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A Case for Chastity: The Way to Real Love and True Freedom for Catholic Teens

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In twenty-six short topical chapters, teens and young adults share their questions and real-life experiences about sexual relationships. Their questions range from "How far is too far?" to "What's wrong with cohabitation?" Two questions posed by many people of all ages both within and outside the Church are also treated: "Chastity sounds nice, but is it practical?" and "What do the Bible and celibate men know about sex anyway?"

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Overview

In twenty-six short topical chapters, teens and young adults share their questions and real-life experiences about sexual relationships. Their questions range from "How far is too far?" to "What's wrong with cohabitation?" Two questions posed by many people of all ages both within and outside the Church are also treated: "Chastity sounds nice, but is it practical?" and "What do the Bible and celibate men know about sex anyway?"

Teens will find A Case for Chastity a readable and informative book, and their parents and teachers, particularly catechists and DREs, will find it an invaluable resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764811029
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 705,661
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Why Should I Read This Book? xv
A Attitudes and Approaches: What Choices Do I Have? 1
B Be Different: But Everybody Else Is Doing It 7
C Chastity: What Does It Have to Do With Me? 12
D Discovering the Unavoidable Consequences of Sex: What Could Really Go Wrong? 19
E Experiencing Real Love: Isn't Sex the Natural Expression of Love? 27
F Freedom: Nobody Is Going to Tell Me What to Do 33
G Great Sex: But I Want Sex to Be Passionate and Exciting 40
H Having It Your Way: Can't I Define the Meaning of Sex? 47
I If Not Sex, What Can I Do? How Far Is Too Far? 54
J Just My Thoughts: Why Do They Matter? 62
K Killing It Slowly: Can't We Just Use Contraception? 66
L Laying Aside a Myth: Doesn't Chastity Lead to Repression? 74
M Making a Distinction (Between Homosexual Orientation and Behavior): I Can't Help It; It's Just How I Am 80
N Nobody But Me: What's the Big Deal With Masturbation? 87
O Oral Sex: Is It Really Sex? 92
P Pornography: How Does Looking at Pictures Hurt Anyone? 96
Q Questioning the Church: What Do Celibate Men Know About Sex Anyway? 100
R Respect That Builds Self-Esteem: But I Like Attention 106
S Starting Over: What If I've Already Lost My Virginity? 112
T Trying to Undo the Past: How Can I Move Beyond the Memories? 117
U Under One Roof: What's Wrong With Cohabitation? 123
V Vocation of Marriage: With So Much Divorce, Is It Really Worth Waiting? 128
W What to Do: Chastity Sounds Nice, But Is It Practical and Realistic? 133
X XX: How Can Women Live Chastely? 138
Y YX: How Can Men Live Chastely? 144
Z Zero Regrets: The Decision Is Yours 152
Appendix A Where Else Can I Turn? 157
Appendix B What Can I Do to Have Fun and Show Affection Without Having Sex? 165
Notes 169
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    excellent resource

    As a youth minister, I am aware that very few teens really understand the virtue of chastity; they tend to think that the Christian position on the topic of sexuality is simply 'don't do it'. In this book, Gallagher and Vlahutin clearly articulate the many reasons WHY we should live this virtue of chastity. Anyone who reads this book with an open mind will, I believe, become convinced that God's plan for our sexuality is for our good and makes sense. I recommend this book on many different levels - a great gift for teens as they struggle through the turbulent adolescent years, a welcome addition to any library (secular or religious), and a must read for parents - since in my work I have found that very few parents understand the virtue of chastity, and therefore find it nearly impossible to articulate a message of sexual purity to their teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    The Best Book of the Year

    Before reading this book I had already chosen abstinence. After reading this book, I have seen the beauty and benefits of choosing chastity. This book is hopeful and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    Why this book is worth 5 stars!?!

    Well, I'll tell you. Balance. Not many people like reading thick and labor intensive textbooks. Who has the time or the effort? As well, not many people like to read books that are filled with a bunch of ramblings that amount to nothing. Why would someone give their time or effort to that? A Case for Chastity is neither so thick only a Rhodes scholar could appreciate it nor is it light in content! No, this book hits the topic head on and has a lot of practicality,...and that's just what's needed in our society because of the freedom that is afforded to young people. It's refreshing to hear the topic of love, including physical love, framed in a way that is appropriate to the beauty that is real love. The book is very respectful with the topic. This book, in part, tells the 'whys' which are so crucial because it respects our minds. Readers will be able to define and defend what they believe. In a very real way this book is good for adults too. I wish I was given this book when I was younger. Perhaps someone was too embarrashed to buy a book like this for me so my only education about love was from the world. Are you brave enough to get this book for yourself or a loved one? Thank you Heather and Peter for showing us the dignity of this topic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2004

    case for chastity review

    hi there, Before I read this book, I didn¿t know if I wanted to live a chaste life.Mostly because I'm a teen and now days having sex is the 'cool' thing to do.But once I started reading the book it became clear to me how awesome living a chaste life actually is. This book inspired me to make the right decision. nikki

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    A must-have for any teen

    This book is an excellent resource for teens, parents, and all those who minister to youth. The A to Z format breaks the book down into short, easy-to-read chapters that present the authors¿ message clearly and convincingly. The text is interspersed with real stories from teenagers, which makes the book relatable and relevant to teens living in today¿s sex-saturated society. Not only are the teenagers¿ stories real and enlightening, but the authors share a little bit about themselves as well to let the reader know that they, too, have chosen chastity. This book is a must-have for any young adult wondering why he or she should choose chastity. As a person who works with teenagers, I highly recommend this book to teens, parents, and everyone else who knows and loves teenagers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    A Case For Chastity book review

    This book is an exciting new resource for teens, or ANYone, who seeks a logical explanation for choosing to live the virtue of chastity. It¿s packed with true stories from people who¿ve experienced first hand the positive results of choosing to be chaste, as well some stories of people¿s regrets and the consequences associated with not living chastity. I¿m sure I¿ll be referring to it often for help when sorting out my own dating dilemmas, and when I want to find just the right words to defend my choice for chastity. This is an excellent and practical guide to understanding what an amazingly beautiful gift that sex really is, and why the Catholic Church would want us to treat it with supreme honor and respect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    A must for every teen

    This book is a must read for any teen or young adult who lives in our sexualy explicit culture. It explains with great clarity how chastity is the means to a fulfilled life inside or outside of marriage. It covers nearly all situations and uses a comfortable style that avoids preachiness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2004

    Finally...the TRUTH about SEX

    This book is a gold-mine for any teen or young adult who wants to get the most out of their relationships and to prepare themselves in the best way for that most important relationship...your future spouse. This book has an easy and attractive A to Z format which makes a compelling and challenging case for chastity. What makes the case are lots of real-life stories from teens and young adults about their real struggles, their real pain from the mistakes they made, and their real joy on choosing a chaste lifestyle. Heather and Peter's message is a refreshing and welcome challenge. It's the truth.

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