Walking on Sunshine

Leslie Ludy – Set-Apart Femininity – 2009/33 & 2011/029 & 2012/006

The Back of the Book: Do you long for something more than the shallow, self-focused, pleasure-seeking femininity so common today?  Do you want a focus beyond chasing male approval and pop-culture appeal?  Do you need a fresh vision of God’s amazing purpose for your life as a young woman?  Are you ready to becom one of the few in this generation who will make an eternal impact upon this world?

Discover Set-Apart Femininity.

This is not the same old message you’e always heard.  It’s a radical call to a counterculture lifestyle in which every aspect f your femininity – from the way you relate with guys to the focus and direction of your life – is shaped by an intimate relationship with the King of kings.  It’s the kind of heroic femininity that the world-changing women of history understood.  And it’s well within your grasp, no matter where you’ve geen.

In her signature story-driven style, Leslie Ludy tackles key issues you’re facing today:

  • unlocking God’s sacred call upon your life.
  • understanding God’s pattern for true feminine beauty.
  • captivating the heart of a Christlike guy.
  • aligning your daily existence with God’s priorities.
  • finding real fulfillment by living a poured-out life.

Get ready to experience the lost art of set-apart femininity – and find what you’ve been searching for.

NotJustLaura’s Review: I am really in several minds about this book.  It is very readable and persuasive – I enjoyed reading it – but I’m just not comfortable with all of the ideas expressed.  Mrs Ludy begins from a point of seeing all humans as selfish, evil beings, without any redeeming features.  As such, the young women to whom she is writing, are encouraged to put themselves to death in a manner reminiscent of the training of a nun which Karen Armstrong writes about.  The Catholic Church has, I believe, moved away from these methods and I find it odd that Mrs Ludy goes back to them.  I wonder if she has read Through the Narrow Gate?

In her version of the truth, Mrs Ludy would have the reader give up all things of the world – even those that are not of themselves bad – because they encourage selfishness and take one’s eyes off of Jesus Christ.  She is particularly scathing of books such Captivating (which I really enjoyed!)  She claims to spend three, four or more hours in prayer each day.  And this is, I am sure, admirable.  Whether it is healthy or even achievable by the average reader – I have my doubts.

I think there is merit in this book.  Yes, Christians should focus more of their efforts on serving Jesus and less on themselves.  But, as one who is easily impresed by what she reads, I think this is a message that should be tempered with love, compassion and common-sense.  Unfortunately, Mrs Ludy has strayed into the realms of fanaticism this time but, having loved Authentic Beauty, I’m still looking forward to hearing more from her.

Re-read July 2011:  If I’d re-read my review before re-reading this book I might have avoided doing so.  As life stands, I replaced my copy after re-reading Authentic Beauty and am glad I did.  I think I’ve matured somewhat in the past two years and am stronger and more secure in my faith.  There are still parts of this book that really made me raise my eye-brows, shake my head and want to move on.  But I saw more merit in it this time around although I’m far from willing to take on the whole message.

My Catholic formation has taught me that we are meant to cast off selfishness as Mrs Ludy recommends.  The old-fashioned term would be to ‘crucify yourself’.  As I read Set-Apart Femininity this time, I think I realised that just what this looks like is going to be different for every Christian and Mrs Ludy, in addressing her audience of young women, has tried to cover all the possibilities.  No doubt, there are spiritual giants somewhere who really do cast off self in all the ways suggested.  I am not one of them.

Looking back to my own young womanhood (today I found another grey hair) I’m still uneasy about the influence a book like this might have had on me.  But not every young woman lives through her twenties with an undiagnosed mental illness.  Maybe more ‘normal’ thought patterns would render a different reading.

Reread: February 2012

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Comments on: "Leslie Ludy – Set-Apart Femininity – 2009/33 & 2011/029 & 2012/006" (1)

  1. I haven’t read any of her books but one problem I have with a lot of fundamentalist books about femininity (Catholic or Protestant) is that they encourage doormat behavior (but then say that because you choose to act that way you really aren’t a doormat).

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