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Messed Up Men of the Bible by Dave and Tina Samples


ISBN-13: 9780825443831 Publisher: Kregel

Tour Dates: February 22-26, 2016

About the book:

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.


I think one of the things I loved most about Messed Up Men of the Bible is that the men are faulty, sinful and struggling. In other words, they’re normal. Some are better than others, some are more known than others…but all are great examples.

Although at first, one might see the title and think the book is a slam on men, it is not that at all. Each chapter focuses on the life of one particular man, emphasizing his humanity, faults, character traits, etc. The chapter is then used to describe areas of life where many struggle — anger, depression, etc. Practical application in each chapter also includes ways women can support the men in their lives to become all that God intended for them. With sections written by both Dave and Tina Samples, Messed Up Men of the Bible provides a balanced male and female perspective. At the end of each chapter is a section called Moving Beyond The Mess providing great individual bible study or discussion material for group studies.

This is a great follow up book to Wounded Women of the Bible. I would absolutely recommend Messed Up Men of the Bible and give it four stars! I received this book from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.


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