I have a different kind of book that I wanted to share with you guys that is a little bit on the softer side of what I have been reviewing lately! I guess I decided to give everyone a break from all the mysteries and murders to a much lighter and certainly a more beautiful topic: love! The book is called Messy Beautiful Love written by Darlene Schacht.
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.
Here is my take on marriage or for that matter any type of relationship that you want to last, and that is mutual respect for each other and to honor that person by not telling lies that can hurt the foundation of your marriage.
Yes, I know we all probably tell small white lies, such as yes, that tie looks amazing on you, when really you don't care for it, but he loves it. There is nothing to gain by telling him that and it will end up hurting his feelings and he will begin to wonder what else do you hate about him or his choices, which can lead to big trouble down the road.
I got from the book that it's alright to agree to disagree but to never let that stand in the way of your happiness with each other. It took me awhile to find my husband and I am not about to let silly little disagreements be the end of something good.
I had to wait until my 40's before I found the right man for me and yes, I made a few mistakes along the way and did get married in my early 30's to someone I think I knew from the beginning was wrong for me but I was stubborn and was going to show everyone how wrong they were, but all I did was show how little I knew of the man I married then. But, in some ways, that marriage prepared me for this right one and I learned from the mistakes I made with the old one and did not repeat them in this one.
And, I must have learned something pretty valuable because we just celebrated 16 years of being married this past February, so I am patting myself on the back for seriously not messing this one up!
This book is about a couple and their travels together to find each other and themselves so that they can help their marriage stay strong. It's a good tool to have and I suggest if you need some help, this is one book you don't want to miss out on reading.
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 thought that one of you might want to read this very inspiring story so I will be giving away my print copy of Messy Beautiful Love. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. I received this book from Blogging for Books but that does not alter my opinions and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.