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In this revelatory, uplifting and practical book, the preeminent spiritual leader explains why we must - and how we can - make the world safer, fairer and healthier for all people now.

In the COVID crisis, the beloved shepherd of over one billion Catholics saw the cruelty and inequity of our society exposed more vividly than ever before. He also saw, in the resilience, generosity and creativity of so many people, the means to rescue our society, our economy and our planet. In direct, powerful prose, Pope Francis urges us not to let the pain be in vain. 

He begins Let Us Dream by exploring what this crisis can teach us about how to handle upheaval of any kind in our own lives and the world at large. With unprecedented candour, he reveals how three crises in his own life changed him dramatically for the better. By its very nature, he shows, crisis presents us with a choice: we make a grievous error if we try to return to some pre-crisis state. But if we have the courage to change, we can emerge from the crisis better than before.

Francis then offers a brilliant, scathing critique of the systems and ideologies that conspired to produce the current crisis, from a global economy obsessed with profit and heedless of the people and environment it harms, to politicians who foment their people’s fear and use it to increase their own power at their people’s expense. He reminds us that Christians’ first duty is to serve others, especially the poor and the marginalised, just as Jesus did.  

Finally, the Pope offers an inspiring and actionable blueprint for building a better world for all humanity by putting the poor and the planet at the heart of new thinking. For this plan, he draws not only on sacred sources, but on the latest findings from renowned scientists, economists, activists and other thinkers. Yet rather than simply offer prescriptions, he shows how ordinary people acting together despite their differences can discover unforeseen possibilities.

Along the way, he offers dozens of wise and surprising observations on the value of unconventional thinking, on why we must dramatically increase women’s leadership in the Church and throughout society, on what he learned while scouring the streets of Buenos Aires with garbage-pickers and much more.

Let Us Dream is an epiphany, a call to arms and a pleasure to listen to. It is Pope Francis at his most personal, profound and passionate. With this book and with open hearts, we can change the world.

©2020 Pope Francis (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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Insightful and Challenging

Definitely worth reading this book by Pope Francis in trying to gain not only an understanding of the strange times that we live in but also an understanding of the man himself. This book compels us to action for the common good and hopefully will also answer some of his critics with an insight into his thought, whether it is agreed with or not.

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Great wisdom to be found here!

I am not a Catholic (or Christian) but I nonetheless extracted a lot of wisdom from the Pope's teachings and ruminations. The Pope speaks with a caring, intelligent and inclusive perspective that is striking. I was particularly impressed with Pope Francis's ability to accurately summarize society's ills and his concepts of overflow and that society reveals itself in the margins.

Well worth 5 hours of your time. Don't be scared to stop and start it, as the contents are quite dense and best digested over several sittings. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • kevin gallagher
  • 06-12-21

awesome

this gives me so much hope for the future of the Church and our world. What a privilidge to have a leader like Francis