When God Writes Your Love Story (Expanded Edition): The Ultimate Guide to Guy/Girl Relationships

When God Writes Your Love Story (Expanded Edition): The Ultimate Guide to Guy/Girl Relationships

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by Leslie Ludy, Eric Ludy

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In their most popular book, bestselling authors Eric and Leslie Ludy challenge singles to take a fresh approach to relationships in a culture where love has been replaced by cheap sensual passion. When God Writes Your Love Story shows that God's way to true love brings fulfillment and romance in its purest, richest, and most satisfying form. This new edition

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In their most popular book, bestselling authors Eric and Leslie Ludy challenge singles to take a fresh approach to relationships in a culture where love has been replaced by cheap sensual passion. When God Writes Your Love Story shows that God's way to true love brings fulfillment and romance in its purest, richest, and most satisfying form. This new edition includes an extra chapter from Leslie Ludy about the surprises of life after marriage!

“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.

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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.

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All the Kens and Barbies sat around the table. (Note: technically, it’s now supposed to be “Blaine and Barbie,” but I still have a soft spot for good old Ken.) Amid glistening smiles and Coppertone tans, the fragrance of Polo, with a hint of Skin So Soft (yes, this was the good ol’ nineties!) wafted through the café booth. I nibbled at my burrito as the conversation around me finally arrived at its ultimate destination.

“So, Kevin,” Barbie No. 1 flirted across the table, “tell us who you’re seeing now.”

Kevin, the son of a state senator, was used to having eyes upon him. Being a Tom Cruise look-alike has a way of boosting the ego. As he crunched a chip between perfect teeth, an “I thought you’d never ask” smirk found its way across his face.

As all of us camp counselors leaned in, eyes bulging with expectancy, Kevin finally revealed the secret in a low monotone: “Her name is…Sandra!”

This only added to the excitement and wonder, because no one had any idea who Sandra was.

“Is she a babe?” crooned the resident Brad Pitt, alias Mike from Wyoming.

Say no more! Swift as the bionicman, Kevin whipped out his wallet. Moments later we all observed a photograph of the “hottest girl on the planet,” as Kevin so proudly referred to her.

“Niiice!” came the rumble of approval from Brad Pitt and Matt Damon (Wayne from Denver).

I think she has a huge nose!” grumbled one of the girls under her breath.

I continued to pick at my burrito.

Barbie No. 2, sitting beside Top Gun, was next in the heartthrob inquisition. She displayed a photo of her boyfriend to cheers of “You go, girl!” from the Barbies and disapproving rumbles about his skinny neck from the Kens, Brads,Matts, and Toms.

After a week of having to exhibit saintlike behavior to all the little campers and being superspiritual while around the camp leaders, it was time to let our hair down—time to let the real passions of life come out. I mean, in your late teens and early twenties, you can sing only so many spiritual camp songs before you need an infusion of good old-fashioned romance.

One year earlier, talks like this had really litmy fire. I used to love to brag about my love life at camp and exaggerate about my “sexy new girlfriend” in a way that would make all the guys jealous and all the girls insecure. You could say just about anything and get away with it; no one was going home with you to check out your story.

I used to crave these love chats, but something about Eric Ludy had changed—something big. Something that made me want to slide under the table when all those inquisitive eyes turned my way.

I’ll never forget the moment. There I was, my fork poking at the jalapeño stranded on the corner of my plate and my mind screaming over and over, Please don’t ask me…please don’t ask me.

They asked.

“So, Eric, tell us about your exciting love life!”

All the periwinkle, emerald, and dark brown eyes were twinkling at me with expectation. I gulped.

“Uhhhh,” I mumbled.My palms were sweaty.My tongue was dry and thick, like I had a felt eraser in my mouth.

Finally, I found my voice. “Uhh, I uhh, actually, uh, I am waiting on God.”

But to be honest, it didn’t really come out as clearly as I just wrote it.The last part of my sentence mumbled under my breath, sounding something like, “Ima waying on Gaw.”

I hoped a brief answer would encourage them to move on to Elle Macpherson (a.k.a. Kayla from Utah) seated next to me, poised and ready with a photo of her hunk. The plan backfired. They became even more interested.

“Uh, I think we missed that, Ludy,” Tom Cruise sarcastically challenged. “Was that a girl’s name or some kind of Chinese food?”

After the laughs subsided, I began again, this time a little more clearly.

“I know this may sound strange, you guys, but I’ve decided that I won’t give my heart to another girl until God shows me it’s my wife.”

I have often wished I could have been more eloquent, that I could have made my resolve sound a little more appealing to my audience, now staring at me with mouths ajar. But I guess God wanted me to know that I was following a different path, that I was not to seek the approval of the Kens and Barbies of this world but simply to honor and love Him.

It was a lonely moment. Silence filled our corner of the restaurant, and all eyes focused on the jalapeño I was ruthlessly stabbing to death.

“That’s…interesting!” Barbie No. 1 awkwardly noted, her eyes large with disbelief.

Wayne from Denver was not quite as subtle in his disapproval. “Oh, give me a break!” he exploded in disgust. “How in the world do you expect to find someone, Ludy, if you’re not out there looking?”His words incited a chorus of yeahs and exactlys from around the booth.

After a moment of reflective silence, I took a deep breath and stated, “I believe that if God wants me to be married”—another deep breath—“He will pick her out for me.”

A dark cloud settled over the entire group and rained down bewilderment in the form of pursed lips and rolled eyes. I glanced up from my tortured jalapeño to discover a long bony index finger pointing at me, about twelve inches from my nose. Kevin used that finger like Clint Eastwood used a gun.He didn’t shoot to maim—he shot to kill.

His bronzed face had turned red with annoyance, and his lips were quivering with indignation, like a lava pool ready to explode. After three long seconds, he finally erupted.

“I totally disagree with you!” he fumed, his index finger still targeting my right nostril. “God doesn’t want us hanging around nagging Him about something like that!”

A few “amens” from the crowd textured his passionate sermon. He continued. “I believe God wants us to pick,” he preached, “and then He blesses our choice!” He paused and then came to a climactic finish: “It’s sappy Christianity like yours that gives us Christians the image of helpless orphans! It is absolutely ridiculous to think that God would care that much about your love life!”

The finger held fast for another few long seconds, then slowly dropped as if to say, You show any sign of life, and I’ll shoot again!

I was the ultimate bummer to their titillating conversation. If ever you want to drain the juice right out of romance, just bring God into the picture. I had committed the unpardonable camp counselor sin, and all the eyes around the table were letting me know it.

Growing up, I had always gotten along with everybody. I knew how to be liked by the crowd and not offend anyone. I was careful to say the right thing in order to avoid disagreements. Eric Ludy had never been known for his backbone…well, except maybe in championing the Denver Broncos. But when it came to things that really mattered, I was just plain spineless. This was one of the first times in my life I can remember actually standing up for something I believed in (that wasn’t orange and blue).

Ironically, I didn’t even know exactly what I was talking about. Just twelve months before, I, too, would have “totally disagreed” with what I had just said. But over the past year, God had been challenging me to apply my Christianity to every area of my life.Was it ridiculous to think God would be interested enough in my love life to direct me to the girl He wanted me to spend my life with?

I shifted in my seat, stabbed my jalapeño one last time, and spoke.

“All I know,” I said, “is that every time I’ve tried to find someone myself, I realize in the long run that I have horrible taste.”

All eyes were wide with amazement as I concluded, “Kevin, if God had ten women line up in front of me and said, ‘Eric, you pick,’ I would fall flat on my face before Him and say, ‘God, you know me better than I know myself…You pick! ’ ”

I’ll bet no one present other thanmyself remembers that scene.To them it was probably just the ramblings of a lunatic named Ludy. But for me it was a defining moment. It was almost as if God was saying, “How seriously are you going to trust Me, Eric?”

So there it was, in front of the babes and the big egos, that God challenged me to officially trust Him with the “pen” of my life. I had held onto that pen for twenty years, and now, over a chicken burrito and a mangled jalapeño, I handed it over to the great Author to allow Him to work His wonders.

I’ve never regretted it for a moment.

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BookReviewsByDebra More than 1 year ago
If we completely submit to our Lord, we will allow Him to choose our mate and to guide our courtship. Too often singles ignore this part of submission. God has a plan for our lives but we become impatient. We also allow our hormones to take control. Chapter 4 is the most important one in the book. It discusses a daily walk with Christ. All other things will fall in place if He is the center of your life. While Eric and Leslie Ludy's book, When God Writes Your Love Story: The Ultimate Guide to Guy/Girl Relationships will appeal to young adults, however there is also a message for everyone on allowing God to be in control. The Ludy's use scripture to back up their thesis. Each chapter is followed by discussion questions and "A Step Further" suggestion. The chapters switch back and forth between Eric and Leslie. This would make a great small group study for young adults.
Chrisk20 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, a must read for Christian singles or anyone who's single. It tells us that we need to wait for God to show us who we should give our hearts too. Too many people now a days just go from relationship to relationship, not understanding why things don't work out. The Ludy's explain that we need the Lord to direct our lives and not approve of our own selfish decisions and desires. We need to learn to love God before we can love anyone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful love story. Great tools for life.
Romashka More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book!! So encouraging to live the right life and be fully blessed!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was exactly what i needed. enjoyed the way they wrote the book. It was very clearly written. The Ludy's love story gives people hope (even if they have messed around) to have a perfect love story. If you are tired of bad relationships and want to start afresh-read this! A must read for anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spoke to my heart!
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asyl2012 More than 1 year ago
"Another one of those Christian dating books, huh... Nothing I haven't heard before..." Is that what you are thinking? Probably so, because that is exactly what I thought when I started to read this book. After just a few pages my thoughts on the book were changed... Let me tell you why. A book not filled with how to get the right guy or how to get the right girl, but a book about striving to be the right guy or girl... How refreshing! So many of us are doing the complete opposite, instead of focussing on becoming the right one we are trying to find the right one, the one we are supposed to spend the rest of our life with. What Eric & Leslie point out in When God Writes Your Love Story ¿is that over time the "pen" of our lives has been taken from the One who desires to write our story. And the one who is responsible for taking that "pen" is you and I. We feel like we, in our own strength, can write a better story than the One who has the greatest story. It is He who showed to us the greatest love story of all when He sent His son to die for us, worthless sinners... But oh! how He longs to once again have the "pen" of your life and mine, so that He can then start writing your most desired love story. The Ludy's back up all of this with Scripture. You will find personal experiences inside this book that Eric & Leslie desire for us to learn and grow from... While I do not necessarily agree with every thought in this book, I do recommend it to others. Maybe you are a girl who has been through several hard relationships just trying to find the "right one" or maybe you are a guy who is so tired of standing strong in the world that we live in... I encourage you to pick up this book, while it should not take away from the encouragement and principles found in the Bible, it could very well be a good help to you in your Christian walk. I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter 2: Close Encounters With The...5th Kind?- I sprint toward the scream and- great. Just great. A boy is standing there, staring at a furry goldish thing. It has rounded ears, a bushy mane, and long claws. A name pops in my head. Lion. The lion growls at the boy, who steps back. His eyes are wide. "Stay back!" He snaps. The lion moves forward, crouching to pounce. I shove the dark-haired boy. The lion throws itself forward, deciding that I'll be tastier than the boy. Where does that logic come from? I swing around to take on the lion. It swipes out at me, catching my arm. I leap back. The lion slams a huge paw against the side of my head, making me see stars. I fall to my knees. I'm lucky the claws hadn't hit my head. The boy smacks the lion in the side of the head with a spinning roundhouse kick. He grabs my wrist and pulls me through the grass. "You can join my group. We're all boys, but I doubt you care." He says. I shake my head. "Nah. I'm okay with that." We sprint through the grasses. I realize the boy's still holding my wrist. We burst into a forest. We scale a large oak with a big opening in the middle of where are the branches start. There are little cot/beds made of palmetto leaves. A few boys are settled on them. Guys, this is..." the boy turns to me. "Boon. Well, thats what they call me...my name's Dylan." I say. "I'm Wolf." Says a boy with tanned skin, jet black hair, and gray eyes. "Sup? I'm Raze." A fair skinned boy with red hair and blue eyes says. "Hi. I'm Hurley." A young boy, who looks about 9, with fluffy blond hair and blue eyes. "And I'm Thor. We got thrown in here just before you. You're new, so we'll just throw this out there. This whole place is'nt freedom-- it's just a long, slow way to end the world. They're PROVING that they can end the world, or control it." The boy that brought me here says. -Wild Fire
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I strongly recomend this book because, it helps to put GOD first and it teaches that no matter what we are loved and no one and nothing can take that away from us. So if your not sure if you'll like this book, take my word for it, you wont like it, you'll LOVE IT!!!!!
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine who likes to pride herself in being a relationship guru would always tell me about this book called "When God Writes Your Love Story." So, when I got the opportunity to review the book--the expanded edition, nonetheless--I jumped at the opportunity. The book is almost 300 pages but read very quickly. The book is divided into sections, and each chapter has some Bible verses and discussion questions, with anecdotes and sappy stories thrown in every now and then. I will not spoil all the details of this book, but it will not surprise anybody that this book is about giving up the details of your love life to your Creator. This means waiting on His timing and staying pure for your future spouse. While sex is discussed, there are no graphic details, so I would even recommend this book to junior-high-schoolers if they so desire. I suppose I would have liked a different title that at least named the Christ. After all, who is God? Ask several religions, and you'll get several answers. What was interesting was that I read some reviews posted on Barnes and Nobles for this review. Most were overwhelmingly positive, but one was very negative and had a very low rating. Reading further due to my curiosity, I realized the reader gave a very low rating because the book was apparently all "fluff" and did not tell readers how to get to know Jesus better, but instead the book just said to get to know Jesus better and draw close to Him as you surrender your [love] life to Him. After careful consideration, I must say that is true. However, with the title and cover of this book, I can not say I was expecting any super deep theological or prophetic writing in the book. Still, after much thought, while this book is nice, I would say that people should get "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" instead if they are going to spend money on a Christian relationship book. Search my reviews for a review on this book.
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