“Virtue is too often neglected, if not scorned or ridiculed as old-fashioned, confining and unenlightened,” laments author Gordon Hinckley, a 90-year-old ordained leader of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Even as he enumerates all of America’s social ills (including 482 billion dollars a year spent on gambling, rampant child neglect and abuse, school massacres, a pervasive deterioration of values) Hinckley believes there is a remedy. Chapter by chapter Hinckley presents 10 old-fashioned virtues that will return America to the glory envisioned by its founding fathers. These virtues include: Love, Honesty, Morality, Civility, Learning, Forgiveness, Thrift and Industry, Gratitude, Optimism and Faith.
Hinckley makes a compelling case for every one of these virtues, quoting extensively from the Bible but mostly using convincing personal anecdotes (after all, he is an elder with 90 years’ worth of stories and wisdom). In his glowing foreword, Mike Wallace (of 60 Minutes fame) writes that Gordon Hinckley is an “optimistic leader of the Mormon Church who fully deserves the almost universal admiration that he gets.” Clearly, Hinkley has struck a resounding chord with the American populace, including dyed-in-the-wool New York cynics such as Wallace. Word of this book is rapidly spreading across America as simple folk clamour to steer their lives and country with a more virtuous compass.