A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love Yourself

A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love Yourself

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Overview

In this book, you're going to read about a different kind of love story. It's a love story each and every one of us is currently playing a role in—whether we're aware of it or not. And truth be told, it's scary-critical that we stay tuned-in to this love story. Because outside of a growing relationship with your heavenly Father, no other love (or lack of love) has the potential to improve or implode your life like the love that you have for you.

For anyone who has ever struggled with their identity, Landra Young Hughes has a radically simple message: give up. Specifically, give up your need to be in control of how other people see you. Instead, let God's words—not yours and not others'—define you. Through her own deeply personal story of trying to control her circumstances and others' perceptions of her through an eating disorder, Landra points the way toward a life free from self-obsession and self-resentment. She shows you how to listen to God's voice, let go of the struggle for perfection, and live authentically from your deepest self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801094835
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 311,426
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Landra Young Hughes is the daughter of prominent pastor Ed Young Jr. and Lisa Young of Fellowship Church. Because of her upbringing, Landra has developed a passion for seeing people maximize their God-given potential and embrace their God-defined self-worth. She and her husband, Brad, lead Fellowship Church's Norman campus and live in the Norman, Oklahoma, area with their daughter, Sterling.

Holly Crawshaw
is a writer and editor who eats sour candy and laughs at her own jokes. A self-proclaimed cat-lady, Holly was on staff with North Point Ministries for eight years, working with volunteers, kids, and students. Holly currently serves as lead writer for life stage strategies at Orange/The Rethink Group. Holly is raising three daughters, Lilah (the silly one), Esmae (the charming one), and Sailor (the sweet one) in her hometown of Cumming, Georgia.

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A Different Kind of Love Story: How God's Love for You Helps You Love Yourself 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
OakTreeReviews 7 days ago
A Different Kind of Love Story: How God’s Love for You Helps You Love Yourself is an important book by Landra Young Hughes. The book sends the great message of how freeing it is to let go of the need to be in control, and instead let God be in control. Hughes’ personal story is very captivating, and she talks about her struggle with an eating disorder. Hughes is witty, and she infuses her book with a tone of pleasant lightheartedness. A Different Kind of Love Story reminds us that failures are normal and God is our refuge. I received this book for review.
seekinggraceandgratitude 8 days ago
A Different Kind of Love Story: How God’s Love for You Helps You Love Yourself by Landra Young Hughes is a book with an inspiring message about overcoming the lies we believe about ourselves by being able to discern the voice of God. Written by the daughter of well-known pastor of Fellowship Church, Ed Young Jr., A Different Kind of Love Story is a beautiful testament of authentic faith persevering through a very vulnerable journey. A Different Kind of Love Story tackles identity issues, perfectionism, the fight against control and the feeling of inadequacy. Using her personal story of battling an eating disorder, the author encourages the reader to pursue a life of unconditional love and freedom, both found and received at the cross and maintained through a growing relationship with God. Whether or not you have fought an eating disorder or any other type addiction, A Different Kind of Love Story meets the reader where they are at in their struggles while providing a message that can benefit all walks of life and steer even the most wayward wanderer back on course. The message is simple – give up! Give up your need to be in control of your life and how other people see you. Instead, surrender control to the Lord and allow His words to define you. God’s words (seen throughout scripture) speak light into a world of darkness and life into a broken soul, thus filling a heart with redeeming love and unending grace. Without acknowledging and receiving the power of God’s truth, a person will fall prey to believing the lies that infiltrate the world. But how do you discern the voice of God over the shouts of the world? Landra does a fantastic job of weaving her personal story together with biblical truth to establish a very relatable connection with the reader. She reminds us that no one is ever too far gone to receive God’s love while firmly rooting every topic or advice with scriptural support. Likewise, Landra encourages relational accountability as she communicates the importance of seeking help when needed and doing life together in community. The voices in our life, whether in our head or from the outside world, directly influence who we are and who we will become. A Different Kind of Love Story will challenge you to tune into God’s voice and be guided by the Spirit’s direction as you learn to see yourself through the eye’s of our Creator. Not only will you find yourself feeling loved and accepted by the Maker of the universe but you’ll also discover a new love and appreciation for yourself and the person God created you to be. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
TheBookDistiller 16 days ago
Right from the first sentence, Landra Hughes had me captured (by a full-out admission of loving The Bachelor show), where she then calls out our deepest longing to be known, to be loved, and to be cared for (and she also calls us out...a Target run or a pedicure isn't taking care of that deepest longing). I feel that ANY woman can relate to this story, and these gems of Truth are ALL in the first 2 pages of the preface. The book goes on to entail her memoir, a hard story, but a necessary telling. Landra makes sure to incorporate Truth, Hope, and Healing in these pages. And with eating disorders ever being on the rise in our culture, this story is one all persons need to read, be aware of, know how to help others with this struggle, and ultimately be able to offer hope to those with eating disorders. A HUGE thanks to Baker Books for this gifted (and gorgeous) copy.
LLangley 18 days ago
In her book A Different Kind of Love Story, Landra Young Hughes tells her own gut-wrenching story of battling back to abundant life from an eating disorder while helping readers learn valuable lessons about what it means to find your identity in Christ. She speaks openly and honestly about her own struggles, meeting readers where they are and offering empathy with their own struggles, however different. Hughes, the daughter of Fellowship Church pastor Ed Young, Jr., gives readers plenty to chew on while making sure she backs up everything with Scripture. When I first picked up the book, I had no idea who Landra is. But my esteem for her only grew hearing her story. I have lived the "pastor's kid" life myself, though maybe not as high profile. So I can understand many of the pressures she discusses. Regardless, anyone who has struggled with identity issues and wondered about God's love for them will find a kindred spirit and much-needed encouragement to head to the Scriptures for truth. A Different Kind of Love Story opens the door for honest, authentic discipleship, helping readers realized we are all humans who make mistakes and sin. But none of us are too far gone that the love of Jesus cannot reach us. She helps readers learn to grasp that love and hang on to it. Her down-to-earth tone and her "sitting in a coffee shop visiting" manner help readers feel at home and understood. This is one book you need to read. And while you may want to hear the next part of the story, you really ought to sit and soak in each chapter. I hope that the author and publisher will publish a small group guide or make some discussion questions available so small groups can walk through some of these ideas together. Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 18 days ago
A different kind of love story by Landra young Hughes is an insightful and helpful read. The book description says: For anyone who has ever struggled with their identity, Landra Young Hughes has a radically simple message: give up. Specifically, give up your need to be in control of how other people see you. Instead, let God's words--not yours and not others'--define you. Through her own deeply personal story of trying to control her circumstances and others' perceptions of her through an eating disorder, Landra points the way toward a life free from self-obsession and self-resentment. She shows you how to listen to God's voice, let go of the struggle for perfection, and live authentically from your deepest self. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper relationship with God.