Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes Hardcover – Feb 22 2000
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"Virtue is too often neglected, if not scorned or ridiculed as old-fashioned, confining, unenlightened," laments author Gordon Hinckley, a 90-year-old ordained leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Even as he enumerates all of America's social ills (including $482 billion 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.
Hinckley makes a compelling case for every one of these virtues, quoting extensively from the Bible but mostly using convincing personal anecdotes (after all, he is an elder with 90 years worth of stories and wisdom). In his glowing foreword, Mike Wallace (of 60 Minutes fame) writes that Gordon Hinckley is an "optimistic leader of the Mormon Church who fully deserves the almost universal admiration that he gets." Clearly, Hinkley has struck a resounding chord with the American populace, including dyed-in-the-wool New York cynics such as Wallace. Word of this book is rapidly spreading across America as simple folk clamor to steer their lives and country with a more virtuous compass.
From Publishers Weekly
Ordained in 1995 as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hinckley projects a warm, good-humored and tolerant persona, qualities that have been showcased in national media appearances and have served the church well in its efforts to grow internationally. (Fellow octogenarian Mike Wallace, who interviewed Hinckley for 60 Minutes in 1996, provides the foreword.) Yet this book, the first that Hinckley has published with a secular house, is less a Mormon work than a manifesto of traditional values. Hinckley expresses concern that the "secularization of America" has led to moral decay. A belief in God and the power of prayer inform his inspirational essays--on honesty, forgiveness, gratitude, thrift and civility--which are peppered with personal anecdotes and examples from religious history. Few will take issue with such moderate and compassionate statements as "helping hands can lift someone out of the mire of difficulty" or "because we live in a world where there is much harshness, hostility and meanness, there is also much need for all of us to be more merciful." However, Hinckley's rigid stance against divorce, abortion, extramarital sex and homosexuality may alienate those who disagree with his conservative vision of morality. Married for 60 years himself, the author believes that marriages between men and women, with the male partner at the head of the family, will ensure the health of society. 20-market TV satellite tour. (Feb.)
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What would the pathetic reviewers who are intent on casting stones at Hinckley offer as a more 'realistic' plan? - Just rip off your neighbors a little bit ... try not to get caught if you're going to have an affair ... gossip if you must, but try at least to keep your close friends out of the mix ... etc.??
It is in this epilogue that the seemingly simple virtues discussed in the book are revealed for the difficult principles they actually are. People who say this book is simplistic or naïve can make that point somewhat persuasively untilthey understand that the author is fully aware of the massive difficulties we frail humans have in living up to these ideals in a complex and constantly changing world. We are so easily dissuaded from persisting in virtue and adopting an easier go-with-the-flow approach to life. We need the kind of reminder this book offers and I am glad to have read it and to refer to it in order to clear my vision and to refocus myself on doing what I should rather than what is easy.
The book has some notes that supply references for some of the information in the book and a helpful index.
If all men and women in the world could read this text, it could only be for the good of the world, no matter what belief someone is, reading this will give many reasons to stand for something.
Hinckley manages to take all the chaos of the entire world and break it down into something manageable with only ten basic virtues. And once you read this book, you will readily agree that if these ten virtues were applied universally by all people, the world would instantly change. Now, granted, that will never happen. But each of us has the power to alter our own micro-world by applying these virtues.
The thing that amazed me most about this book is that this leader of the Mormon Church manages to present teachings from the Bible without once becoming "preachy" or "Bible thumping." There are so few church leaders in any denomination that can manage to do that.
This book should be in the hands of every person in the world. What a difference it could make!
To call President Gordon B. Hinckley a liar is slander of the lowest kind. To say that he has lied to his people is nothing short of calumny, unworthy of consideration by anyone with any degree of self-respect or intelligence. I have read President Hinckley's words many times, I have heard him speak on TV, and I have been in the same room with him as he delivered a sermon. And each time I have felt nothing but love, a true and honest love. The ability to transmit this type of love for people does not come from lying and deceiving them. It does not happen if deliberately engaged in the practice of deceit and trickery. No, anything of that nature would be transparent and easily detected. President Hinckley's love comes from years of devotion to correct principles of integrity and of sacrificing and serving the people to whom he has been called to assist. A respected journalist like Mike Wallace, whose job it has been for the last twenty years to uncover scandals and expose frauds, and who wrote the foreword to the book, would not describe him as "warm... thoughtful... and decent," if he were a liar.
Simply put, the values President Hinckley espouses in his book are those that have stood the test of time and, if applied, bring true happiness. You don't have to be a member of the church or even become one to recognize the inherent goodness in these teachings. And to say that most people practice these values anyway is simply untrue.Read more ›
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I have two copies of this book, one at work and one at home, so that I can always feel inspired by the words of the Prophet.Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Kristen Stephenson
Yes I am LDS. I loved this book and believe that Hinckley is an inspired man. I wonder if those who slammed the book even read it. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2002 by Kathryn Farnsworth
This book is fabulous. It espouses all of the moral, ethical, and important values that everyone on this earth should take to heart. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2002 by Kristina Heller
President Hinckley is more than just a prophet for the "Mormon" people. He has recently attained that level of respect in the nation and world usually reserved for... Read morePublished on March 5 2002 by R. C. Cannon
President Hinckley offers advice in his book that I believe will heal our hearts and homes if followed. Very easy to understand and quick reading anywhere. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2002 by Jerry Sanchez
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