Thursday, February 12, 2009


When God Writes Your Love Story - Eric & Leslie Ludy

"If you're looking for practical ways to build a God-honoring relationship, you can't afford to miss this book." Drs. Les & Leslie Parrot

This is not simply "another courtship" book. It's not a book about dating. It's not just "another love waits" book. I'm not saying those books or ideas are wrong. We HAVE read a lot of those types of books in our home...and many of them to tend to become a list of do this and don't do this...and miss the aspect of giving your HEART to Jesus. They don't MEAN to do that, but if not careful you begin to follow an author's list and timeline, rather than learning to follow Jesus' voice in your relationships. {BTW, this is one reason that I weary of many self-help books.} This IS a book about submitting all areas of ones life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

The authors share their "dating experiences" (tastefully) which led them both to "turn the pen over to God" and let him "write their love story". Years, later the meet and marry.

I LOVE the fact that this book does not focus on a list of dos and don'ts that are supposedly going to "assure" purity. It focuses on the heart and a relationship with Jesus. Following the teaching in this book would not in any way harm a person if they were to remain single all their lives. They write about respecting and loving your future mate NOW before you may even know him/her.

The book is divided into five sections: desiring a love story, preparing for a love story, waiting for a love story, sweetening a love story and discovering a God-written love story.

The only thing I've not liked so far about this book is one of the examples. ::snort:: Leslie shares that every night as she drifts off to sleep, she gets thirsty. She explains that she can't get out of bed and Eric runs and gets her a drink every night. She presents this as an example of unconditional love. I can't help laughing as a vetran of 25 years of marriage. I think to myself, "Can't ONE of you remember to place water bottles beside the bed BEFORE you go to bed"?

I thought it would be fun for Valentine's Day to offer a giveaway for singles. I KNOW how hard it can be to go against our culture's pull. I have daughters in their 20's who are allowing God to write their love stories. It's not always easy. I believe this book by Eric and Leslie will be encouraging. I must admit after reading so MANY marriage self-help books to review and giveaway this week, I found myself thinking, "YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN NEED TO LEARN ABOUT THIS BEFORE THEY ARE MARRIED." That reminded me ofthis book.

When God Writes Your Love Story is written from both Eric and Leslie's perspectives. I think men or women would enjoy it.

If you are single (or have a youth you'd like to enter) and are interested in winning a copy of this book, please leave a comment. We will chose a winner on Monday 16 Feb. I'll need a way to contact you. If I don't know you - do note if you are a single or the parent of a youth. I'd like to give singles/youth who enter priority. If you are still in high school, please do check with your parents and see if they would like you to have this book. I would have no trouble with my high school age young men reading this book...but that's OUR FAMILY. I have not read the entire book. I have read the first nine chapters. BTW my girls can enter this one too, if they'd like. My boys can read my copy. ::snort::

This is on my 2009 Reading List.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.


Yvonne said...

This sounds like the book I've been searching for... Like you, De'Etta, I've found the other books on this topic very list oriented. I'm particularly sensitive on that front because of our recent church experience.

I've talked to Matt and he'd like to read this. I'm putting it on our list of reading for this summer. Thanks for sharing!

Renee said...

This book sounds like it would be great for my 17.5yo dd on her way to college in less than 6 mos. Would love to be tossed in the hat.

Lisa in Jax said...

I'd love to win this book for Allison! Thanks for the giveaway!



Cynthia said...

If I can enter for my dd, I think she would enjoy this book!

LOL about the remembering to get the water glass (LOL)...

Anonymous said...

it's like you knew I was thinking "can I enter?" lol

Bre g

Anonymous said...

I think I would love this book, first for myself being sngle, and second for my sons... one of which is quickly entering the phase of his life where he is praying for his future wife.

Oh my.

Ruth Russell

Gigi Lynn said...

I would like to have this book for my four sons and later, for my four daughters.

Thank you!