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Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages

Courtney Joseph, Darlene Schacht
Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages
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"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... Read More

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"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."

  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
  • UPC: 9781400206209
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish Date: Sep 16, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "REL012050"
  • ISBN: 1400206200

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This book is far from messy ... it's close to perfect. by Ahh~Mazing Reviews on 2/28/2015

I was provided with a copy of this book from Family Christian for my review. A positive review was not required; these are my own honest opinions.

No marriage is perfect. In fact, most are probably pretty messy. I’ll admit that mine is. This book, Messy Beautiful Love, has been a fabulous book to read. I have never read a self-help book for marriage. Quite honestly I just felt that none of them would apply to me quite right. This book is probably one of the closest fits there are. My marriage isn’t in dire straights. My husband and I are not at the verge of divorce. But we certainly argue and have hurt feelings and misunderstandings and poor communication and a lot of times we forget the most important thing: Marriage is all about God.

The author, Darlene, is brutally honest and reveals some pretty serious stuff about her own marriage and mistakes she has made. Her honesty and transparency sets the tone for the entire book. Not only did her words speak to me, but I loved her challenges that really put it all into action. At the end of each chapter you are given a challenge that you can apply to your own marriage. These challenges are built to help strengthen your relationship not only with your spouse, but also with God.

Common struggles are discussed in this book and that is what makes it so relatable for most readers. I personally related to to parts about how a woman can unintentionally sabotage a marriage. Scripture is sprinkled throughout the book as well, which I loved. Lastly, the book ends with 31 prayers for your marriage. These are prayers that you can pray alone or, hopefully, with your spouse to bring the entire book full circle.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend and even to someone prior to getting married. These struggles aren’t specific only to marriages, but to relationships in general.

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 12/8/2014

What stood out the most to me in Messy Beautiful Love was the transparent honesty which Darlene Schacht used to tell her story. In the opening chapter you quickly find out that she had an extra-marital affair. I'm not sure that I would be brave enough to put that on paper for the world to see, but Darlene followed the lead of Christ and is using her story to reach those in similar situations.

The title of the book is very appropriate. If you have been married for any length of time you already know that some of the magic fades and real life enters in. Darlene shares about the struggles in their early married life with a candor that is to be admired. It would be easy to say "it was his fault" and go on, but she tells her story in a way that allows you to relate to the whole situation. I can almost guarantee that we've all been there. If you've not had a fixer-upper, or a home-based business, or more than one kiddo under the age of three then you may not relate to how things took a nose-dive. But if you are like most of us you can envision how discontent can settle in.

While the beginning of the book deals with the fallout of the affair the middle to end are all about the hope we can have in building a loving and lasting marriage. This isn't your typical marriage book, but it is one that I think you will benefit from reading if you are married for any length of time at all.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Just What I Needed by Karen on 11/16/2014

If you are a wife (or are planning to become a wife) you need to read this book.

In this book Darlene (aka Time-Warp Wife) takes us on a journey that could easily be described as our own marriages at times. The newlywed phase is amazing. But then real life takes over, schedules get crazy, kids get added to the mix, money gets tight. All these things work together to damage the relationship we have with our husbands. "Messy Beautiful Love" reminds us that our relationship with our husband is the most important relationship we have on this earth. It's the relationship that we should work on the most, and the one we should hold dearest to our hearts.

Through this book Darlene addresses everything from communication to affection, and friendship to conflict. She reminds us of how the Bible leads us through marriage and how we are to handle our relationships with our husbands. She reminds us of the Biblical role of the wife and how to make that work in our marriages. Most importantly, she reminds us to pray for our husbands, our families, and for our marriages.

I read this book with a bright blue highlighter in hand and found myself marking all over the place. "Messy Beautiful Love" was such a great reminder of the importance of the wife in a marriage. It has challenged me to look at my role in my marriage and given me a desire to be the kind of wife God always intended for me to be.

I received a copy of this book from Family Christian in exchange for my honest review.

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