Book Review: “Messed Up Men of the Bible” by Tina Samples & Dave SamplesMarch 9, 2016 at 12:33 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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From the back cover: Fresh spiritual insights and hope for today’s relationships.
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.
Dave Samples tells us, “this is not a book on how to fix your messed up man. This is a book in how to join God in His mission of transforming your man to fit into God’s perfect plan and place.” Men question. Men doubt. Mr. and Mrs. Samples understand the crisis men face and show us how to mess up but come back and be Godly men. The Samples explore twelve men from the Bible. And not just the men but the ways they messed up as well. With issues ranging from Double-mindedness to Conceit, Lust, Cowardliness, Recklessness and Failure. At the end of each chapter there are discussion questions and study guides called “Moving Beyond The Mess” included for personal or group use. I believe this book is a resource that will be used over and over again. I also think it is a great gift to give to friends and family who might be hurting as well. I recommend this book highly.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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