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Soul of Money: Reclaiming The Wealth Of Our Inner Resources Paperback – Oct 17 2006
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“The right book at the right time. To anyone who wants to transform their lives and the world, I give this book my highest recommendation.” — Deepak Chopra
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Teresa Barker is a journalist, consulting editor, and author. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
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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!
The reason I gave 3 stars to the book is throughout my reading, the book appears an autobiography to me with not so linear timeline. I understand Ms. Twist pieced all her interesting stories to support her "soul of money" analysis but she failed to make a strong statement about what exactly is the soul of money. In addition, she also failed to provide an explicit guidance on how to actually live a fulfilled life with money as an ordinary person. I was expecting more actionable instructions for myself. I was drawn to her stories for the first half of the book but just skimmed through the 2nd half because to keep reading had become a bit boring.
Again, an interesting autobiography, absolutely. An enlightened spiritual perspective on money, not so much.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Soul of Money offers a perspective on changemaking that is hopeful and addresses the core issue we face: money. I'm trading scarcity for sufficiency.Published 6 months ago by K Veldhoen
I so recommend Lynn twist! I am currently listening to Unleashing the Soul of Money. I have struggled to feel peaceful and trust that my (financial) needs will be met, living in an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sarah Gerber
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 on Dec 2 2012 by Barbara Moore
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 morePublished on March 15 2011 by Roland
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 morePublished on June 20 2009 by Guillaume Barreau
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 morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Chauncey Bell
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by John Inman
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
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