Walking on Sunshine

Leslie Ludy – The Lost Art of True Beauty – 2010/006 + 2011/032 + 2012/010

The Back of the Book: Captivating loveliness begins when we encounter the Author of all true beauty.

In today’s sex-obsessed society, pop culture’s idea of feminine beauty seems to be all abut looking like the hottest models, movie stars, or pop singers.  But the end results are often tragic – overwhelming insecurity, eating disorders, and sexual promiscuity.

Bestselling author and speaker Leslie Ludy shares a different vision for feminine loveliness as God intended it to be – the breathtaking radiance of a young woman who has been transformed by Christ from the inside out.  You will be inspired toward a whole new pattern for inward and outward beauty, and ou will discover valuable advice about how to:

  • showcase Christ’s beauty in the way you dress, act, and live.
  • overcome insecurity and see yourself as God sees you.
  • become attractive to the right kind of guy.
  • build your femininity on God’s values instead of the world’s.
  • True beauty is more than skin deep.  With candid personal stories, practical suggestions, and fresh inspiration, Leslie will walk with you on a life-changing journey to becoming a woman of feminine grace, inner radiance, and timeless appeal.

NotJustLaura’s Review: It is rare for me to respond to Amazon’s suggestions on ways to spend more money on books but when I received an email last year telling me that Ms Ludy was publishing a new book, I got out my credit card right away!  I was disappointed that the release was then delayed but, when it did happen, I read the whole book the day it arrived.  As you can tell I’m a big Ludy fan and, I think, have now read everything theyve produced on the ‘set-apart life.’

Having read this book with ease – Ms Ludy has a friendly, warm style which I find very engaging – I’m finding it harder to review than I was expecting.

In The Lost Art of True Beauty, Ms Ludy examines the cultural norms which define a young woman’s beauty in contemporary Western society.  She then offers the set-apart life as an alternative and gives suggestions which the reader is invited to follow.

So far, so good.  One either agrees with the world-view presented or does not and will continue with this slim volume based on that answer.  And here’s my sticking-point:  This is a slim volume of just 169 pages.  That’s not a lot of space to fill and yet Ms Ludy constantly referred the reader to her previous works and the ideas she presented therein.  While I’m glad that she avoided rehashing ideas with which I’m already familiar I’m left with the feeling that The Lost Art of True Beauty didn’t really contain anything new.

I’ve kept Authentic Beauty (the first Ludy book I read) for further study but feel no need to do likewise with this new work and I rather hope Ms Ludy holds back on publishing another until she can add properly to the rest of her, generally excellent, work.

Reread July 2011:  I had a feeling I didn’t think much of this book the first time I read it and, having just reread my review, it’s clear that I didn’t.  Having reread the book as part of my Ludy-fest I think I was excessively harsh the first time.  Yes, Ms Ludy does refer the reader of this volume back to her earlier works but, as I’m reading them all at the moment, I’d rather that than being asked to read the same arguments in more than one book.  The lynch-pin of this book is the set-apart life described in Authentic Beauty and elaborated upon in Set-Apart Femininity but this book does take the ideas one step further and in more functional, practical ways than the previous two.  Why was I so disappointed the first time around?  Maybe my expectations were a little too high.  Maybe I was expecting something different.  Or maybe I was just having a bad day.  In any event, I make my apologies to Ms Ludy – this is a book to keep for further study along with the others and I will be doing just that.

Reread:  February 2012

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