Thursday, April 23, 2015

Set-apart Woman: God's Invitation to Sacred Living by Leslie Ludy

From the publisher:
In The Set-Apart Woman, women of all ages will be encouraged to stay grounded in Jesus amid the many distractions and temptations of their daily lives. Biblical truths will help readers understand what it means to live the consecrated life, set apart for God’s purposes. Readers will apply these truths to practical areas of struggle that women face on a daily basis, such as sinful attitudes and patterns and other hindrances to our souls.

Leslie Ludy tells you, right away, in the introduction that she is not going to write a fluffy-feel-good book.  She is there to challenge and inspire you to sacred living of a set-apart life for Jesus.  

There is something truly incredible and unique about Leslie Ludy and her writing.  She is one of the few authors that I feel truly challenges the Christian norm.  She does not just allow you to be mediocre in your Christianity but shows you what the scriptures are calling you to and inspires you by sharing the lives of other woman who have lived the set-apart life.  She is honest and candid in her own struggles and failures, but always share how God has helped her to overcome.  She does not want us to settle for the way things are, but to move beyond them.  However, she is a grace oriented writer and believer not a works-oriented one.  This is huge to me because often when a writer tells us to live differently they make it all about a list of things.  Leslie continually points you back to God who gives you the strength, grace, and love to do His will.  

Each chapter is a specific challenge toward sacred living.  She gives practical and spiritual steps for a person to take.  We need theory but also practical ideas and Leslie gives both.  At the end of each chapter there are Bible verses and questions to use personally or as a group to dig deeper and really make changes in your life.

Leslie Ludy is an inspiration to me and I was so blessed to read this book.

I highly recommend this and all her other books (as well as her husband, Eric Ludy's books) to everyone.  They are a much needed set of Christian leaders today.  

I received this book free from the Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  

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