Standing with Courage: Confronting Tough Decisions about Sex

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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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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 continents.

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