When I saw this book, Messy Beautiful Love, up for review from BookLook Bloggers, it immediately caught my eye because I recognized the author's name. I wasn't sure where I recognized it from so I did a little research. Darlene co-wrote a book with Candace Cameron-Bure that I had read reviews on etc. and that's where I recognized her name from. She also writes a blog which I've happened upon now and then.
Anyway, I had been reading a lot of fiction books lately and thought this would be a change of pace and I always enjoy reading books that can help us to better our marriage and/or help us to avoid tough situations in marriage. This book was incredible.
Darlene and her husband have been through tough times and have come out on the other side of them. Darlene uses their life situations coupled with scripture to really drive home ways to re-ignite/ignite hope in your marriage. I loved that Darlene was not afraid to share about their struggles. She also was honest that marriage is hard. It was so easy for me to read her words knowing that she has dealt with tough times. She was not preaching at me, she was counseling me given her life experiences.
I enjoyed the sections in the book because each offered a challenge to the reader as a way to help strengthen their marriage. Darlene responded to questions she has received over the years. She ended the book with a challenge for 31 days of prayer for marriages. It's such an encouragement.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to strengthen their marriage. Well done, Darlene!
About the Author:
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.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.