Messy Beautiful Love delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.

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.

"I love Darlene's writing! This book both challenges and motivates me to exchange God’s ideas and ideals for my own. Her hope-filled story of a marriage changed by the grace of God reminds us that no marriage is ever beyond God’s redeeming grace."
- Courtney Joseph, author of the book Women Living Well and the blog
"Most of us will agree that marriage can be messy at times. Even the strongest, most intentional ones. What I love about Messy Beautiful Love is that Darlene doesn't dwell on the disarray we often selfishly create. Not on hers or on ours. Instead, she poignantly spurs us on to embrace hope in the ups and downs. She reminds us that when we shift our focus from ourselves to Jesus and His perfect work on the cross, our marriages can indeed be beautiful."
- Ashleigh Slater, author of Team Us: Marriage Together
"In an age when wives often pride themselves in being right, Darlene shows the power of doing right.  The timeless truth in this book will help any marriage."
- Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife
"It’s easy to be pulled in by the chorus (friends, media,) of voices that say, “Marriage is hard and it will never get better,” but Darlene challenges you to live beyond those messages and embrace a new mantra, “Marriage may be hard, but it can also be extraordinary.” She challenges you to rise to God’s plan for your marriage, not sink into the mediocrity of the world’s expectations. To move from an ordinary relationship to a messy, beautiful love story. Highly recommended."
- Kathi Lipp, Speaker and author of The Husband Project and The Cure for the “Perfect” life.

Darlene Schacht

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’sNew 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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