets messy.
Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come along to 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 our ideas for his, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.
Perhaps you've picked up this book because your marriage is messy already-now is the time to make a change. If your marriage is tidy, thank God-there is no better time to prepare for the future.
Married life is never straightforward or simple for long. But the reality is this: when you surrender your relationship to God; when you lay your marriage at his feet; when you finally cede control; 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. An invitation to surrender. The cynical world says marriages don't last. 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. That's something to be excited about.
About The Author:
Darlene Schacht is the original founder of Christian Women Online Magazine and The Internet Café Devotions and writes the popular blog Time-Warp Wife. She is coauthor of Candace Cameron Bure’s New York Time’s best-selling book, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. Darlene has been married to Michael Schacht for more than 25 years. They have four children.
Marriage. It is a stage that I entered 17 years ago and it has been an incredible journey of ups and downs alike.
Darlene has been an author and blogger that I have followed for some time now, and in the last year I have also connected with her on Facebook. She is a beautiful woman and I have been so incredibly encouraged each time I chat with her or read her words. And it was no different as I read Messy Beautiful Love.
Darlene wrote with an emotional rawness that she is well known for but is so encouraging. She opened up in ways I would not have expected, particularly about the negative aspects that had impacted her marriage (no spoilers, you need to read the book). She did not glamorize marriage, she was very open that marriage can be tough but with God at the center, it can in fact last a lifetime because of Grace. Marriage can be tough and messy, but it has the potential to become beautiful and lovely, we just need to surrender our selves as individuals and as a couple to God and let Him be gracious in our journey.
A compelling and inspiring book to be sure.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Messy Beautiful Love online through Amazon.com
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of BookSneeze Blogger Progam, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***