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“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.
“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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Posted July 12, 2009
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.
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Posted December 7, 2012
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.
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Posted April 4, 2012
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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Posted February 21, 2012
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Posted June 3, 2009
if you've ever seen this couples website then you may be tempted to buy this book, but be warned. There is nothing in this book but fluff. It offers no real advice or guidance towards a life with Jesus Christ, but instead just repeats over and over again that it's important to have a life with Jesus Christ. The stories are very holier than thou and somewhat judgmental at times. The only good parts were written by Eric, when he alluded to Greek literature and how it related to their purpose. This book is NOT WORTH IT. DO NOT BUY!
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Posted July 3, 2012
"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.
Posted June 19, 2012
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.
Posted May 29, 2012
Um...sorry, but...that all happens too fast and really doesn't make sense to me...by the way, what happened to Foxkit? And why did you change Snowstorm's name to Snowstream?
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Posted May 16, 2012
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!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2012
***Prologue*** Two men leaned cautiously over a clear box, the figures barely made out in the darkness of midnight. One motioned with his hand to a lamp and clicked the it on, causing light to flood the damp mossy cave. Now the features of one man could be made out, a scragley face that looked as if it hadnt been shaved in weeks. He smiled, showing his crooked yellow teeth. The taller man was wearing a hood, and it concealed his face making it impossible to uncover his identity. In the transparent chest, a winged creature beat its wings furiously and the buzz was nearly deafening. "Are you sure this will work?" The hooded man asked sceptically. "Yes I'm certain," the short man replied, his grin widening. "This is the most posionous species of animal in the world. Once you enter their forest on the island, they aren't to rare either. Will you not at least consider using it?" The hooded man paused. "Yes I will use it. It just doesn't seem like—" "like the most threatening animal?" The short man laughed. "I assure you, the natives find them horrifying and the rest of the world will learn to fear you as well after you use them. Now I'll just takemy check and leave..." the hooded man turned. "Money?" He scowled. "I'm afraid that's not going to happen." The short man's smile dropped faster than you could say 'toothbrush'. His face reddened in anger. "We made a deal. I get one of these suckers for you, and you pay up. Now I'm not going to—" the hooded man whipped around. "Good day sir." Before the short man could react, the other reached into the glass compartment with metal gloves and shoved the buzzing creature into the shocked man. **** ~by Snowy (to be continued...)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2008
This is a book for anyone looking for hope in the relationships in their lives. The authors have such an inspiring messege for the younger generation of today. If you are looking to turn your life around and REALLY, TRULY give everything in your life to God, this book is a guide that will help you on your way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2004
This book was phenominal in my desire to have a love life pleasing to God. This helped me create and define what i was waiting for: God's guy on God's time and at God's pace! After i read this book, i went with my mom to get a new purity ring. I took my parents out to dinner and told them i wanted them on my team in writing my love story (a concept i also picked up by this book). I told them i was not only promising them purity of my body, mind, and lifestyle, but of my heart, as i was giving it to God so that only HE could give it away...once. Then my dad put the ring on my wedding ring finger, knowing the only guy to take it off will be the only one to hold my hand, capture my heart, and place a wedding ring on my finger in its place!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2004
This book was a gift to me after I broke up with my boyfriend because I found out he'd been cheating on me. I have never been more depressed or felt more alone. How could I trust anyone? How many other people would hurt me like he had? I didn't plan on reading this book because I thought I'd already read others like it, but when I started reading the intro I couldn't put it down! I read all 219 pages in one sitting. It really has changed my life. I've read 'I Kissed Dating Goodbye' by Josh Harris and absolutely hated it, and I've read 'I Gave Dating a Chance' but I didn't feel like I related to it. I recommend it to all parents of single Christian teens and young adults as well as all single Christians. It doesn't matter if you've done things in relationships that you're not proud of, or if you've never even been in a real relationship. 'When God Writes Your Love Story' is an amazing book written for real people, and gives practical advice without being too preachy OR too worldly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2003
After I read this book, I had a different view on guys, my life and dating in general. If you are wondering when God will bring you your soul mate, you just have to wait. And that is what the book is about, it helps you understand why you should wait for the person you will spend the rest of your life with. And how special it will be if you do. But if you haven't already, like me, then it helps you with future relationships and shows you how if you put your faith in God, beautiful things will happen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2003
I read this book 3 years ago when leaving my marriage. I knew God could direct my life as He did the Ludys in this book but I wasn't in a place emotionally to let Him. I have gone through tremendous growth emotionally and have GOT to read this book again. I'm at a crossroad with God and feel the path is opening in this direction. I have been dating a guy for 1 and 1/2 years but have only been pure with him in the last year. We have given that part of ourselves back to God and the obedience in that has opened up so much growth both emotionally and spiritually. My boyfriend gave his life to God in my living room one year ago today. Purity is a must. Now we feel God is moving us apart. We both know that God will take care of our emotions simply because we've trusted Him with so much else.....this book was the start. I must have given it away so I'm getting another copy. God has a plan for our lives......amen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2002
This book was so encouraging to my life. I encourage anyone who is looking for the best way to go about finding a relationship to get this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2002
This book is an amazing and increadible inspiring book through this I have got to experince weather the infromation in it is correct and I am happy to say yes!!! I have fallin in love with someone and everything that he dose is exsactly in the book on feelings and comparisons to diffrent things my brother just found out he's going to be a dad I havn't read the whole book yet though. I'm on ch 7 but this book has inspired me to shine through to him and let him know that God fogives him!!! Thanks for helping me with my forgivness towards my brother and always remember all sins are equal in God's eyes and he loves us all and he'll forgive us if we give it all to him and for all you doubt~er's that think no one will ever love you like in the movies and that know that when you meet the right person love is a fantasy and a fairy tale and you'll just know I doubted to but now he's here and I know!!!God blessWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2002
A book that made me love God even more. Why would the Author of Love not have a simple way of finding love without all the hearbreak. I've read this book twice, and i recommand it to any man wanting to be a better person, or growing closer to God, and especially preparing yourself to be a good husband once married...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.