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The Marriage Mess
The Marriage Mess - Paperback Book (MMS) Art by Fred Carter- 1978 Chick Publications

The Marriage Mess - Paperback Book (MMS)
Art by Fred Carter- © 1978 Chick Publications

The Millers looked like the ideal family. But beneath that veneer were the same hurts and failings that afflict millions.

See how they learn to obey God in a few simple ways that change their lives...and their marriage.

First Published: June 22, 2009






o Introduction collapse_button

Most of us have seen Jack Chick's "comic" tracts, which attempt to bring the lost sheep home with a concoction of non-sequitur Bible verses and poor illustrations. However, this was the first time we'd seen a longer work by Chick. It promised everything that's so wonderful about the comics, just more of it. The plot is very simple: various situations come up around the Miller household, and miraculously benevolent cousin Mark is there to lend a hand. It is a paean to the joys of being lectured by a holier-than-thou do-gooder all day every day.


o Cover collapse_button

Cover JessicaJessica The copyright date says 1978, though even if it didn't I could probably pinpoint the decade from the wonderful outfits and glorious hairstyles we'll be treated to in this... <ahem> work.

Speaking of messes, this family is hideous. We have (clockwise from top) a balding, middle aged forty-something, an anthropomorphic mushroom cap, that kid from "Problem Child" with some serious coke bottle glasses, a chick with bad posture and Meat Head from "All in the Family."
AndrewAndrew Jack Chick's got one solution to their problems, but it might be easier just to wipe their seed from the earth.


o Table of Contents collapse_button

Chapter 1 Chapter 1 - The Friendly Fanatic

...in which the Miller's find themselves visited by a close relative.
Chapter 2 Chapter 2 - Soup's On

...in which a meal is served, and family bonds are tested.
Chapter 3 Chapter 3 - The Ugly Truth

...in which Brad's indiscretions run him afoul of the law.
Chapter 4 Chapter 4 - Murder?

...in which an unplanned pregnancy tests the Miller's moral fiber.
Chapter 5 Chapter 5 - Until Death Us Do Part

...in which the bonds of matrimony are frayed and tattered.
Chapter 6 Chapter 6 - The Good Samaritan

...in which Mark demonstrates how to show kindness to strangers.
Chapter 7A Chapter 7A - SHHHHH!

...in which Frank's devotion to his wife is questioned and evaluated.
Chapter 7B Chapter 7B - SHHHHH! (Continued)

...in which Helen's reciprocation is likewise examined.
Chapter 8 Chapter 8 - Farewell

...in which Mark departs, leaving the Miller's to their new, Christ-centered lives.