Standing with Courage: Confronting Tough Decisions about Sex
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.
Author: Mary- Louis Kurey, Miss Wisconsin 1999
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2. don't run away
3. better place
4. come home
5. cry on my shoulder
6. what's missing
7. my days are better
9. anything but you
10. just for me
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Pope Benedict XVI has declared the year between Oct. 2012 and Oct. 2013 to be a "Year of Faith." Part of the purpose of this year is, in the words of the Pope, "to rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed..." (Porta Fidei).
Deepen your prayer life this year with this collection of meditations from the Holy Father's catechesis on prayer, offered since the spring of 2011 through his Wednesday audiences in St. Peter’s Square. These addresses contain profound meditations on prayer as practiced by some of the great figures of history, beginning with Old Testament patriarchs and prophets, leading up to Jesus, our great model in prayer, and continuing on to the prayer of the disciples after the resurrection. The addresses collected in this volume (May 2011 to May 2012) reveal to the Christian in the modern world how he too can live by faith in the God who is always present.
"In the upcoming catechesis [...] let us learn to live our relationship with the Lord even more intensely, as if it were a “school of prayer.” " ~ Pope Benedict XVI