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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2000
Covers the source of supply from the spiritual perspective. As such it covers the elimination of wrong ideas and attitudes and suggests ways to allow prosperity to appear in one's life. It is non materialistic in approach recognising that prosperity comes as a reaction to what is in an individual as first cause and is not determined by the world. It cautions against the use of mental tricks to attain an objective.
Emphasis is given on what attitudes, beliefs and techniques will bring about prosperity. Sound advice is given on the nature of life from the christian perspective, the importance of placing oneself in the flow of life where giving is more important than getting and the importance of the grateful heart in the recognition of the source of supply.
A good book that could be better. Some points are underdeveloped and that is a lapse in a book that is so opposite to the materialistic world view that supply is in the economy whereas the author's message is that it is within you.
An easy book to read containing thoughts to make you think. No difficult economics. Makes a lot of sense.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
New age and metaphysical bookstores are filled with books on the Law of Attraction. With the success of The Secret and the popularity of writers like Ester and Jerry Hicks, positive thought and expectation are becoming mainstream ideas as people demonstrate the ability create their own life experience and manifest their desires. Unfortunately, many current teachings focus on the materialistic aspects of attraction. New cars, a fashionable wardrobe, and an excess of money seem to be the objectives of modern teachings on the Law of Attraction.

In Spiritual Economics, Eric Butterworth presents similar processes whereby you manifest your life experience. However, he suggests a spiritual approach, focusing on the evolution of your soul, performing acts of love and giving, and keeping always present the thought that you are an individualized expression of Divine Substance, an unending flow of creative ideas through which you can craft your life. Material things and financial abundance are discussed, but as a natural byproduct of having lived a creative life.

Humans are meant to live in abundance and prosperity, per Butterworth. However, his definition of prosperity includes not only money and material things but also love, satisfaction, giving, and the constant acknowledgement and acceptance that we are spiritual beings, extensions of God, capable of tapping into the Divine flow of the Universe at any time. In fact, Butterworth explains that anyone who is not living in true prosperity has gone against the natural flow of the Universe.

We live in a world of never-ending substance, Divine substance, and there is more than enough to go around for everyone. To access your own spiritual and financial fortune, you must first keep your attitude positive. You must understand what you want and serve your soul's purpose of evolution in this lifetime. Next, you must be able to visualize what you want and believe that you are endowed with the same creative power as Christ to manifest your experience. Butterworth often quotes Christ in evidence of the above. Christ often said to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven within you. Then, he taught, you too would be able to perform similar and even greater feats than he did.

Butterworth explains that prosperity is a consciousness that needs to be developed. Giving and tithing are elemental to that consciousness. However, one should not give because it is required or give to receive in return. Also, too often, society's consciousness toward the economy is influenced by the media, the stock market, or financial analysts. By developing a consciousness whereby you believe in a never-ending supply of Divine Substance, you can transcend even the worst economic conditions and experience your prosperity. Butterworth provides inspirational advice for dealing with job loss and financial disparity.

Spiritual Economics is superior to many modern metaphysical teachings on the Law of Attraction, as its definition of prosperity transcends materialism. By focusing on spiritual evolution, you can achieve the fulfillment of true happiness and all of the material abundance that naturally follows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2010
I agree that the "law" of tithing has often been abused. Churches are among the offenders, but there are many other self-improvement promoters guilty of using the "prosperity principle" to enrich themselves. I don't think Eric Butterworth was really one of the shady ones. In fact, he notes that it isn't really the monetary giving that is important, but your overall thought process and intent as you are giving. Nor does he require that the giving be in money, but of time, effort, etc. as an equally acceptable currency. (Interestingly, this "philosopy" works no matter your spiritual bent, or lack thereof, since giving back always benefits someone.) If you are exploring the many so-called prosperity philosophies, systems and teachings, I think you should give this nearly 30 year old work a try. Eric is gone, so he's not personally benefitting from his efforts. Perhaps you will.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
This is an excellent book that discusses True prosperity which is more than just money. It also gives you a great place to start with tithing.
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on May 29, 2013
There are many New Thought teachers that write about abundance and prosperity. In his work Eric Butterworth brings fresh insights and practical suggestions on how to experience prosperity and abundance no matter what personal, professional or financial situations the reader may be facing.
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on May 19, 2014
We studied this for a class at my church months ago. I love the fact that Eric Butterworth thinks so similarly to Charles Fillmore in terms of abundance.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I read this book at Unity and Religous Science classes over ten years ago. It was offerred as part of the spiritual development curriculum.
I am now almost done teaching a eight week course using this book as a basis for weekly discussion.

It has been a magnificent and as we say "You teach what you need to learn" Money is rarely the problem though it sure looks like it is the culprit. (lack of) This book will gently and warmly challege you and hopefully allow you to see "support", "supply" and open up channels that you either did not know exists or maybe have forgotten. Its worth reading, rereading and reflecting on. I am grateful to have gotten reaquainted with this material at the Hollywood Fl Center for Positive Living. ([...]) for exceerts of this and other similar material
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on September 10, 2013
In some ways no real answers you don't already know, but a good reminder of core values and how they relate to economics.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2008
Although this book is well written with a little more timely metaphors and a bit more Christian influence, the core concepts of this book are a copy of Wallace Wattle's "Science of Getting Rich". This was published in the early 1900's, and is freely available online here:
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Again, not a bad book, just not a new idea at all. You can get essentially the same amount of information by reading the free online link above.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2010
I agree that you have to take control over your life and create the mindset to accept life as it comes to you. However, I have gone from very spiritual to questioning who and what God really is. Personally, I think we all have it wrong. I no longer believe God answers prayers. I think we pray because it gives us comfort, it makes us believe we are not alone and it helps us get through life. In reality, God is not going to save anyone. God is not going to make anyone's life better. God watches over us, He knows the pain we suffer but He does nothing to stop that pain. The pain is ours to endure. Angels have appear to me during difficult times in my life, so I know the afterlife is real. I know God is real... I just don't think God is as we have been taught to believe He is. I have spent years praying, spreading the word of God and living my life as a Christian should live their life, to end up where I am today. Frustrated, disappointed and burnt out. I have no doubt Mother Teresa questioned her faith, how could she not? You can think prosperous thoughts and live your life as a cup half full person and it will make your life better, I agree. But richer financially? Probably not. To acquire wealth you have to physically work for it. I believe more in luck then I do the power of prayer or sending positive thoughts out in to the universe for rewards.
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