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

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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 il ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by Harmony (first published February 22nd 2000)
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Aug 25, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This is a very nice book about virtues. Mr. Hinckley was the head of the Mormon Church for many years, and wrote this book when he was 89 years old. I don't know very much about the Mormons (or rather, I don't understand very much about the Mormons!)but I thought this was wonderful.

Essentially, the author ask people to practice virtues. A virtue is a habit of good or right behavior; almost all virtues are applicable to people who believe in God, or who don't believe in God. Virtues are actions a
Jan 30, 2012 Meghan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: religious
Wow what a world this could be if everyone followed the counsel in this book. What I really loved is that the he discusses things in such an optimistic and grandfatherly way. This book could be read by anyone - not just members. How on earth he has the time to read newspapers, magazines and fine literature is beyond me. I guess if he has the time, we all should - what an example! Reading this book makes you want to be a more excellent person that's for sure.
Keith Kendall
Sep 15, 2013 Keith Kendall rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fathers, mothers, sons, daughters
Shelves: religion
Just reading the introduction gives me a thrill as I see how clearly he understands the ills of our time and that the banishment of the name of God from the United States is deeply tied into the problems we are facing. As Margaret Thatcher said: "'You use the name of Deity in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States, and yet you cannot use it in the schoolroom.' Her words are a rebuke and an indictment of America." (Page xx)

"If we are to continue to have the f
Kendel Christensen
Apr 22, 2011 Kendel Christensen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The entire world
Amazing. Absolutely a must-own, must-read. This man distills centuries of wisdom of observation and insight for all--religious and non-religious alike.

“Surely all of us can find a way to incorporate into our daily lives a regular pattern of study, a regular opportunity to grow and absorb and learn from the great writers of the world. I am not suggesting that we become geniuses. Most of us will never fall within that designation. But I have concluded that the work of the world is done by basicall
Elli Williams
Sep 10, 2015 Elli Williams rated it it was amazing
The kind of advice your grandpa would give you mixed with a happy young person advice, mixed with a religious giant's advice. Very Good.
Jan 19, 2016 Brent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, lds
One evening when I was a kid, my family had an outing to L.A.'s Chinatown. We went into a gag shop where a plaque was displayed reading: "We get too soon old and too late smart." I've seen the message several times since. Gordon B. Hinckley authored this book when he was old and smart. If you haven't already read it, do it now; and be smart before you get old.
Mattaca Warnick
Jul 24, 2007 Mattaca Warnick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians and moralists
Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, provides an overview of 10 forgotten virtues that should be rediscovered by mankind. This is not a Mormon book so much as it is a "moral" book--the principles taught here are non-denominational and could easily be espoused by anyone. An inspiring reminder of what's important.
Ashleigh Harris
Feb 13, 2008 Ashleigh Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book for all around practical advice. Very well written from a very intelligent man. If I were going to give a book as a gift for practical advice in life, this is the one that I would give. It touches on a little bit of everything. Plus, the author was a studier of English Literature, which supports that fact that he is brilliant. :)
Sep 17, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread this for a book group coming up, looking for the three most impressive stories or anecdotes. Hinckley is very comfortable telling stories and giving anecdotes. I get the impression that he was well read and know from having seen him, when he was alive, how upbeat and positive a man he was. Each of the first 10 chapters defines a single virtue (love, honesty, work, for instance). The last 2 chapters talk about how marriage (chapter 11) and family (chapter 12) guard and cultivate, in prac ...more
Sara ♥
Sep 15, 2009 Sara ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
I love President Hinckley! He's so awesome!

This book was really great. The way in which it was written reminded me of what I sometimes forget to think about, which is that the current President of the Church is not just the spiritual leader of our Church, but is the prophet for the WHOLE WORLD. And the target audience of this book is EVERYONE.

In this book, President Hinckley expressed his growing concerns (in his usual upbeat manner) about the way in which our society is progressing (or rather d
Beautifully written book about how we can turn our nation around. President Hinckley writes to Americans in general - reminding us that he is a prophet for the world, not just members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I enjoy his powerful way with words and his humor.

I don't usually do this, but I'm going to type his main points in. President Hinckley spotlights 10 virtues that ... umm, read the book title and add "and nation" to the end.

1 - LOVE: One of the greatest challenges
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Mar 28, 2012 Erika B. (SOS BOOKS) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spir-tual, inspire-me
O how I love and miss President Hinckley. His optimism and spirit practically drips off the pages! My favorite chapter was the one on leadership. I loved how he said we must realize that the price of leadership is loneliness. Favorite quote-

“Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arched across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the secur
May 27, 2015 Tesia rated it did not like it
I am so disappointed to have read this boo. It is a ridiculous, self-serving book that uses self justification for each of the author's virtues. The virtues he touts are not represented within the examples in the books. You cannot preach about love, mercy, debts, and civility and then cite your role models as U.S. presidents, even specifically mentioning Thomas Jefferson, without explaining how that could be since they live lives facilitating debts, lacking civility for other cultures and races, ...more
Bryan Skelton
This is one of those books that I have to read once a year. It teaches me what I should be. "All of us need to learn that life is a mission and not simply a career.
Mar 29, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
This was an enjoyable read. I miss President Gordon B. Hinckley. Few people have influenced my life the way he has. It wasn't possible for me to read this book without hearing his voice in my mind. His mannerisms, expressions, and inflections all seemed to be present. But more than the familiarity of his message, I love President Hinckley’s outlook on life. He has an optimism that is realistic. He exemplifies a perfect brightness of hope and how to get there. While life is full of difficult chal ...more
Nathan Cunningham
Jun 16, 2015 Nathan Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds, own
Gordon B. Hinckley was "my" prophet growing up, and reading this inspired work brought back many fond memories of hearing him speak. He always had such an optimistic view of life and humanity, and that attitude shines brightly here as he offers wise suggestions on how to live a happier, richer life. There's a lot I need to work on, but I've seen improvements in my own life as I've tried to put President Hinckley's words into practice. Though he was an LDS leader, he wrote this book in such a way ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it
I read this based on some solid quotes: "True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one's companion." (I know, something in my ribcage just expanded too. May we all be fortunate enough to feel this, but, oh, what a drag concern can be. Worry is heavy - for a beloved, friends, siblings, parents, my doorman.) and this one: "The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is ...more
May 22, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
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May 06, 2008 Shera added it
Very nice; very sweet; and oh so dear to me; Not only do I love this old-fashioned book on virtues (we all need a good old-fashioned reminder on how things used to be, and how we can keep some of that in our life today); but you can't even imagine the feeling of reading this book for comfort after losing my Dad, and then unpacking one of his boxes and dusting it off. Just knowing we each had it on our bookshelf is sustaining; remarkable; soothing; eternal. I really enjoy this book; love, Shera
Joe Maggiore
Jul 07, 2016 Joe Maggiore rated it really liked it
Shelves: life-shelf
Thus far, this has been the most difficult book to rate and review.

I think it has been especially challenging because inherently, this book touches each individual person in a different way. There are many religious references, discussions on home-life, tirades on poor judgement and countless other controversial topics presented. Personally, throughout the book, there have been many points I disagree with. Along with many other things, Hinckley speaks of homosexuality and abortion as sins. Whil
Dec 15, 2007 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone over 16
I really appreciated how this book pointed out the steps of a smart relationship not only with yourself, but with God. Pres. Hinckley really resounded on the characteristics of a sound moral person and how to spread those morals to others through example, family, and other means. By reading this book, one can really find something to stand for - stand up for, stand up to, and stand up period. It helps you find what you're willing to stand up for, also. Great book!
Sep 08, 2009 Craig&kerri rated it it was amazing
You absolutely get drawn into this book. Mr. Hinckley has a wonderful sense of storytelling and sense of humor that makes sense of sometimes otherwise difficult to understand concepts. This man was truly awesome. You will feel a little better about yourself and the world around you each day you read this book and gives some very practical things each person can do to improve the world we live in every day.
May 24, 2008 Darci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Goodbye Dr. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Phil, Zig Ziglar, Stephen Covey, etc.... All we need is this book by Gordon B. Hinckley to become a good people, happy, and successful. Refining our values is the path to a better world. Parallels his book Way To Be! (written for YA). OK, not really goodbye to those others, they all have great insight and wisdom too, but it's all combined in Hinckley's book.
May 17, 2015 Greg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
This book describes in a clear and fundamental way how the future of our country and our society is in the homes of families. The 10 virtues discussed are so simple and widely known, but are equally dismissed or ignored. Reading this was like hearing President Hinckley over the pulpit again, and I felt a huge surge of hope and confidence as I flipped through the pages. I loved this book and plan on returning to it again and again, especially the last few chapters on the value of the home and the ...more
Michelle Caudle
Aug 17, 2008 Michelle Caudle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I've read this book twice but it was awhile back (I had more time to read back when I drove potato truck!!)and I really need to read it again. I do remember that I really enjoyed it and that it's one of those books that's good to read about once a year to remind you of some of the things we should be doing in our lives!!
Nov 04, 2015 Samuel rated it it was amazing
"No nation can rise above the strength of its homes or the virtue of its people. The time has come for good people everywhere to demonstrate that they stand for something--something that is virtuous and clean and worthwhile" (178).

Gordon B. Hinckley explores ten neglected virtues that could be better adopted by Americans (and the world at large) to heal individuals and their homes. This book has probably been dismissed by many as overly conservative if not dated in its precepts, but the message
Molly Cannon
Mar 13, 2015 Molly Cannon rated it it was amazing
Sukhada Chaudhary
May 15, 2012 Sukhada Chaudhary rated it really liked it
A simple book about lost virtues that form the essence of who we are, as men and women. A great read if you want to reinstate the faith in the worldly ideals and virtues that make us all better human beings :)
Aug 18, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church
An excellent look at what we can do to have happy lives, healthy homes and intact families. If the world took this book as seriously as they do Al Gore's, the world wouldn't need saving. It already would be. =)
Oct 19, 2008 Amber rated it it was amazing
This was a great book that is a reminder to me of the many reasons why families and values are so important in my life. "No nation can rise above the strength of its homes or the virtue of its people."
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President Hinckley was known, even at the age of 95, as a tireless leader who always put in a full day at the office and traveled extensively around the world to mix with Church members, now numbering nearly 13 million in 171 nations.

His quick wit and humor, combined with an eloquent style at the pulpit, made him one of the most loved of modern Church leaders. A profoundly spiritual man, he had a
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