Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love - #MessyBeautifulLove Book Review

I received book for review. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Synopsis:

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 Review:

Jason and I will celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary in October. We're lucky we made it past the first five years. The beginning was a financial and emotional struggle. He brought three kids into the marriage and I brought three of my own, for a total of six. Remind you of a popular sitcom?!

I can honestly say that I'm more in love with Jason now than I've ever been. The last three years have still had their struggles but they've been the best. We've been exploring ways to strengthen our marriage and keep it going good. We both also have God in our lives. Which isn't something I could've said just a few short years ago.

It's not a book that will solve all your marital problems, but Messy Beautiful Love delves deep into how spouses can better their relationships with each other. The author, Darlene Schacht, shares her real-life experiences and how she learned to grow from them. I like that she doesn't sugarcoat marriage and is honest with readers about her own personal struggles. She offers pointers, prayers, and goals on what we can do to lead a life of marriage as God intended it to be. Bible verses and references are included throughout the book to illustrate the ways we should prioritize and cherish our marriage.

Marriage takes work. Lots of work. It is messy. But it is also beautiful. And Messy Beautiful Love helps couples work through the bad times and triumph in the good times.