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

Gordon Bitner Hinckley, Author, Mike Wallace, Foreword by
Gordon Bitner Hinckley, Author, Mike Wallace, Foreword by Times Books $24 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8129-3317-8
Reviewed on: 01/31/2000
Release date: 02/01/2000
Hardcover - 249 pages - 978-1-56895-924-5
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Ordained in 1995 as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hinckley projects a warm, good-humored and tolerant persona, qualities that have been showcased in national media appearances and have served the church well in its efforts to grow internationally. (Fellow octogenarian Mike Wallace, who interviewed Hinckley for 60 Minutes in 1996, provides the foreword.) Yet this book, the first that Hinckley has published with a secular house, is less a Mormon work than a manifesto of traditional values. Hinckley expresses concern that the ""secularization of America"" has led to moral decay. A belief in God and the power of prayer inform his inspirational essays--on honesty, forgiveness, gratitude, thrift and civility--which are peppered with personal anecdotes and examples from religious history. Few will take issue with such moderate and compassionate statements as ""helping hands can lift someone out of the mire of difficulty"" or ""because we live in a world where there is much harshness, hostility and meanness, there is also much need for all of us to be more merciful."" However, Hinckley's rigid stance against divorce, abortion, extramarital sex and homosexuality may alienate those who disagree with his conservative vision of morality. Married for 60 years himself, the author believes that marriages between men and women, with the male partner at the head of the family, will ensure the health of society. 20-market TV satellite tour. (Feb.)
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