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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Press (10 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590522680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590522684
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,097,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosalyn Stanley on 12 Jan. 2007
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Leslie Ludy writes an intimate letter to every young girl who has ever had her heart set on finding Prince Charming that rather than looking around, she should look up, and discover the depths of love which Jesus, the Prince of glory has for us.

This is Leslie's testimony of how she discovered deeper depths in her love affair with Jesus and it is honest, funny and thought provoking with practical , real-life advice on becoming the set apart young women, we were created to be.

If you have ever been disillusioned or felt alone in your Christian walk with God or wondered which ditch your prince in shining armour fell into, and wanted to read an encouraging book from someone who has "been there" and has plenty of encouraging advice, read this and fall in love with Jesus for the first time, or all over again!

I love that each chapter has a "Chapter in a Nutshell" summary at the end and weblinks to extra online resources and Eric Ludy presents "a guy perspective" lessons.

This is more than a good read, it will kick start your love affair with Jesus.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Only for certain audiences 11 April 2006
By Jennifer Presley - Published on
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This book is more for younger girls who are in middle school or high school, especially girls who find it difficult and confusing to avoid listening to the world's perspective of their beauty, their relationship with God and their interactions with guys. Or it would be a very helpful book to read in a discipleship or mentorship with such a young woman (or a group of them).

Though the prose is often flowery and verbose (pleasant to some and not others), Leslie gracefully and powerfully presents the importance of knowing God before you're ready to think about dating. She often uses her own experiences too much and too repeatedly instead of cutting to the chase, but they are usually helpful. It's nice to have a young, real author who's gone through the struggles herself, rather than an old, angelic writer harping on the younger generation.

All in all, this is an extremely helpful book to start up discussion and provide ideas for building one's intimicy with Christ above all and through all.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Beautiful Book About the Beautiful YOU! 17 May 2004
By Ashley Zimmer - Published on
Format: Paperback
In "Authentic Beauty," Leslie Ludy does a magnificent job at convincing young women that they are beautiful just the way God made them. She stresses the importance of falling in love with our "true Prince" (Jesus) before being able to fall in love with another man. Ludy assumes a very approachable style as she writes, and even tells her readers that she wants to speak to them as though they are best friends talking in a coffee shop. Ludy uses allusion, anecdotes, and listing to make her purpose of teaching women to love themselves clear and appealing to the reader. The basis of the book is a woman's relationship with God and how that affects her life; therefore, allusions to the Bible and Christ are sprinkled generously throughout the book. Every one of the 4 parts of the book begins with a Scripture quote such as: "My beloved is mine and I am his; he delights in the lilies(111)." These quotes help to tie the theme of the book together: to be lily white (pure for God). Ludy also tells many stories from her personal life such as when she was in elementary school and boys would tease her and her friends because they hadn't "developed" yet. These brief anecdotes help the reader to relate to the author and believe that the author is someone the reader can trust for advice, like a friend. Finally, Ludy uses lists to make it easier for the reader to look at and understand the information being presented. She lists questions young women should ask themselves about how they relate to the opposite sex in order to see if the young women themselves are "set apart" for their future husbands. She also lists the assumptions girls live under such as "[t]o have a successful future, a young woman must carefully follow society's pattern for success," and why they are examples of unhealthy thinking(85). These lists help young women to evaluate what is truly important in life and apply those concepts in real life situations. I greatly enjoyed this book and believe it is absolutely not a one-time kind of read. This book helped me to realize my own self-worth and that the "perfect guy" will come around when God, he, and I are ready.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A book for any christian young woman!! 16 July 2004
By JaneBlonde - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a must-read for any christian young woman. Leslie Ludy shines above most christian authors for young women as she shares her own story and how she has grown in her personal relationship with Jesus. I love this book more than any other "chritian living" book because you don't feel like you're being preached to, but instead that you're sitting down and having a heart to heart with a best friend. But be prepared to really study this book if you purchase it! There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained, it has been a totally awesome inspiration in my life.
Also, if you purchase this book, buy a spiral or make a place in your journal for notes and will have the urge to write about what you've learned!
29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly, slightly disappointing 19 April 2006
By Leigh - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a fan of the Ludy's, I was really interested to read "Authentic Beauty". I had really mixed feelings about it though.

I liked the concept of the book: pursuing a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and discovering the beauty of being a woman. However, I felt like half the book was a reiteration of her and her husband's book, "When Dreams Come True". This seemed to be a "filler" because the rest of book is so REPETITIVE.

Every other word in the book is "Prince", "Beautiful Prince", "Your Prince, Jesus Christ", etc. The whole book reads like this, literally. I was actually sick of it by chapter 3, but finished the book to see if it would get better and if she used a thesaurus. It does not and it's clear that she didn't.

Her message is very genuine, but the repetitiveness totally overshadows it. This would be a good book for a pre-teen who has not read yet delved into the religious self-help genre, but college-age women and older might be turned off by Mrs. Ludy's unfortunate childishness.

Unfortunately this book is bubble-gum-pop-princess to the Nth degree. Could have been better. Highly recommend "When God Writes Your Love Story" over this one.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Authentic and yet not 22 May 2006
By eaholtzh - Published on
Format: Paperback
Authentic Beauty was a disappointing read for me. I thought Leslie Ludy had some wonderful things to say and it is clear that she loves the Lord. However, the book was extremely repetative. I kept expecting her to dive into some really intense issues, but in the end it was all very surface. I'm a college student and i lead a small group of college girls. I got this book thinking it would really challenge us. However, it didn't. This book would best serve younger girls, probably middle school age, who are still learning what it means to follow Christ.
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