When Dreams Come True: A Love Story Only God Could Write

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This daringly real, intensely moving love story gives vision and hope to everyone in search of a love worth waiting for. In their bestseller When God Writes Your Love Story, Eric and Leslie Ludy described the breathtaking perfection of God's plans for each young person and offered fresh guidelines for being Christlike in relationships with the opposite sex. When Dreams Come True shares the Ludys' personal story, illustrating how they lived out the principles of the first book in their own romance and marriage. ...
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Overview

This daringly real, intensely moving love story gives vision and hope to everyone in search of a love worth waiting for. In their bestseller When God Writes Your Love Story, Eric and Leslie Ludy described the breathtaking perfection of God's plans for each young person and offered fresh guidelines for being Christlike in relationships with the opposite sex. When Dreams Come True shares the Ludys' personal story, illustrating how they lived out the principles of the first book in their own romance and marriage. Includes an all-new chapter from Eric Ludy, "What Happened Next?"

“I had a God who knew my every desire. He also knew how I would fall. And yet He was waiting on the other side of my failure and my shattered dreams with some dreams of His own...”

Here’s hope for anyone in search of a love worth waiting for.

From the bestselling authors of When God Writes Your Love Story comes this daringly real, true-life account of Eric and Leslie Ludy’s own journey through the struggles and triumphs of a God-written romance.

Story Behind the Book

Eric and Leslie Ludy know that most young people today have never seen a successful, Christ-centered relationship modeled, and believe that “happily ever after” is a thing of the past. The Ludy’s wrote When Dreams Come True to offer their own example of a God-written love story, providing the vision for that “something better” that so many young people have never seen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590523537
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 331,935
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Ludy

As full-time speakers, writers, and musicians, Eric and Leslie Ludy challenge and encourage young adults and singles around the world to pursue holiness in every aspect of their lives. The Ludys live in Windsor, Colorado.

Leslie Ludy

As full-time speakers, writers, and musicians, Eric and Leslie Ludy challenge and encourage young adults and singles around the world to pursue holiness in every aspect of their lives. The Ludys live in Windsor, Colorado.

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WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE


By Eric Ludy Leslie Ludy

Multnomah Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2004 Winston and Brooks, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-59052-353-9


Chapter One

the search

Leslie: Bittersweet Memories

A little girl with bright, sparkling eyes and long brown hair runs happily through the grass barefoot, wearing a flowing pink gown that used to be a lady's negligee. Now the billowing, lacy garment has been transformed into nothing less than a "princess" robe, filling this young girl's mind with glorious dreams and fantasies of faraway castles and knights in shining armor. Suddenly she laughs, a pure sound of delight, and in her voice there is an innocence, a carefree, childlike spirit. Her name is Leslie. She is only eight. And to her, the world is full of endless possibilities.

* * *

As the television displays our family home video, the frame wobbles to indicate that the videographer (aka my dad) is changing positions. I smile. My dad is a great sport. He never failed in his fatherly duty to either be busy with the video camera, the lawnmower, or the barbecue on hot summer Saturday afternoons.

The scene shifts and I catch a glimpse of two excited little boys, ages two and four, one in a cowboy hat and the other an Indian headdress. The "cameraman" struggles to keep them in the frame as they tirelessly bounce and squirm as only little boys can. Their hands and clothes are speckled with caked-on dirt and blotches of cherry-flavored Kool-Aid as they fervently dig for worms and buried treasure in the plastic green turtle-shaped sandbox. And there is my mother, holding their two empty "sippy cups" with plastic lids. One of the boys suddenly lets out a yelp of indignation, but before a battle can erupt, she gently bends down and, speaking in her calm, soothing tone, helps the grumbling cowboy and frustrated Indian make a peace treaty in only ten seconds. Then she notices the video camera and laughingly tries to motion it away.

I shake my head in wonder as I watch this vivid picture from the past that floods me with memories. Could I ever have been that young, that innocent, that carefree? Could I ever have known, as I floated through the grass in my pink satin gown, all the uncertainty and confusion that life would soon throw at me?

At eight years old, I knew without a doubt that someday my life would bring me a "happily ever after" ending. One of my favorite pastimes was sitting in our downstairs toy room on a bright yellow rug, listening with bated breath to various fairy tales (via my little orange Mattel record player) and following intently along with the brightly colored picture book that accompanied each romantic story. I had Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow White memorized, and I was currently working on Sleeping Beauty. Without exception, every fairy tale ended with "happily ever after," and I was sure that someday mine would be no different. I was still young, but it didn't stop me from dreaming of my own Prince Charming.

Not that my standards were high or anything! I simply looked at the men in my life to help me picture what a knight in shining armor was supposed to be like. First, there was my dad-as handsome as any movie star on TV, stronger than the Incredible Hulk, wiser than old Owl from Pooh Corner, and the most gentle and kind member of the male species my young eyes had ever beheld. He was everything I wanted in a man.

Then there was good ol' Ken, who always sat contentedly next to his gorgeous blond date in her hot pink plastic Corvette while I zoomed them around my bedroom at full speed. Ken didn't say much, but his bright eyes and constant smile made a lasting impression on me. And if a girl as great as Barbie liked him, then so did I!

And last, I evaluated the heroes from my Mattel record player fairy tales-gallant, noble, and brave, even in the face of ferocious dragons and vicious warlords. I knew I would never settle for less in a man. I wanted someone who was a combination of my dad, Ken, and Cinderella's Prince Charming. At the age of eight, I didn't think that was too much to ask. I knew he was out there somewhere. I knew someday he would rescue me at just the right moment, and we would ride off together into the sunset. (Of course, I had also decided that my favorite dolls would be the guests of honor at our wedding and that my wonderful mommy and daddy would accompany my groom and me on our honeymoon!)

One night I had snuggled in between my parents on our mossy green couch to watch a movie. It was a love story. As it ended, I was less than impressed with the hero's qualities.

"He didn't even sweep her off her feet!" I complained loudly. "He's not good enough for her. I can't believe she settled for a guy like that!"

I still remember my dad's fond chuckle as he scooped me up into his arms and said, "Leslie, one thing's for sure: It's going to take a very special man to win your heart."

He had no idea how right he was. It wouldn't be too many years later that I would embark upon a journey to find true love. But the "happily ever after" ending I'd always imagined wouldn't be as easy to come by as I once thought.

* * *

Ah, memories in the form of wobbly home videos! Viewing them has become somewhat of a love/hate activity for me. I spend half the evening just trying to decipher the hastily scrawled handwriting on the label. I struggle to decide if the tape I'm holding contains Uncle Harold's fifty-sixth anniversary hayride or little David's two-and-a-half hour soccer game, which was filmed so far from the field that all the players came out looking like little black dots. (Either of these two options could easily win the prize for America's Most Boring Home Video.) Once I finally select a tape to watch, I am usually forced to spend another large chunk of time fast-forwarding through a TV special that my mom has accidentally recorded in the middle of the video. After enjoying a muted, high-speed version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, I finally arrive at little Johnny's spaceship-theme birthday party and realize this was not the video I wanted after all.

But there are moments when I stumble upon a scene from the past that grips my heart and floods me with emotion. As I watch little Leslie merrily dance around the backyard in her pigtails and bare feet, I experience such a moment.

I can almost smell the freshly cut grass and hear the shrill echoes of my little brothers' voices as they excitedly play out a duel to the death between their little green plastic army men. I can hear the distant tinkling music-box sound of the ice cream truck circling the subdivision, its high-pitched melody mingling with the dull hum of Mr. Harrison's weed eater zapping loudly a block away.

I can feel the soft satin of my "princess" robe and remember for a moment what it felt like to be there, young and secure. I can imagine my dad teasing my mother, attempting to get her on camera. I can picture her shaking her head and laughing as she gestures wildly to him and turns her face away. All the fun and love that surrounded my childhood comes back to me in a rush. And as I sit here, gazing at the television, I can only wonder, If I had known the road ahead, would I have taken those years of innocence for granted? Would I have clung to my childhood fairy-tale dreams? I am suddenly filled with a desire to freeze the video screen and get that little girl's attention. I have an urgent longing to warn her. Leslie, be careful with your innocence; guard it with everything in you. You can't understand now the cost of giving it away. Treasure your family. Cherish what God has given you. Hold on to your dreams. There will come a day when they will seem foolish. But they aren't. This world wants to steal your heart away and damage your precious innocence. But there's something more God has for you. Be careful. Please, be careful.

And yet I can't go back in time. I can't warn that innocent little girl of the traps that lie ahead and the romantic disillusionment that threatens to shatter her dreams. I can only remember back through the drama of my life-all the many moments, both good and bad, that were not captured on a video but were forever impressed upon my heart and mind. My fairy tale was a little more complicated than those entertaining stories on my Mattel record player. Yet the end goal was the same: a happily-ever-after story. But, like I said, it wasn't quite so simple.

I don't need a home video to remind me of every experience that shaped me, or of all the valleys and mountaintops along the way. I had a God who knew my every desire. He also knew how I would fall. And yet He was waiting on the other side of my failure and my shattered dreams with some dreams of His own ...

(Continues...)



Excerpted from WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE by Eric Ludy Leslie Ludy Copyright © 2004 by Winston and Brooks, Inc.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Authors' Note 7
Eric: The Day a Dream Came True 9
Part 1 The Search
Leslie: Bittersweet Memories 17
Eric: Foothills High School 22
Leslie: Rutherford Elementary School 27
Eric: Mountaintop Christian Camp 32
Leslie: Lakeshore Bible Church 39
Eric: The Ludy Dinner Table 43
Leslie: 311 Rambling Rose Road 49
Eric: Baldwin Hall 58
Leslie: Ridgeview High School 65
Eric: Stewart Hall 76
Leslie: Evergreen Christian Camp 80
Eric: Marky's Bedroom 86
Eric: Sofia, Bulgaria 91
Eric: Eric's Love Letter 95
Eric: The Toyota Camry 96
Part 2 The Friendship
Eric: Creekside Community Church 103
Leslie: Creekside Community Church 105
Eric: 1422 South Newport Way 109
Eric: 311 Rambling Rose Road 112
Leslie: Romero's Pizzeria 117
Eric: Twin Oaks Ranch 123
Leslie: The Toyota Camry 126
Leslie: Ridgeview High School 129
Eric: Jack's Basement Studio 130
Leslie: Applewood Park 132
Leslie: The Toyota Camry 136
Eric: Barb's Flowerbed 140
Leslie: The Golden Corral 145
Eric: The Football Field 149
Leslie: Inner-City New Orleans 152
Eric: The Tan Minivan 157
Part 3 The Love Story
Leslie: Mexican Carry-Out 165
Eric: Perkins Family Restaurant 171
Leslie: 311 Rambling Rose Road 174
Leslie: 1422 South Newport Way 178
Eric: 1422 South Newport Way 182
Eric: Perkins Family Restaurant 185
Eric: The Ludy Kitchen 187
Leslie: Applewood Park 190
Leslie: The Ludy Kitchen 194
Leslie: Leslie's Bedroom 201
Eric: My Girl Leslie 204
Eric: The Secret 205
Leslie: The Phone Calls 207
Leslie: Painful Good-Byes 210
Eric: The Letters 213
Leslie: Preparation 216
Eric: Spring Break 219
Eric: Allegan, Michigan 223
Eric: The Plan 227
Leslie: The Moment 230
Eric: Six Months 234
Leslie: Woodfield Suites 240
Eric: The Day a Dream Came True 250
Leslie: The Day a Dream Came True 254
Eric: Mr. Vale 258
Eric: First Years of Happily Ever After 261
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    this is THE book

    you will always turn to in time of hope. I absolutely love this book. I am 18 and I have been through these same struggles but this book shows those struggles in a different light. It is extremely well written and the story is absolutely beautiful. I am so glad I bought this book. This will definitely be a stocking stuffer this year in our family!

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    Highly Recommend

    This book was easy to read and interesting. I couldn't put it down. It shows good examples of how to put away the dating relationships and wait for God's perfect timing to send the right person to you.

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    INCREDIBLE!!!

    This is an incredible book. It shows the value of keeping yourself for one man. It helped me decide to never give myself to anybody except the one I will marry someday.

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    Amazing

    This is a truly amazing story of the love that God can work in your life when you give it all to Him.

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    Posted November 19, 2003

    AMAZING!

    This book has challenged my walk with God. I am now daily in the word reading and absorbing His love letters. This book is a blessing to me and I praise God for their willingness to tell us an amazing story. This is not only for singles. This is for teenagers to wives and husbands in their 50s. This book makes me more content as a single Christian and woman of God.

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