• Let Us Dream

  • The Path to a Better Future
  • By: Pope Francis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Religious
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)
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In this uplifting, and practical book, written in collaboration with his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, 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 candor, 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 marginalized, 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 Austen Ivereigh (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved

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Fantastic!

Loved it. Must read for every Catholic and anyone interested in living a life with christ. Timely and pertinent. Hard hitting but are American Catholics going to understand nuance? Great nation as well.

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Wrestling with God, and what he believes

Seems to me as if Pope Francis is wrestling with God and what he believes. And God is letting him win. Clearly Pope Francis has Marxist core to his beliefs. As one should expect he is a knowledgeable theologian and Bible scholar. But he loses me when he uses God’s word to justify Marxist views.

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Let Us Dream by hypocrites

Preach from the Golden Tower of those who take advantage of those who are suffering, as the Catholic dioceses took 1.5 billion in PPP from the millions of small businesses needing help. United States Catholic dioceses has over 11 billion took 1.5 billion from those who needed it and still added millions to its coffers during COVID-19 restrictions....Hypocrisy!!!

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AMAZING !! Not just for CATHOLICS , but all man k

Loved it ! AMAZING , for all mankind , to enjoy ! In time this book aka audio will be enjoyed by millions of readers and or listeners .

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Thank you Pope Francis

Thank you Pope Francis for caring and seeing all the brethren in diverse circumstances all throughout the world. Thank you for seeing and hearing their sometimes silenced voices, situations, needs, and caring about their quality of life and their future. Also, what a pleasant surprise to have learned that organic agriculture and permaculture is a mutual "dream".
The church has (from the little I have learned) passed through dark hours numerous times throughout history but each time has been placed in a different and unique position and none of them seem to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. Thank you for remaining calm and hopeful (and apparently even keeping a sense of humor which is amazing) through these dark times and amongst being responsible for steering the "ship". I hope some of your dreams for a better world become a reality and am pleased to hear that you are motivated to seize this opportunity in history and not let opportunities for fruit go to waste!

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Incredible message

Even if you’re not religious you will still be able to find a message in this book. There is a little religious undertone, he’s the Pope, but he is so eloquent in the way he speaks to humanity not a specific group of religious people. The way he talks about humanity, women and the future if we don’t look inside ourselves and become better human beings, is amazing and we can all learn from his message. I highly, highly recommend.

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The reformation …

This dream will be my guide for openness, de-centering and transcending to a better church for all people.

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A Great "Snap Shot" of Pope Francis after 7 years

“Let Us Dream” is a great way to get a “snap shot” of Pope Francis in his 7th Pontifical year. The book has been written during the 2020 COVID “pandemic” and presents Pope Francis’ spiritual and personal perspectives. The writing is of an easy nature but not a simple nature, but a reading for the average Catholic in the pew. Unquestionably Pope Francis’ primary and purposeful focus and objectives are “Social Justice and Environmental Justice”. There are many spiritual advice discussions, with Biblical and Church “saints/doctors” references, that can be helpful to the everyday Catholic in search of meaning in life and following God; great stuff!! Pope Francis also provides a lengthy discussion on the intentional dissemination, by the “MEDIA” of misinformation concerning numerous actions during his pontificate were the public and average Catholic were done a disservice and his intentions were miss represented. A huge thing I learned was that Pope Francis is not looking to “change Church Law” but how to “better apply” the Church Law for the people to better understand and improve their relationships with each other and God. Finally: The big downer is that Pope Francis has an overwhelming negative opinion of the USA and the total underlying theme of everything he does, says, writes, including this book, is to focus his criticisms of the negative human condition problems to the USA. Experienced as an Audio book.

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Blueprint

A blueprint for a better society and a guide to being a better member of humanity.

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Inspiring

A book that challenges us not just to return to the past pre-covid but to go through the crisis to a new society model