Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life
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Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life

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From one of the world's foremost spiritual leaders, an inspiring book that provides young adults and their parents with a game plan for leading a better life.
This inspiring, upbeat, life-affirming book shows teenagers and their families how to navigate through the moral minefields of contemporary life and how to truly enjoy the opportunities and blessings that the modern...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 6th 2002 by Simon & Schuster (first published August 1st 2002)
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Julie
May 08, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Julie by: Megan
This book is so good, it is a must read. It is packed full of valuable life lessons and advice. It made me look at my self and I realized I am a good person, and I do like who I am. It gave me idea of how to be happier and become a better me!
Darci
Written by the wisest of men. Don't read it once and put it away. Keep it out, read from it regularly, then perhaps these things will be ingrained in our lives. If only everyone could read it and BE... we'd all live happily ever after.
Christy
I review these "rules" for living on a regular basis. This has been a great book for my older boys as well. A good teaching tool from a loving source.
McKaylla White
Oct 28, 2008 McKaylla White rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
AMAZING!!! I LOVED this book!

Every day now I find myself going over the 9 Be's and saying to myself whether or not I'm truly applying them to myself. I have so many friends who have more than one copy and don't even bother to open it!!! It has helped he put my life into such a place of order - it's miraculous!

Many questions I've had recently having to do with being a teenager I guess were answered simply and clearly. President Hinckley is very concise and to the point and I love it. I hate it wh...more
Darus Trutna
Gordon B. Hinckley's 9 rules are powerful, simple, and, if lived authentically, will bring great happiness to anyone's life. Even though I'm not religious, the ninth rule, Be prayerful, really helped to remind me the power of future orientation and thinking with the end in mind. (Stephen Covey's 3rd Habit of Highly Effective People) The power of prayer, I believe, is not that your wishes will suddenly be granted, it is that you are clarifying exactly what you want in your life and are able to co...more
Bryan Tanner
My first semester as BYU undergrad, I had the privilege of hearing President Gordon B. Hinckley offer the timeless "6 B's" sermon.
(Reprinted here: https://www.lds.org/ensign/2001/01/a-...)
The 6 B's include:

Be Grateful
Be Smart
Be Clean
Be True
Be Humble
Be Prayerful

A year later he added 3 additional B's, all now collected in his book, "Way To Be":

Be Positive
Be Involved
Be Still

While I recognized President Hinckley's words to be not your run-of-the-mill sermon at the time they were given live, I have a...more
Tom
Short read! I love short! Great optimism and advice. It's more about preventative morality than about repentance from deep trouble, but it does treat such repentance a little. And all course corrections are repentance, anyway. The optimism of the book is still there for everyone willing to take it. While clearly from a Mormon perspective, it is somewhat general. Other Christians might enjoy it, too.

I like that President Hinckley varies from unassuming ("I don't suppose any of use will be remembe...more
RaeAnn
President Hinckley is an amazing man with great advice. I hope to better apply his 9 B's to my life.
sMarty
Apr 18, 2009 sMarty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to sMarty by: A friend
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Brian
An easy enjoyable read!
Jen
Absolutely loved the Way To Be!, just as much as I adore President Gordon B. Hinckley! It was wonderful to read this book again, to hear his voice and feel he pure love that exuberates from him. How I've missed this great man. I've read this book a few times and will read again. Always new applicable points and views! I highly recommend for anyone of any background, faith, religion, etc. Just basic and profound views and points, of being a good person - just because you should try to be a good p...more
05mailer
I absolutely am in LOVE with this book! Way to Be is written by Gordon B. Hinckley, the last prophet the Church of Latter Day Saints had. Gordon B. Hinckley wrote these "9 Rules For Living the Good Life" to help inspire others to change the way they live to be happier and a more productive life.

Gordon B. Hinckley wrote this book to help teenagers, or basically all ages, to become more. He made up something called the 9 Be's: Be Grateful, Be Smart, Be Involved, Be Clean, Be True, Be Positive, Be...more
Jeannie
Although President Hinckley wrote this book mainly for teenagers, it is great advice at any age. My favorite chapter this time through was "Be Clean." In this chapter President Hinckley reminds us that the friends we choose are critical to the choices we make. He says, "...choose your friends carefully. It is they who will lead you in one direction or the other. Everybody wants friends. Everybody needs friends. No one wishes to be without them. But never lose sight of the fact that it is your fr...more
McKayla
This is a book about 9 rules of living. These rules are also known as the 9 "Be's." The main theme of this book is "Way to be!" going along with the rules. There are nine different chapters, and each of them says something different. They are as follows: Be Grateful, Be Smart, Be Involved, Be Clean, Be True, Be Positive, Be Humble, Be Still, and Be Prayerful.
I really liked the lengths of each of the chapters. They were all covered very well in detail as to what was meant by it. I was given an...more
Jason
The advice in this book is excellent. I feel it can apply just as well to an adult as it can to a teen. I found myself making mental notes about things that I can improve and getting inspiration in general about my life. President Hinckley once spoke at my University and I really appreciate the way he connects with various age groups, embraces his sense of humor, and has meaningful advice. I miss him.
Erica Krueger
Okay, I admit, I chose this book because it would be an easy read and I need to keep my reading up (or not fall behind in my goal) with some very busy weeks ahead with the move.

What can I say. It was wonderful to read President Hinckley's words again. Most of this book wasn't new to me--he shared probably all of the stories and insights in various talks, but it was a great reminder of what we should strive to be and become. This is written for youth (possibly young adults too, but I'd say more f...more
Reggie
This is a marvelous book packed full of wit and wisdom. President Hinckley's teaching and example have always hit home with me and this book is a shining example of why. The message is so upbeat yet remains honest, realistic, and useful. My favorite chapter was the one on Be Positive. It includes this passage:

"...I am suggesting that we look for the great good among those with whom we associate and live, that we speak of one another's virtues and positive qualities more than we speak of one anot...more
Rachel
I listened to this book on the way to and from work while in highschool and it gave helped to give me courage to do what was right and gave me a little boost! Love President Hinckley!
Haley Grizzell
This is a brilliant advice book, not only for religious people, but for everyone else too. Throughout his life, Gordon B. Hinckley taught simple truths and values that many had forgotten or demeaned. This is his counsel to the world. We would do well to heed it.
Kaitlyn
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! What an awesome book. Whether you belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or not, this is a great book full of great pearls of wisdom! I think it's a book applicable to any age, and it's a quick, enjoyable read. I had the book read in just a couple of hours, and loved every bit of it. Gordon B. Hinckley is a wonderful story teller, and this book reflects it. The book is very real-- well, President Hinckley is very real and down-to-earth (as always), which makes t...more
Rebekah
I'm not sure what triggered this, but lately I've been thinking a lot about President Hinckley and mourning his death. I know it's been a year and a half, but I still really miss him. When I stumbled on this book a few days ago, I knew that I needed to read it. It was so wonderful to hear him "speak" again; he has such wonderful stories. I miss hearing his constant optimism in the face of every trial and conflict. I know I'll especially miss him during this next General Conference, when I really...more
J.e. Bowles
Great advice to anyone who wants to be a happy contributing member of society, isn't that everyone? So a great book for anyone.
Christie Lammers
Whether you are Mormon or not...these brief selections will uplift you and give you a compass in which to base your life.
Shirleen
I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to become a better person and live a more fulfilling and purposeful life. Gordon B. Hinckley, former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now deceased, imparts some of his wisdom learned from his 95 years of living, to teenagers and their parents (though I would say it's applicable to everyone). This is a simply written book that needs be re-read from time to time to keep one on the path toward true peace and happiness. T...more
Karina
I really enjoyed this book! It was short and to the point, and had such good advice. I really enjoyed the stories President Hinckley told and experiences he shared, and I felt like everything he said was so wise and so true! I wish I would have had this to read when I was a teenager, and even though it was written for teenagers, anyone could read it. Presidenty Hinckley has such a simple and clear way of saying things, and it made this book very enjoyable to read, and very inspiring. This would...more
Darla
I am reading this out loud to my two oldest boys every Sunday night. I love the wisdom of President Hinckley! The chapters are short and interesting and give us something to work on during the week. This week we will try to be grateful!

2/25/2013 I have read this book more than once and I really love the great advice that it gives for living a good life and experiencing true happiness through personal character development. I would recommend it to anyone It is a very quick read. The chapters are...more
Phyrman21
Obviously, if you are an LDS member, this book is a must read. Great sound advice for all. Member or not.
Aaron Ashton
Best book ever. President Hinckley teaches in his simple yet profound way to simply be the best you can be!
Kelsey
Be Grateful.
Be Smart.
Be Involved.
Be Clean.
Be True.
Be Positive.
Be Humble.
Be Still.
Be Prayerful.

"Never forget that you have far more years ahead of you than you have behind you. Those years can be productive and rewarding. The good things of which you dream in your better moments will become realities...The better way to Be is they way of these 9 Be's."
- Gordon B. Hinckley.

I love this book. A perfect way to assemble my values and thoughts after the best 2.5 weeks of my summer- and now with the...more
Katherine
I LOVE Gordon B. Hinckley. Reading this book, you could hear his voice and imagine his smile and sparkle of his eye, as though you were listening to him speak.
We read this book as a family as our Sunday morning reading. I was really touched with the amount of love that was expressed throughout it. As President Hinckely expounded on his "B's", you could really sense the love in which they were offered - a sincere desire to make us better people and to make our lives happier and more fulfilling. I...more
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