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God's Dream [Hardcover]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu , Douglas Carlton Abrams , LeUyen Pham
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Book Description

Aug. 26 2008
With warmth and humor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu distills his philosophy of unity and forgiveness into a picture book for the very young.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has a vision of God's dream, which he shares here with the youngest of listeners. It involves people who reach out and hold each other's hands, but sometimes get angry and hurt each other — and say they're sorry and forgive. It's a wish that everyone will see they are brothers and sisters, no matter their way of speaking to God, no matter the size of their nose or the shade of their skin. Aided by vibrant artwork evoking such images as a rainbow and a sharing circle, Tutu offers the essence of his ubuntu philosophy, a wisdom so clear and crystalline that even the smallest child can understand.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. He also served as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, from 1986 until 1996. In 1995, former South African President Nelson Mandela asked him to lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which became a model of national forgiveness and coexistence. He is currently the chairperson of the Elders, an international group charged with helping to end conflicts and solve global problems. Archbishop Tutu's most recent book is GOD HAS A DREAM: A VISION OF HOPE FOR OUR TIME. He lives with his family in South Africa.

Douglas Carlton Abrams is the coauthor with Archbishop Desmond Tutu of GOD HAS A DREAM: A VISION OF HOPE FOR OUR TIME. He is also the cofounder of Idea Architects, a book and media development agency working with visionary authors to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He lives with his family in California.

LeUyen Pham is the author and illustrator of BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER and has illustrated many other books for children, including FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY by Julianne Moore and the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller GRACE FOR PRESIDENT by Kelly DiPucchio. About GOD'S DREAM, she says, "Being a part of this book has been an extremely significant experience for me, considering that I left war-torn Vietnam during the fall of Saigon when I was only a year old. My son was also born during the creation of this book, bringing the lovely message of hope and love full circle." LeUyen Pham lives in San Francisco with her family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars God's Dream by Archbishop Desmund Tutu June 22 2014
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Beautiful book, lovely message and great illustrations. Is there also a French version? I would be interested in buying a few,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Oct. 20 2013
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This book is a gentle book that can be read, and then left to a child's imagination, or - depending on the child, spoken about to bring the concept of all for one - and one for all, alive in their consciousness. Recommended in many circles for religious education/spiritual understandings for all children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Illustrations are awesome to look at Aug. 16 2014
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Fantastic ! Illustrations are awesome to look at!
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4.0 out of 5 stars God's Dream March 15 2011
Hello, I am a French Immersion elementary school teacher who teaches in a public school. I was given this book, the one translated in French, Le Rêve de Dieu. I used this book as an introduction for a session that I was presenting. This session that I was leading was specifically designed for elementary teachers. The theme for the sessions, Understanding Our Learners through the Lens of Inclusive and Equitable School and Classroom practice: a path to closing the achievemne gap...well, I could not have picked a better book than this to start my session. While I was reading this book you could hear a pin drop, all the teachers were quietly engaged in the story and the beautiful illustrations. I have a huge respect to Bishop Desmond Tutu and finding a book that he has written and it's the one that I could read in French to my 6 and 7 years old students was a joy, and the book can lead to wonderful discussion about the authors, the illustrator the message and so on! Even though, I have to be honest, at first i was a bit apprehensive about reading a book that mention the word "God" in a public school, I quickly realised that this book is the right one to share with everyone, regardless of race, culture, faith, belief or religion, ethnicity, and so on...Loved the book, I am glad I shared it with my colleagues, everyone loved the book...will order one in English as well...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read May 14 2010
By Shaila Abdullah - Published on Amazon.com
I am a Muslim mom and I loved reading this book to my 6 year old. The message of unity, not division is so powerful and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. These are the kinds of life affirming lessons our children need to hear in the world today. Diversity is strength and our success is dependent on us coming together as one people. That is and will always be God's Dream.

Updated review, June 2013: A few years ago, I purchased multiple copies of this book and distributed to various nephews, nieces, and friend's children. In the end I was left with 2 copies, one that I kept for my daughter and one that had no home...until now. My second daughter fell in love with this book when she was 3 months old. Any time we read her the book and show her the pictures, she immediately cheers up. This is her favorite book and we never leave home without it.

Highly, highly recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars esloan Oct. 23 2009
By E. Sloan - Published on Amazon.com
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The story and illustrations in this book are appropriate for early elementary-aged children. The authors convey to the readers a solid, nondenominational message of friendship and acceptance without being overly pragmatic or preachy. I would recommend this book for purchase by parents or teachers looking for a story of morality and values with a religious spin, but in a format that is attainable by a younger audience.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great June 27 2009
By Savant - Published on Amazon.com
What a great man Bishop Tutu is, It is unfortuate that we only like to celebrate celebrities for whom most have not done very much for the human family. This book contains some of the greatest words of liberation and ascendancy. Not to mention some of the best of,prolific prose, quotes, and profoundity of all times. This is a must have for "all people" and "all times"! Yes, for kids!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the perfect book to emphasize the importance of peace, love, sharing and the fact that we are all brothers and sisters! July 24 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
There are all different kinds of children in the world, but two things they have in common are that they are all God's children and each and every one of them dreams. God dreams too and many little children might just wonder what he dreams about. Archbishop Tutu thinks he might know. Among the many dreams that God dreams he says that:

God dreams that we reach out and
hold one another's hand and play one
another's games and laugh with one
another's hearts.

Not everything goes well in the life of a child, but God will always be with him and in his heart. We are all different, yet we are all in the same family. There is a way to make God's dream come true. Do you know the secret?

This is a charming book with wide-eyed illustrations that compliment it perfectly. This is a book with no specific audience, but rather one that is universal. It is the perfect book to emphasize the importance of peace, love, sharing and the fact that we are all brothers and sisters.
66 of 91 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars has a universalist worldview, not Christian March 7 2010
By Sonya Haskins - Published on Amazon.com
The drawings in this book are beautiful and I certainly agree with the message that we should all get along, forgive one another and treat others equally. That is a WONDERFUL message and if this is the only message you want to send to your child, then the book would be appropriate.

For Christian parents, however, I think it's important to note that there is also an underlying theme - which we see a lot today - in the book that basically it doesn't matter what you believe, we're all worshiping the same God.

On one page, for example, the text reads:

"Even if we speak different languages
or have different ways of talking to God."

The accompanying illustration shows a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindi, etc.

In the Bible, Jesus says "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

I am NOT trying to start a debate here about right or wrong, what you believe, or in any way attack the author. He seems like a very nice man. And again, I do like many parts of the book, but as far as being called a "Christian" book, I would completely disagree. I thought other parents might want to know that the book actually takes a more Universalist approach rather than a Christian approach.

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