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    Gordon Bitner Hinckley(Author) George Grizzard(Author)

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Read by George Grizzard With an introduction read by Mike Wallace No nation can be greater than the strength of its individual homes or the virtue of its people. Sadly, many today would say ours is a nation in crisis. Families are splintering around us, our children are becoming alienated from their great cultural heritage, and our leaders seem increasingly out of touch. Yet, according to Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one cannot lose hope. The solution lies not within our government, schools, or symbols of popular culture, but rather within ourselves, our families, and our faith. In the tradition of William Bennett's "Book of Virtues," Hinckley has created a classic look at the values that can change our world -- and how to stand up for them. Drawing on anecdotes from his own life, as well as from our nation today, he examines ten virtues that have proven through the ages to provide the most profound path to a better world: love, honesty, morality, civility, learning, forgiveness and mercy, thrift and industry, gratitude, optimism, and faith. "Standing for Something" is an inspiring blue-print for what we can all do -- as individuals, as a nation, and as a world community -- to rediscover the values that make us strong and by which all of us can work toward a brighter future.

"Virtue is too often neglected, if not scorned or ridiculed as old-fashioned, confining and unenlightened," laments author Gordon Hinckley, a 90-year-old ordained leader of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Even as he enumerates all of America's social ills (including 482 billion dollars a year spent on gambling, rampant child neglect and abuse, school massacres, a pervasive deterioration of values) Hinckley believes there is a remedy. Chapter by chapter Hinckley presents 10 old-fashioned virtues that will return America to the glory envisioned by its founding fathers. These virtues include: Love, Honesty, Morality, Civility, Learning, Forgiveness, Thrift and Industry, Gratitude, Optimism and Faith.

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  • By Stephen on 7 March 2000

    Gordon Hinckley has written a masterpiece. I believe it will become a classic because this is a book which is both timely and timeless. It is forthright - very to the point - no waffle. Gordon Hinckley employs a very kind - grandfatherly style. Behind good counsel there is also a stern warning. This book is an invitation to every reader to live to a little better; to aim for the highest standards in personal principle and in private and public conduct.Gordon Hinckley lists the 10 virtues that he believes are critical to leading a happy, productive and contented life. In his 90th year, he uses his vast experience of life and its challenges to recommend remedies and antidotes which bring the promise of better days and good things to come. Hinckley is the 'star' witness in the case for optimisim. He sees a future for humanity which is bright and full of opportunity and that view of things is infectious. Hinckley so infuses the reader with his own brand of enthusiasm for living life to the full that the reader will 'want' to try harder at living better: at being a better person, a better neighbour, a better member of the human race. This book is a reflection of Gordon Hinckley's life-long commitment to Jesus Christ. It is Jesus Christ that is at the centre of this book. That being said, this book is enjoyable and instructive for readers of all faiths or none.'Standing for Something' makes an impression that means it will be read and reread and passed along. I, for one, am glad I read it. I recommend it. One for the heart as well as the mind.

  • By Karron Combs on 2 May 2000

    Gordon B. Hinckley has taken a difficult subject and turned it into an optomistic road map for the future generations of the world. Each viture he has written about strikes close to the hearts of each person who is willing to make a difference in the world around them.LDS or not, anyone who wants to see the world a better place for our children will stand up and cheer when they read this book.Simply Outstanding.

  • By The Cottam Family on 28 April 2014

    Prompt delivery, super price, great read - thought provoking. Would recommend for the young or the old alike, whatever your age a book well worth reading.

  • By weefieryscot on 4 January 2013

    Well it's written by President Hinckley so does it really need a review? Really good advice as usual. Recommended for anyone who struggles with life.

  • By Rose Lamb on 25 November 2013

    Didn't like the book, I'm Irish and it seems to be exclusively for Americans, completely for americans, can't relate otherwise

  • By Andrew O'Hare, on 24 April 2000

    My wife and I enjoyed this book immensely and I would give it my unequivocal recommendation.

  • By dad on 7 February 2017

    SUPER READING


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