Chaunie Marie Brusiecreator of TinyBlueLines.com and Catholic pro-life advocate for young mothersdraws on her own experience when she was an unmarried pregnant college student, offering those in similar situations the resources to thrive in education, career, faith life, and the journey of motherhood.
When Chaunie Marie Brusie stared down at the pregnancy test her senior year of college and saw two tiny blue linesa positive testshe knew the road forward would be filled with difficult decisions, but she rose to the challenge. Brusie graduated from college, got married, and became a labor and delivery nurse and vocal advocate for the millions of young women who experience unplanned pregnancies each year. In her debut book, Tiny Blue Lines, Brusie offers coaching to young women, reminding them that their plight is near to the heart of Mary and that there is healing to be found in such Catholic practices as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Brusie provides lists, resources, humor, anecdotes, and spiritual inspiration to help women gracefully navigate this challenging terrain.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
|Product dimensions:||13.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)|
Table of Contents
Foreword Helen M. Alvaré ix
Chapter 1 "What If I'm Pregnant? 3
Chapter 2 What Now? Your Future as a Young Mom 6
Chapter 3 "What Do I Say? How to Tell Your Parents 21
Chapter 4 What about Daddy? Things to Consider before You Tie the Knot 30
Chapter 5 What Did I Do? Navigating Your Feelings of Guilt 47
Chapter 6 How Does This Work? The Truth about Giving Birth (Including the Good, the Bad, and the Baby) 59
Chapter 7 Who Am I Now? How to Reclaim Your Life 68
Chapter 8 What Did She Just Say? How to Deal with Rude People 78
Chapter 9 Is There a Syllabus for Parenthood? Being a Student and a Mom 93
Chapter 10 What Else Do I Need to Know? What No One Tells You about Unplanned Pregnancy 99
Early Mama's Questions to Consider before Marriage 112
Thirteen Steps to Changing Your Campus 116
Talking Guide for Religious and Pro-life Organizations 135
Six Lessons from an Unwed Mother 144
What People are Saying About This
"You'll find yourself changed and improved by the journey you'll take with Chaunie Brusie in Tiny Blue Lines. Buckle up, saddle up, and get ready: you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be close to rolling on the floor. It will not only impact your worldview, it will give you hope and encouragement in equal measure."
"How easy it is to forget that at the center of the Christian story is a woman in an unplanned pregnancy. Chaunie Brusie reveals how she was not alone in her own turbulent transition to motherhoodhow God holds each life precious and lights the way forward. Tiny Blue Lines is a triumph of faith and courage, and a treasury of resources for all who choose life."
"Tiny Blue Lines is the perfect choice for that young woman facing an unexpected pregnancy. Chaunie Brusie's brave telling of her own story opens the doors for other young women to be honest with themselves and their situations. Throughout this book, you will be guided through Brusie's experience, as well as be introduced to many young moms who have been through this. While those tiny blue lines mark the end of one journey, they introduce a new beginningfull of new experiences and opportunities! Tiny Blue Lines reminds mothers that they are strong enough to embrace the challenges and welcome the joys of young motherhood. This book will provide great encouragement for any young woman as she courageously pursues this new life."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The first book to tell it like it is for young moms--that having a baby unexpectedly can be a scary time, but ultimately, it is possible to have your baby and live the life you always dreamed of. With the right support, anything is possible and young motherhood is not a dead end!!