Walking on Sunshine

Eric & Leslie Ludy – When Dreams Come True – 2009/035 + 2011/041 + 2012/008

The Back of the Book: A can’t-put-it-down, novel-style sequel to When God Writs Your Love Story!  This daringly real and intensely moving love story gives vision and hope to anyone in search of a love worth waiting for.

Notjustlaura Review: This book just blew me away.  It’s rare for a book marketed as ‘can’t put it down’ to live up to that hype but this one really did.  I was actually sorry when it was over.

The book is a no-holds-barred look at Mr and Mrs Ludy’s growing up, friendship and courtship and ends with their marriage.  Their honesty in writing this is truly breathtaking.  Their commitment to God is awe-inspiring.  In fact, that would be my only criticism.  The ideals they lived up to seem well out of my reach and I wonder if some readers might be tempted to quit before they even start.  But the book did give me motivation and spiritual inspiration when I needed it and I’m looking forward to reading more from these, very special, people.

(Reviewed on Saturday, 22nd August 2009)

Reread August 2011:  Once again I couldn’t put this book down and was so sorry to turn the last page.  There’s not really a lot for me to add to my original review. It’s a great book.  You should read it.

Reread February 2012

Comments on: "Eric & Leslie Ludy – When Dreams Come True – 2009/035 + 2011/041 + 2012/008" (2)

  1. Hi there, I’d like to ask a question about Eric and Leslie Ludy’s books from a Catholic perspective. Do you believe that waiting for God to notify who is your spouse, so only ever being in a relationship with one person, is really the way things should be done? I just haven’t heard any evidence of that from the Bible or the Church that is along those guidelines. I’d really LIKE it to be true, but I’m not sure if that’s really the way it works or if it’s just a recipe for never getting married. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    Thanks,
    Laura

    • notjustlaura said:

      Hi Laura

      That’s a really interesting question – thanks for visiting and asking.

      As I’m not married – and don’t particularly want to be – I may not be the best person to ask! I shall do my best though 🙂

      Have you read Leslie’s book on Single-ness? In it she recommends living a full, varied life while single and not focussing too much on ‘Is he the right one?’ ‘Or him?’ ‘Or him?’ I know I tended to do this when I was younger (I’m 38 now and trying very hard to move on from that kind of thinking.) Her theory seems to be that through having Godly friendships with members of the opposite sex a woman will find her partner if that’s what God has in mind for her. And if it’s not then she’ll have built a fulfilling, useful life.

      I think the right path may lie between two extremes – only ever dating the man you’ll one day marry and the world’s approach to dating and sex which, in my experience, only leads to tears. There are other takes on Christian dating – Lisa Bevere’s Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry, for example. Looking back, I certainly wish I’d focussed on Godly friendships and a fulfilling single life rather than physical relationships which I tried – and failed – to turn into marriages. I’m still healing from some of the hurts I sustained.

      So far as the Ludy approach being Biblical or RC teaching – so far as I know the Ludys are evangelical Christians rather than Catholic so they do use Bible texts in their books but no RC teaching. I don’t remember reading anything in their books that would be contrary to my reading of the Bible or the Catholic formation I’ve received. However, I also can’t think of anything in the Bible or RC teaching that specifically backs them up.

      Sorry I can’t give you a more conclusive answer. Keep reading, keep thinking, keep questioning and, above all, keep praying.

      Laura

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