Messy Beautiful Love {Book Review}

There is so much information out there about love. There are even amazing Bible verses about love. Sorting through it all can be confusing. Love isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s hard – and messy. We have to make a choice – a choice to surrender to God and clean up the messes His way.

Messy Beautiful Love

Disclosure: As a Family Christian Blogger I received complimentary product to facilitate my marriage book review. Regardless, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Family Christian offers a variety of great faith-based products including this amazing Christian Marriage BookMessy Beautiful Love.

About Messy Beautiful Love:

“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.

For my review I received a paperback copy of Messy Beautiful Love.

Messy Beautiful Love Christian Marriage Book Review

If somebody would have told me my husband would get cancer at age 25 and that it would have returned less than a year later followed by chemotherapy that would cause complications that would leave him disabled, I would have said that is extreme! If I knew I was going to go from an active, athletic person to someone with chronic pain who sometimes has days I can’t function, I would have said “no way!” The truth is, though, we don’t know what’s ahead of us, and when we take those vows, we commit to better or worse, and sometimes it can be more worse than better! Sometimes those messy parts of life take a toll on not just you but your marriage as well. There was a time I thought my husband would leave me, and though I don’t like to admit it, there was a time I wanted to leave him.

We know marriage DO last, though. We know God can get us through the hard times because He did get us through the hard times, but what about when you’re in the middle of it? It can be hard to see that, right? Society says just leave, but God says obey. I love that author Darlene Schacht has really dug in to this topic and opened up her heart and life to inspire and encourage others in their marriages.

What I love about Messy Beautiful Love is the sheer honesty. It can be so easy to read a marriage book and roll your eyes and say “you have no idea what it’s like to be in a hard place in your marriage.” Darlene doesn’t hold back, though. She is very open so we can instantly know she does understand. She shares her mentality and mistakes, which I know can be difficult, but I am so thankful for her obedience in sharing so openly because Messy Beautiful Love is a beautifully written book that can truly bless marriages.

In Messy Beautiful Love Darlene walks us through truths and obedience that can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow like communicating with love and respect, giving up your right to be right, and being content in the life we’re given. We’re also reminded to pray for our marriage, building a strong friendship, handling conflict wisely, and so much more. I really feel like this is a truly thorough book and filled with valuable topics and encouragement. Whether you are in a struggling marriage or are happily married, we all go through messy times, and I would definitely recommend Messy Beautiful Love no matter where your marriage is currently.

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  1. Your review confirms the feeling I got When reading the description of the book. I believe this book will be wonderful for every married couple also. None of us have the so called idyllic marriage that they write about in Fairytales. If we look at the marriages from the Bible, many of them were anything but idyllic by today’s standards. They kept their eyes on God, and His will for their individual lives which kept them in spiral alignment to have the marriage they were meant to have <3

  2. Thanks for the Terrific Review on Messy Beautiful Love {Book Review}! This book sounds like a good book to read! I know about how things can get messy in a marriage. We’ve been married for almost 31 years and we’ve had our ups and downs. He left at one point in our marriage, however, I trusted in the Lord that he would eventually come home, which he did. There was a time that I actually thought about leaving as well, we sat down and had a heart to heart conversation about why I wanted to leave and things worked themselves out again. With his sicknesses in 2014 and now again in 2015, we are going through another messy time as far as finances. After the first illness, it was really rough and I tried entering contests and staying online until 2-4am so that I could win some Christmas gifts for the kids. Well, we didn’t have much of a Christmas and we all had a sit down and discussed what Christmas really was and not what it has become. We made it through and I’m so glad that the Holidays are over! Anyway, thanks so much for sharing this book and the information you have shared with all of us! I truly Do appreciate it! Thanks, Michele 🙂
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  3. Grace is what u need in a marriage and sharing

  4. This sounds like a great book. Thank you

  5. Alison Gibb

    This looks like a good read!!

  6. Debbie Bray

    I like that his books deals with not only the bad times but also the good times.

  7. judy maharrey says:

    This lesson is needed for every marriage today. The problems that a couple face can be hard. We have the promish Of grace to help us cope in todays world and give us hope.

  8. Julie Waldron says:

    This sounds like a great book & I love the cover.

  9. This looks like such a great book! It’s so important to keep God in a marriage!

  10. Eve Santos

    Every couple should own this book. Perfect wedding gift!

  11. What a nice sounding book. I know a couple that I am going to suggest this book to.

  12. Edna Williams says:

    Your review is great! This is a perfect book! Thanks for sharing!

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