Book review: Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages, by Darlene Schacht

September 25, 2014

I recently had the chance to read Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages, by Darlene Schacht. This nonfiction book was released on September 16, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

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 Verdict:

I read a lot of nonfiction Christian books, and some of them seem a little light on content. That’s not the case with this book. I requested it, thinking it might be a lighthearted book on marriage advice, but Schacht does not pull punches. She starts the book by telling her own tale of how she almost ruined her own marriage, and how her husband showed her sacrificial grace that helped them rebuild. Then she offers both advice on how to avoid messy situations, and guidance on what to do when you’ve already reached a bad place in a marriage. She focuses on Biblical truths, and makes it clear that Hollywood’s idea of marriage is not what the Bible teaches. Marriages are about love, yes, but more importantly they’re about Christ-like sacrifice. I think this is a great book both for married couples (whether currently struggling or not) as well as singles who intend to be married. Reading this book early in a relationship will help lots of couples decide how they want their marriages to look, and I know of two such young couples in my church that I’ll be passing this book along to. Highly recommended.

If you’d like to check out Messy Beautiful Love it is currently on sale for $9.60 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $10.11. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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