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A Return to Abundance, Book 1: Money and happiness, abundance and prosperity, money and the unconscious mind: a mythological, psychological, historical, and family of origin look at money & its power Paperback – April 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Mindseight Publications (April 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982661908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982661901
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,505,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WARNING: Psychologists have determined that this book may raise strong emotions in the reader.

A gripping read... A Return to Abundance begins with the gripping myth of Diacrusos, where you are taken into the world of story to illustrate the various destructive money patterns we all face. If you are tired of constantly worrying about finances, of equating your self worth with your income, of living in fear of financial ruin, or of spending more than you earn, this series of books is for you. With Paul Gubany's coaching in A Return to Abundance, you will be able to stop damaging behaviors and begin a prosperous financial future. --Francesca M. Ferrentelli, PhD, LPC, January 15, 2010

Beyond wildest dreams... "Whether people read this series of books or work with you privately, they are going to benefit beyond their wildest dreams. You are going to help so many people; I feel blessed to have been part of your creation." --Linda J. Stewart, CSC, CPIA, February 12, 2010

Exquisite... "Paul's writing is exquisite; it's some of the best writing I've seen in a long while." --Arlene Prunkl, professional editor, March 13, 2010

From the Publisher

Topics in Book I:

Money and happiness, abundance and prosperity, money and the unconscious mind: a mythological, psychological, historical, and family of origin look at money and its power

Also by Paul L. Gubany:
A Return to Abundance, Book II: Earning and spending money, self esteem, abundance and prosperity, coping skills and strategies: a money management self-help book for an abundant life in troubled times

A Return to Abundance, Book III:
Money management, personal finance education, budgeting, financial planning, time value of money fundamentals, cash flow principles, budget worksheets: a self-help book


More About the Author

Paul L. Gubany is a keen observer of human behavior whose insights continue to astonish those who read his books and work with him. His study of the history of money, his observations of family-of-origin beliefs about money, and his foray into the interpretation and creation of myths has led him to deep intuitive understandings of our money maladies and the sources and forces behind those maladies. He holds an MBA from an AACSB school, manages several trusts, and is a certified cash flow investor. He is a current member of the C.G. Jung Society and a former member of its board of directors. His intellectual interests include history, philosophy, spirituality, psychology, metaphysics, and the classics of literature.

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Customer Reviews

The book sits easily in the hand and is a pleasure to read.
Carolyn Hopkins, Missy Baker
Anyone who wants to change his or her negative beliefs and patterns will be poised to make important life changes with the help of this book.
F. Ferrentelli
I found the book to be very interesting and thought provoking overall.
FireBird28

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Ferrentelli on June 16, 2010
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In "A Return to Abundance" Book I, Paul Gubany begins with the myth of Diacrusos and ends with some deep insights into the negative relationships people have with money. Gubany writes beautifully and due to his excellent story telling skills, you will be drawn into the story, experience the perils of Diacrusos, and subsequently be able to transform your own beliefs (and habits) regarding money.

It is astonishing how many people struggle with money issues, and, sadly, many are never able to change these negative patterns. I am now recommending this book frequently in my coaching and therapy practice. Anyone who wants to change his or her negative beliefs and patterns will be poised to make important life changes with the help of this book. Thank you Paul Gubany!

Francesca Ferrentelli, Ph.D., LPC
Healing on Humphrey
St. Louis, MO
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Hillman on August 27, 2010
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The next time someone complains to you about their finances - and this may be as soon as later today - give them a copy of this book. Paul Gubany has written an extraordinary book that for once goes beyond fingerpointing and/or simple platitudes. Instead, he enters the deepest realms of our psyche, that nagging inner play that goes on if we like it or not. Only there can we truly meet our notions, attitudes and core ideas about money and values. He eases us into this not always comfortable but essential thinking through a powerful and instantly gripping myth. Stories are easier fare and we can't help but get excited about the journey. And this one is particularly important for it will help you see the connection between your self-worh and your net-worth - until that happens, we all remain complainers. Buy this book - for yourself and for your friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karielle @ Books à la Mode TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
A Return to Abundance: Book 1 by Paul L. Gubany
Release Date: April 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Mindseight Publications (self-published)
Page Count: 151 (+ common appendices, glossary, and index)
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via LibraryThing Member Giveaways, in exchange for an honest an unbiased review

A gripping read... A Return to Abundance begins with the gripping myth of Diacrusos, where you are taken into the world of story to illustrate the various destructive money patterns we all face. If you are tired of constantly worrying about finances, of equating your self worth with your income, of living in fear of financial ruin, or of spending more than you earn, this series of books is for you. With Paul Gubany's coaching in A Return to Abundance, you will be able to stop damaging behaviors and begin a prosperous financial future.

What Stephanie Thinks: While I do appreciate the well-organized smooth flow of A Return to Abundance, I'm not sure it's necessarily a 'life-changing' read on account of two factors: its rather mulling and archaic material, as well as its questionable credentials.

Yes, it is, according to the book's website, Ph.D.-, LPC-, and CSC/CPIA-endorsed, but please note that these are paid endorsers: professionals who would have praised and 'approved' of the book regardless of its content, because of the unmistakably large compensation the author provided. I'm not saying A Return to Abundance isn't worthy of professional endorsement, because for the most part, it's deep, and I can tell, very well-researched, but I'm just saying: don't let the raving reviews from the pros fool you.

I'm not sure where the five-star reviews are flowing from.
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After reading the three volumes of A RETURN TO ABUNDANCE, I now have meaningful and enjoyable conversations about money and finance with my teenage children. Other financial books I've read didn't jumpstart money conversations with friends and family. Here are three reasons I think A RETURN TO ABUNDANCE succeeds.

1. Money unconsidered is an unconscious demon, we react out of our long-standing patterns, rather than acting based on conscious choices. Author Paul Gubany's brilliant use of everything from the history of money, to psychology, to Greek Mythology helps uncover a person's individual money patterns. (Volume One and Two) Once you know the patterns, you have choices - and life patterns are always fun to talk about.

2. If you don't decide what's ENOUGH, you'll never have ENOUGH. Gubany helps us figure out what our own Abundance is, and he shows us the satisfaction and simplicity of living with a personal definition of Abundance. (Volume Two) If you don't know what's ENOUGH, you'll never ever have enough money. Gubany's process gave me a sense of peace and well-being about money that I've never felt before - I'm freer now from the money demon than I was before I read A RETURN TO ABUNDANCE, freer than anytime I can remember!

3. A RETURN TO ABUNDANCE, along with its engaging presentations about the nature of money and the human psyche, also includes the technical aspects of understanding the time value of money. (Volume Three) No problem for my kids to understand this third volume of A RETURN TO ABUNDANCE, and, barring the collapse of our world order, they see how they can realistically and easily accumulate a millionaire retirement during their working years. These are nice conversations to have during dinner.
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