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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Original edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736922881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736922883
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leslie Ludy is the bestselling author of Set-Apart Femininity, When God Writes Your Love Story, Authentic Beauty, and more than a dozen other books she has coauthored with her husband, Eric. She reaches thousands of young women each year and is passionate about helping them discover Christ's design for their lives. Leslie and Eric live with their three children in Colorado.

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Leslie Ludy is a bestselling author and speaker with a passion for helping women become set apart for Christ. She and her husband, Eric, have published over nineteen books with well over a million copies in print and translations in over a dozen languages including "When God Writes Your Love Story," "Authentic Beauty," and "Set Apart Femininity". Leslie is the founder and director of Set Apart Girl, an international ministry that provides Biblical encouragement and training for Christian women. She and her family live in Colorado. Visit Leslie at and

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Overall, though, completely worth it.
Kadia Raine
She reminds us that in all situations in our lives, we are to praise God and follow Him, denying ourselves for His will.
This is one of the best books that I have read on singleness, and this is written for young single women.
Michael Dalton

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108 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Crystal J. Hanson on January 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'd like to start off by saying that I think Leslie Ludy seems like an AMAZING woman and means well. But, I felt strongly inclined to write this review... After being positively impacted by, "When God Writes Your Love Story" (Leslie is an amazing writer), I wanted to grow deeper and picked up "Purposeful Singleness". Sadly, I was left HIGHLY disappointed, and even angry. I was angry because I felt other single women will read this book and feel crappy afterwards and I don't want them to feel that way : ( Women who choose to purchase this book are probably struggling with loneliness and seeking guidance on how to live their life to the FULLEST with peace and joy and fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Well, you will not receive guidance in that area. Instead, you will feel guilty for even HAVING thoughts of meeting the man that God brings into your life. You're told the times you feel scared and discouraged and angry (whoa don't you dare feel angry) means that you are living in sin. If you are a sad, lonely, scared, single woman reading this, yes, give EVERYTHING to God (as the book states). And when you have moments of discouragement, talk to God about it! Tell Him how you feel. He can take it! And don't feel BAD about it when you have those moments (as the book states!)! I just don't think someone who was married at the tender age of 18 (Leslie) can TRULY understand how it feels to fall asleep at night by yourself. I'm 31 years old and I've definitely reached the stage in my life where I am SO in love with God, I know I would still be fulfilled in life and feel his deep love for me every day and continually seek his will even if that doesn't include getting married (I'm even teary-eyed right now and feel his love as I write this).Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Parker on January 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Over the years, marriage was something I was holding on to, even more than God. Almost like I was determind to get married if it was God's will or not for my life. But this book really changed the way I viewed things. I've always known how I should take my single years as a gift, to use it for God's purpose until He would send the right man into my life. But the question that always popped into my head was, "What if that never happens?" The book simply points out, "Will you still love God even if its never His will for you to marry?" Its a very hard question, for me. But I understand that I should never hold anything above God, including marriage. I fully gave up my dream once and for all to God about being a wife someday. And to be honest, I have never felt even happier. Cause the thing is, if I get married one day, that will be great. But if in this life I never do, thats alright as well. Cause God has His best in mind for me, which ever that may be. And I must trust Him by not focusing on what other people have, or what I wish I had, but to focus on God's will and how He will choose to use me this very day. its about taking your singleness one day at a time. Not dwelling on the future. It has greatly inspired me to see my singleness from a different angle, and its ok to not be in a relationship. Its not the end of the world to be single.
My life on the earth is not for myself. its not about what I can do, and what I can accomplish, and get. This book will show you how to have your focus on eternal things, and making those things your top priority. I love how Leslie gets exactly what I feel and knows just what to say. I have never been disappointet.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on January 31, 2011
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I've only read a little bit of this book, and then I had to put it down and step away. I am slowly continuing to work my way through it--so take my review with a grain of salt! I appreciate Ludy's message and vision wholeheartedly--I long to be a woman who is only after Jesus and is in complete surrender to him! However, as a young adult who believes I will be married eventually, it's a constant tug-of-war with this book. Don't get me wrong...I support the Ludy's ministry and 100% agree with their desire to see every young woman in surrender to Jesus rather than bowing down to our church culture's expectation of young, carefree, pretty marriages. Yet when you read this book, understand that you can do this and STILL desire to be married!

Basically, be careful when you read this book. There is a slight undertone telling women that it is wrong to want to get married eventually--if you do not realize that Ludy is saying you can be in surrender to Jesus and STILL want a husband, this book may throw you for a loop ("Will I EVER get married? Will I be single forever??!!!). Partly because she gives many examples of woman who were single all their lives and lived dramatic, powerful lives for Christ, it sort of seems like Ludy is trying to prepare every reader for that identical destiny of singleness.

I LOVE the Ludy's message and listen to their podcasts often--I am going to continue reading this book, and maybe I'll have a more positive review when I am finished! In the meantime, I suggest this book--but also look to other perspectives.

Be blessed!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Malik on January 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
While this book has many excellent points about trusting God and making Him the focal point of your life (two much needed messages in today's complicated and competitive world)- I'm still not fully convinced that singlehood is a biblical "gift". I believe that singlehood is just another phase of a person's life- nothing more, nothing less.It's not any more holy or fulfilling than being married. Another one of her books went on to say that "loneliness is a gift from God." Huh? Suffering does help us grow, but in and of itself it's not a "gift" just a difficult time- learn from it and move on. Stop "gifting" everything! This particular book left me wondering: if singlehood is so great, why get married? Why ruin a good thing? Why doesn't she talk about the blessings of marriage and the ways marriage can bless people that singlehood can't? Instead she just rants about how great singlehood is and that anyone who wants marriage is commiting idolatry. Another point is, if protracted singlehood is truly a mechanism for happiness and fulfillment- why do books like this even sell? Think about it. If you're truly satisfied in your singleness, why do you need to buy a book about how to be fulfilled in your singleness? And also, why are you still in America? You're supposed to be saving the little children in Africa not wasting your time buying expensive stuff on amazon. In addition, I'm a convert from Islam, and as a Muslim I enjoyed a strong fellowship with people who honored and respected my desire for a spouse. In Islam, there is NO room for celibacy. You have to get married in Islam- no exceptions (besides early death, of course). Singlehood in Islam is just a phase in life not a special "gift" from God.Read more ›
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