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Standing for Something
10 Neglected virtues that will heal our hearts and homes
Gordon B. Hinckley
With a forward by Mike Wallace and recommendations by William J. Bennett, Stephen R. Covey, and Senator Joseph Leiberman, this book can't miss.
In this time of cynicism, Standing for Something reminds us of what makes America special, why we cannot give up the fight for virtue and honor and how we can rejuvenate our country and our homes.
The specific ten virtures that are each given an entire chapter:
The final two chapters and the epilogue cover the way to restore our country and our lives to morality and peace. He refers to them as The Guardians of Virtue and further states: "The health of any society, the happiness of its people, their prosperity and peace, all find their roots in the strength and stability of the family."
- Love: The Lodestar of Life
- Where There Is Honesty, Other Virtues Will Follow
- Making a Case for Mortality
- Our Fading Civility
- Learning "With All Thy Getting, get Understanding"
- The Twin Virtues of Forgiveness and Mercy
- Thrift and Industry: Getting Our Houses in Order
- Gratitude: A Sign of Maturity
- Optimism in the Face of Cynicism
- Faith: Our Only Hope
Hinckley approaches today's problems at the root. He reminds us to be grateful in good times and to persevere in trying times. He speaks in plain and simple words that hit hard and on target. This book gives insight to the reader that easily if applied could change one's life.
Standing for Somthing
- Marriage: What God Hath Joined Together: "It is one thing to talk about the importance and sactity of marriage, and another thing entirely to create such a marriage, day in and day out. Marriage can be fragile. It requires nurture and time and very much effort." He lists four cornerstones of a successful marriage:
- Mutual respect and loyalty to one another
- The soft answer
- Financial honesty
- The Family: We Can Save Our Nation by Saving Our Homes: "Society's problems arise, almost without exception, out of the homes of the people. If there is to be a reformation, if there is to be a change, if there is to be a return to old and sacred values, it must begin in the home."
- The Loneliness of Moral Leadership: " In leadership, in standing for principle, there is loneliness. But men and women of integrity must live with their convictions. Unless they so so, they are miserable."
Gordon B. Hinckley
Times Books - Random House, New York
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