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Let Us Dream Reviews

Let Us Dream by Pope Francis, Austen Ivereigh

Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future

Pope Francis, Austen Ivereigh

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2 reviews

Category: Religion, Non-fiction
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 1 Dec 2020
ISBN: 9781398502208

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.

  • The ObserverBook of the Week
4 stars out of 5
29 Nov 2020

"In reflections written during lockdown, the pontiff adds his weight to a growing group of people seeking a return to community-minded values"

But this book should be read as a work of prophecy and hope rather than analysis. In the final section, Francis writes that Covid has taught us “no one is saved alone”. That knowledge demands a new politics of inclusion, he believes. It equips us to avoid both excessive individualism and the aggressive populism that thrives on identifying enemies at home and abroad. “Fraternity,” the pope insists, “is the new frontier”, capable of knitting together the often competing demands of liberty and equality.

Reviews

3 stars out of 5
19 Dec 2020

"This slim book makes clear that the church cannot be changed by one genial pope alone"

This genial, approachable, compassionate man with a stubborn streak may have indeed shifted the mood in a hide-bound institution, but even that is too much dependant on himself personally for it be lasting.

Yes, in this book as elsewhere, he is deeply critical of clericalism in the church and corruption at the Vatican. He discloses how as a young seminarian recovering from serious illness he read Ludwig Pastor’s History of the Popes, and commented “it was as if the Lord was preparing me with a vaccine. Once you know that papal history, there’s not much that goes on in the Vatican curia and the church today that can shock you. It’s been a lot of use to me!”