Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future

December 1, 2020
Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future

In this uplifting and practical book, written in collaborationwith his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, the preeminent spiritualleader 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 billionCatholics saw the cruelty and inequity of our society exposed morevividly than ever before. He also saw, in the resilience,generosity, and creativity of so many people, the means to rescueour society, our economy, and our planet. In direct, powerfulprose, Pope Francis urges us not to let the pain be in vain.He begins Let Us Dream by exploring what this crisis can teachus about how to handle upheaval of any kind in our own lives andthe world at large. With unprecedented candor, he reveals how threecrises in his own life changed him dramatically for the better. Byits very nature, he shows, crisis presents us with a choice: wemake 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 crisisbetter than before.Francis then offers a brilliant, scathing critique of thesystems and ideologies that conspired to produce the currentcrisis, from a global economy obsessed with profit and heedless ofthe people and environment it harms, to politicians who fomenttheir people’s fear and use it to increase their own power at theirpeople’s expense. He reminds us that Christians’ first duty is toserve others, especially the poor and the marginalized, just asJesus did.Finally, the Pope offers an inspiring and actionable blueprintfor building a better world for all humanity by putting the poorand the planet at the heart of new thinking. For this plan, hedraws not only on sacred sources, but on the latest findings fromrenowned scientists, economists, activists, and other thinkers. Yetrather than simply offer prescriptions, he shows how ordinarypeople acting together despite their differences can discoverunforeseen possibilities.Along the way, he offers dozens of wise and surprisingobservations on the value of unconventional thinking, on why wemust dramatically increase women’s leadership in the Church andthroughout society, on what he learned while scouring the streetsof Buenos Aires with garbage-pickers, and much more.Let Us Dream is an epiphany, a call to arms, and a pleasure toread. It is Pope Francis at his most personal, profound andpassionate. With this book and with open hearts, we can change theworld.