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Lynne Twist , Teresa Barker
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Oct. 17 2006
This liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes towards money - earning it, spending it and giving it away - can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values and the essence of prosperity. Lynne Twist, who has raised more than $150 million for charitable causes, shares stories from her life, a journey illuminated by encounters with the richest and poorest, from the famous to the anonymous heroes of everyday life. Through these stories and practical advice, she demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom and purpose. It is presented in a paperback original.

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"This book by the American fund-raiser not only shows how to raise money for just causes, but how money can be a vehicle to fulfil our highest ideals." The Week "This is the best book I have ever read about values, money and abundance. It makes you look at your own attitude to these things from a new perspective." Lynne Franks, The Sunday Express"

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life-Changing Transformational Work... June 1 2007
Format:Paperback
My business coach assigned me to read "The Soul Of Money" and so my attitude going in was akin to when I was in nineth grade and TOLD to read "The Outsiders" by my English teacher.

By the time I had finished reading the introduction and chapter one I was hooked -I couldn't put it down!

When I got to chapter five I started having difficulty holding back the tears. It really touched moved and inpired me!

Lynne talks about how there is a "conversation" going on in the world called "scarcity" and how we have ALL bought into it. She says that scarcity has three mindsets: 1. There's not enough, 2. More is better, and 3. That's just the way it is. She discusses how these mindsets rip us off as human beings and how they take from us, how they produce suffering in our lives and effect -not just money- but every area of our lives.

The alternative conversation is one called "sufficiency" and has a mindset that says, "there's enough ALREADY for all that I NEED." Once you change the conversation into one of sufficiency then you start to become free from the power and hurtfulness of scarcity.

The significance of the mindset of scarcity hit me right after reading chapter five. I hardly made it to the end of the chapter when I started just weeping. My life will never be the same because of this book. I only hope that others will take Lynne's message as seriously as myself and apply it to their lives. This book has made it into my top five of all time!
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Format:Hardcover
The Soul of Money is fully worth the praise it is getting and far more. Rooted in sufficiency and backed by moving stories situated throughout the world, this book will inspire you, enlighten you, give you hope, and certainly will make you cry.
If this book can help those of us who have been siting on the fence looking for the motivation to invest our souls in the transformation of this world, join those who are engaged in this effort, I believe that we truly can change the world. I believe that Lynn's message is one to help move all of us into activism, whether it is quiet or out there.
My personal commitment is to engage. Lynne asked me at her book signing during a conversation if I had invested in the Pachamama Alliance. I had been taking the newsletter but did not believe I was in a position to participate. I had to say no and I felt small knowing that I could have but did not participate. Oh I had my excuses, many of us do. I made a commitment to invest and I did. First a small donation to the Pachamama Alliance; then a visit to the adoption agency from which I was blessed with my little girl from India; next calls to NGO's working in the Telangana in India looking for ways to donate my time; and finally a commitment to bring Lynne to Yamhill County Oregon for a fundraiser, workshop and a book signing.
Yes I am moving out of my comfort zone of non-action and it is based on Lynne and her inspiring message. Please read this book, yes, but more than that, please join me in taking action to transform our nation and world.
Thank you Lynne for your great work though out the world and for funneling your experiences and insights into this great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raise your money consciousness Nov. 10 2003
Format:Hardcover
Most of us think that we understand the facts of money: money is good, lack of money is bad; having more money is better than having less money; competition and scarcity are normal because it's a jungle out there; the way to cure economic depression and hunger is to throw more money at the problem; and so on. But these aren't "facts" in the sense of objective realities; rather, they stem from attitudes towards money that are so ingrained in our culture that they rarely intrude into our consciousness.
This book is an eye-opener: as a highly successful fund-raiser and representative for the Hunger Project, Lynne Twist has worked with everyone from Amazon tribal members to CEOs of multi-billion-dollar corporations. Her sensitivity and willingness to listen have given her insight into the real-life consequences of our attitudes towards money (and resources in general). The money consciousness that she propounds in this book is transformative, but it's based on a breadth of experience that makes her conclusions convincing -- for instance, she's worked in real jungles, and the "law of the jungle" is NOT the way they actually operate!
Despite the many well-chosen anecdotes, this book deals primarily in generalizations. But that's appropriate: the author's purpose is to make us aware of our attitudes towards money, and suggest how changing these attitudes can transform the way we go about solving some of the world's most vexing problems. This book deserves not only to be read, but taken to heart.
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Wow! This is like no book about money that I have ever read, and I've certainly read my share. From her vast experiences travelling around the world, from the ghettos of Calcutta and Mother Teresa to high-level fundraising with CEO's and "movers & shakers" in the West, Ms. Twist looks deeply into the human needs that are associated with money. Not just the needs of human beings in what she calls "resource poor" (developing) countries, but the needs of people like me who have resources, abundant resources, but who still struggle with our relationship with money and its meaning in our lives.
What I think impressed me most was that this book was fun to read, as well as informative and (dare I say) profoundly philosophical. Unlike many of the other books I've read about money, this one was much more experiential. Others take on the philosophy of money, while Twist seems to be sharing her experiences, truly remarkable experiences, with people all over the world, and then boiling them down to the lessons that she has learned in the decades of work that she's done working to end world hunger, empower women, save the rainforest, etc.
This book is truly an amazing adventure because of the scope of her life's work. I think there's a depth because her message is authentically based on her experiences, not just of her ideas or thinking about the subject. As a result, I think that this book hits home. It speaks to us where we live, in terms of our relationship with money and the difference we can make. If you are interested in (as the sub-title says) "transforming your relationship with money and life," then this book is an opportunity not to be missed. I'm sure that I'm going to want to re-read it. Very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soul of money
Excellent condition. no complaints. This copy was slightly more expensive than some but the book is so valuable for my work that I ws happy to pay it. Lynn Twist is remarkable!
Published 21 months ago by Barbara Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting stories but inadequate guidance or calls of actions
I was drawn to purchase this book based on the reviews given here. The stories about Ms. Lynne Twist in the book are fascinating and I truly appreciate the efforts she had put into... Read more
Published on April 15 2011 by Siyi Qiu
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it.
This is my first review I ever have written and I have to write it because I think the message Lynn is giving us in her book should spread fast and reach as many people as... Read more
Published on March 15 2011 by Sanjara
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
This book was a waste of time and money for me. If you need a book to convince that money doesn't equal happiness, and that spiritual people tend to be happy without it, then buy... Read more
Published on June 20 2009 by Guillaume Barreau
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
To read The Soul of Money is to sit down and have a memorable, life-altering conversation with an extraordinary, courageous, deeply thoughtful and committed soul. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by Chauncey Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing View of Money and our Relationship to it.
Money can be a wonderful slave or a terrible taskmaster.
It's not about what you have but how you use what you have. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Be Read at Many Stages of Life
Personal and practical, this thought-provoking book offers a fundamental wisdom that draws you into a larger perspective on the subject of money - a perspective beyond the... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Barbara Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I thought this was a very insightful book. I would recommend it.
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by M. Rach
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing Through Collaboration and Sufficiency
What a privilege to read such a work of art in a time when the healing of relationships is so vital. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003 by Elizabeth M. Leibovitz
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