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Way to be! : nine ways to be happy and make something of your life
Hinckley, Gordon Bitner, 1910-2008.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2002.
Physical Description:
xii, 125 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Provides a template of nine suggestions for achieving happiness and success: be grateful, be smart, be involved, be clean, be true, be positive, be humble, be still, and be prayerful.
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BJ1661 .H56 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From one of the world's foremost spiritual leaders, an inspiring book that provides young adults and their parents with a game plan for leading a better life.
This inspiring, upbeat, life-affirming book shows teenagers and their families how to navigate through the moral minefields of contemporary life and how to truly enjoy the opportunities and blessings that the modern world has to offer.
Drawing upon his faith as well as his personal experience, Gordon B. Hinckley provides his readers with a game plan for discovering and embracing the things in life that are valuable and worthwhile. He shows how our lives are shaped by the decisions we make every day about personal behavior -- and he shows how to make the right decisions with the help of nine guiding principles.
With its vivid anecdotes, invaluable precepts, and timeless wisdom, Way to Be! will be a source of both inspiration and practical advice for young people everywhere who want to lead better, fuller, more satisfying lives.

Author Notes

Gordon B. Hinckley is the world leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He lives with his wife, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, in Salt Lake City.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The nonagenarian president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers young adults optimistic, down-to-earth advice in this inspirational gift book. In short chapters that are especially directed at teens, Hinckley presents "nine suggestions gleaned from more than nine decades of living": young people should be grateful, smart, involved, clean, true, positive, humble, still and prayerful. The tone will be familiar to those who enjoyed Hinckley's 2000 book Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes; even the virtues themselves are very similar. As before, Hinckley shares simple but meaningful stories from his own life, concentrating mostly here on anecdotes from his childhood on a fruit farm. Although Hinckley's chief role is as a Mormon prophet, his folksy advice is virtually indistinguishable from that found in other Christian self-help books: he lauds Jesus Christ as "the Savior, who is the perfect example in all things," discusses the importance of not taking the Lord's name in vain and argues for daily prayer. He also adopts conservative stands on social issues, eschewing pornography, tattoos, drugs and premarital sex. Some readers may wish for more, since the book feels a bit thin on the ground; young women, also, may wish that Hinckley had more consistently employed gender-inclusive language. In all, however, this heartfelt, homespun primer on spiritual values is well crafted for its intended audience of young Christians, Mormon or otherwise. (Aug.) Forecast: Hinckley's bestseller Standing for Something has sold more than half a million copies, a number that was nearly matched by his 2001 devotional Stand a Little Taller. Expect strong sales for this a natural gift book. Religion Notes (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Hinckley is not just the 50th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he's also a best-selling inspirational writer who hopes to continue his streak with this book for young adults and their parents. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Be Gratefulp. 13
2 Be Smartp. 23
3 Be Involvedp. 33
4 Be Cleanp. 41
5 Be Truep. 63
6 Be Positivep. 79
7 Be Humblep. 89
8 Be Stillp. 101
9 Be Prayerfulp. 107
Conclusionp. 119