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Way to Be!: 9 ways to be happy and make something of your life Hardcover – August 6, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743238303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743238304
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Great Book - simple ways to make your life better and more fulfilling.
J. GOLDADE
I bought 2 of these books for my granddaughters.....they both enjoyed them and would highly recommend....Great book for pre-teens!
Judy D. Doggett
The book is filled with interesting and inspiring stories, examples, and wisdom.
Stay At Home Mom

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mike Compton on February 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is very simple and it's a quick read (you can finish it in an afternoon). It's also fun and inspires without being preachy or using guilt. The heartfelt suggestions encourage one to simply be a better person and the themes are memorable. It's worth your time.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kendal B. Hunter on September 5, 2002
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This book is geared towards the youth and teenagers, and is a companion volume to President Hinckley's "Standing For Something." So don't expect the King Follet Discourse when you read this book. Instead expect straight talk and simple language about what the youth can do about improving the world.
I found this book to be refreshing in that it focuses on the way youth need to be, and what they can do to themselves to improve. It doesn't advocate the type of "Superman" activism, where people go off to other lands for a certain amount of time and solve everyone else's problems. Nor does the book rely on political-governmental solutions to the world's problems. Instead, President Hinckley suggests nine habits, or virtues, that the youth can incorporate in their lives to help change themselves.
This is a quiet book. It doesn't advocate a new government bureaucracy, or tax cut to solve the problems the youth are facing. It suggests the simple and soft things we can do to make a difference. Much like the three servings of leaven that filled the whole loaf.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Smith on September 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although this little book is aimed at teenagers, I have found its down-to-earth advice a kind of compass for finding happiness in a noisy and distracting world. I'd recommend it for young and old alike.
Edward A. Smith, MD, MPH
Assistant Research Professor
Universtiy of Arizona College of Medicine
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Draper on April 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book for our family with 15 grandchildren. We gave a copy to every one of them and it is referred to daily. What wonderful direction for youth (and adults) in a very confusing world. Thanks to Gordon B. Hinckley. dd
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate on July 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In a world of uncertainty and fear Gordon B. Hinckley has written a marvelous work that provides us with a simple yet highly effective pattern of living that provides each of us an opportunity for a truly happy and fulfilling life.
Be Grateful.
Be Smart.
Be Clean.
Be True.
Be Humble.
Be Prayerful.
Be Involved.
Be Positive.
Be Still.

Simple, thought provoking, inspiring. Everyone who reads this soon to be classic will be a better person for it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Dejesus on July 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I believe that the purpose of this book is to break the bad habbits that every single christian had adoptded and the negative infuences we've been absorving.

I think that this book was made simple, so that it would be very easy to read, understand, use and remember the "BE's".

It does not anti with anything, it's just conservative with what is believed to be true!

It's inspiring that would help anyone who reads to envision grabbing your dreams and on how lucky we are to be in this generation with full of opportunities.

Every chapter gives wisdom WHY do we have to BE; Grateful, Smart, Involve, Clean, True, Positive, Humble, Still and Prayerful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading "Way to Be!" A must for preteens and teens. Can be read quickly or studied together. This book can help instill values society needs, one teenage reader at a time. Also great for parents, grandparents and teachers of teenagers.
Be Grateful, Be Smart, Be Involved, Be Clean, Be True, Be Positive, Be Humble, Be Still, and Be Prayerful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from my uncle. When i started reading this book i though this will be like a rule book. boy was i WRONG! This book helped me wil my problems in life, big and small. It's got helpful tips, storys to go with each be, and experiances of Gordon B. Hinckley.
Every one should read it. HEY It's also by the Prophet.
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