Thursday, October 25, 2012

Standing for Something by Gordon B. Hinckley

No nation can be greater than the strength of its individual homes or the virtue of its people. Sadly, many today would say ours is a nation in crisis. Families are splintering around us, our children are becoming alienated from their great cultural heritage, and our leaders seem increasingly out of touch.

This is the opening cover blurb for this wonderful book written over twelve years ago and it applies just as much today as it did back then.

I bought this book shortly after it was released and read it from cover to cover. That was years ago. As I've watched the political debates and have heard each candidate make claims that the other guy is not telling the truth, I've thought of this book.  

Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes by Gordon B. Hinckley was released in 2000. At the time the book was published Gordon B. Hinckley was the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He passed away in 2008, but his legacy as  a prophet and writer lives on.  

The introduction is titled The Secularization of America. Here's the small blurb under the title: 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.  

Right away you know where this book is heading. President Hinckley then gives the groundwork for his book and why he wrote it, which is his great love for people around the world, his love for America, and his hope that we will stand up for what we know is right.

Part One of the book is about ten virtues: love, honesty, morality, civility, learning, forgiveness and mercy, thrift and industry, gratitude, optimism, and faith. There is a chapter for each where he explains the virtue and how to apply it in your life.

Part Two is about the guardians of virtue: marriage, the family, and moral leadership. He talks about how we can save our nation by saving our homes.

This book is a how-to guide for not only leading a noble life, but for building a stronger nation. I love these two sentences towards the end of the book.

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.

I highly recommend this book. I keep it in a place of honor in my home and I think once you read it you will, too.

I bought this book and reviewed it because I liked it.


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