In the very first chapter of this book, the author confesses to her husband that yes, she had an affair. Their marriage was broken, so she instantly had credibility to write about Messy Beautiful Love.
In each chapter of this book, I was completely convicted and encouraged at the same time. Darlene did a fabulous job getting back to the basics of marriage. Throughout each subject and area of marriage, she gets to the heart of the problem. And the solution is simple: be more like Christ. Does He keep score? No. He forgives. Does He try to get even? No. He wants best for the other person no matter what. (Note: the author does not suggest women should remain under abuse just to succeed in these areas.)
I have read quite a few marriage books during my 10 years of marriage, and this is one of the best ones on marriage in general. Not much is said about submission. Not too much attention is given to areas of intimacy, although both these things are touched on. She simply paints a picture of Christ and the church, and how our marriages should be a reflection.
I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.