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Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu has long been admired for the heroism and grace he exhibited while encouraging countless South Africans in their struggle for human rights. In God Has a Dream, Tutu shares the spiritual message that guided him through those troubled times. Drawing on personal and historical examples, Archbishop Tutu reaches out to readers of all religious backgrounds, showing how individual and global suffering can be transformed into joy and redemption. With his characteristic humor, Tutu urges students to engage with the world around them as well as to examine their own values and beliefs.
Echoing the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., he writes, “God says to you, ‘I have a dream. Please help me to realize it. It is a dream of a world whose ugliness and squalor and poverty, its war and hostility, its greed and harsh competitiveness, its alienation and disharmony are changed into their glorious counterparts. When there will be more laughter, joy, and peace, where there will be justice and goodness and compassion and love and caring and sharing. I have a dream that my children will know that they are members of one family, the human family, God’s family, my family.’”
Addressing timeless and universal concerns--justice, human rights, faith--God Has a Dream is a valuable addition to any discussion of global culture or personal and collective ethics.
“Desmond Tutu shows each of us how to transform our pain and sorrow into hope and confidence in the future. Whether you are the head of a country or the head of a household, you will cherish his words.”
–Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before him, has offered us a luminous vision of love and hope. God Has a Dream shows us how our personal and global suffering can be transformed into joy and redemption. With his great warmth and compassion, Archbishop Tutu offers a spiritual message that if heeded can change lives as well as history.”
–Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
“Like Desmond Tutu’s life, this book is a testament to the power of faith and optimism in human affairs.”
–Senator George J. Mitchell