Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

In this national bestseller, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. 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 much-admired life of faith and service, as well as examples from American culture today, he examines ten virtues that have always illuminated the path to a better world: love, honesty, morality, civility, learning, forgiveness and mercy, thrift and industry

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3 Responses to Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

  1. Stan Cronin says:
    77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is what America needs, June 8, 2000
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    Stan Cronin (Arizona) –

    I finished reading this book yesterday.
    After 25 years in law enforcement, I have seen the “dark side” of America. Any person, Christian, Jew, Athiest, Buddist or of whatever belief or non-belief, could do well in living the principles presented in this book.
    I had thousands of negative contacts while working the streets of Phoenix as a police officer. Every one of those negative contacts can be attributed to a violation of one or more of these principles. The prisons are full of people who have not been taught, or, who have failed to live, the principles in this book.
    What would the world be like if starting here in America, we could live these virtues.
    I read the previous reviews and it seems many are hung up on the messenger. Why should it matter who delivers the truth. Either we would be better off being honest or not. Either we would be better off being morally clean or not. Either we would be better of being civil to each other or not.
    Is it possible to live these principles every day. I don’t think so. Would we all be better off trying to live them every day. Yes. If we fail to live them today, we can try again tomorrow. After all, forgiveness and mercy are virtues. If we forgive ourselves for our shortcomings today, we can try again.
    Will Rogers once spoke about money and getting interest for money placed in a bank. He said “Them that gets it, gets it, and them that don’t, don’t.”
    This book is that way.

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  2. Jason N. Harris says:
    78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    More of the Same, April 26, 2000
    By A Customer
    I wasn’t sure about this book, so I read all the reviews. Some folks liked the message (from the readership profile, mostly in Mormon strongholds), others appeared to object to the message because the author is a Mormon leader. I found the message to be simple and direct, sincere and uplifting.
    It wasn’t particularly original, but I’m not sure that’s really a fault…the principles were already ancient when Jesus was quoting them during his time, and they are shared by most religions. There’s a great hunger for this kind of message (even presented as chicken soup for the soul). Why fight about the messenger? Besides, it seems to me that any 90 year old guy who has been in the public eye for a long time but hasn’t been attached to a major scandal and is still going strong might have something to say. I think he says it alright. Reminds me of what my grandfather used to tell me. I’m approaching grandfather status myself, and I’ll probably say the same things to my grandkids. Seems right to me.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    100 of 112 people found the following review helpful
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    A Masterpiece, March 20, 2000
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    Jason N. Harris (Idaho State University) –

    “Standing for Something” is a masterpiece. Hinckley not only writes amazingly well, but what he has to say is truly amazing. While others focus pessimistically on many of the problems of society, Hinckley shares proven solutions that anyone can implement. A must read for all those willing to make a difference in the world.

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