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Stories for His Glory

Messed Up Men of the Bible by Tina and Dave Samples April 13, 2016

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ABOUT THE BOOK:  Men in the Bible, everyday men of the twentyfirst 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.


Dave is a pastor, teacher, author, and church planter. He is a native Texan who resides in Granbury, Texas and pastors at Tolar Baptist Church in Tolar, Texas. Dave has held numerous denominational leadership positions and has spoken for a variety of organizations including the Gospel Music Association in Estes Park, CO.


Tina is an award-winning author, speaker, worship leader, and registered Music Therapist. She lives in Tolar, Texas with her husband David, the lead pastor of Tolar Baptist Church. Together, they have two gifted sons, Jaren and Zach. Her bookWounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts, received the 2014 Golden Scroll Award for nonfiction book of the year.

My thoughts:

I read Tina’s Wounded Women of the Bible and really enjoyed it so I was excited to see her husband and her come together to write this book.

I love that they take several people from the Bible, people who you might not even think about at first as “messed up” and point out their flaws and how God used that and helped them to overcome and how as women we can help our men overcome their obstacles and be a support to them.

It is interesting that this book is addressed to women instead of men looking to overcome their “messed up-ness”. The first book was addressed to the messed up woman not their man. I think this is done because, honestly, my husband isn’t a reader and will never read a book like this. But I would read it to help our relationship. I think that is the case for most men.

If you have a husband that has some issues (and who doesn’t) you will probably find this book insightful and interesting.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million, Deeper Shopping or y our favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


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