EXPLORE ERIC LUDY’S BOOKS
Eric Ludy is the bestselling author of twenty-eight books (and counting).
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An Everyday Person’s Guide to Anything-But-Normal Living
In this short and very practical book, bestselling author Eric Ludy gives an epic vision for Christian living and how every believer is called into spiritual employment to rescue the weak, the dying, the needy, and the lost. This isn’t a call for super-Christians but the call upon every believer’s life. As Hudson Taylor declared, “All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them.” Are you ready for God to use to you change the world? Learn more about this book.
It Takes a Gentleman and a Lady
The Old-Fashioned Etiquette of Falling in Love
After twenty years of traveling the globe speaking on the topic of relationships, and after a dozen books penned to address this particular theme, Eric told Leslie several years ago that he was done writing on the topic. And yet, after being approached by a movie producer in early 2012 with heartfelt pleas to come out of “romance writing retirement” for one last hurrah, Eric for some reason agreed. In a seven-day stretch in the late months of that spring, this book was written. Though penned in a single week, the message within this book was forged over two decades and was born in the fires of prayerful application. Each of these forty chapters is likely the equivalent of a hundred conversations with wrestling souls and a hundred hours of meditating upon the truth of the Scriptures. Learn more about this book.
The Bold Return of the Dunces
Christianity comes in two distinct packages. There is the sort of Christian who fits in with society, never offends anyone, and remains quiet in those moments when speaking up would be tantamount to reputational suicide. Then there is the other sort — the dunce-ish, doofish, dodo-ish, dumbellish, dum-dumish, doltish sort of Christian, who, even if they tried, can’t seem to ever fit in.
This second kind of Christian exudes the fragrance of heaven and offends people who prefer the aroma of worldly things. They just can’t remain silent, even though being “fools for Christ” may cost them their very lives. The first sort of Christian is common in this earth. The second is quite rare. The first is powerless to change the world for Christ. The second is the chosen tool of Jesus Christ to alter the course of history. Learn more about this book.
Are These Really My Pants?
The Funny Lessons I’ve Learned in Trying to Wear the Title “Cult Leader”
If you like the “Eric Ludy” brand of humor, this book will give you an hour of laughter as you discover a disturbing trend within the Church today. Throughout twenty years of ministry and standing on the front lines of Christian leadership, Eric Ludy has received a lot of pot-shots, accusations, and name calling — which God has used to produce laughter and leaps of joy. One such label that has been thrust upon him is “cult leader” — a title not many of us want placed around our necks, or in this case, our waist. In this hilarious, fun, and insightful book, Eric unashamedly pokes at the topic, discovering what makes a great cult leader, and in the end, finds himself lacking in the qualifications. Using humor to illustrate a difficult topic, this book reminds the Body of Christ that we must stand together rather than devour one another. Learn more about this book.
FINGERPRINTS OF GRACE
A Tribute to the Ten Dead Men Who Left Their Imprint Upon My Soul
You can tell a lot about a person by whom they esteem and desire to emulate. For Eric Ludy, the majority of people who most influenced his life are dead. In this short and simple book, Eric introduces you to the ten spiritual heroes who left an imprint upon his soul. His desire is that these men press their fingerprints upon your life as well. It’s truly amazing the power that dead men can have upon our lives. Learn more about this book.
The Evolution of the Pterodactyl
Embarrassing Confessions of a Guy Who, Ironically, Calls Himself a Six-Day-Creationist
Tracing his life through several hilarious stories from his high school and college years, Eric leads you to the victory, triumph, and sufficiency of Jesus Christ through the retelling of the evolution of the pterodactyl. Far more than a book on evolution or dinosaurs, Eric exposes some simple truths that have the potential to radically change your life.
The Evolution of the Pterodactyl is a creative picture of the power of the Gospel — hidden within this laugh-out-loud book is a startlingly clear portrayal of the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. If you’ve ever desired to witness a real-life pterodactyl, here is your golden opportunity. Learn more about this book.
Additional Titles by Eric Ludy:
The Bravehearted Gospel
The Truth is Worth Fighting For
The manly stuff is missing from modern day Christianity and this book is aimed at injecting it straight into the bloodstream of the believing life. With typical Eric Ludy candor and passion, this book will ignite your soul with the desire to fight for all that is sacred and all that is true. The Bravehearted Gospel is a field manual for everyone interested in upholding the integrity of the Word of God and the moorings of the ancient faith in these confusing times of postmodern emergence.
The Bravehearted Gospel expresses the foundation of everything that Leslie and I believe. It’s the ‘deeper message’ behind all that we speak, write, and teach. And it presents an urgent message for the modern church. Leslie and I believe that American Christianity is in crisis. Once upon a time, Christianity was the stuff of legends and its loyalists were spiritual and moral revolutionaries — the kind of men and women who turned the world upside down. But over time, something has happened to that once fervent and bravehearted band who dared to be called Christians.
Many today have inherited a faith that has no real life or power. Instead of zeal there is apathy. Instead of courage there is timidity. And instead of confidence there is paralyzing doubt. Something has to change. For all those hungering for a spiritual revolution, there is an ancient blood-stained trail, trod by the greatest men and women in history, beckoning us to once again explore its epic and grand terrain. For all those hungry for a Christianity that actually works, a faith that reforms the human life and possesses the power to rescue this dying world, this trail mustn’t be ignored. For it is the path of heroes and of real-world change — it’s the path of the Bravehearted Gospel. This book can super-charge your spiritual life and awaken you to the power of the Gospel like never before!
A Passionate Communion with God
The power of prayer appears lost these days. Questions float about, unchallenged within the modern church, regarding the true efficacy and worthiness of time spent on bended knee.
Wrestling Prayer is a book intended to recharge the spiritual batteries of weary saints — it’s a message designed for heroic souls in need of a hearty spiritual meal and a fresh reminder of how truly powerful our God really is. If you are wanting to see the power of prayer return in your life and in your church — this book is a great place to start.
Wrestling Prayer is filled with practical ways to help you build a stronger prayer life. A lot of us feel defeated in our spiritual life. Many of us have tried praying without success, and our expectations of God are diminished as a result. For much of my Christian journey, this was how I felt in my prayer life — frustrated and discouraged. But over the past few years, I’ve learned some important things about prayer that have revolutionized my spiritual walk. Prayer can’t be baked down into a step-by-step recipe or cookie-cutter formula. But there are some Biblical principles that, when applied to your personal prayer life, can revolutionize your experience with God who hears and answers prayer. If you are feeling lackluster in your prayer life, don’t miss this challenging and inspiring book!
God’s Gift to Women
Discovering the Lost Greatness of Masculinity
True manhood, polished by the hand of God, is nothing short of an awe-inspiring gift to womanhood. Contrary to the vibe that a title like God’s Gift to Women gives off, this book is not merely about how men can more effectively relate to women. Men can never hope to become a gift to women until they gain a complete vision of Christ-built manhood. We live in a generation of “burpin’ and scratchin’” male mediocrity. Most of our modern-day examples of manhood are self-serving, perverted, and depraved. We are taking this second-rate version of masculinity into our marriages, our families and our lives as men.
We need a new standard for masculinity — a standard that is not shaped by our culture, but by the very person of Jesus Christ. That standard is the core of this book’s message. If you were hoping for a book about relating to women, don’t worry, there is plenty of that subject covered — but to learn to effectively relate to women, men must first learn to effectively relate to the Creator of women, Jesus Christ. We as men must learn the world-altering secrets of Christ-built, warrior-poet manhood.
If you are a guy interested in discovering amazing, culture-shaping masculinity — don’t miss this book! And if you are girl interested in motivating the guys in your life toward something better — don’t miss this book either!
When God Writes Your Love Story
The Ultimate Guide to Guy/Girl Relationships
This bestselling book has provided the foundation for a whole new way of thinking about relationships among today’s generation.
Rather than building a love story the way the world does (with a few Christian morals tacked on for good measure) this book introduces readers to a far superior way of building a love story … God’s way. After all, God is the One who invented the concept of romance in the first place! And God doesn’t need to imitate the world’s way of building a relationship — He has His own perfect, amazing, beautiful way of writing a love story that is far more fulfilling and romantic than anything Hollywood could ever concoct.
The foundation for such an amazing, lifelong love story begins even before you meet your future spouse — by allowing the Author of romance to script your love story and show you how to love like He loves. Rather than chasing after temporary relationships, this book challenges readers to give the “pen” to God and allow Him to script their love story in His own perfect time and way.
In this book, you will discover the “Four Secrets to an Amazing Love Story” — practical things that you can do now to prepare for a love story that will go the distance:
— Learning to love your spouse even before you meet them
— Understanding the difference between mere abstinence and true purity
— Practicing the skills of tenderness and selflessness that will make you a superhero spouse
— Experiencing God’s best in your single years
— Understanding renewed purity
— Making your parents your teammates
This book is loaded with inspiration, motivation, and practical insight for experiencing a God-written love story. For those of you familiar with the original version, you will find all sorts of new chunks of gold hidden within this 10-year anniversary edition — new stories, deeper truths, and a greater wealth of application. And while many of the embarrassingly outmoded phrases and illustrations have been altered to reflect our modern times, a few Eric-isms were left in just so you can enjoy a good laugh at his expense.
When Dreams Come True
A Love Story Only God Could Write
Eric and Leslie’s love story captured in novel form!
This is a refreshingly real, true-life account of Eric and Leslie’s own journey through the struggles and triumphs of discovering a God-written romance. It will encourage, motivate inspire you and build your faith that dreams really do come true when the Author of romance holds the pen.
Whenever anyone says to us, ‘So tell us about your love story’ we tell them to read When Dreams Come True. Our love story, in our humble opinion, was (and is) one of the most amazing in the history of the world. Not because of our own romantic ability — rather, because God Himself scripted the details. All of the struggles, doubts, hopes, fears, failures and triumphs of our relationship are captured in this book. During our single years and throughout our love story, Leslie and I both kept detailed journals, which we drew from when putting this book together.
As a result, this story provides an intimate peak inside our hearts and minds during the process of building a God-written love story. It’s written like a novel, but the story is true. If you want a clear example of what a Heaven-built romance can look like, this is the book for you. If you have ever struggled with the idea of giving God full control of this area of your life, this book will offer you a refreshing vision of hope.
When God Writes Your Life Story
Experience the Ultimate Adventure
We long to live a life that really counts. But often, we don’t know how. Too many people in this generation live an aimless, purposeless existence — lacking direction, focus, and passion. We desperately seek answers to the riddles of life … Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing? And how am I supposed to get it done?
When God Writes Your Life Story helps you tackle these daunting questions. It provides a practical roadmap into the boundless potential of a Christ-built life. It’s more than a book about finding your purpose, it’s about the life-altering effect that God — the Author of adventure — can have upon your purpose.
Whatever happened to historical, world-altering Christianity? This book seeks to introduce you to the heroic existence of Christians in history past. Eric and Leslie believe that the Christian life isn’t meant to be dull and predictable, but the greatest adventure of all time.
— Spurs men and women on toward being heroes for Truth
— Builds Christians into top-level agents for the service of God
— Transforms impossible challenges into amazing opportunities
— Awakens an aimless generation to a new kind of existence
Highly motivational yet extremely practical, When God Writes Your Life Story, features a hands-on Field Guide section, highlighting the seven landmarks of a God-scripted adventure to help you reach new heights in vital areas such as goal setting, personal development, and spiritual growth. For a generation longing to live a life that counts, this book opens a whole new world of possibilities. Get ready to discover how breathtaking the adventure can be … when God writes your life story.
This book is great for all ages.
Meet Mr. Smith
Revolutionize the Way You Think About Sex, Purity, and Romance
This is a book unlike any other. Its premise is “finding great sex,” but this is not your typical Christian sex book. In a creative story-driven conversation, the Ludys challenge readers to investigate God’s ancient blueprint for lasting romance and (ahem) incredible sex. And don’t worry, the content is not graphic or inappropriate.
Eric and Leslie investigate the characters (and characteristics) that amass the core of Great Sex. Using an allegorical fiction-esque style, the book provides a light yet enticing storyline that keeps easily distracted minds interested throughout. It also includes four appendix “tests” that quiz readers on their own values regarding sex, love, and romance.
In Meet Mr. Smith, the Ludys tackle problematical questions for today’s younger generation, like:
— Is lust really a big deal to God?
— Isn’t it just normal?
— Why would God give me a sex drive if He didn’t want me to use it?
— Is homosexuality really wrong?
Whether you are single or married, this book provides the missing ingredients to create truly fulfilling love, sex and romance.
The First 90 Days of Marriage
Building the Foundation of a Lifetime
Eric and Leslie believe that a thriving marriage — not just a surviving one — should be the aim of every couple.
The first few months of a new marriage is like the “wet concrete” stage of a relationship:
— Habits, both good and bad, lock into place
— Roles become defined
— Communication methods settle themselves in for the long haul
— Physical and emotional intimacy gets off to either the right or wrong start
Every couple has a choice of how they are going to begin their proverbial ride into the sunset. If you proactively maximize your first 90 days of marriage, you will avoid years of heartache, disillusionment, and having to “un-learn” all the wrong habits that were set in those early months.Marriage is serious business. It’s intense, it’s challenging, it’s important work. However, this book will display that marriage is also romantic, fun, and full of magical wonder. Marriage will likely be one of the hardest things you will ever do. But marriage should also be one of the most enjoyable things you ever do.