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

af Gordon B. Hinckley

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In Standing for Something Hinckley offers a solution to the perceived hopelessness that has America in its grips. Drawing on anecdotes from his own life, as well as from our nation today, he examines the ten virtues that provide the most profound path to a better world. Abridged.

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A beautifully written book about core values. Clear and precise, yet filled with loving advice, "Stand for Something" encourages the reader to gently probe one's own motives.

President Hinckley was an amazingly strong and wise man with the joy of a child. You will thank yourself for reading this book before you formulate your New Year's resolutions. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
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 freedoms that came of the inspiration of the Almighty to our Founding Fathers, we must return to the God who is their true Author." (Page xi) "Today we face challenges the Founding Fathers could not have possibly imagined or conceived; our societal challenges would have horrified them." (Page xviii)

"I am more deeply concerned about the growing moral deficit than I am about the monetary deficit." (Page xix)

Or, as Hinckley put it on the next page: "People who cary in their hearts a strong conviction concerning the living reality of the Almighty and their accountability to Him for what they do with their lives are far less likely to become enmeshed in problems that inevitably weaken society. The loss of this conviction, the almost total secularizing of our public attitudes, has been largely responsible for the terrible social illnesses now running rampant among us." (Page xxi)

"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you" (Philippians 4:8-9; emphasis added) (Page xxiv)

"Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel once made a statement to the effect that those who do not read history will have to repeat it. How sobering a thought!" (Page 75)

"That which comes from God is light, and the person who receives and invites this light into his or her life will receive more light. It is that simple. it is that profound." (Page 79)

"What might become of this land if we spoke less of its weaknesses and more of its goodness and strength, it's capacity and potential? (Page 117) "Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve." (Page 118)

"Cal Thomas in the Los Angeles Times wrote ... 'While Americans Throw Religion Out of Schools Russians Want it Back.' " (Page 133) This reminds me of something that my wife learned in her High School in Seattle - that there are five things needed to define a culture: Food, Shelter, Government, Religion, and Aesthetics. "Neglect not the cultivation of the spiritual. To do so is to eventually reap bitter fruit." (Page 133) "What shall it profit a man though he gain the whole world and lose his own soul, or what shall a man give in excahnge for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37)

The first cornerstone: Mutual respect and loyalty to one another. (Page 157)
The second cornerstone: The soft answer. (Page 161)
The third cornerstone: Financial honesty. (Page 163)

"The evils of the world will continue to escalate unless there is an underlying acknowledgment, even a strong and fervent conviction, that the family is an instrument of the Almighty. It is His creation. it is also the most fundamental and basic unit of society. And it deserves - no, it demands our combined focus and attention." "We go to great lengths to preserve historical buildings and sites in our cities. We need to apply the same fervor to preserving the most ancient and sacred of institutions - the family!" (Page 169-170)

"... ten specific things we might do to help such a turnaround." (Page 170-192)
1. "Accept responsibility for our role as parents and fulfill our obligations to our children."
2. "Get married and stay married."
3. "Put the father back at the head of the home."
4. "Recognize and value the supreme importance of mothers."
5. "Celebrate and treat children as our most priceless treasures."
6. "Discipline and train children with love."
7. "Teach values to children."
8. "Teach children to work."
9. "Read to and with children." (I especially like this section.)
10. "Pray together."

So that I can remember them the chapters are:
1. Love: The Lodestar of Life
2. Where there is Honesty, Other Virtues Will Follow
3. Making a Case for Morality
4. Our Fading Civility
5. Learning: "With All Thy Getting Get Understanding"
6. The Twin Virtues of Forgiveness and Mercy
7. Thrift and Industry: Getting Our Houses in Order
8. Gratitude: A Sign of Maturity
9. Optimism in the Face of Cynicism
10. Faith: Our Only Hope
Part TWO: The Guardians of Virtue
- Marriage
- The Family
- Epilogue: The Loneliness of Moral Leadership

Three are some books that are just good. Other books are very good. Those very good books we want to cherish. We want to reread them so that we continue to be nourished by what is in them. This is one of those books. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
Truly Inspiring

It should surprise no one that those with an implacable hatred for the religion of the author will manage to find ways to dislike this book. There is, however, much in its pages to edify persons of good will, no matter what their religious affiliations. Far from merely listing virtues, Hinckley describes virtues he thinks are in short supply, explains how their increased practice would benefit the nation and the world, and instills the reader with hope that, in fact, things can get better. The picture he paints of a world in which virtue prevails reminds me of the depiction of Shalom in one of my other favorite books: _Not the Way It's Supposed to Be_ by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. ( )
  cpg | Oct 17, 2017 |
I was a little surprised how dated this book felt at times—the world has changed a lot in the 16 years since this book was published. However, President Hinckley's counsel is just as relevant today as it was then. ( )
  AngelClaw | Dec 28, 2016 |
There is always a temptation to rate the writings of church leaders highly regardless of what is written and how, but I will refrain from rating this book with stars as I was forced by the pace of the class for which I read it to rush my reading. I'm not convinced I was permitted by my pace to truly rate it properly. What I did read of this book I enjoyed, and I found it an insightful view into what decay our society is undergoing at the hands of those who would have morality swept out of the public square. I highly recommend reading it, and think I will try to get back to it myself at some time in the near future, when the class itself is less fresh in my mind.
  cargocontainer | Apr 12, 2012 |
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