Beloved Mess by Kimm Crandall

"Grace refuses to make exceptions, no matter how 
bad the case." (89)

Title:  Beloved Mess
Author: Kimm Crandall
Publisher:  Baker Books
Release Date:  June 21, 2016
Genre: Christian Living

God doesn't expect you to have it all together.

Life is messy. Yet the pressure to appear to others as though you've got it all together is a powerful force. We strive to act morally, look good, and set a positive example. After all, as others may tell us, we're the only Jesus some people see--so we better make him look good. That's a heavy burden. 

But the Christian life is not about being less of a mess. It's about admitting that we need to be saved from trying to clean ourselves up. In Beloved Mess, Kimm Crandall frees you to live with the assurance that God loves you here, right now. He's not waiting for you to clean up your act before you're worthy to come to him. In fact, he wants you to stop trying to fix the mess and allow him to wash it away.

Do you ever feel like you're a "hot mess"? Well, I do, and in Beloved Mess by Kimm Crandall, we are reminded that that, yes, we are messy, but we're a "beloved mess."
"...Christianity isn't about being less of a mess; it's about admitting that we need to be saved from trying to clean ourselves up." (33)
In a span of 149 (including the Appendix), Kimm manages to release profound wisdom and much Biblical truth, giving readers the knowledge within.  The freedom knowing that despite my flaws, my mess, God loves me.  His grace covers me. His grace bounds me and nothing can change that.  Accepting, for hot messes like me is hard, but running from grace, from Him, will only "give Him reason to love me all the more." (93)  We are truly His beloved mess, not expecting us to have it all together. And that's why it's grace, and all the more reason we need Him.  

If you've ever felt down, unworthy or simply unloved, Beloved Mess is a must-read. Let Kimm share her stories, as well as the ultimate love.  

"Heaven is for the weak and needy - the doubters. Christ is our only ticket in, and it is Christ's strong faith that will get us there, not ours." (112)

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Kimm Crandall is a mother of four and the author of Christ in the Chaos. The founder of Dropping Keys Ministries, she is a frequent blogger on popular Christian websites such as Key Life Network ( and Logos's Faithlife Women. She has been a featured guest on several nationally syndicated radio shows such as Haven Today and Steve Brown, Etc. She also speaks at conferences and retreats for churches and parachurch organizations.

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  1. Sounds like a great book! I believe that God still expects us to try our best, knowing that grace will enable us in our efforts and make up what we can't.

  2. It sounds like this is a book that would make me think. I appreciate that you review Christian books!


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