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A Return to Virtue

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When Elaine Dalton's oldest son left for his mission, she wanted to do something that would help her develop some of the same kind of discipline and self-control that he was learning as a missionary. So she decided to run a marathon.

Now, years later, she has taken her experiences and insights related to running and woven them into an analogy for an attribute and value she
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published 2011
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Jul 05, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I would highly recommend that any parent, grandparent, young man or young woman read this book. To paraphrase another reviewer, I was impressed by Elaine Dalton's observation that there has been a worldwide clamor for clean air, clean water, improved food free of impurities but little is said or written to stop the influx of filth from pornography, music, books, that flow freely into our minds and spirits. Well worth the read.
Dec 22, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I love running (well, most of the time ;) and I love Sister Dalton (all of the time :) so this book was a great one for me. I think all women (old and young) should read this and probably men too!

A few quotes I especially loved:

"Juma Ikangaa [winner of the New York Marathon spoken of earlier in the paragraph] replied simply, 'The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.' Preparation is one way we can avoid deception."

"Perhaps we never feel like we are totally prepared for some of t
Jan 27, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
This really was a fantastic book with lots of insights, suggestions and stories. It's inspired me to try a little harder to do a little better.

It's taken me awhile to finish this book. And for the first little while, it obviously dragged a bit for me - though I can't say why exactly. As I'm not a runner, though I could see the parallel, I couldn't necessarily relate. I liked lots of what I read, I just wasn't compelled to rush right through it. So I put it down for a bit, and when I came back t
May 06, 2013 Lydia rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most uplifting books I have ever read. Although I do have to admit it is specifically directed at a particular audience. I am afraid anyone that doesn't fit into that audience wouldn't receive it as lightly. Still. Great book.
Excellent, inspiring, uplifting, full of light! I LOVED this book and will read it again! It is full of truth and powerful insights into life, the gospel, standing strong, catching the vision, accomplishing goals, and remembering what it means to be a Daughter of God!
Oct 22, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing
This book is written for women in the Church, especially the young women but I wish the whole world would learn and understand the need to return to virtue.
Dec 06, 2016 Carly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regligious, own
I love Sister Dalton. she shares such great insights about the gospel. Excellent read!!
Sep 07, 2013 Taffy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
First line:

"Several years ago, I qualified to run the Boston Marathon."

Good, uplifting LDS book on virtue and modest. It's not just about the clothes, but it's also about attitude and what is in your heart. Where can a virtuous woman be found in this world? In the mirror. We all can strive to be virtuous and examples of modesty to those around us.

This book is full of stories, thoughts, experiences and scripture.

A couple of my favorite quotes from the book:

"When you were baptized, you left the wo
Mar 24, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it
As a new runner (one marathon so far, not 17 like Sister Dalton), I've been so amazed by how much running has taught me about life and was looking forward to the marathon analogies in this book. I was disappointed in that way, because there wasn't really much in-depth about running. However, the stories and insights in the book were definitely worth reading. I was especially impressed with how many tough experiences Sister Dalton has had in her life -- her father dying while she was young, her ...more
May 19, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
This is a WONDERFUL book! One of my favorites! :) I believe in the importance of Sister Dalton's message of the need for examples of purity and virtue in the world today! We must be those examples! She shares sweet stories, scriptures and examples of how we can do this. She speaks positively and hopefully about the power we each have as individuals to change the world as we are armed with the power of the Spirit and righteousness. I'm grateful for the reminder and her words and testimony! What a ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Chrisanne rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, it was hard for me to warm up to Sister Dalton. Her life seemed so perfect, she was always smiling and so energetic. However, as I listened to her and got to know her I realized that she was that way because she chose to be. She lost her father at an early age, and has had many other trials. So, in an effort to learn how I could be positive and energetic, I decided to read this book. It's a lovely mixture of stories, research, and metaphor and, after finishing it, I feel like we ...more
May 14, 2012 Amie added it
This is a book for all! Men and Women alike! There is one chapter dedicated to the young women at the end, but the message is clear and the choice to return to virtue is a decision that will change the world! Your world, my world and our children's world. I am so grateful for great women who lead the way by example. I want to grow up and be like Sister Dalton. Might even run a marathon one day too ...
Mar 18, 2012 Fritz rated it liked it
I love Sis. Dalton's Conference messages. And her book was good too. (For me, a three star review is good. I give 4/5 to only my very favorites.)

When I read through it, I marked my favorite parts with colored pencils. My 13-year old daughter is going to read it next. And I hope she'll learn both from Sis. Dalton, and the things that I highlighted.

The running metaphor works very well to teach the principle of virtue. And it's a lesson we can all do better at learning and living.
Sep 25, 2011 Cheri rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration
Elaine S. Dalton is the Young Women General President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; when her oldest son left on his mission she decided that she would prepare and run a marathon while he was gone. Sister Dalton admonishes each of us to return to virtue to rise above the world's standards.
Oct 29, 2012 Anji rated it really liked it
I read this book to prepare for my young women's lesson on sunday. I wish i could have bought each one of them this book. She compared the whole book to her experience of running a marathon and at first that didn't excite me because nothing about running a marathon interests me but it was a fabulous read. loved it! love her!
Dec 22, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: church-books
A wonderful book for women young and old. The experiences, testimony, and scriptures that Sister Dalton shares are timely and thought-provoking. The emphasis on the value of virtue comes at a time when it is under attack by an increasingly larger percent of the population. I loved the running analogy present throughout the book.
Jun 09, 2012 Sierra rated it really liked it
Shelves: deseret-book
Excellent read from Sis. Dalton. I love that it is so uplifting, inspiring, and encouraging. The material wasn't completely new as it incorporated some stories and experiences that she has shared in General Conference talks over the last few years, but it was definitely worth reading especially for young women and women.
May 30, 2012 Jeslyn rated it really liked it
Excellent book; I was particularly struck by Elaine Dalton's observation that there has been a worldwide clamor for clean air, clean water, improved food free of impurities or harmful bacteria, etc. but hardly a peep from the world to stop the influx of filth from pornography, music, books, that flow freely into our minds and spirits. Well worth the read.
Jan 25, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
loved it, and the analogy to running long distances!! a must for any mother and youth leader dealing with the hard topic to remain virute!!

learned virture isn't necessarily a "female" thing
great quotes, and a keeper
Feb 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
Elaine S. Dalton expounds on the theme of a talk she gave at a recent General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...Virtue. I will be reading this book again and again. (I loved her references to her experiences and lessons learned as a marathon runner)
Aug 01, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent, to say the least! Elaine Dalton speaks from her heart in these pages and this is something the whole world needs to read. I find myself re-reading different parts of it over and over again, which is very unusual for me. What a treasure!
Sep 23, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
I really appreciated the overall premise, and sentiments. However, the writing didn't totally connect with me. It wouldn't be in my top ten for this genre, but it's still an important message and still worth a read.
Jul 27, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, religious
I love Sister Dalton, and her book is such a cool way to be taught by her in more depth. I especially love the way she talks of motherhood with such love, joy, and gratitude. The world needs more women unafraid of declaring value in their role as mother.
Mar 06, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Youth and Parents
Loved this book!! I agree with another reader that every Parent, Grandparent and all youth should read this book. It is short and easy to read. It won't take you more than a few hours to read. Thank you Elaine Dalton for sharing your insight and inspiring others to be better.
Sep 15, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it
Sister Dalton's way of thinking of things is a great pattern for us to follow. I love how she doesn't address the symptoms, but goes straight to the doctrine and explains that, and everything else follows through. I will be referring back to this book a lot.
Jan 19, 2014 Becca rated it really liked it
A wonderful, uplifting book! My ONLY reason for giving it 4 stars was because it really didn't have anything to do with running, which I was sort of hoping it would. Highly recommend!
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Aug 17, 2013 Anastasia Bolinder rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
amazing book! I love this book, wonderful life story's and a testimony strengthener. Great book for any and all who need a pick me up and a book of hope and great lessons.
Jul 07, 2015 Ryceejo rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds
I'd give it 4.5 stars. This book was incredible. If I were to write a book on Virtue I would have done it the same way.
Jan 29, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great quick read. I love running and thought the life/virtue/running comparisons were spot on.
Jan 03, 2013 Danni rated it really liked it
This book had some interesting ideas. I hope I can remember them all. The theme of the book was running a marathon and how that is like life and being virtuous.
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