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

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,625 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
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, yo
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Multnomah (first published 2003)
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Heather N
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian girls, or any girls who are sick and tired of the way this world expects us to live.
This is indubitably the most life-changing purity-related book I have ever encountered! It's so much more than about sexual purity, though; it's about purity and devotion in your relationship with Christ. This absolutely transformed the way I think about my relationship with Jesus, and totally challenged the way I approach Him! I HIGHLY recommend this book to all Christian girls who are, or want to be, serious about their faith. I for one want to be counted one of the few rare lilies in this gen ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this one because it assumes several things about how women think and what they want. I really hate sweeping generalizations based on gender or anything else for that matter.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely changed my life . There are many books out there about physical purity, and how to attain it and control yourself, and blah blah blah... but I was never able to fully commit and change my life until I read this amazing book by Leslie Ludy. When I first picked it up to read it after a friend lent it to me, I could not put it down . Her story was so similar to my own that I had to keep reading to see how she was able to transform her life like I so desperately wanted to transform ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm sure this book has a good message for young, unmarried women trying to find a new path in life. For a mid-thirties married woman, this book really didn't offer anything of interest. I stopped reading halfway through. I found it quite repetitive and a bit self-loathing on the part of the author.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010

As little kids, we read fairy tales, we grow up upon them. Once read, the wish and hope strikes us to long for a prince to save us from our castle, to find our glass slippers and fall in love forever. In this book "Authentic Beauty", Leslie Ludy, the author speaks of her growing up as one of us girls, always wanting someone to fall in love with and have her own fairytale with. And as she grows up, she keeps looking but does not find the love that we consider love. She finds a r
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some great Truths I realised about my Prince (Jesus, My Lord):

'Many of us know a lot about our Prince. But knowing about Him and knowing Him are two very different things. Do we know our Prince? Has He become the Lover of our soul, the essence of our very existence, the center of our entire being, and the One we would give up everything, including our very life, to follow?' Pg. 56

'Wasn't He far more important to me than being considered normal? Even if it meant that I never had friends again an
Amber Stokes
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of authentic, beautiful truths, and so much to take in that it's almost overwhelming! One of my dear blogging friends, Amanda, put it so well when she said that the author and her husband leave the reader "blessedly convicted" through their writing. So true! I certainly felt convicted seeing how short I fall of truly living every moment fully for the Lord. How often I allow myself to get distracted, even while knowing how important it is to passionately guard my time with the L ...more
Grace Lee
When my friend lent me this book I hadn't come to the realization that a set-apart young girl is basically an abstaining young girl. This disorganized book teaches you how to become "lily white" and push everything out of you life that doesn't involve Jesus. Being an atheist, I'm am defiantly not the young audience member she was trying to educate. I believe that high school is about finding yourself. Not living in isolation because your actions aren't related to your "Prince." I thought that he ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Leslie List writes, because her language and her personal stories in the book are easy to relate to and relevent too. The whole book helped me as a whole, to focus my mind on God and get closer to him, I also loved how her husband, Eric added bits to it, and helped from a man's perspective. The only bad aspect of it was maybe that for me it focused a lot on marriage and future husband rather than personal growth in God ; I also recently read her other book The Lost Art of True Bea ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finish-reading
This amazing book made me think of the words President Ezra Taft Benson said:

“Now, brethren, do not expect perfection in your choice of a mate. Do not be so particular that you overlook her most important qualities of having a strong testimony, living the principles of the gospel, loving home, wanting to be a mother in Zion, and supporting you in your priesthood responsibilities.

Of course, she should be attractive to you....

And one good yardstick as to whether a person might be the right one for
Htinez Ojenra
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
something i would like to use during individual bible studies :)
I will be reviewing this soon.
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful start for any girl who wants to step away from the past and move forward in beautiful intimacy with her Savoir. Leslie Ludy teaches that our security shouldn't be built around our relationships with guys and living up to the world's expectations, but our relationship with our Lord and how He sees us. The pages are full of florid descriptions, anecdotal illustration, and a bit of repetition, which may bother some, but the message is life-changing (and her writing style gr ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
I liked this book. I read it in a couple of days. It had some helpful scriptures and helpful books on other set apart women in the back. It inspired me to focus on getting to know Jesus as my Lord and patiently wait for my future husband to come to me. I believe it only had this affect on me because I was already desiring to change my lifestyle. If I had not sought out this book and already desired to form an intimate relationship with Christ, I would've looked at this book as total BS.

I like t
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book, I was seriously impacted. I cried through so many chapters because of how I easily related to nearly every little thing Leslie Ludy said about us typical teenage girls: I wanted a guy to make me feel special, but often compromised my morals in order to reach that goal, only to be left hurt in the end. I wanted to be completely set-apart for my Lord Jesus Christ, and so I began to read the Bible each day and pray. I was so excited about my profound relationship with C ...more
Emily Good
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 sim
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womanhood
Throughout the book, Leslie points to our Heavenly Prince. She reminds readers that He is the One our hearts should long for and run after. Leslie is very good about not just telling us that needs to happen, but she gives insight into how to make it happen. She shares examples of what she has done to get to know her Prince. In Chapter 11, she talks about “developing a quiet mind,” “cultivating a heart of worship,” and “learning the art of Biblical meditation.” We cannot know our Prince intimatel ...more
Dec 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were some parts of this book that I wasn't too wild about, but there were other sections that I REALLY liked. She has some very practical things about deepening your relationship with Jesus.

I would definitely recommend parental guidance on this if you're a teen. The author tells of some pretty graphic incidents from when she attended public school. I kind of wish she hadn't put them all in the book, just because I think it would appeal to a wider audience without it, and I would feel more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a long time to actually finish this because I wasn't always consistently reading it and life gets busy. But I am glad that I finally finished it!

I didn't find the language of calling Jesus your "Heavenly Prince" too strange or weird. However, it may not be what everyone is used to hearing or imagining.

I also loved the inserted Manhood sections written by Leslie's husband Eric Ludy. I think the sections gave a needed man's perspective on shaping men into "warrior poets". He expressed
Erin Opie
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Leslie Ludy is a very inspirational person, and I agree whole-heartedly with her beliefs, however this book was very tedious to read. Maybe I wasn't in the right mind-set while reading, but I found her language very repetitive and overly detailed. Although I didn't necessarily enjoy reading this book, I gained a lot of insight that I didn't previously have. Honestly, I think it is worth the read for those highlighted sections that I will continue to re-read. My favorite is, "Jesus does not live ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A thought-provoking book for any woman who has bought into the Hollywood notion of beauty and sexuality. It's a breath of fresh air for young woman and those who've made relationship mistakes. Leslie gives opportunities to find healing and shows us that women should expect more, to let Him write our love stories. The book is not without flaws - plural subject, single verb used throughout. Overuse of the word Prince and not enough Scripture evidence for my liking. Overall, that should not deter y ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all the single ladies
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Every single young woman should read this! I've always been a fan of Leslie Ludy's books and this is no exception. Leslie really had a unique way of changing your perception of singleness. Rather than focus on our lack of a love life, Leslie asks us to focus on the most important love relationship ever...the one between you and God. It's not a common thread of thought in today's society, but it's one that should be. God is what makes us whole, not a romantic relationsh ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another heartfelt, poignant book by Leslie Ludy. Though her books are each on a little different topic, they all come down to one important point: having a very personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Authentic Beauty definitely gives some things to really think about, some beautiful clips of Eric and Leslie’s love story, and also hope! I found it pretty simple to read, not dragging on or going over my head. Another book to push me toward being that set-apart woman! I’m excited to read more by ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-novels
This book was amazing! It challenged me to strive for a truly intimate relationship with Jesus, and to "clean the sanctuary" of my heart, saving every ounce of myself for Him. Leslie Ludy gives sound Scriptural basis for everything she says, and practical advice for cultivating this intimate relationship with our heavenly Prince. I want to read this book again soon!

I highly recommend this book to every young lady out there who is trying to follow Jesus! It's challenging, but necessary and encour
There was a lot of good advice and heartfelt points in this book. I thought Leslie Ludy did a good job of explaining things and making a plee to the hearts of young women. While I did enjoy this book and thought it had some great ideas inside, I wasn't as hooked because I found some parts of it a little boring. I would still recommend to young adults though, it had a good message.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few books by Leslie Ludy and her wisdom and perspective have been a huge encouragement to my Christian faith. Authentic Beauty is one of her books that have been on my list to read, and it lived up to my high expectations. Each chapter brought insight and encouragement to walk out my faith as a young woman in today's culture. It challenged me to pursue a relationship with Christ on a deeper level and utilized great examples, analogies, and explanations. I was inspired after reading ...more
Mary Rose Relente
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ones-i-own
Whenever you feel desires nothings in this world can satisfy or insecurities that drag you down, this book will really help you be shaped into a set-apart woman for God. Leslie and Eric Ludy have enlightened me through this book enough to pursue even more a life of reckless abandon for the Lord. And also how true intimacy starts from God to your significant other. This will leave you hungry and thirsty, not for the love of the opposite sex, but for the extravagant love of God and entirely for wh ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Leslie Ludy's 'Authentic Beauty' is a tale of the transformation from a romance seeking young woman to a lily-white princess who is devoted to a relationship with her Prince. It inspires young woman to leave behind society's expectations of femininity and to seek Christ's calling of set apart womanhood.
"Only when we fall in love with Jesus Christ and build our lives completely around him can we experience human love and romance in its purest and most beautiful form."
Janelle Troyer
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uplifting and encouraging

Authentic beauty really encouraged me in my relationship with my true prince, and it also even firmly grounded me into my decision to save EVERY SINGLE PIECE of myself for my future husband and warrior poet. I would recommend this book for girls aged 13+ because of mature content that young girls may not just be ready for. I am extremely delighted with Leslie's approach to set apartness and I am encouraged to be even more in love with my Lord.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
While most purity books tend to focus on why you shouldn't have sex, this book focuses on the importance of living your life fully devoted to Christ who will help you maintain your purity. Leslie Lundy gives personal accounts of how she found her true Prince (Jesus) who in time granted her with the desire of her heart to marry. She is open about how she had to reach the point to discover why purity is so important and encourages young women how to live set-apart for Christ.
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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.
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“Stop trying to fit [Christ] into your life; instead, build your life around [Him].” 87 likes
“When we are passionately in love with our Prince, we put Him above all else--not just in theory, but also practically, in every moment of our day-to-day lives. We do not live for the applause of heaven. Our longings are not for people's approval but only for more and more of Him. We are marked by an effortless, unshakable strength that is found in the presence of our perfect Lover.” 42 likes
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