- Tapa blanda: 255 páginas
- Editor: Multnomah Pr; Edición: annotated edition (1 de mayo de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 159052991X
- ISBN-13: 978-1590529911
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº380.956 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Authentic Beauty: The Shaping of a Set-Apart Young Woman (Inglés) Tapa blanda – may 2007
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In a culture that mocks our longing for tender romance, in a world where fairy tales never seem to come true - do we dare hope for more? For every young woman asking that question, this book is an invitation. With refreshing candor and vulnerability, bestselling author Leslie Ludy reveals how, starting today, you can experience the passion and intimacy you long for. You can begin a never-ending love story with your true Prince. Discover the authentic beauty of a life fully set-apart for Him. Experience a romance that will transform every part of your existence and fulfill the deepest longings of your feminine heart.
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Leslie Ludy has a powerful message of hope for her generation. She and her husband, Eric, are internationally known speakers and the bestselling authors of ten books, including When God Writes Your Love Story and When Dreams Come True. Leslie and Eric's passion is to challenge young adults to pursue a life completely devoted to God. The Ludys live in Windsor, Colorado with their son Hudson. Most recently she has written Sacred Singleness: The Set-Apart Girl's Guide to Purpose and Fulfillment. - Editorial Review.
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As I said before Ludy does use the phrase "Lily-white" a lot, and probably could've been a little more creative in that respect, and felt that in trying to reitterate her point she was making me feel like a third-grader. At the same time, because many women(especially young women) are not accustom to what purity means, she uses that phrase to make her point of what purity means.
Ludy uses a lot of personal testimonies about how she lived a not so pure life growing up. She explains that even though she grew up in the church, she was just always taught not to "go all the way". Now, I know that growing up I was told the same thing by my parents, and they never told me what true puroty was. Leslie uses her personal experience and other woman's experiences to explain what true purity is. It is purity in your mind and heart, it is about being wholly blameless before the Lord. She explains that it is not something we can achieve on our own, and involves a lot of one on one time with Jesus Christ who purifies us as we draw closer to him.
I felt the most important message in this book for Christian women to get is that we will never be fulfilled by a man. It is only we we come to our savior just as we are and seek fulfillment in him, then we will feel whole and satisfied. A husband is nice, but the only thing a husband is for, is to help draw us into the presence of the Lord, not to fulfill and meet all of our needs (although they can meet many of them).
Marriage will not solve all your problems, in fact it will create many new ones that you never knew existed. This is why Paul states that it is "better" to be singlke than married; although that as he said, is his opinion, and not necassarily God's view. It is up to God whether or not you get married, but if you are married or unmarried no matter your age, this is a great book to read to discover the true meaning of purity. :D
God Bless ~Amy
However, as I entered young adulthood, some of Ludy's concepts really weren't as applicable, and I think they can nip at legalism. I found it ironic that for a woman who met her future spouse at 16 and married at 18, Ludy was offering quite the excessive advice about "staying content" while being single and "making Jesus your Prince Charming" (not her words exactly, but pretty much the way the book laid it out). Ludy had no experience with extensive singleness or the pain that some of her readers that were much older and still single wrote in to her.
It is always beautiful to see a woman who loves the Lord, no matter what her stage in life, but should a woman in Ludy's position offer such advice when she has no personal knowledge of it? I would say no. The concept that Christ should also substitute a flesh-and-blood relationship is also not accurate, as there are no Biblical supports to make the equivalency of Christ to a husband. There are passages of the church being the bride of Christ, but not us being the bride to Christ. Jesus is not your Prince Charming, nor should he be placed in that same mold. He cannot satisfy you physically. He cannot speak to you in person. He cannot provide for you and live with you and be with you in the same manner. Although our relationship with God should ALWAYS be first and foremost, God also clearly advocates that marriage is a good thing and that human relationships are not the same as our heavenly one with him.
In a nutshell, this book would be fine for young girls, especially teenage girls who take too much comfort in relationships satisfying every need, but it should not be for college-aged young ladies or women that desire marriage in a positive manner. I would recommend Debbie Maken's "Getting Serious About Getting Married" for a real Biblical perspective on how we should see Christ AND our desires for marriage.