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Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages Paperback – September 23, 2014
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Darlene Schacht is the original founder of "Christian Women Online Magazine" and "The Internet Cafe 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."
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From there she touches on the hard stuff: patience, surrendering our rights, submission, leadership, conflict, communication.
This is a book I know I will read over and over again. I can already pinpoint areas of my heart and attitude that I have begun to intentionally adjust. Not because I didn’t know that these things are important in a marriage, but simply because she stated them in a way that connected with me and my present circumstances.
Beautiful Messy Love is written in an easy manner. Darlene shares wonderful stories from her own life that invite you into her home and make you feel like your chatting with her over coffee. And yet, in her easy manner,she expertly tackles the very hard topics that are needed to make marriage successful.
This is a book I would recommend to every new and seasoned wife. It is a book for all women, no matter how long they’ve been married.
Read my full review here: http://www.rosilindjukic.com/2014/09/messy-beautiful-love-book-review.html
The Good: I don’t even know where to start with Messy Beautiful Love. It’s absolutely wonderful, and it’s been reviewed in detail all over the blogosphere lately. There’s a reason for the hype – not only was it written by well-known blogger Darlene Schacht, but it is also a fantastic book! If you are married, or like me, planning to be married, this is a must read. Darlene really opens up about her past and some of the biggest struggles she’s ever faced in her 25+ year marriage. The level of honesty nearly brought me to tears at times. Darlene has a talent for emotional, realistic writing, while also being very funny in parts.
This book is challenging. It doesn’t feel like some platitude of marriage where if you just pray every day everything will be fine. Of course, that’s a part of it, but it’s so much more than that. Preparing for my marriage is very scary, and in a way this book scared me more about what we will go through. But at the same time it gave me hope. This book promises a mess. But it also promises a biblical and wonderful love. Darlene fills this book with scripture readings, prayers, and lots of specific things to think about throughout the chapters.
This book will be on my shelf for years, I feel like ten years from now when I want to throw Justin through the roof, I’ll pick it up and meditate on how Darlene brings the biblical view of marriage to life. That’s pretty awesome :)
The Bad: As a writer and blogger, I tend to be semi-critical. I fully admit I’m a pretty tough reviewer and I tend to think EVERY work can improve. This book is honestly hard to fault. The writing is wonderful, the message is sound, and I did not notice a single spelling error. The ONLY thing I can really say is that this book in my opinion is too short. I didn’t want it to end :)
Content Warnings: This book talks of an affair and of real struggles, it does not shy away from anything, but of course it’s handled very gracefully. Obviously the book is suited to adults anyways.
Recommended for: Every wife, every mom, every woman preparing for her marriage and knowing what to expect!
Within the first three pages of the book, Darlene so humbles herself that I literally had to put the book down and take a break. I was shaking, tears in my eyes, blown away by her honesty. "Okay, Darlene," I thought, "you’ve got my attention."
From a place of complete humility, from a place of “see all of the mistakes I made; Now please listen so you don’t have to travel down that path,” Darlene lays out a beautiful blue print for living the life of a Christ-filled, loving wife. And, let me tell you sisters, you know I don’t do it all right. I’ve laid my mistakes and sins upon these pages time and time again. But secretly? I thought I was doing pretty good in the wife department. That is, until Jesus and Darlene started rifling through the dark corners of my heart: through the sin, through the justifications, through the fear and the envy and the plain old ugliness. So, please, as I continue, understand I am on my knees as I write this, praying for forgiveness and the will to change. Because I’ve been this way for fifteen years of marriage. I have deep-rooted beliefs that need to change, glacier-sized attitudes that only God can melt, justifications for my sin that are soooo convincing. Darlene insists that is what her book is about: “Exchanging God’s ideas for ours.”
If you want to be the wife God intended for you to be, read this book. It will change your heart, your faith, and your marriage.