- Paperback: 305 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (October 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039332950X
- ISBN-13: 978-0393329506
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources Paperback – October 17, 2006
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"Lynne's wisdom is the precise healing message about money needed in this time.
Everyone will get value out of Lynne's message.--Rachel Naomi Remens, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
This is the best book I have ever read about values, money and abundance. It makes you look at . . . these things from a new perspective. --Lynne Franks
Everyone will get value out of Lynne's message. --Rachel Naomi Remens, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
Lynne's wisdom is the precise healing message about money needed in this time. --Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life
An inspired and utterly fascinating book. It will change the way you think about money.... It is a book for everyone who would like to make the world a better place. --Jane Goodall, PhD, CBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
This is 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
Eloquently and passionately written.... I recommend it highly. --Dean Ornish, MD, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco
Lynne Twist has a remarkable ability to cast spiritual light on the subject of money. This book is a rare gift. --Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and Healing the Soul of America
Lynne Twist puts the magic back in money by understanding that it is a form of energy with which we can perform miracles. --James Garrison, president, State of the World Forum
An inspired and utterly fascinating book. It will change the way you think about money.... It is a book for everyone who would like to make the world a better place. --Jane Goodall, PhD, CBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace"
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"
Eloquently and passionately written.... I recommend it highly. --Dean Ornish, MD, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco"
Lynne Twist has a remarkable ability to cast spiritual light on the subject of money. This book is a rare gift. --Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and Healing the Soul of America"
Lynne Twist puts the magic back in money by understanding that it is a form of energy with which we can perform miracles. --James Garrison, president, State of the World Forum"
About the Author
Lynne Twist is a global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. Founder of the Soul of Money Institute, she lives in San Francisco, California.
Teresa Barker is a journalist, consulting editor, and author. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
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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.
It took Rusty many years to digest and integrate this planetary experience and to realize the responsibilities he felt to mankind for the privilege he had been given. He came to call himself "a sensing element for mankind" (to know more about Rusty, his life and work [...] ).
When I read "The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship to Money and Life," I found that Lynne herself is also such a sensing element for mankind.
She worked for several decades as the chief fundraiser (she's raised $150 million from individuals) for the Hunger Project, which has been a revolutionary effort far beyond what some of us may remember it for in its beginnings. In that role her travels have taken her all over the world--from Bangladesh to Ethiopia, from the Women's Conference in Bejing (where she reports some of the most poignant and heartbreaking stories you'll ever read) to South Africa and the installation of Nelson Mandela, although that story is not included.
Lynne has been with the rich and famous. One of her great stories is her returning a $50,000 check from a corporate CEO because she realized it was guilt money. Read the book to find out what happened next! And, of course, she has been with the poor and apparently downtrodden. They have been her great teachers and inspiration for this book. They taught her how money can be blessed, how when it comes from love, appreciation, and intention--from the soul--it has power, it flows and it can transform lives.
Where she has been on this planet, what she has seen, and how she has thought about it and integrated it into the soul of her being is the gift she gives back to us, her readers. Very few of us have had the opportunity to go where she has gone, to meet whom she has met, and to have contributed as much as she and her colleagues have to helping to end hunger and poverty on our fragile, blue orb, as Rusty first saw it.
Lynne offers great guidance about how we can each be and be better philanthropists (the amount doesn't matter, but the intention and commitment surely do). But the core of the book (which many of us may already know) is a transformation from a "you or me" world to a "you and me." one. Buckminster Fuller first articulated that as the necessary condition we are challenged to make on spaceship Earth (also his articulation). He was someone who profoundly influenced Lynne.
She leads us through the belief systems around scarcity (fear of not enough, push to always get more, resignation that it's just the way it is) to belief systems around sufficiency (there is always enough; turn our attention and appreciation to what we already have). Sufficiency becomes a more useful word than abundance. Creating a world of sufficiency (includes sustainability) is where we are headed together.
The most compelling parts of the book are the stories she tells from around the planet about actually ending hunger and poverty. She shows that this change of belief systems (we actually do have enough most of the time; we can focus on and appreciate what we already have to get to where we want to go) along with love, understanding, and effective facilitation can get the job done. "The Soul of Money" adds the interior dimensions as a vital and necessary component to solutions to hunger and poverty.
Lynne is herself a gifted and expert facilitator, and at the personal level the stories she shares of people who pull themselves out of poverty and lack are equally riveting. She concludes with a remarkable narrative about the last months of life of her mother, her first role model as a fundraiser and philanthropist. How Lynne assists her mother to fully complete her life is a wonderful offering to all of us with aging parents.
"The Soul of Money" is about far more than just the soul of money. Lynne reveals her own soul, the souls of the rich and the poor, and the collective soul of which we all partake that holds the promise of a sufficient, just, and more peaceful planet. Just as Rusty Scheweikart took us around the whole earth from the outside, Lynne, gives us many inside views of the beauty and commonality which we share. She provides an outstanding, authentic, and worthy ride!
Lynne Twist talks about both difficult and complicated issue of money, our relationship to it and why we chose to treat it in the way that we do - everything from what we subconsciously pick up & digest when we're very young, to what our society dictates is acceptable as we go though life - all too often without questioning much of any of it.
Based on her extraordinary experience with individuals and societies with vastly different beliefs and socio-economic status, Lynne shares her observations, what she learned, and her own evolutionary process, all with respect and deep compassion. She provides the reader an insight into far away cultures as well as an insight into one's own heart.