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A Dream Too Big

The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford
Narrated by: Caylin Louis Moore
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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In this inspiring and provocative memoir, Caylin Moore tells the against-all-odds story of his rise from cruel poverty in gang-ridden Los Angeles to academic success at Oxford University, with hope as his compass.

By all rights, Caylin Louis Moore should be dead, in prison, or stalking the streets of Compton with his fellow gang-members. Instead, he’s a Rhodes Scholar, author, speaker, and role model for every kid deprived of hope in downtrodden communities. A Dream Too Big is the story of Moore’s exodus from one of the most impoverished, gang-infested communities in the United States to the golden, dreaming spires of Oxford, England.

After Moore’s mother gathered her three young children and fled an abusive husband of nine years, leaving behind a comfortable middle-class life, Moore found himself in a bewildering and dangerous environment. The family lived in a neighborhood ruled by the Bloods, and Caylin often lay awake at night, terrified by both the sounds of gunfire outside and the scratching of rats and roaches moving in the walls. When Moore’s father was convicted of murder and his mother was sexually assaulted in the hospital while recovering from open-heart surgery, Moore was forced to enter adulthood prematurely. Embracing his mother’s steely faith in God and education, Moore skirted the gangs and the endemic violence of Compton to excel on the football field and in the classroom.

Academics and athletics led to college scholarships, which led to a Fulbright and eventually the Rhodes Scholarship. Along the way, Moore cofounded a student organization that brought college athletes into underserved classrooms as inspirational speakers, role models, and mentors. Moore’s eye-opening, inspirational story proves that, contrary to what others told him on his journey, there is no such thing as a dream too big.

"A dream too big is a truly special book. Caylin's story is not just inspirational, it is instructional. I have admired him and his journey for a long time; read this book and you'll understand why." (Wes Moore, bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood)

"I loved this story of triumph in praise of a sacrificial single mom and a kid who, against all odds, fought hunger-pains and gangs to make a dream-too-big become a dream-come-true. Through gunshots and the temptations of inner city poverty, Caylin Moore laced up his cleats, outran gangs, and caught the 6:00am bus on an empty stomach. A future world-changer, Caylin has penned an inspiring tale that should be mandatory reading for every student, parent, and anyone else interested in the success of those who will shape and define our future." (Ron Hall, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Same Kind of Different as Me and Workin' Our Way Home)

©2019 Caylin Louis Moore (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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The pressure of creating a headline

I chose this reading from his interview he gave on Good Morning America. I’m so glad I put it on my wish list that day. Listening to his life, I felt several emotions ranging from sadness of the situations of poverty, violence, and his dream of the NFL not coming to true, mad about how some people view themselves as better than others and their treatment, hope that out of dire circumstances, good can still happen that God is the truth and the way. Also, concern for our country and the divisions that are getting bigger, but also joy that Caylin rose above and excelled and proud that someone like him exists in our world. Caylin wants to make this world a better place, something that I wish we all could strive for. So happy he found a love with a parallel view of life.

Everyone should read this book. It touches so many communities and areas of life where we can each make an impact and how we can turn this sinking boat around.

I wish he could’ve included the poem about the rose, but maybe, legally could not have.

Thank you for this book. I will try every day to make this world around me a better place.

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Amazing and Soooooo Inspirational

Loved it. Very inspirational. Couldn't wait to hear how all of their goals were achieved.

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Inspirational

Caylin's experience speaks on so many amazing levels. Can't wait to read where he goes next.

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Highly Inspirational

I wanted my 6yr old son to listen while I was in the car to this book. Caylin’s story had me on edge and wanting to hear and find out more. I was inspired and motivated to do more. To say more. To see more and go deeper on so many levels. Bless God for how He used you. To God be the glory!! Congratulations on your growing family and I look forward to reading more about the next chapter of your life.

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Wonderful life lesson

I ordered the book after seeing a short interview on TV with Caylin Louis Moore, the author. The young man's story was inspiring, and I wanted to know more. The book is good, and Caylin himself does the narration. This I fully understand, it is his life story, so far, but the narration itself was not the greatest. I stuck through it, and found the story as wonderful as I had thought, but it was a struggle at times to focus on it. Caylin is proof that a persons life does not necessarily have to be defined by his life circumstances and how and where they grow up. Waiting to hear more about Caylin's accomplishments!

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Congratulations!!

This has blessed my soul!!! I laughed, cried, shouted!! My prayers for God's continued blessings!!

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  • 07-22-19

Must Read

Caylin's story is inspiring, comical, and relatable. His drive, belief, and faith are contagious. Knowing Caylin personally, I can honestly say that this story is 100% real and factual. Highly recommended to everyone!