The most beautiful thing in marriage are the times when we allow God to work in us and bring beauty out of the mess we have made. That is why I love this new book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages.
First, can I brag on the author a bit? Darlene Schacht is SO real in this book. She shares her story with such humility, the good and the bad. Of course this book is cram packed with Biblical advice for marriage, but not before she so beautifully sheds the mask of perfection and shares her heart, her real life failures, and the true story of the mess in her marriage.
She then continues to bring to life Biblical principles throughout the pages of the book! I LOVED that I never had to search far to find a Scripture passage to back up the wisdom she was sharing. It is obvious that she was seeking the Lord and thoroughly studied His Word as this book came together.
Not only are the pages full of God-sized advice for marriage, but she breaks down each principle by sharing real marriage illustrations that are relatable for ANY marriage no matter what valley or hill top you may find yourself on.
Can I be honest? I wasn’t sure if I would relate to Darlene’s book. I have read bits and pieces of Darlene’s story before on her blog, www.timewarpwife.com, and it’s POWERFUL. BUT, it’s not my story.
Sure, I get annoyed with my husband. I’m not always as patient or kind or giving as I should be. Many days I put my needs before his. Sometimes I unintentionally belittle him. We have had our share of burdens and struggles, BUT nothing like this…
I’m almost ashamed that I thought this way! If you’re in that same boat, thinking, “well, my marriages isn’t THAT big of a mess,” think again.
All of our marriages could use some extra attention. For me, as a wife, I was challenged. I was challenged to be better, to be more like Christ in my marriage. And, I think that is the MOST important thing that could happen for any of us!
So, stop by a book store or hop online and buy this book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages. In stores TODAY, September 16th!!!
O, and comment below to be entered for our giveaway, a brand new copy of this book!!! Giveaway will be Friday!