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.
I liked this book simply because of the title. It is a book that does exactly what the name suggests and tells us about men from the Bible that were far from perfect. They struggled with many of the same things that men today struggle with. Still, God used those men for His purposes. This is a book written about men but it is geared toward women.
I liked that it made men's flaws that women might complain about less of an issue. That isn't to say that they aren't still issues but it was more of how to help and encourage instead of nag and annoy. The men in our lives aren't perfect and may be really messed up but God can still use them and we can still be helpmates to them. I liked that it was a positive outlook on the whole thing!
It was a 5/5 for me. I'm keeping it as a reminder.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via bookfun magazine). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.