Rediscovering American Values: The Foundations of Our Freedom for the 21st Century

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9780788198755: Rediscovering American Values: The Foundations of Our Freedom for the 21st Century

In our uncertain, ever-changing world, more & more Americans are seeking a moral compass to guide them. This encouraging & enlightening book provides us with the direction to achieve our goals & find fulfillment while maintaining our personal freedom & integrity. Dick DeVos, President of Amway, shows us how the values that make America great can be incorporated into our daily lives. These are the values that shape who we are, how we live, & how we treat one another. He shares the invaluable lessons he has learned on the road to success & happiness. Includes inspirational examples of everyday Americans who have applied these basic principles to their lives & work.

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This audio program is Bill Bennett's Book of Virtues meets Zig Ziglar. That is, it's about the virtues that the author believes are needed to succeed in life and about the virtues that have brought about American national greatness. The audio program is spiced with contemporary success stories. DeVos, who is the son of Amway's founder and is the current president of that company, reads the work quite well for a non-actor, although there are instances of over-reading. DeVos reads with enthusiasm and clarity at a good pace. M.L.C. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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A successful executive's principled, persuasive pitch for the notion that freedom is anchored in cardinal virtues of the sort that helped make the US a leader among nations. The president of Amway Corp. (a closely held Michigan-based multinational whose annual revenues top $6 billion), DeVos gets down to business immediately, defining liberty as the ability to do what one wants, so long as it's the right thing to do. Dividing his anecdotal text into three parts, he first cites such values as compassion, fairness, honesty, humility, moral courage, self- discipline, and thoughtfulness as laudable means to the desirable end of upholding freedom. In a second section addressing self- reliance, or the frequently difficult job of becoming free, the author commends complementary qualities, in particular, accountability, commitment, cooperation, initiative, perseverance, and stewardship. For his concluding chapters on preserving freedom, he considers broader-gauge attributes, including brotherhood, charity, education, forgiveness, leadership, and service. An unabashed supporter of Judeo-Christian ethics and the golden rule, DeVos is at pains to ensure that readers do not confuse his concept of liberty with license. In his book, freedom involves real responsibilities to one's family, community, country, and fellow human beings. Nor does he engage in extended tirades against government, noting only that ``human dignity is better preserved when we restrain ourselves rather than when we have restraints imposed upon us by laws and law enforcement agencies.'' By no coincidence, moreover, the vignettes he employs to illustrate his points attest to the efficacy of individual and grass-roots action. Perhaps best of all, the author manages the near-impossible task of extolling rectitude without lapsing into self-righteousness. A down-to-earth paean to simple goodness (with a foreword by former president Gerald R. Ford). -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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