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Friday, February 26, 2016

#REVIEW: Messed Up Men of The Bible by Tina and David Samples

Title: Messed Up Men of the Bible: Seeing the Men in Your LIfe Through God's Eyes
Series: none
Author: Tina and David Samples
Publisher: Kregel Publishers
Published Date: Jan 27, 2016
ISBN: 978-0825443831
Genre: Bible Lessons
Pages: 176
Buy It Link: Amazon
Synopsis:

Men in the Bible, everyday men of the twenty-first century, and what they have in common
"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness."-2 Corinthians 12:9
From schlubby sitcom heroes to mommy blogs to online articles, there is a broad cultural perception that men constantly mess up and women must fight an uphill battle to fix them. Men are a burden, constant works-in-progress, pushed toward perfection but always falling short. This book asks a revolutionary question: What if these messed-up men are actually a mighty tool for God?
Tina and Dave Samples remind us that the Bible is filled with a cast of messed-up men―men who struggled and fell, and yet were used by God to accomplish His purposes. In fact, God has consistently chosen imperfect "clay pots" in which to place His light.
David was a poor father. Peter had problems with integrity. Moses had anger issues, Gideon struggled with fear, and Elijah suffered from depression--the list goes on. Messed Up Men of the Bible offers encounters with these ancient men who faced the same emotions and questions that contemporary men face, in order to reveal fresh spiritual insights and hope for modern relationships. Through personal stories, practical advice, and useful exercises, Tina and Dave provide encouragement and hope for women dealing with the messed up men in their own lives.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In this book you will find the darker sides of some of the male biblical heros we have all come to know and love. Remember David? That sling-shot hero, giant-killer, shepherd king and composer of songs? He was a pretty cruddy dad. Or how about Peter, the original Rock, the one who the Church was built on? He couldn't figure out whether to stay or run. These are just two of the male biblical heros that we have all grown up with in Sunday school, ones that perhaps we have looked up to. In reality, they were just very broken men God used. And how about the women in their lives? How did they react or even deal with such men? How do we, as women, deal with the very broken, messed up men in our own lives?
The authors, a married husband-wife duo, explain in their own individual ways how to handle the broken men in our lives. Yep, you heard that? You're not alone, and neither am I. We have very broken, very messed up men in our lives, we all do. The husband, David Samples, shows from his male perspective that every man that is in our lives is dealing with some sort of imperfection. The wife, Tina, speaks with a very personable tone, as if you are talking to a good friend. She shows her own problems, and examines how some of the women in the Bible must have handled the men in their lives.
The best lesson that I learned from this book is that it is not up to me to "fix" my man. My lesson was that I have to leave it up to God, because no matter how crazy, how hurt, how messed up my man is: God is still using him, He is still reaching out to him for a relationship, and it's not my job to me to "fix" him into what I think he should be like but to love him as he is.

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