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“I had dreamed of a perfect love story for my entire life. But ...
“I had dreamed of a perfect love story for my entire life. But somewhere in the midst of the endless cycle of temporary romances, my dreams had shattered.” How can I find a love worth waiting for?
Lay the foundation now—whether you’ve met your future spouse or not—for a lifelong romance. Bestselling authors Eric and Leslie Ludy invite you to discover how beautiful your love story can be when the Author of romance scripts every detail.
Story Behind the Book
Eric and Leslie Ludy want to offer an exciting vision of hope, proving that the Author of romance is alive and well and that true and lasting love can become a reality. Using the “four secrets to an amazing love story,” Eric and Leslie present a Christ-centered approach to building a relationship that will stand the test of time.
In my dating relationships, I damage my precious pearl of purity. I felt dirty and used because of it. But the damage didn't happen when I " went a little too far" physically. Giving away this treasure started the moment I gave away my heart and emotions to men who were never meant to receive that gift. I had been careless with my treasure. I had allowed my heart to become battered and broken.
I used to think that the unbearable devastation of "breaking up" with a boyfriend was just a natural part of the dating process. But there was nothing natural about it! It was a pain God never meant for me to experience. The valuable and delicate pearl of me purity had been too soon from its protective shell, then tossed back, damaged and bruised.
|Introduction--Leslie: Searching for True Love||9|
|1||Desiring a Love Story|
|Chapter 1||Eric: The Babes and the Big Egos||17|
|Chapter 2||Eric: In Search of a Sweeter Song: A generation's longing for a better kind of love||23|
|Chapter 3||Eric: Who's Captain of Your Love Boat?: Laying the foundation for a God-written love story||37|
|Chapter 4||Leslie: Rubbing Shoulders with the Author of Romance: Following a faithful Father, not a faulty formula||55|
|2||Preparing for a Love Story|
|Chapter 5||Eric: Get a Love Life!: Loving your future spouse even before you meet him||79|
|Chapter 6||Leslie: A Forever Kind of Love: Romance that's more than a feeling||87|
|Chapter 7||Eric: Developing Inward Excellence: Purity that goes beyond skin-deep||97|
|Chapter 8||Leslie: Heart Matters: A female angle on inward excellence||109|
|3||Waiting for a Love Story|
|Chapter 9||Eric: The Art of Faithfulness: A skill to learn long before the wedding vows||125|
|Chapter 10||Leslie: Can the Sweeter Song Be a Solo?: Understanding the pain and purpose of singleness||141|
|Chapter 11||Leslie: Holding Out for a Higher Standard: Do noble knights and fair maidens really exist?||159|
|4||Sweetening a Love Story|
|Chapter 12||Eric: Home Sweet Home: The ultimate test of true love||173|
|Chapter 13||Eric: Training to Be Tender: How your own personal oddballs can prepare you for romance||183|
|Chapter 14||Leslie: Playing for Keeps: Preparing for success by picking a winning team||203|
|5||Discovering a God-Written Love Story|
|Chapter 15||Leslie: Too Late?: A glimmer of hope in a world of lost virginity||221|
|Chapter 16||Eric: Against the Tide: Gaining real backbone in the midst of a spineless generation||233|
|Epilogue: Leslie: After "I Do": The beauty of a God-written marriage||243|
My trembling fingers tightened around the phone cord, and I choked back the sob that threatened to explode from my tightening lungs. There was a long, awkward pause as he waited for me to speak. My only consolation was that he could not see my pale face. I would never have been able to hide my devastated expression had he been in the room at that heart-wrenching moment.
The nightmare had come true again. What had started out as a harmless, fun, innocent relationship had slowly become a complicated entanglement of emotion and passion, only to end abruptly now that the fire had faded. The cutting pain and ruthlessly squeezed my heart was so intense I could scarcely breathe. Somehow, I managed to end the phone call with at least a small amount of dignity. As I placed the receiver into its cradle, a dark cloud of despair overcame me, mercilessly pouring a violent torrent of rejection and hopelessness into my reeling mind.
It was over. Once again, I was in for a sleepless night of agony, hours of weeping until no more tears would come. Once again, I would have to face the aching, desperate loneliness of walking into a crowded room full of strangers—-with no hand to hold, no strong arm to gently rest on my back and give me security. Once again, I was alone.
How many years had I longed and urgently searched for true love? How many nights had I laid awake, dreaming of a beautiful romance—— a lasting relationship that wouldn't end in heartache?
I had made incredible sacrifices in an attempt to somehow cling to every short lived dating relationship that came my way. I had given pieces of myself away to each man that came into my life—-pieces of my heart, my emotions, and even my body. Yet, once he had tired of me, my fragile heart would be played with and then carelessly tossed aside. Even if I was the one that ended a relationship, the heartbreaking pain was inevitable. Every time it felt like something precious was being violently ripped from inside of me.
I yearned to be loved and cherished. I had dreamed of a perfect love story for my entire life. But somewhere in the midst of the endless cycle of one temporary romance after the next, my dreams has shattered right along with the broken and fragmented pieces of heart.
I had asked others for advice. Those from the older generation had simply given guidelines to follow, which were so completely out of touch with the reality of my world that they were worthless to me. As a Christian, I had listened carefully to instructions given by the church leaders, and tried to follow the Christian rules of dating to the letter. But their rules never protected me from a broken heart and shattered life.
When I turned to those in the younger, I found they were in the same boat that I was in—- an endless cycle of shallow and cheap romances that never lasted and left us emotionally bleeding and insecure. In fact, the pain experienced was small to compared to what my friends had gone through.
As I lay on my bed pondering these thoughts, I found myself inwardly forming a desperate prayer.
"God, where are You in this?" my heart cried silently. " I am Your child. All my life, You know I have longed for something beautiful. I have searched for true love. Does a pure and perfect romance even exist in this dark world of lust and perversion and sin? Should I even dare to dream of something beyond the shallow, meaningless, cheap version of love I've known so far?"
Then came a soft, gentle tugging upon my heart. Suddenly I somehow knew that my life did not need to be this way and that God had something better for me. It was almost as if God himself was reminding me I am the author of True Love; I am the Creator of romance.
Posted June 3, 2009
this book is not inspirational, motivational, or life changing. it is full of fluff and repetition, and i found it quite judgmental. they withheld telling their own love story, which might of actually been helpful to understanding the whole point, in order to write ANOTHER book about it to sell.
The only parts of the book that made me think were the references to greek stories. other than that it was just the repetition to "give God the pen." There were not really any exercises or questions or support to help you achieve the goal of a "God written love story" and no example to look at to know what a God written love story looks like. Terrible. DONT BUY.
Posted May 22, 2006
I would recommend this book for all singles. This book helps you through the emotion of not knowing whether to get into a relationship or not, it helps you realize that God is the center and for a good relationship He needs to be in the center of both partie's lives. Definately read this book if you have any questions about relationships.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 2005
THE BEST BOOK EVER. I Loved this Book. Especialy when Leslie talks about waiting for your husband all the days of your life. That really touched me. I Recomend this book to anyone who is having trouble with boys or God. It will really help.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 2005
I read this book and coudent put it down. It helped me have a better relationship with God. I also stopped thinking about boys as boyfriends.I Thank Eric and Leslie for writing this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2005
This is an amazing book. The first one I read from them, which I am now going on my 4th book of theirs! I am a 20 year old, who just recently broke up with her boyfriend, and this book has changed my life. It teaches you so many things about God, yourself and your future. They bring the reader into the book, and captivate them til the end!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2005
An enjoyable read - anecdotal, yet filled with thoughtful insights regarding dating and relationships. Each chapter ends with a reference to Bible passages for personal reflection, and it was really neat how the reference to scripture was presented. I wish this book was available years ago!!!!! Definitely recommended for anyone in late 20s, mid 30s who is single, still looking, and a bit anxious. I gained a deep sense of peace after reading it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2009
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Posted January 12, 2009
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