Maureen Stearns, MS
The Random House Dictionary defines courage as “the quality of mind or
spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc.
with a firmness and without fear.
Maureen Stearns, MS, author of “Conscious Courage. Turning Everyday
Challenges Into Opportunities,” defines courage as “A deliberate
decision to act or think or be, regardless of our emotions and halting
thoughts, an actual force that is felt from within that enables us to
say “yes!” to what we want and “no” to what we do not want. Courage is
knowing that all our courageous acts will end up blossoming into
something much more significant.”
Maureen earned a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of
South Florida in St. Petersburg in 1992. In the late 1990’s she worked
toward a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology at Springfield College
in Tampa, Florida. During her coursework, Maureen chose courage as her
topic for an “I Project.” The goal of this project was to pull
something out of one’s self that had deep meaning and to develop it in
some way. This project on courage was the genesis of her book,
“Conscious Courage,” the first in a series. Maureen received her
Master’s Degree in 2000.
“Conscious Courage” appeals to a wide variety of readers including
teens, victims of racism, the physically handicapped, and anyone
interested in improving the quality of their lives.
When we think of courage, we often envision superheroes performing
superhuman feats, but few people in daily life get the opportunity to
accomplish such “larger than life” acts.
Here are some examples of everyday courage:
Standing in a room of people and voicing a contrary opinion with a
Not allowing someone’s negative opinion to stop you in your tracks.
Ending a stressful relationship with someone that is causing you
discomfort and unhappiness.
Overcoming tragic events and moving forward in a healthy way.
Being courageous simply means motivating yourself in a positive way
when faced with adversity. Opportunities for courage exist every day
when we listen for their whispering presence. Discover the magic that
happens when you go beyond your normal range of comfort by thinking and
“Conscious Courage,” the winner of a Royal Palm Literary Award,
presents the choices in an easy-to-digest, easy-to-put-into practice
format. Each two page spread begins with a brief quote, and then on the
facing page, an empowering direction such as “Assert yourself in an
unpleasant situation, even if you feel uncomfortable or inferior.” This
is followed with a few paragraphs of exploration. Bracketing these
meditations are sections on how to use the book, exercises involving
courage symbols and “I-Statements,” plus an inspirational call to
embrace the ultimate “Yes.”
Midwest Book Review calls Conscious Courage “an upbeat guide to
adopting a positive attitude, building inner resolve and focusing the
will to make one’s dreams a reality.”
Reviewer Richard R. Blake says, “Stearns, faced with a personal crisis,
found the inner resolve to turn this conflict into opportunity. She
presents an approach for turning your personal challenges into stepping
stones for finding fulfillment and a winning way of life.”
Reviewer Lois Moffett says, “the book is beautifully put together and
gets right to the point without any of the extras that leave you
wondering what she was trying to say.”
To get your copy of “Conscious Courage. Turning Everyday Challenges
Into Opportunities,” send $13.95 to Enrichment Books, 9848 Pine Lake
Trail, St. Petersburg, FL 33708. You can also order online and get
additional information at http://www.consciouscourage.com.
Dealer and wholesale inquiries are invited. Stearns also offers her
book as an organizational fundraising tool. If you are Fundraising
Committee member, please contact the publisher at 727-397-8065.