Leslie says: "For most of my young adult life, I had known Jesus Christ only as the One who had saved me from my sins. I had been looking to an earthly romance to fulfill the deepest desires of my heart. I had been searching for an earthly prince to rescue me, to carry me away to his castle, to love and cherish me forever – to fulfill my feminine desire for tender romance. Like so many modern young women, I gave myself to one shallow relationship after the next, only to end up lonely and heartbroken. I looked to human relationships to meet needs in my heart that only Jesus Christ was meant to fill. Until Jesus Christ becomes the Lover of our soul - the very center of our existence - we will always be looking in the wrong places to fulfill our feminine longing for tender romance. We will end up broken-hearted and disillusioned, time and time again. Christ alone can truly fulfill the desires of our heart. Authentic Beauty is a personal and practical book about becoming a set-apart young woman in today’s perverse generation. It explores the boundless opportunities God has for the life of a young woman who makes Christ the first love of her heart and allows Him to shape every aspect of her existence."
“Leslie Ludy hits the mark in challenging high school and college-aged women to live a 'set-apart' life, skillfully combining Scripture and common sense to demonstrate the "how" of biblical femininity...”
“Leslie Ludy effectively employs the power of her own story to show young women in a practical way the romance of a lifetime with their Savior, Jesus Christ…It is a book all young women will want to read.”
“A precious gem of a book by a princess of an author.”
Beverly Lewis, New York Times bestselling author