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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion; 1 edition (March 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385477848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385477840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Reading this book is like having a long, and somewhat homiletical, afternoon tea with former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tutu. Four years after No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu's reflection on his role as Chairman of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, comes this deeply personal book that Tutu calls "a cumulative expression of my life's work." Each chapter begins "Dear Child of God," and goes on to reflect on vulnerability, transfiguration and the human condition with winding anecdotes from Tutu's personal and public life, stories he delivers with his trademark humor and a deceptive simplicity. For example, when Tutu says we are all one family, what emerges is not some churchy optimism, but a highly developed theology of relationship, what Tutu has earlier called ubuntu ("a person is a person through other people"), with political as well as interpersonal implications. This book is highly readable, perhaps because, like other Tutu books, it is culled in large part from lectures and sermons delivered in Tutu's very public life. That this book aims for more than an afternoon tea becomes clear at its close: we are God's partners, Tutu exhorts. We are humanized or dehumanized in and through our actions toward others. Tutu grounds this appeal most concretely, ending with a list of Web sites from organizations that need more partners for their outreach.
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Admired throughout the world for grace, generosity of spirit, honesty, and humility, Archbishop Tutu has witnessed much evil, particularly in his native South Africa, and has been threatened with death. He has also seen much good, and here he emphasizes that. Many find his dream that the world's people will realize they are all members of one family--God's family--rather utopian, but he heartily disagrees. He believes in the genuine possibility of his dream, and he uses the Feast of the Transfiguration to express the goodness--the power of God's transformation--that undergirds the world and that has already made the cross, once an instrument of death, the source, for Christians, of eternal life. No one is beyond God's love and grace, the archbishop assures. He also discusses the nature of evil and goodness (one cannot exist without the other), free will, moral responsibility, individualism, capitalist culture, sexism, racism, forgiveness, suffering, and mortality. Goodness will prevail, he believes, and his small, inspiring, empowering book will make others believe that, too. June Sawyers
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Customer Reviews

God loves our enemies as much as us.
Donald Mitchell
This is the first book of his that I have read and I found it really quite beautiful.
Jocelyn L.
ArchBishop Desmond Tutu has been one of my great heros and a man of faith.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Gelman on March 23, 2004
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It is nothing short of extraordinary that Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has managed to pack so much genuine spirituality, empathy, wisdom, humor and pragmatic advice into such a small, readable volume. His words just resonate, penetrating gently to the core, and his style is so friendly and self revealing, it feels like you are sitting around with a close friend, who happens to be exceptionally wise. There were many passages that were so powerful, so simply true, I had to stop reading and just take them in. He possess a remarkable perspective -- simultaneously visionary and practical, sweeping and intimate -- of the world and of humanity. I believe this book will speak to people of every religion, nationality, race and sexual orientation. This is a great gift from one of the world's greatest and most humble souls. In my view it is, perhaps, the most valuable and relevant spiritual book of our time.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Barbara G. Mcgarey on May 26, 2004
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I believe what Jimmy Carter wrote on the inside cover, "that this book could change history." Remember the first picture of the earth from space? This book is a visionary view of the earth from the heart of a truly heroic insightful soul. Do not let the number of the pages fool you into thinking it is a quick read...it is rather to be savored and pondered. You will want to read it out loud to be sure others hear these words.
This writing brings perspective in a world that currently seems off center. Balance is what we need most as humankind faces all the days ahead. It will make you smile, laugh, sigh and perhaps cry, but you will be the richer for it all.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on April 13, 2004
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Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu brings humanity the words and path to take into our hearts for inner peace, and peace on Earth.
His breathtaking messages help to break down the walls in order to unify us all, as one race - humanity.

We are all One, and for humanity to "see through the eyes of the heart" is my dream, your dream, and God's dream for us all.

Take this Divine gift of wisdom into your heart, and BE a living example of living with compassion, understanding, generosity of spirit, strength and integrity in the face of adversity that this breathtaking book paves with golden insight.

Desmond Tutu has brought us all a poignant, moving, and extraordinary message. If only our political parties would read this, we would all unite for the common good of all. There is no bias or religious dogma in this book, it is for all of humanity, and is needed now more than ever.

This profound book truly demands 10 Stars. Highly Recommended!

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Know Yourself: A Woman's Guide to Wholeness, Radiance & Supreme Confidence and Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Belen Hurle on April 6, 2004
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Watching a recent TV interview with Desmond Tutu, I become totally captivated by his personality, charisma and insight. I immediately bought this book in order to learn more about his experiences, personal views and life philosophy. This is the first time in my life that I buy a book in the Christianity section. I am not disappointed at all. The book is simple but very well written, incredibly comforting and truly inspirational on the future of the humankind. Take it as a religious book, a philosophical or an ethical essay: I believe that people of any religion, race and political background can enjoy the message of peace and hope of Desmond Tutu.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on April 4, 2004
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No one familiar with the writings of Archbishop Tutu will find anything new in this little book. Its value lies in the fact that it's a marvelous distillation of what Tutu has preached and practiced over his lifetime of reflection, prayer, and ministry. Accordingly, the book is a perfect primer for anyone new to Tutu. But it's also a convenient and eloquent summary for those who know and love his thought. For both audiences, the essays are perfect occasions for lectio divina.
Although the book's themes are ones that Tutu has worked and reworked for years now--the communitarianism of "ubuntu," the rainbow people of God, the value of redemptive suffering, the collaboration of God and the people of God, the importance of recognizing and accepting the astounding fact that God loves everyone equally and unconditionally, forgiveness and reconciliation--there is a clarity to their expression here that is really quite breath-taking. Tutu, like Henri Nouwen before him, has always had the ability to convey profound truths in simple, economic terms. But he's raised the art to its finest form in _God Has a Dream_. As a consequence, the careless reader might breeze through the volume without realizing its depth.
Let me recommend this book along with Michael Battle's wonderful recent book-length analysis of Tutu's theology of "ubuntu." Tutu has much to offer the twenty-first century, which already seems light years away from practicing the love that this South African archbishop preaches.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Madera on April 11, 2004
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I am not normally a buyer of audiobooks, but I am glad I made an exception for Desmond Tutu's "God Has A Dream." The experience of listening to it effected me in a way that merely reading the book could not. His humor, his deep compassion, and the lyricism in his voice, transported me from sitting at my kitchen table sipping tea, to an intimate, five-hour, private audience with Father Tutu.
Intersperced in this delightful work are amazing nuggets of wisdom such as the insight that we expect that people act their very best naturally, which is why we are so deeply distressed when they do not. Among his large themes is the timely message that God loves us and our enemies equally. Though this idea can be hard to stomach in this age of perceived good vs. evil, it reminds us that unconditional love is the very essence of God.
I highly recommend the audio version of this work. It is a meassage that needs to be heard, again and again.
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