Messy Beautiful Love
Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages by Darlene Schacht isn't just another book about Christian marriage. Darlene has a gift for cutting through all the niceties and getting down to the nitty gritty: real marriage isn't a fairy tale. It can be messy, tough, and full of trials, but it's also beautiful. The premise of the book is learning how to clean up messes God's way, surrendering your marriage relationship to Him, and obey God's plan for marriage and will for your life. The book opens with Darlene sharing the story about her husband confronting her about the affair she'd been having (on his birthday, no less). As soon as I read the first chapter, I knew this was going to be a book I'd love.
This is one of those rare books that pulls back the curtain on Christian marriages to show the good, the bad, and the ugly. Darlene doesn't shy away from confessing her sins, but most importantly, she brilliantly shows forth the glorious grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus. Darlene calls on all of us to take a good hard look at ourselves, our own selfishness, our own sin, before complaining about our spouses. She's down to earth and transparent. I'd never heard of Darlene before receiving this book, but now I'm eager to start reading her blog. I recommend this book to any married woman - whether you're going through major problems right now, or just want to plan for the future. This is an excellent book and will help you at any stage in your marital journey.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.