Written by Leslie Ludy.
Recommended For: Aspiring Christian Young Ladies serious about their faith.
Easy/ Hard Reading Rating: Easy
Over All Rating: 4/5
Leslie Ludy easily captures a beautiful image of a feminine young lady of grace and inner beauty. She paints a picture of what we all want to look like, and then tells how we can take steps in our lives to become that ‘Virtuous Woman’ of Proverbs. ‘The Lost Art of True Beauty’ shows what a real princess of the High King looks like, it is littered with true stories of others who have walked this way, and also stories of Mrs. Ludy’s teen years and marriage.
I found this book very challenging and encouraging. The only thing I could say against it is she quoted her other books a lot and said, ‘you can read about such-and-such a subject in my other book …’ which I found a little annoying, and also with phrases that she repeatedly said over and over. But that’s just me being picky. 🙂
Think about it. A woman who has truly denied herself, taken up her cross, and become entirely consumed with Jesus Christ is not going to be an insecure young women , starving herself and obsessed with making herself and obsessed with making herself looking more attractive. Rather, she’s so entraptured with Jesus Christ that she’s completely lost sight of herself. As Bishop Bardesley put it, “They care not at all what the world thinks of them, because they are entirely taken up with the tremendous realities of their King”. –Chapter 2: Selfless Beauty, The Lost Art of True Beauty by Leslie Ludy.
Suggested Age for Enjoyable Reading: 13/14 and up for reading aloud and alone. (Mrs. Ludy talks about sex, guy and girl relationships, etc. But she presents a very old-fashioned and serious way to follow Christ.)
If you enjoyed, you will also enjoy: Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy (I haven’t read this one, but I really want to read it.), Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot, Wait for Me by Rebecca St. James.