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Title: Standing with Courage: Confronting Tough Decisions about Sex
Author: Mary-Louise Kurey
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Indiana
Date Published: 2002
Price: $9.95 Paperback
Comments: Written by a former Miss Wisconsin
Elayne Bennett, President & Founder, Best Friends Foundation
In ‘Standing with Courage,’ our young people will find a friend who
understands the issues they face today...
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago
Mary-Louise Kurey gives us a powerful witness...
Bill Maher, Host of ABC's 'Politically Incorrect'
We may disagree, but Mary-Louise Kurey stands with courage, both on
POLITICALLY INCORRECT and in the pages of this book.
Dr. Thomas Lickona, Author of 'Educating for Character'
This is an engagingly personal story that will keep you turning the pages.
Kurey's inspiring message is for everyone.
Mary Beth Bonacci, National Chastity Speaker & Author of 'Real Love'
This girl has guts! Once you've read her story, you'll see why she is the
perfect role model...
From the Publisher
Straight Talk about Chastity for Real People.
What is chastity a big deal? Let's start with some sobering statistics. There
are 2,500 teenage pregnancies every day in the United States alone. That's
more than 900,000 a year. Three million teens a year pick up sexually
transmitted diseases. Perhaps even more sobering is the fact that almost 90% of
teenagers who have been sexually active say they regret that choice.
More than most people, Mary-Louise Kurey - Miss Wisconsin 1999 - has had the
opportunity to live in the mainstream of youth society. When she saw her
closest friends' lives torn apart by teenage pregnancy, she felt a calling to speak
out to the world.
But this isn't a book of horror stories. It's a book of hope - a book that
shows teenagers how they can make a choice with no regrets. Chastity isn't an
impossible dream, and it isn't just for people without a social life. This is
also an entertaining book. Teenage girls especially will love the inside view of
the Miss America business, illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs.
About the Author
Mary-Louise Kurey, Miss Wisconsin 1999, has spoken to more than 125,000 teens
and young adults in 19 states about chastity, including "making a new
beginning" for those who have been sexually active. Affectionately – and
irreverently! – dubbed by her fans "The Apostle of Abstinence," the 27 year-old virgin
dedicated her year of service as Miss Wisconsin to this issue, and was a Top Ten
Finalist and winner of the Talent Competition in the Miss America Pageant.
Mary-Louise has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, including
Politically Incorrect (four times), Inside Edition, Janet Parshall’s America, Sally
Jessy Raphael and Life on the Rock. From Capitol Hill to the New York Times –
London Edition, from WORLD Magazine to the Washington Times, Mary-Louise’s
message of hope and encouragement has reached more than 25 million people on five
When you think of a book on chastity, phrases like "page turner," "inspiring
testimonial," and "engaging witness" ordinarily don’t come to mind. Then
again, Mary-Louise Kurey is not your ordinary chastity speaker and author. This
free-spirited virgin is probably not what one imagines in remembering "the talk":
a grandmotherly woman preaching how sex outside marriage is dirty. Instead,
the former Miss Wisconsin shares a message of love and inspiration for all,
including those who have been sexually active in the past.
In Standing With Courage, Kurey openly shares her journey from a shy, awkward
adolescent to an outspoken Miss America Finalist. On the way, she addresses
issues pertinent to young Americans, including drug and alcohol use, peer
pressure, eating disorders, abortion, dating, and a personal relationship with God.
SWC breaks the mold of what one would imagine as the typical "chastity book,"
with plenty of juicy bits for all ages. The author shares an array of unusual
experiences bringing her message across the country, such as speaking about
chastity to more than 125,000 teens and young adults in 19 states, appearing as
a guest on Politically Incorrect, being protested at the University of
Wisconsin, and competing at the Miss America Pageant – including the "off the
record" opposition she faced for her chastity-based platform.
Contrary to nay-sayers who protest that abstinence is a shallow "Just say no"
message, Kurey’s book illustrates that choosing chastity is saying "Yes" to
life – building the foundation for healthy relationships, for developing
character and personal strength, and for a promising future free of the physical,
emotional and psychological scars that come with premarital sex. Her message
addresses sexuality within the context of the whole person – physically,
emotionally, spiritually, psychologically and socially.
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