There are good marriages and there are not so good marriages. There is no such thing as a perfect marriage. Messy Beautiful Love is about how two imperfect, messy people can find hope, grace, and beauty in the One who is perfect, Jesus Christ.
I enjoyed this book because Darlene is real, honest and vulnerable. She doesn’t portray that marriage is perfect. It’s messy. She shares her messy parts along with the grace of forgiveness and healing. I appreciate authors who tell life as it really is with grace and love.
Messy Beautiful Love is full of wise, practical advice for any Christian marriage. In chapter 4, she takes each of the Love Is verses in 1 Corinthians and gives examples of how to live them when marriage is messy. Chapter 14 breaks down the attributes of the Proverbs 31 woman in a way that I could relate to and apply. I believe the chapters contain the most important areas of marriage such as communication, appreciation, handling conflicts, affection and friendship and more. Each chapter ends with a challenge to apply. The last chapter is Pray for Your Marriage and lists 31 prayers, with a Scripture verse.
This book kept my interest and it’s one I will refer to again and again. I would recommend this book to any man or woman married for 1 week or 60 + years. If your marriage is messy, and whose isn’t, you will be encouraged. I love the many references to the truth from Scripture.
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