Monday, 24 June 2013

Book Review: Authentic Beauty: The Shaping of a Set-Apart Young Woman

Authentic Beauty: The Shaping of a Set-Apart Young WomanAuthentic Beauty: The Shaping of a Set-Apart Young Woman by Leslie Ludy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
Inside Every Young Woman is a Princess…In Search of her Prince. 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.

My Opinion: 
This was an amazing read, and easily makes it onto my favourites list! I had already read a book called Romance God's Way co-authored by Leslie Ludy along with her husband, Eric, and so I knew that this was bound to be a good read too. And my guess proved to be more than correct!

Leslie Ludy critiques common issues facing many young women today - particularly in the areas of relationships. She urges us to focus more on our Prince - our heavenly Father - and being "set-apart" for Him than on simply fitting in with the standards society sets for us. She really challenged me to live a life wholly devoted to loving and serving Him above everything - and everyone - else. I highly recommend you read this and may the Lord use it to help us to become women who are "set-apart" for Him!

However, for younger readers, I would recommend parental guidence in reading this book, as Leslie Ludy is very honest about the issues facing us today, and therefore it is the kind of book that would be good for a parent to read first and then read with their teenage daughter and have a discussion together on the points it raises. Everyone is different, and depending on age and circumstance, some issues dealt with in it will be more appropriate for some than others. So just a word of caution, as Leslie Ludy certianly does not shy away from being honest about the gravity of not following our Prince's standards in relationships. That said, her honesty did help me to really take things more seriously and desire to follow the Lord rather than going along with what society says is okay.

So worth a read? Definately!!!

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