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The timing could hardly be better. After more than twenty-five years of virtually uninterrupted prosperity, the U.S. economy has hit a rough patch. Yet to the extent that downturns like the current one shake up the status quo and force us to reexamine our goals and priorities, they also offer enormous opportunities.
The Secret of Shelter Island provides an ideal starting point. Drawing on some of today's best minds and many of history's greatest thinkers, it is both a much-needed source of inspiration and an insightful look at the role of both money and values in the pursuit of the good life.
The book is arranged around four central themes. In Part I, "A Rich Mind," Green explores such key questions as: How important is money in your life? What is it giving you? What is it costing you? In Part II, "What Matters Most," he discusses how to calculate your real net worth—without using a financial statement. In Part III, "Attitudes and Gratitude," he offers powerful insights based on a deceptively simple philosophy of life. In the final section of the book, "The Search for Meaning," he delivers a refreshing take on the universal principles that guide us all-or should.
The Secret of Shelter Island is full of practical wisdom. More than just a personal philosophy, it is a profound and utterly modern commentary on timeless values, the search for meaning, and what it means to be truly wealthy.
"Times like these cause us all to reexamine what really matters in our lives. The Secret of Shelter Island provides fresh perspectives, deeply felt insights, and compelling ideas about how to lead a richer life. And the writing is shockingly good."
—Michael Masterson, bestselling author of Automatic Wealth and Power and Persuasion
"There are spiritual issues that adults have to think about. Alex Green recognizes that, and writes about them beautifully. I like these essays a lot."
—Charles Murray, bestselling author of The Bell Curve, Human Accomplishment, and Real Education
"In The Secret of Shelter Island, Alex Green shows one how to engage the material world without losing one's spirituality, meaning, and larger purpose. With an economy of words and poignancy of thought, Green cuts straight to the heart of what really matters in life."
—Michael Shermer, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Mind of the Market, The Science of Good and Evil, and How We Believe
"The Secret of Shelter Island is exceptional-indeed brilliant!"
—Edgar F. Puryear, author of Nineteen Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership
I read the reviews before I got this book, so I kind of knew what to expect. But I got it anyway. It is OK, but has a lot of information that I've heard before about how other... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Judy
I bought this book as a gift. I've never read it myself, so I cannot offer you any opinion on its merits whatsoever.Published 4 months ago by Dee Gee Wilkinson
Book is GREAT! Author presents information in a straight forward, easy to read manner. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more of true inner contentment.Published 9 months ago by David R Courson
I found this to be a very impractical and unusefull product and would not recommend this product to any onePublished 9 months ago by Dennis Alanen
Great book. I have learned much and enjoyed this thought provoking book. Alexander Green has helped me to clarify some of my thoughts about life and money.Published 11 months ago by LOO MENG GEE
If you've been studying whatever it takes to develop your passion into a business or something more substantial than a dream, this book goes far to point you in the right... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ken Jensen
I read this book at the right time in my life. I made me realize that I was in control of my life. Since I completed it about 2 months ago, I have quit my job to seek a better... Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Curtiss A. Short
While in the library yesterday The Secret of Shelter Island - Money and what Matters caught my eye. I assumed it was going to be about Long Island Shelter Island but it is not. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by Jim Estill
This was not worth the money. It is a philosophy book, not a money book.Published on May 14, 2010 by Steven L. Hunter