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See the very bottom of this page for V*Enna's CD:


(Click here to go to V*Enna's website)


"Where I Wanna Be"








"Like many young people my age,

I bought into the idea that following God's

plan for relationships gave you a second-rate

version of love and romance. Eric and Leslie's

story shows just how far from the truth

that is. God's way really is best!"


~ Joshua Harris at age 20




Eric and Leslie Ludy (right) are a powerful voice to their generation. As full-time speakers, writers and musicians, they challenge and encourage young adults and singles around the world to pursue holiness in every aspect of their lives. ... Those words are on the back of one of their books, but they are also from my (Barb's) heart!  I have had the privilege and pleasure of hearing Eric and Leslie several times as well as meeting them in person (out for lunch; over for dinner), and they are just amazing!  Down-to-earth, warm, caring, and delightful. They have a way with people that takes them right past any walls and straight into hearts!  We are pleased to carry all three books they have written!




When God Writes Your Love Story - by Eric and Leslie Ludy. This book is the third the Ludy's have written in this subject, and they only get better!  Each book INCLUDES (right in the back jacket!) a CD of an AWESOME song they wrote and sing called "Faithfully."  As it says on the back: "If you're looking for practical ways to build a God-honoring relationship, you can't afford to miss this book." And I say AMEN to that! This book is "the ultimate approach to guy-girl relationships; a cutting-edge look at relationships with the opposite s_x, Eric and Leslie's newest book is a must-read for young adults and singles. With an entertaining, practical and down-to-earth approach, Eric and Leslie challenge their generation to lay the foundation now for a relationship that will stand the test of time. Experience the amazing beauty and fulfillment of a God-written love story!"  




When Dreams Come True - by Eric and Leslie Ludy.  Just released!  A daringly real and intensely moving love story that artistically portrays the beauty of a God-written romance. In an engaging novel style, this book captures not only Eric and Leslie's amazing story but the essence of what true love is all about. Strategically written to a culture desperately seeking hope in the area of relationships, this powerful book paints a vivid picture of the unmatched fulfillment that comes when we trust in the God who makes His dreams for us come true.  (Just a note:  Carlianne is reading all of the Ludy's books, and loves every one of them!  I asked her "OK, are these books all different?  Or is each one pretty much the same?"  to which she answered, "No, they all say different things!")  












I Kissed Dating Goodbye - by Joshua Harris. This book will change your ideas about just how valuable the dating scene is. It was our then-19-year-old son's favorite book on this subject and is totally worthy of the many raves it has received. We have heard Josh speak in person many times and his book is every bit as good! This guy lived the message he shares, and lived to tell about it!  He proves that God's ways are the absolute best for us  -  contrary to what the world would like to convince us of!  




Preparing Your Children for Courtship and Marriage (Audio 6-tape set) - by Pastor Reb Bradley who says: "Need we fear the loss of our teenagers to the world? Must they fall victim to the s_xual pressures they will face? Not at all! Regretfully, I believe that most Christian parents hurt instead of help their children's chances for chastity, usually unknowingly. This 6-tape series will expose for parents how they accidentally lead their children into s_xual impurity, and will equip them with a plan for shaping their children's values from the time they are toddlers." Anyone with children (even in utero!) needs to hear this timely message! Especially good for parents with young children who still have time to start implementing these values early on, but it was still very helpful for our "late start" when ours were in their early-mid teens. 6 tapes and Syllabus:




Passion and Purity - by Elisabeth Elliot.  One of our daughter, Sharnessa's favorite books on this topic, this book presents a message that is challenging, uplifting, inspiring and encouraging, written by a woman who lived it and who did not compromise her beliefs, even though this was not "popular" at the time. This message is deep but a "must read" for the one who is serious about pursuing God wholeheartedly. 




Quest for Love - by Elisabeth Elliot.  After Mrs. Elliot wrote Passion and Purity she began receiving many letters asking about specifics and how to practically implement what she taught and shared in it. Quest for Love is her answers to those questions, and is excellent!!!!!  34 short but poignant chapters that deal with such nitty-gritty questions as "What if I never marry  -  will God take that desire away?"  "I have deep feelings for this guy, but he says I am like a sister to him. What should I do?"  "Why should a man still be expected to initiate romance?"  Mrs. Elliot responds to these and many other questions and readers' heartfelt needs and confusion with sound biblical guidance.   



Of Knights and Fair Maidens - by Jeff and Danielle Myers. [On back of book:] "When God brought them together, Jeff and Danielle Myers had both been searching for alternatives to the dating game. Of Knights and Fair Maidens is the funny, heart-warming story of how they got to know each other through courtship  -  the way people used to meet and fall in love before dating was invented. They offer a radical new approach to this old-fashioned way of developing relationships. There is also MUCH practical advice and MANY ideas for creative ways to get to know each other, ways to develop character together, ideas to help a guy get to know a girl's dad, 6 things a guy needs to know before getting serious (and 6 things for girls too), 61 questions to help you really get to know each other.  



Dating:  Is It Worth the Risk? - by Pastor Reb Bradley who produced the above 6-audio-tape seminar.  (On back of book:) "This is one of the most important parenting books you will ever read. There is a recent trend in the area of premarital romance to move away from modern dating and return to the tradition of parent-involved 'courtship.'  This rejection of a popular cultural custom seems too radical for some, but because our 20th century dating phenomenon is linked to s_xual promiscuity and a growing divorce rate among Christians, conscientious parents will want to carefully consider the message in this booklet. As a parent and pastor, Reb is not only grieved to see the moral decline within the church, but is concerned for the effects of that decline on the Kingdom of God. He observes that our present generation of young people is distracted from the call to warriors in God's Kingdom. Reb offers this booklet as a wake-up call to the Church to rescue this generation before it is too late." I (Barb) concur with every word!!!!!!!  I suggest that this booklet be the "intro" to this message, followed up by every one of the above books!  This write-up could very well have been the intro to this section!  But instead I'm letting it "hem" it up at the bottom!!!     As the saying goes: last, but not least!   




(This next book is not totally focused on "Romance"

but touches on it. It's an excellent resource for developing

relationship between mothers and daughters.)


Growing Little Women - by Donna Miller. (Two editions:  One for older girls; one for younger; explained below.)  The subtitle of this book is actually the best way to describe it!  "Capturing teachable moments with your daughter."  On the back cover it says: "It seems that just yesterday you cuddled your baby girl. Your heart filled with hopes and dreams for her future, and you wanted to give her everything she would need to live a fulfilling life and grow to love God. But season followed season, and now her years under your wing are suddenly half over. As she blossoms, you can't help wondering: Am I sharing my insights and experiences with her?  Am I preparing her to become a godly woman?  Am I establishing a bond that will smooth her passage to womanhood?  This book is designed to capture those fleeting moments before she becomes a woman. Within these pages you'll discover engaging stories, fun activities, and lessons on life to be shared between a ... girl and her mother, grandmother or mentor."  (FROM BARB:  It actually says a "9- to 12-year-old girl" but believe that, for homeschoolers who are not as "worldly wise," this book is appropriate for a 10 or 11-year-old all the way through high school.)

       Gloria Gaither says: "There is no richer or more significant time in the developing relationship between a mother and daughter than the years of later childhood and early teens. If mothers and daughters can hold each other close, then they will likely be best friends for life. Growing Little Women is a wonderful collection to build ladders of communication and weave from the fibers of devotion strong ties that bind."  (And speaking of binding, both versions are wire-bound and very colorful and attractive.)  

Growing Little Women (For age 11ish through teenage)  $12.95 

Growing Little Women for Younger Girls (For 10ish and under)  $12.95 






Here's where you can get V*Enna's CD:


"Where I Wanna Be"


(Click on the cover to go to

V*Enna's official website!)

The girl on the left of the CD cover (to the right) is Sharnessa, our daughter, who was homeschooled from start to finish!  The CD has a variety of songs ranging from slower ballads to bouncy Christian pop.  The music is fun and enjoyable to people of all ages (my mom, age 72, loves it!  And so does my 4-year-old niece!  So do *I* ~ Sharnessa's Mom ~ for that matter!)  The lyrics are wholesome, some being of a more worshipful nature ("Take me all the way to Heaven, I will follow You forever...") and some being of a more encouraging nature, as in encouraging kids (people) to follow God and embrace His will for our lives.  The song titles are below. 


1. Where I Wanna Be
2. Make That Noize
3. Do You Wanna Know
4. Sometimes
5. Hold On
6. Why Did I Let You Go
7. Best Friends
8. Sunshine and Rain
9. Don't Stop
10. All the Way To Heaven
11. Don't Get Left Behind

My (Barb's; Sharnessa's mom's) personal favorites of the above songs are "Hold On,"  "Sometimes,"  and  "Don't Get Left Behind."  I also LOVE "Sunshine and Rain" and "All the Way to Heaven."  CD (which is all we sell) is $12. (They sell it at their concerts for $15, and we wanted to sell it for the same price, which, including the $3 s/h it is.)  

CD ~ $12.00




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