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.
|Contributor(s)||Darlene Schacht , Courtney Joseph|
|About the Contributor(s)||Darlene Schacht
Darlene Schacht is the original founder of Christian Women Online Magazine and The Internet Café Devotions and writes the popular blog Time-Warp Wife . She is coauthor of Candace Cameron Bure’s New York Time ’s best-selling book, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. Darlene has been married to Michael Schacht for more than 25 years. They have four children.
Courtney Joseph has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 15 years. She homeschools her son and daughter and is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Evangelism and Discipleship.After over a decade of leading women’s Bible studies, a Mentorship Ministry, and Titus 2 Workshops in her home church, she took her women’s ministry on-line.Since then she has appeared on the nationally syndicated Rachel Ray Show , as well as being a featured speaker at multiple women’s conferences.Courtney is the co-founder of GoodMorningGirls.org and the Special Projects Manager of Candace Cameron Bure’s online Magazine, RooMag.com. She is also the founder of Women Living Well Ministries.Courtney can be found writing about a woman’s walk with God, marriage, parenting, and homemaking at WomenLivingWell.org.
|Release Date||Sep 16, 2014|
- Review by Fitzysmom
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. (Posted on 12/8/2014)
- Review by Sarah
This book is a story of redemption and restoration. It is a journey through the many Scriptures relating to marriage. I so appreciate Darlene’s willingness to make herself vulnerable by admitting her affair at the onset of Messy Beautiful Love. One thing I have found is that when an author exposes their own flaws and failings, I am able to listen to them in a deeper way. I hear their words coming from a place of experience and longing to prevent others from making the mistakes that they made. Exposing her affair let her readers know that she is not preaching to them, rather she is sharing the lessons that the Lord has taught her.
Messy Beautiful Love points back to the love of Christ who, even during our sin, was willing to sacrifice Himself, forgive, and offer Himself in relationship with His church. I found the love of Christ and hope in every chapter. I found encouragement, wisdom, and guidance for every area of my marriage.
I was thrown at first when I read the first quote from Scripture in the King James Version of the Bible. There is a contrast between Darlene’s modern style of writing and examples relevant to modern society, and her choice to quote Scripture in an older translation of the text. I came to fall in love with this contrast. Darlene has written a book relevant to today’s woman in a Christian marriage, however she beautifully illustrates the timeless truths of God’s perfect design for marriage from the beginning of creation. It is a beautiful merging of our timeless, unchanging God and our lives in modern times.
I sent Darlene Schacht a message telling her I wished she had written this book two years ago so I could have read it before Jason and I married! While I don’t consider us to have problems, Messy Beautiful Love helped me to catch a glimpse of where my thoughts, actions, and attitudes could lead to hurting my husband. I would highly recommend this book to any woman, at any stage of marriage or not yet married. It is going to become the standard gift for any of my friends who get engaged!
Thank you BookLook Bloggers for providing me with a complimentary copy of Messy Beautiful Love for the purpose of this review. It is a gift I will treasure! (Posted on 11/26/2014)
- Review by Amy
In the book Messy Beautiful Love Darlene Schacht tells the story of mistakes she made in her marriage, and how those mistakes brought her face to face with who God is and what he has done for her and for us. Darlene tells her story in a way that constantly brings you back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and reminds us that God loves us with a type of love that most of us have barely scratched the surface to understand. Darlene reminds us that as wives we need to step back so that we can allow our husbands to lead us and our families. We can't always take things out of his hands because we believe we know how to do it better than he does. Darlene also gives us challenges at the end of each chapter, guiding the reader to focus on ways to uplift and encourage their husband.
I really enjoyed this book. Darlene's story could very easily be presented as a sensational story with all the dirty laundry hung out for all to see, instead she tells the reader just enough to understand her story. Her focus is always on Jesus, and the Gospel. This book is challenging as well, Darlene keeps pointing out things that we need to be doing as wives, and things we need to be praying for and growing in to better our relationship with our husbands, as well as growing us closer to Jesus Christ. (Posted on 11/13/2014)
- Review by Brigitte
Thriving to be like the Proverbs 31 wife and the ladies of Titus 2, Darlene Schacht gives great advice and encouragement to all ladies out there who will pick up her book and read ! Having faced some of the biggest challenges a marriage can face, having been at the bottom of the lows and also going through that honeymoon phase and having that almost perfect relationship, doing all of that all the while obeying God and trusting Him and bringing honor to Him through your relationship is what this book is about. With a Wife Challenge at the end of each chapter, to give you that extra boost to work on your marriage. With the knowledge that God is a god of grace and forgiveness, He will carry you through the tough times and the good ones too!
This book would be great for newlyweds, already-weds and on-the-brink-of-the-end-weds. Full of encouragement and wisdom for every wife out there! (Posted on 11/7/2014)