Standing Up in a Sit-Down World
"It is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others."
—President Gordon B. Hinckley
Every single good thing you do can make a difference because the power of one person is immense. One person can change a home. One person can change a community. One person can even change the world.
Favorite author and speaker Merrilee Boyack explores the challenge of serve and of standing up for what you believe in. Drawing on personal experiences, real-life examples, truths from the scriptures, and prophetic counsel, Sister Boyack describes how we can be a beacon to those around us as we embrace good works, help those in need, and foster the courage to stand up and speak up for truth goodness, decency, and virtue—even when the whole world shouts at us to sit down.
The Lord is depending on us to stand for truth and righteousness. Will you answer His call?
By Rachael, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I read this book with a few other family members. We all loved it. I was inspired to do simple things as well as plan how to get more involved in my community.
By Kris, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is a very short book - it's only 108 pages long. But it is packed with ideas about how to become better people and examples of the gospel of Christ.
I really liked Boyack's "Strangling Your Husband is Not an Option," but I haven't read anything else by her. After reading this one, I think I will have to seek out more of her books. She has a very fun, conversational, easy to read way of writing that I really enjoy. Her ideas on becoming more involved in the world around is are great and can apply to anyone from the working single mom of many children, to the widowed retiree, to the young single adult.
In addition to her great ideas, she has some excellent references to scriptural accounts and talks by Church authorities. I really loved one part in particular where she talks about how Christ could have waved his hand and healed everyone right then and there, but he chose to minister to crowds of people one at a time in order to better serve them. There were several parts where she changed my view of the scriptures and brought up stuff I'd never even considered before.
I would recommend this to anyone, but particularly to the audience it's intended for (LDS Females.) It's a quick read, so you can't say you're too busy to read it!
By Sierra, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love the information and suggestions offered. Mostly, I loved how she stressed doing things that speak to our own unique skills or personal experiences. I was reading through the list, I thought: "I could do that!" or "Hey, I've done that before!" Which made me feel really good. So a very uplifting and inspiring book!