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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64  ·  rating details  ·  11,337 ratings  ·  617 reviews
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 ill ...more
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Published February 18th 2009 by Three Rivers Press (CA) (first published February 22nd 2000)
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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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Mattaca Warnick
Jul 24, 2007 Mattaca Warnick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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. :)
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
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
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
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
Dec 15, 2007 Dawn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!
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.
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.
Michelle Caudle
Aug 17, 2008 Michelle Caudle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Sukhada Chaudhary
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 :)
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. =)
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."
Shana Wolfe
An amazing book written by President Gordon B Hinckley, Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was written with careful and prayerful consideration for the challenges we face in our modern world. Any LDS or non-LDS reader will gain wisdom and insight into those virtues that have somehow been lost in the rush of out modern world to survive. The title is apropos for what will be found inside. I shared this book with several of my non-LDS friends and they loved it and gained ...more
I can't say enough about the insights in this book. I highly recommend it. Great advice and counsel from the ultimate "counselor."
Loved the principles, the stories, and love the author. He was wonderful example of everything talked about in this book.
Catherine Stirling
No one can argue with these ten virtues; an individual or family could only benefit from cultivating them in their lives.
Just when you think there is no good going on in the world, read this and see a very positive outlook on life.
LOVE this book- quick read but memorable long after reading it!
A nice little Sunday read. I liked how timeless and non-denominational it felt. The values discussed here really are the bare bones of what would help make each of us a better person. I recall a little section on values to teach your children, which will definitely serve as a reference point for me on occasion.

A couple of favorite quotes:

"Imagine how our own families, let alone the world, would change if we vowed to keep faith with one another, strengthen one another, look for and accentuate the
Jul 21, 2009 Apzmarshl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is not a first time read for me. If this book were ever timely when first published, is now extremely timely. President Hinckley lays out the road less traveled. A road that he professes can save humanity if we will all begin the journey in our own lives and homes. Only can we change the world if we start with ourselves.
Although written by the former President of the LDS church, the book is one that should hold great value for all Judeo/Christian sects. Hinckley simply lays out ten virtues
How can I give this book only three stars when it's written by a man whom I believe to be a prophet of God, a man whom I love and admire and feel a deep loyalty too? I would like to give it five stars, but I imagine that President Hinckley would prefer me to be honest. I fully endorse everything that President Hinckley says here, the thing is that I had heard almost all of it from him before (in General Conference addresses, for instance), but in the book instead of saying something like "I have ...more
Annika Paxman
I could never express adequate praise for this magnificant work. Having skimmed it years ago, I never fully appreciated President Hinkley's candid, and unequivocal assertions for the moral decay of society, and the crumbling of our families and homes. His simple solutions evoke a desire in the reader to do better today than yesterday, and instill a hope for the future of our children, and generations to follow. A truly inspired work.

"No nation can rise above the strength of its homes or the virt
This is an amazing book. Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley's gentle voice, keen intellect, and thoughtful analysis of the issues and answers for our day shines through the text of this book. I believe he is right, that if we were to implement the changes he recommends in our own lives and in our homes and families, we would change the world's course within one or two generations. As he says, in the panorama of world history, that is a very short time indeed.

The book closes with a stirring reminder to "Be
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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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