Item description for Sacred Singleness by Leslie Ludy...
Overview The author shares stories of modern-day single women who may sometimes struggle with loneliness but who, in following God's plan, have discovered a deeper delight and purpose in their lives, in a book that gives single women the inspiration to live counter to the culture. Original.
Leslie Ludy, popular writer and speaker, has a powerful message for today's single adults. Through personal experience and in interaction with thousands of young women over the past fourteen years, she has found that most Christian young women fall into one of two categories: those who are discontent and unfulfilled, constantly searching for the "right one," and those who are consumed by a passionate romance with Jesus Christ and are living joyful, satisfied lives. Her desire is to help readers move toward the totally surrendered and fulfilling experience rather than one of striving and disappointment.
Leslie shares firsthand stories and testimonials of modern-day single women who may sometimes struggle with loneliness and personal desires but who, in following God's plan for them, have discovered a deeper delight, purpose and true joy in their lives. "Sacred Singleness" gives every single woman the inspiration to live counter to the culture and find amazing opportunity in this sacred season.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2009
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736922881 ISBN13 9780736922883
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More About Leslie Ludy
Leslie Ludy is the bestselling author of Set-Apart Femininity, When God Writes Your Love Story, Authentic Beauty, and more than a dozen other books she has coauthored with her husband, Eric. She reaches thousands of young women each year and is passionate about helping them discover Christ's design for their lives. Leslie and Eric live with their three children in Colorado.
Leslie Ludy currently resides in Denver, in the state of Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sacred Singleness?
Relates Well Apr 7, 2010
I love this book it relates well to me and it is an easy read. I bought this book on a recommendation of another book (When God Writes Your Love Story), which I will be buying next. If you are single it is a must read.
Excellent Mar 28, 2010
Sacred Singleness finally has the message I've been looking for! Leslie Ludy was married young, and, according to her other books, she has had a beautiful love story with her husband. Her message, though, I've still found to be strong. In this book, she answers head-on the arguments of both sides who say that Christ in us isn't enough, that we must have some other human to share life with or we aren't enough on Christ's strength alone- her arguments are strong and convicting. I've found the verses she quoted in this book are not taken out of context, and the quotes from real-life single women are so encouraging- Elisabeth Elliot, Amy Carmichael (who "gave her life for the exploited children of India"), Gladys Aylward (poured her- single, God-focused- life into those in war-torn China), Danita Estrella (who, as a single woman, followed God's call to create Danita's Children instead of staying in her comfortable life, waiting to be married), and others who are pouring out their lives, doing what God asks of them instead of planning out their future on their own.
Ms. Ludy admits that marriage really is where God wants many men and women to be living their lives out, but in the meantime- well, Elisabeth Elliot said it best: "[He was asking] 'do you want to be worthy of Me? Do you want to know Jesus Christ as Lord?' What kind of a God is it who asks everything of us? The same God who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all. He gives all. He asks all." After all, a single woman "can be devoted to the Lord and holy in and body and in spirit." (1 Cor. 7.34) Isn't it worth it to spend this time completely devoted to the Lord who created AND redeemed us?
A few editing errors got my English brain off track, and it could have been condensed, though I was surprised at how thin it already is- only 181 pages. Overall, though, completely worth it. Let these gentle, encouraging words radically point change your life to be everything God has planned for you!
The Best Yet Jan 10, 2010
I loved this book. Over the years, marriage was something I was holding on to, even more than God. Almost like I was determind to get married if it was God's will or not for my life. But this book really changed the way I viewed things. I've always known how I should take my single years as a gift, to use it for God's purpose until He would send the right man into my life. But the question that always popped into my head was, "What if that never happens?" The book simply points out, "Will you still love God even if its never His will for you to marry?" Its a very hard question, for me. But I understand that I should never hold anything above God, including marriage. I fully gave up my dream once and for all to God about being a wife someday. And to be honest, I have never felt even happier. Cause the thing is, if I get married one day, that will be great. But if in this life I never do, thats alright as well. Cause God has His best in mind for me, which ever that may be. And I must trust Him by not focusing on what other people have, or what I wish I had, but to focus on God's will and how He will choose to use me this very day. its about taking your singleness one day at a time. Not dwelling on the future. It has greatly inspired me to see my singleness from a different angle, and its ok to not be in a relationship. Its not the end of the world to be single. My life on the earth is not for myself. its not about what I can do, and what I can accomplish, and get. This book will show you how to have your focus on eternal things, and making those things your top priority. I love how Leslie gets exactly what I feel and knows just what to say. I have never been disappointet.
Sadness Jan 5, 2010
I'd like to start off by saying that I think Leslie Ludy seems like an AMAZING woman and means well. But, I felt strongly inclined to write this review... After being positively impacted by, "When God Writes Your Love Story" (Leslie is an amazing writer), I wanted to grow deeper and picked up "Purposeful Singleness". Sadly, I was left HIGHLY disappointed, and even angry. I was angry because I felt other single women will read this book and feel crappy afterwards and I don't want them to feel that way : ( Women who choose to purchase this book are probably struggling with loneliness and seeking guidance on how to live their life to the FULLEST with peace and joy and fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Well, you will not receive guidance in that area. Instead, you will feel guilty for even HAVING thoughts of meeting the man that God brings into your life. You're told the times you feel scared and discouraged and angry (whoa don't you dare feel angry) means that you are living in sin. If you are a sad, lonely, scared, single woman reading this, yes, give EVERYTHING to God (as the book states). And when you have moments of discouragement, talk to God about it! Tell Him how you feel. He can take it! And don't feel BAD about it when you have those moments (as the book states!)! I just don't think someone who was married at the tender age of 18 (Leslie) can TRULY understand how it feels to fall asleep at night by yourself. I'm 31 years old and I've definitely reached the stage in my life where I am SO in love with God, I know I would still be fulfilled in life and feel his deep love for me every day and continually seek his will even if that doesn't include getting married (I'm even teary-eyed right now and feel his love as I write this). But after reading this book, I actually fell APART for about a week. Sadness. I'm now back on track again (yay!), but just wanted to warn anyone who is thinking about purchasing this book. I think her and her husband should possibly write books about marriage instead (because they do sound madly in love which I think is soooo wonderful).
There were just so many parts of this book that made me roll my eyes (I'm sorry!). Again, I know that Leslie means well, but she missed the mark big time. If you TRULY want to feel loved and SAFE and wonderful and you're seeking God's will for your life, read, "Captivating " by John and Stasi Eldredge. It will change your life and you will be so inspired! You will fall madly in love with God in ways that you didn't even think were possible. You'll fall asleep at night with a huge smile on your face just excited for what God has in store for you (even if earlier in the day you were upset with God because you're 31 and still alone and super confused...). Hehe. Love you guys and God bless...
Letting God script your love story Oct 26, 2009
This is one of the best books that I have read on singleness, and this is written for young single women. It was easy, however, for me as a guy to apply the material to my own situation. Who doesn't need to let God occupy first place in their lives? If guys follow this approach by not chasing after women and focus on becoming mature in Christ, they will become the kind of men that godly women are seeking.
This is not a how-to-find-someone type of book. It's the opposite of taking matters into your own hands. You could summarize Leslie Ludy's perspective in a favorite phrase of Oswald Chambers: Let God engineer. In her words, it is "trusting God to script our love story in His own perfect time, without manipulation on our part." In a broader context, "This book is about laying down your life for Jesus Christ; surrendering every hope, dream, desire, and ambition to Him. Exchanging your agenda for His. Awakening to His glorious purpose for this sacred season of your life."
Ludy acknowledges that this self-denying view of singleness is at odds with mainstream culture and even many Christians. She spends the second part of the book using Scripture to demolish "lies" that are floating around Christian circles. She says that "the majority of Christian single young women today are surrounded by messages that encourage them to follow their hearts, take matters into their own hands, and find themselves a husband as quickly as possible." In marked contrast, she believes the best way to find a marriage partner is to stop hunting for one and instead focus your entire life around Jesus Christ and His priorities. She writes, "God has not called us to build our lives around the pursuit of our own selfish desires, but to be poured-out sacrifices for His kingdom."
Ludy wants to help young women live full and satisfied lives now, but she is not discouraging women from holding on to the dream of marriage. As she says, most people are meant to be married. It's a natural, God-given desire. Through her testimony and that of many others in this book, she makes it clear that it's a mistake to let that desire control our lives and put off present opportunities to serve.
This no-nonsense approach is not only refreshing, but it has the potential to be life-changing and world-altering. The last section of the book provides a wealth of information on how singles can get involved and help change the world.
This is very much in the spirit of Elizabeth Elliot's Passion and Purity, a classic on relationships. Ludy alludes to Elliott several times, and this is like a modern-day successor. The singular focus on becoming all that God wants us to be make this one of the best single books available. It's a strong incentive to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as the best preparation for marriage.
"Prince Song" by the 2nd Chapter of Acts fits so well with the theme of this book. The song exudes the "first love" kind of relationship that Ludy continually advocates. If you are able to find the song, give it a listen, but here are the lyrics:
I got a brand new story though you have heard it a time of two, About a Prince who kissed a girl right out of the blue.
Hey this story ain't no tale to me now, For the Prince of Peace has given me life somehow
You know what I mean.
My sleep is over. I've been touched by His fire, That burns from his eyes and lifts me higher and higher.
I'll be forever with Him right by my side. He's coming again on a white horse He'll ride. He'll clothe me and crown me and make me His bride.
You know what I mean. You know what I mean.
The song describes the true Prince of many a girl's dreams. This is the One that Ludy rightly directs young women to have as the object of their supreme love and devotion.