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.
Our goal to raise up the second sort of Christian—men and women fearless to stand upon the timeless Word of God and lovingly and courageously live it out in their lives. It is our great passion to equip believers to be bold confessors, willing to joyfully bear the stigma of Christ, be deemed the fool, and share in the fellowship of His sufferings, in order that the Lamb that was slain may, in fact, receive the reward of His sufferings.
Christian, there is a dunce cap with your name on it. Would you be so kind as to be a true Christian and boldly stick it on your head?—for it’s high time for the dunces, doofs, dodos, dumbbells, dumdums, and dolts for Jesus Christ to return to the stage of time.
If you like the “Eric Ludy” brand of humor, then 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 frontlines of Christian leadership, Eric Ludy has received a lot of potshots, 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. Using humor to illustrate a difficult topic, this book reminds the Body of Christ that we must stand together rather than devour one another.
What does Eric Ludy have to say about relationships that he hasn’t already shared?
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 hurray, Eric for some reason agreed. In a seven-day stretch in the late months of that spring, this book was written. Though this book was penned in a single week, the message within it was forged over two decades. This book was born int he 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.
According to Eric, this is the book that blows all his other relationship books out of the water (though they are all good and we encourage you to read them). He also states that if he could pick one of his books on relationships to give to his own kids, this would be the one.
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.
ERIC SAYS …
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!
Perhaps like never before, gain a sneak peak behind the life of Eric Ludy in this collection of twenty confessions. 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.
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.
ERIC SAYS …
A lot of people ask me what the prime influences on my spiritual walk have been. For years I have spoken about the impact of my own father and father-in-law in my soul development. But that isn’t the answer most people are looking for. They want to know who those people were, outside of my immediate family, who took the chisel to my soul and shaped me. You know, the dead guys, who though they no longer walk this earth still have something to say about what it means to follow Jesus.
I was primarily discipled by dead guys. And this little book is tribute to those mighty men of faith who set a pattern for me to follow. I hope and pray that this book introduces you to men trustworthy of your admiration.
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—the habits, both good and bad, lock into place. Roles become defined. Communication methods settle themselves in for the long haul. Sexual 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. This book is full of practical insight with chapters such as “How to Stay Madly in Love Through Life’s Ups and Downs”, “How to Tackle Life as a Team” and “How to Build the Ultimate Romantic Sanctuary.”
This book will help couples lay the foundation for a God-scripted, happily-ever-after relationship that only gets better with time. Whether you are soon to be married, have been married many years, or simply want to gain God’s perspective for marriage in your single years, you’ll greatly benefit from this book.
I’m not a guy that’s all hyped up for grunting and giving off foul odors, I’m a guy that is passionate about men being true men. And I’m convinced that 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. I believe that we as men can never hope to become a gift to women until we 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. I believe 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 for us to learn to effectively relate to women, we must first learn to effectively relate to the Creator of women, Jesus Christ. We 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!
The greatest heroes of this day should be those who call themselves Christians. If it is true that we are the Body of Christ, then our hands should be doing what His would do if He were on earth. Our feet should be walking into the places His would have taken Him if He were still walking this globe. Our eyes should see what His would see, our ears hear the same Spirit He heeded, and our hearts beat with the same anguish that burdened His Almighty heart. As the Body of Christ, we are to behave on this earth as He did when He strode upon it. We should gravitate towards the weak ones just as He was magnetically inclined towards their needs. Just as He lived as a Savior, a Rescuer, and a Deliverer, so we live as little christs—little saviors, little rescuers, and little deliverers. We are not God, but we are enabled by the grace of God to live just as He did. And He was a hero.
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 gross!
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:
"As a result of this story," writes Leslie, "we hope you never think a lowly thought about Great Sex ever again!"
Whether you are single or married, this book provides the missing ingredients to create truly fulfilling love, sex and romance. We can’t say much more about it without giving away the secret of this book, but here are some comments about Meet Mr. Smith from a generation tired of the typical Christian relationship book:
Meet Mr. Smith is …
Ingenious! (Becki, 28) Absolutely phenomenal (Ryan, 27) Awe-inspiring (Rachel, 21) A masterfully woven story (Melody, 31) Fabulously creative (Corey, 29) A treasure trove (Bethany, 22) Enchanting (Lindsay, 27) Deeply touching (Amy, 28) Everything I want (Levi, 23) Compelling (Jessica, 20) A taste of Heaven on earth (Kendra, 22) Utterly remarkable (Ben, 20) An incredible twist (Sarah, 22) Magnificent and more beautiful than a fairy tale (Courtney, 20) Fresh and Funny (Tim, 22).
God has so much more for our children than pop-culture conformity, spiritual atrophy, and sexual preoccupation. But for our kids to be numbered among the rare few that push aside the mediocre life of selfishness and press forward into God’s endless frontier, they need parents who are unwilling to let them settle in the land of compromise. Great parents, submitted to the vast potential of God, raise up great children. As Eric and Leslie Ludy have traveled the country and interacted with countless young people, they have heard the desperate desire for godly teammates echoed over and over again among the younger generation. Their prayer is that this book will equip you, as a parent or leader, to become the answer to this generation’s most urgent need.
If the younger generation is ever to escape the slime of the culture and experience vibrant successful relationships and marriages, they need parents who will rise to the challenge and point them to God’s highest. The message of this book will inspire you to embrace that sacred call. This book is not written from a parent-to-parent perspective. Rather, this book is written from the perspective of the younger generation—a voice to you from today’s young people, articulating their perspective to help you better understand what they need and desire from you as parents and leaders. We pray the words contained within these pages will give you a vision for your amazing role in the transformation of a generation, and offer you the practical tools to see that vision become a reality.
Note: This book is also a great tool for young people who desire to reach their own peers, or those a few years younger, with God’s perspective on romance and relationships.
“This book is a blaring wakeup call to parents of teenagers, a valuable tool to help parents navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence.” —The Dallas Morning News
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.
ERIC SAYS …
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.
“This book will help young people navigate the relationship minefield with their character and integrity not only intact – but soaring!” —Bill McCartney, founder of Promise Keepers
“In a world where true love is so often replaced by heartache and one-night stands, Eric and Leslie offer a vital message of hope that we desperately need to hear!” —Josh McDowell
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?
This book 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. This adventure turns ordinary men and women into heroes for Truth; top-level agents in the service of the Most High God. It transforms the impossible challenges of life into amazing opportunities to see the power of God at work. It awakens an aimless generation to a whole new kind of existence—an existence scripted by the God of the impossible. 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 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. From learning to love your spouse even before you meet them, to understanding the difference between mere abstinence and true purity; from practicing the skills of tenderness and selflessness that will make you a superhero spouse, to experiencing God’s best in your single years; from understanding renewed purity to 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.
“Creative, challenging, intuitive, and inspirational!” —Joe White, president, Kanukuk Kamps
“Straightforward and unabashed. This book will help you gain a new perspective on romance God’s way!” —Beverly LaHaye, Concerned Women for America
“If you want to build a God-honoring relationship, you can’t afford to miss this book.” —Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts
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.
ERIC SAYS... 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!