Book Review: The Set-Apart Woman by Leslie Ludy

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What does it mean to be a set-apart woman? Leslie Ludy, co-author of When God Writes Your Love Story, has written a book for women of all life stages, whether they be single or married. Her book, The Set-Apart Woman, is “God’s Invitation to Sacred Living” for Christian women.

Ludy has some personal convictions that she tries to get across to the women she urges to be “set-apart”. One is that there are so many distractions that would pull women away from being fully focused on Jesus Christ. Among these are technology and entertainment. Ludy also advocates for strong knowledge of the Bible, and she provides a lot of help to those who want to get more familiar with what the Bible says. She provides her own personal experiences of how knowing what the Bible says provided her with truth to combat difficult circumstances. She’s also deeply concerned with the problem of Christian persecution and warns that we should not be so wrapped up in our own problems that we aren’t willing to sacrifice our own lives for the cause of Christ.

There are many strong points of The Set-Apart Woman. Ludy’s motivation for thinking through entertainment consumption is wise but in some ways comes off as too strict. There’s no doubt that mainstream entertainment is becoming more depraved and that social media can act as a platform for gossip or other foolish behaviors. However, I almost had the impression that if the entertainment you’re consuming is fun (but not spiritual), you shouldn’t be doing it.

FTC Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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