A Giveaway! Leslie Ludy’s New Book “The Set Apart Woman”

In celebration of the release of Leslie Ludy’s new book, The Set Apart Woman, I’m giving away one copy of it! I had the opportunity to read through this book in March before it was released and have been deeply stirred by the truth inside. Being a busy mama, I don’t have the uninterrupted hours for reading that I used to, but since I am also a bookworm, I do make time for reading whenever I can! I often read through five or six books at a time, but when I got this book, I read it straight through. I will readily admit that I rejoiced and winced my way through it because God was touching upon compromise in my life and asking for renewed consecration. It was like cool water for my thirsty soul. The past two years of my life have been full of surprises, challenges, and transitions. Some hard, most of them wonderful. Yet I have to be honest and confess that I did not walk through most of the hard things in a way pleasing to God. When a “trial” arose, I often gave into frustration, condoned my complaining, and half-heartedly tended to my relationship with Him. I cringe as I remember the many bad moods and pity-parties I indulged in. My heart and life did not display steadfastness; I went up and down with my circumstances and emotions. But praise God for His faithfulness, His lovingkindness, His mercy, and His grace! Day by day, He has enabled me to see clearly again, to cling to truth again, and to walk in the power of His Spirit again. The beginning of this year brought so much newness of life and for that I am so thankful. It was like falling in love with Him all over again, just like I did during my first semester at Ellerslie. This year has been a beautiful time of drawing closer to God and Him drawing nearer to me, all the while experiencing the refining fire that is so very necessary for greater intimacy with Him. _MG_1786 I was SO excited when I heard that Leslie was writing a new book specifically for women, since many of her other books were written for younger, high school or college-age girls (though I am still edified by each of them and can’t wait until I have daughters old enough to read them!). Her books have played a very significant part in me coming to know the Lord and I expected this one would be no different. Even before I truly surrendered my life to Jesus, her books always left me desiring to really know Him. If you’ve read Leslie’s other books and you are thinking that there isn’t anything new in this book, well, you’re right! Leslie doesn’t stray for a moment from her classic message of making (and keeping) Jesus at the center of your life. However, she does get very specific in addressing many of the common challenges that women face. I love this because as women, there are certain areas of sin and compromise that we have a tendency to excuse and downplay. These issues include fear, worry, gossip, addictions to media, self-promotion, legalism, etc. Leslie approaches these topics and then turns right to Scripture, leaving us with empowering Gospel truth – and without a single excuse for our sin and compromise. I’ve read some negative reviews of this book and I completely disagree with those who say that Leslie’s message of pure devotion to Christ is legalistic and strict. Leslie actually wrote a section called Set-Apartness Vs. Legalism in chapter three, clarifying the difference between the two. Here’s a great quote from that section:

Legalism and true set-apartness are two very different things. Legalism oppressesbut true set-apartness liberates. Legalism chokes life, but true set-apartness gives life. Legalism is based upon self-effort, but true set-apartness is based upon the supernatural enabling grace of God. Legalism is based upon rules, but true set-apartness is based upon a relationship with the King of all kings.

The Set Apart Woman is incredibly convicting, but it has brought so much life to my soul. I know my struggles and my weaknesses, and I don’t need a book that ‘helps me become myself’ or promotes fruitless introspection. My soul needs a message that is going to set my eyes on Jesus, His worthiness, and His ability to make me more like Him. If you feel some stinging as you go through this book, my encouragement is to embrace the loving conviction of God. As my friend Mandy says, “We will find that fuller life and deeper joy in Him awaits us just beyond the brink of repentance – that’s the beauty and blessing of God’s refining!” The Set Apart Woman On a practical note, there are thought-provoking study and reflection questions at the end of each chapter. These will help you take the message of true set-apartness even deeper. They’re perfect for discussing in a Bible study group or working through on your own in your journal. And I just have to mention… isn’t the cover of the book just so lovely? It is so inviting and really reflects the sacred message you’ll find within its pages. Whether you’ve been walking with the Lord for two years or twenty years, I hope you’ll read this book! To enter my giveaway for a copy of this book: leave a comment and share with me one of YOUR favorite books on Biblical womanhood and why you love it. I’m looking forward to hearing from you! The giveaway is open until midnight on Monday, June 8th, 2015, when I’ll randomly select a name and notify the winner by email. Open to United States residents only.

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13 thoughts on “A Giveaway! Leslie Ludy’s New Book “The Set Apart Woman”

  1. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book! I’ve read Leslie Ludy’s other books and have enjoyed them so much as well, and as a teenager they helped to shape so much of who I became. I’m so grateful for their ministry!

    A favorite book on womanhood that I’ve read is entitled ‘Sacred Influence’ by Gary Thomas. He has also written ‘Sacred Marriage’ and Sacred Parenting’, all of which are both very convicting and encouraging! It gives such strength to read of other men and women pursuing Jesus with all of their hearts!

    Thank you for this generous giveaway, and the chance to win! xo

  2. One of my favorite books on womanhood is ‘Let me be a woman’ by Elisabeth Elliot. I have, since I was a little girl loved Jim and Elizabeth Elliot and my heart has always stood in awe of the heroic lives they lived for the Lord. And knowing that this book and the truth in it came from the heart of the woman who chose to walk down the narrow lane and who found fulfilment and satisfaction in Christ makes it so special.

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway! Excited!

  3. This book sounds so good! Thank you for sharing so honestly. My life has been very blessed and influenced by Leslie’s books. Another of my favorite books on godly womanhood is “Feminine Appeal” by Carolyn Mahaney. It’s very Scriptural and practical.

  4. I recently read “Passion and Purity” by Elisabeth Elliot and was really impacted by it. It focuses a lot on singleness and love, but it has such a great message throughout of keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus through whatever circumstances you may be in, whether joy or pain. Just the simple, but so often overlooked or forgotten, message of trusting Jesus anew everyday was so refreshing to my soul. 🙂

  5. One of my favorite books is “The Lost Art of True Beauty” by Leslie Ludy. WOW, that book is amazing. The main thing about it that challenged me, she talks a lot about Corrie Ten Boom. Anyhow, WOW, that was an amazing story, and it just showed me how much I have and how much I need to be thankful for, and most of all be content with. A lot of times I am not content and I have NO reason not to be. So anyhow, there are MANY things in that book that were good but that was what stuck out to me the most.

  6. I truly adore this post. A book that I really enjoy on biblical womanhood is “A woman who reflects the heart of Jesus.” It is so good. It goes over the character of Jesus and how us, women should exhibit his character. It has helped me a lot when comes to being shaped into a woman that He called me to be.

    The book is written by Elizabeth George. I have a couple of her books simply because she really encourages women to be after the Lord.

  7. I haven’t had the opportunity to read many Biblical womanhood books and that’s why winning this one would be such a blessing to me: I read Set-Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy and I too “winced and rejoiced” all the way through it. My sister recently got this book (also through a giveaway that I also entered LOL but she prayed hard for this book and won it and it was God’s blessing for her). I have been able to read parts of it, but I would love a copy of my own for study and to be able to make notes in the margin if I want to.
    God bless you!

  8. Lauren, thank you so much for sharing from the heart! It is of tremendous blessing to hear!

    I think my favorite book on Biblical femininity, is Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot. I appreciate the heart of surrender and the life fully given to Christ that was the vessel to bring forth this book. It has challenged me and continues to do so with every read/reread. I am pressed to give myself even more fully unto Jesus, through this book and compelled to fix my eyes afresh on the purpose of which I am upon this earth. If, you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it!

    Thanks again Lauren for your post and the opportunity to enter this giveaway!

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