As a culture the world tells us that as long as we haven't committed any so-called huge sins against our spouse (or even just in how we live our lives) that we're okay. We can just skimp by, especially when our spouse isn't holding up their end of the bargain.
This book is written by a woman who has been transparent enough with painful honesty to share her sin, and remind me that there is so much more to daily honoring my husband in ways that the world may see as little but God sees as obedient and sacrificial.
Is this book perfect? Maybe not. But a perfect book would just bring us to shame. I think instead the author is asking us to come to our knees and seek the One who sees the best in us, in our spouse, and in a marriage He wants to be a picture to the world of Christs love for the Church.
When you find a good book, you want to share it. So here goes. As our marriages are attacked by the world each day, Darlene Schacht has written a wonderful book to combat what the world tells us. She has taken a deep look at marriage through the eyes of God. Each chapter has raw testimony and scripture references. I felt that I was sitting and chatting with Darlene as I read the book. I love the ending of each chapter with a prayer or a daily application. The daily applications seem to come just as I needed them. You will want to read over and over again.
Without question if you are married, you should read this book. Darlene lays out her heart about marriage and she reaches deep down in your soul and shows you what marriage is really about.
Marriage is all about God.
How He loves us so unconditionally that we as humans can never even come close to His all encompassing love.
How we, as wives, are to serve our husbands and not in the way you have been told. Not the way the world have twisted and turned this amazing service of ones self, how God designed us to serve, just as Christ served the ones He loved.
How each partner is simply that, a partner. Marriage is not a competition. Marriage is not a fight to the finish and the best one wins. Marriage is a partnership, with God as the center of it all.
How marriage is giving and based on love but intertwined with faith, trust and honesty, and above all grace.
Darlene's book Messy Beautiful Love is so full of goodness that I cried as soon as I read the first few lines. She makes me look deeper into my marriage and at times it was rough. No one likes to have the obvious pointed out to them, certainly not me. No one likes to see the path of marriage as prickly, steep, or dangerous, but truthfully it is.
The Devil prowls around, like a lion, seeking whom to devour (1 Peter 5:8). This marriage thing is a big deal, not something you can (or should) just throw away. The Devil is constantly seeking to break up Godly marriages, or rather, marriages in general. Because marriage is based on Godly ideas, it is not something the Devil wants to see succeed.
In this book, Darlene shows us the messy side of marriage but then in a gentle and loving manner, she then guides us back the the Light of Truth. The Grace Giver Himself. Jesus.
Prickly - Messy - Down Right Hard
That is what marriage is, or can be.
But on the flip side, Darlene shows us much more.
Beautiful - Grace Filled - Christ Filled
She says dig deeper, hang on tighter to God and Pray. Always Pray and Seek God in every moment of your marriage. Because seriously, marriage is not for the faint of heart. Marriage is most definitely not easy when you have left out The Fundamental Centerpiece - Jesus.
You might think your marriage is good.
You might even say you have this marriage thing all figured out.
You might even go as far to say that you and your husband are right with God.
Then good for you.
But now, I say to you, you need to grab this book and read it.
Every marriage can be blessed, changed, fulfilled, bettered after you read this book.
I have been so blessed to review this Messy Beautiful Love and I now have an even deeper mission to make this marriage of ours a better one, one that is beyond blessed by God.
Reading this book was like talking honestly over tea (no coffee, thank you very much) with the author. It was easy to read in that sense, though the subject matter wasn't light and fluffy. I couldn't wait to read the next chapter to see what relationship lesson she would share, some I knew from experience and some I have yet to work through.
I really think I needed to read this book. I needed to hear that marriage takes work and grace, that it's both messy and beautiful to love your spouse enough to stay committed to your wedding vows. I think every wife could use that message, on good days as well as bad.
I'm looking forward to Darlene's other books and keeping up with her blog (The Time-Warp Wife) as well.
**This ebook was provided by the author for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.**