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This unique and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity. Lynne Twist, a global activist and fundraiser, has raised more than $150 million for charitable causes. Through personal stories and practical advi This unique and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity. Lynne Twist, a global activist and fundraiser, has raised more than $150 million for charitable causes. Through personal stories and practical advice, she demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt, and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom, and purpose. In this Nautilus Award-winning book, Twist shares from her own life, a journey illuminated by remarkable encounters with the richest and poorest, from the famous (Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama) to the anonymous but unforgettable heroes of everyday life.


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This unique and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity. Lynne Twist, a global activist and fundraiser, has raised more than $150 million for charitable causes. Through personal stories and practical advi This unique and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money—earning it, spending it, and giving it away—can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity. Lynne Twist, a global activist and fundraiser, has raised more than $150 million for charitable causes. Through personal stories and practical advice, she demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt, and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom, and purpose. In this Nautilus Award-winning book, Twist shares from her own life, a journey illuminated by remarkable encounters with the richest and poorest, from the famous (Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama) to the anonymous but unforgettable heroes of everyday life.

30 review for The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I'm on the board of the nonprofit Worldreader and this book was chosen for our bookclub. Lynne Twist describers her work as fundraiser for The Hunger Project and how her philosophy about money has evolved through that process. Told through a series of powerful anecdotes (Warning: one board member called this book very emotional --a little too emotional for him), nevertheless The Soul of Money has many interesting concepts worth sharing. She presents several simple frameworks in which to think a I'm on the board of the nonprofit Worldreader and this book was chosen for our bookclub. Lynne Twist describers her work as fundraiser for The Hunger Project and how her philosophy about money has evolved through that process. Told through a series of powerful anecdotes (Warning: one board member called this book very emotional --a little too emotional for him), nevertheless The Soul of Money has many interesting concepts worth sharing. She presents several simple frameworks in which to think about money--whether you have a lot or a little --and also about why one should give their time, energy and money. Here are few concepts that I found striking. 1. How you spend money should reflect your values. "Money becomes a conduit, a way to express our highest ideals." "Rarely in our life is money a place of genuine freedom, joy, or clarity, yet we routinely allowit to dictate the terms of our lives and often to be the single most important factor in the decisions we make about work, love family, and friendship." It's a challenging ask, to request that people spend their money in alignment with their values (as often I think many of us struggle with finding the time to research and know exactly what our money is supporting). But I think this is a good reminder. 2. Citing Buckminster Fuller, she writes a lot about how one should operate from a perspective of abundance. "In the mindset of scarcity, our relationship with money is an expression of fear, a fear that drives us in an endless and unfulfilling chase for more, or into compromises that promise a way out of the chase or discomfort around money." In general, I've found that operating from a point of collaboration not competitiveness has allowed me to be more creative and form better partnerships with my colleagues and others in the world of journalism and writing. I prefer to assume that there is enough work for everyone and enough good ideas to go around. A few other quotes that will make you think: Give in any way you can: "In Haiti there is a saying--"If you get a piece of cake and eat the whole thing, you will feel empty. If you get a piece of cake and share half of it, you will feel both full and fulfilled." "What really works is when everyone is giving the assets or resources they bring to bear to make a vision come true. Some of those resources are financial. Some are sweat equity." Value the artists of the world: "The 'starving artist' life sentence has us accept that creativity is undervalued in our society. It suggests that those of us who rely on creative gifts to make a living can expect to be poorly paid, and the rest of us are entitled to exploit them or short change them in money terms, and undervalue them in human terms." Think in terms of bringing people together, not driving them apart: "We have the power and the resources now to create a you-and-me world rather than a you-or-me world." And finally, the kicker: Women should look at how much energy they put into their relationships and consciously take a quarter of it and put it into their own relationship with themselves.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Swapp

    My parents gave this book to their kids for Christmas several years ago, and I finally picked it up and read it. I can often be cynical of non-profits and organizations meant to assist others, even though my parents have been running one for 7-ish years, or perhaps because they have been running one. I think it's very difficult to have a system that does not make one party vulnerable to being taken advantage of another, especially when their is such discrepancy between haves and have nots. There My parents gave this book to their kids for Christmas several years ago, and I finally picked it up and read it. I can often be cynical of non-profits and organizations meant to assist others, even though my parents have been running one for 7-ish years, or perhaps because they have been running one. I think it's very difficult to have a system that does not make one party vulnerable to being taken advantage of another, especially when their is such discrepancy between haves and have nots. There were a lot of ideas I liked from this book: 1. An ethical life is a fulfilling life (not easy, not always happy, not without trouble, but fulfilling despite the setbacks) 2. There are 3 myths that keep people from feeling like they can make a difference: 1. The myth that there are not enough resources to go around. 2. The myth that more is better (she gives many examples of extraordinarily wealthy people who worry constantly, and feel like if they had just 5 million more, they would be fine), and 3. The myth that the unfair circumstances in life are set, that "that's just the way it is". 3. The idea of sufficiency- if we look around us and within us, we will find what we need. This translates into letting people you help be a main part of the solution, providing them with the opportunity to build self-sufficiency. 4. What we appreciate appreciates. And appreciation is the beating heart of self- sufficiency. When we recognize what is already in our lives, we want for less, and we see how to use what we have to care for our needs. 5. Ghandhi, "There is enough for our need, but not for our greed." 6. We should invest in activities that enrich our children's experience of life, and that increase their appreciation for life. 7. We have the power to arrange our lives, so that the stand we take with our money and our lives is a n every-day, right-now, every-week expression of our core values, not a some-day, next year, when I retire, or when I have enough expression of our core values. Also, people and organizations can make a difference, they might not be perfect, but they can have a positive impact on the lives of others.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marty

    I'm not really the type of person that leaves reviews. I usually just mark the stars and leave it at that. But with "The Soul of Money:..." I just have to say WOW what a book. I've read many books on prosperity that teaches how to get money and get more money. Lynne Twist has written something completely different. She just doesn't talk about prosperity and how to get it. But she teaches how to be good stewards with what we have. And not just about money but our other resources that we all have I'm not really the type of person that leaves reviews. I usually just mark the stars and leave it at that. But with "The Soul of Money:..." I just have to say WOW what a book. I've read many books on prosperity that teaches how to get money and get more money. Lynne Twist has written something completely different. She just doesn't talk about prosperity and how to get it. But she teaches how to be good stewards with what we have. And not just about money but our other resources that we all have within ourselves such as Love and Charity. She mentions about how thoughts of scarcity has created a world of "you or me" and by changing our mindset to sufficiency, creates a world of "you and me". And, that there is enough resources to create a world that works for everyone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a fear of money and thinking of not having enough. And how to be good stewards of money, our personal resources and Earth's resources.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    To be perfectly honest, I expected to hate this book. I thought it would be flimsy and cliched and hapless. To my great surprise, it isn't. What it is, is a moving book that challenges the reader to reexamine assumptions about money, wealth, and "enough." I read this at about the same time I read The Fifth Discipline, and they were actually a great combination, giving rise to my thoughtful reflection on the mental model of scarcity that most of us (including me) operate in by habit, contrasted wi To be perfectly honest, I expected to hate this book. I thought it would be flimsy and cliched and hapless. To my great surprise, it isn't. What it is, is a moving book that challenges the reader to reexamine assumptions about money, wealth, and "enough." I read this at about the same time I read The Fifth Discipline, and they were actually a great combination, giving rise to my thoughtful reflection on the mental model of scarcity that most of us (including me) operate in by habit, contrasted with how the world looks from a mental model of sufficiency. There were some good a-ha moments in here for me. A good, quick read, especially worthwhile for anyone who gives charitably or who works in the nonprofit sector.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Lee

    This book was recommended to me. As I often do, though consciously I am trying not to anymore, I read prepared to react, to judge, to criticize, to dismiss. The photo of the author on the book jacket gave me reason not to venture further (no need to explain), but I opened the book and read anyway. However, someplace along the way, as I read THE SOUL OF MONEY, I just read, I just listened. I was most engaged with the stories, more off put by the didactic nature of the book. I will continue to pond This book was recommended to me. As I often do, though consciously I am trying not to anymore, I read prepared to react, to judge, to criticize, to dismiss. The photo of the author on the book jacket gave me reason not to venture further (no need to explain), but I opened the book and read anyway. However, someplace along the way, as I read THE SOUL OF MONEY, I just read, I just listened. I was most engaged with the stories, more off put by the didactic nature of the book. I will continue to ponder and explore Lynne Twist's insight into "conversation" and how positive change happens when conversations are changed and when conversation includes many of us which can happen with today's social media. However, positive changes, as she points out, can be replaced with negative conversations too. Case in point, when the conversations after 9/11 was diverted from heart and soul to "getting back to business, the business of spending money" a directive from President George W. Bush! THE SOUL OF MONEY had implications for all of us, no matter if we have little or lots of $'s. I think most of us already know that how we get and spend our money affects our soul/is affected by our soul, but a reminder now and again is always appreciated. That said, though, I think it is more complicated than the book alludes to. Twist also discusses why we give money and tells the story of how she returned a $50,000 contribution because she thought it was given for the wrong reason. Does giving need to be soul centered to do good in the world? I appreciate Twist's research and hand's on knowledge of fund raising. I especially appreciate her understanding that people, for the most part, want to be self-efficient, and just a quick and temporary handing out of money, etc. isn't necessarily a fix, but can be detrimental in the long run. We think we know what people need and want, but we don't, unless we ask. Unless we sit down and have a conversation. For what it's worth, I could see THE SOUL OF MONEY written as an essay, something I would have spent less money on, and less time reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I agree with the author's overall point that our use of and relationship with money can be used in more positive, values-affirming ways and that the first step in this is recognizing that we really do have all that we need right now. By the middle of the book, however, I started to wonder if delivering this particular message was all the author intended to do with the pages in front of me. The stories are personal which is nice but I would have also like to read some demonstrative examples of ho I agree with the author's overall point that our use of and relationship with money can be used in more positive, values-affirming ways and that the first step in this is recognizing that we really do have all that we need right now. By the middle of the book, however, I started to wonder if delivering this particular message was all the author intended to do with the pages in front of me. The stories are personal which is nice but I would have also like to read some demonstrative examples of how to make this happen in everyday life especially within an overall consumer culture that doesn't support the way of life she's espousing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I feel this book has it's place. But I feel like the author at times is super unaware of her privilege. Her experiences are not the experiences of others. And I feel she has a real disconnect there. She claims to walk in both worlds: those of the well off and the poor. But that just isn't true. A tourist to poverty maybe? It's just difficult to listen to a very well off woman who is telling me that I have enough and money isn't everything. It's easy to say so if you have enough. If you aren't wo I feel this book has it's place. But I feel like the author at times is super unaware of her privilege. Her experiences are not the experiences of others. And I feel she has a real disconnect there. She claims to walk in both worlds: those of the well off and the poor. But that just isn't true. A tourist to poverty maybe? It's just difficult to listen to a very well off woman who is telling me that I have enough and money isn't everything. It's easy to say so if you have enough. If you aren't worried that if your car breaks down you won't be able to pay rent. Even if some of the messages she was pitching with her disconnect. And there were times that her switch of topic was like whip lash. One moment she is is talking about women who kill their female offspring and the next she is talking about fundraising and always being able to find the money to "get a job done". Like you can't just jump from that topic from that topic it's weird. Like I said I just feel super disconnected from her life experience and it makes it difficult to take anything she says seriously.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Asta

    I liked the anecdotes about people the author knows and her experiences traveling the world. The story about meeting Mother Teresa in India was great. The thesis is that money is powerful and should be used to create good for you and the world. I can agree with that. Also, money flows like water and we are the conduit of our money. We can control the flow and need to learn how to direct the flow of money to create good, happy, balanced lives. There are not concrete steps to follow. This is not re I liked the anecdotes about people the author knows and her experiences traveling the world. The story about meeting Mother Teresa in India was great. The thesis is that money is powerful and should be used to create good for you and the world. I can agree with that. Also, money flows like water and we are the conduit of our money. We can control the flow and need to learn how to direct the flow of money to create good, happy, balanced lives. There are not concrete steps to follow. This is not really a self-help book but it does help you look at how you personally use money and stimulated me to look at the choices I make with my money in a new way.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I am very interested in this topic, but Lynne was a magical thinker. One story was of a village in the desert that needed to find water. She knew that the women had the answer. How? The women said to keep digging. Why? They eventually found water, and they were saved! So .. we should just follow our intuition around and have faith that the right thing will happen? How many villages tried this and found only sand? Another story was how Mother Teresa never had any savings. She trusted in god to prov I am very interested in this topic, but Lynne was a magical thinker. One story was of a village in the desert that needed to find water. She knew that the women had the answer. How? The women said to keep digging. Why? They eventually found water, and they were saved! So .. we should just follow our intuition around and have faith that the right thing will happen? How many villages tried this and found only sand? Another story was how Mother Teresa never had any savings. She trusted in god to provide. Yes, that's the advice I want to give to all the savers in America: don't save money, something will come along. Don't we already have too much of that? She did have some good points about how money doesn't make you happy, and if you have enough money, you can get a lot of joy by using it to help others. (She is a professional fundraiser, which seems consistent, but her motives are likely good.) Still, overall I didn't like the book. There has to be a better book on this subject.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Lynne Twist talks about money in a way that I've never experienced before. She delves deep into the idea of money as a means of expressing our greatest hopes for ourselves and our communities. The way she talks about money imbues it with a spiritual significance that I've realized is totally appropriate. Lynne's life is now dedicated to putting into the practice that helping people to help themselves - rather than just stopping at "helping people" - is the way to co-create a more compassionate a Lynne Twist talks about money in a way that I've never experienced before. She delves deep into the idea of money as a means of expressing our greatest hopes for ourselves and our communities. The way she talks about money imbues it with a spiritual significance that I've realized is totally appropriate. Lynne's life is now dedicated to putting into the practice that helping people to help themselves - rather than just stopping at "helping people" - is the way to co-create a more compassionate and just world. It's not just filled with philosophy, but also includes practical applications of how you too can connect with the soul of money.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I will admit to some initial skepticism about this book; especially given the first few chapters, I expected it to be an offering of over-sentimentalized neo-liberal non-profit jargon. I'm glad to have been proven mostly wrong, and to see the critiques of American aid and charity that Twist offers up. I think she's right; we need solidarity, not charity. Many of her ideas on sufficiency - that we will both experience fulfillment and bring about the change we need in the world when we think in a I will admit to some initial skepticism about this book; especially given the first few chapters, I expected it to be an offering of over-sentimentalized neo-liberal non-profit jargon. I'm glad to have been proven mostly wrong, and to see the critiques of American aid and charity that Twist offers up. I think she's right; we need solidarity, not charity. Many of her ideas on sufficiency - that we will both experience fulfillment and bring about the change we need in the world when we think in a framework of sufficiency rather than in one of scarcity - seemed like a version of the ideas presented about 'abundance' in a book I read right after college: Following Jesus in the Real World: Discipleship for the Post-College Years, by Richard Lamb. Lamb argues that Christians, especially, should not understand their own financial resources through the lens of scarcity, since we know God to be a God of abundance. Hence, to hoard our resources rather than to share them openly with all people is an attack on God's character, and a theological mistake. But Twist goes beyond this to examine more thoroughly the type of spiritual relationship we have with money especially and how to shape that relationship so it is reflective of one's highest values, rather than the widespread and unexamined ideas about money in American culture: "there's not enough," "more is better," and "that's just the way it is." Her main message, to some extent, is that there is enough, more is rarely better, and things certainly aren't "just the way they are."

  12. 5 out of 5

    May-Ling

    i liked the book because it made me think more about money and my life. it's a little too "chicken soup for the soul" for me at some parts. i think it is a better read for someone who doesn't already think a lot about their relationship for money and i'm always doing that. here's an excerpt of the type of thinking the book opens up. "The myths of scarcity that drive popular culture and popular wisdom promote owning, holding, collecting and accumulating. In the context of sufficiency, accumulation i liked the book because it made me think more about money and my life. it's a little too "chicken soup for the soul" for me at some parts. i think it is a better read for someone who doesn't already think a lot about their relationship for money and i'm always doing that. here's an excerpt of the type of thinking the book opens up. "The myths of scarcity that drive popular culture and popular wisdom promote owning, holding, collecting and accumulating. In the context of sufficiency, accumulation well beyond the point of enough stops the flow of resources from finding their way to their highest use. Ironically, the condition of scarcity breeds accumulation to excess, which only diminishes the value of what we have too much of. We become burdened by our excess; it clutters out thinking and our lives. We become attached to our possessions and, in a way, start to think that what we have is who we are, and it becomes harder and harder to share anything because as it diminishes in value from the flood of excess, we feel less valuable ourselves and must acquire more."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Felipe Bernardo

    Lynne Twist tells stories about resilience, inner strength, sufficiency, love and true wealth in heartfelt, powerful ways. I got emotional many times listening to the book. This is not a book about quick fixes and money strategies, it goes way beyond, way deeper into our true relationship with the art of creation in our lives, the art of appreciation, giving and intentional support to what we truly believe. All of that being also expressed through the current of money in our lives. Money is a po Lynne Twist tells stories about resilience, inner strength, sufficiency, love and true wealth in heartfelt, powerful ways. I got emotional many times listening to the book. This is not a book about quick fixes and money strategies, it goes way beyond, way deeper into our true relationship with the art of creation in our lives, the art of appreciation, giving and intentional support to what we truly believe. All of that being also expressed through the current of money in our lives. Money is a powerful catalyst to what really matters to us.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jon-david Mafia Hairdresser

    This book is about the intention of how you spend and receive money. It clears your mind of the simple thoughts of have and have-nots, of wealth verses poor, and how we might hold ourselves back from seeing that the flow of money is natural; it's just how you look at it. I love self help books but this is way beyond. Please read it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janett Riebe

    Critical analysis of how a scarcity mindset around money (we don't have enough, more is better, this is a zero sum game) influences our life decisions.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel N

    This book will hold a special place in my life forever; many lessons learned that I will want to keep coming back to! There were definitely some more “meaty” parts that made me have to set the book down to really absorb the lessons so it took me a while to read. But, overall, the lessons of how money is the reflection of what is in our heart, what our true values are, and that there is enough to go around in this world were very impactful on three main levels for me: 1) personal financial habits an This book will hold a special place in my life forever; many lessons learned that I will want to keep coming back to! There were definitely some more “meaty” parts that made me have to set the book down to really absorb the lessons so it took me a while to read. But, overall, the lessons of how money is the reflection of what is in our heart, what our true values are, and that there is enough to go around in this world were very impactful on three main levels for me: 1) personal financial habits and values 2) understanding more and being able to teach my clients more about their attitudes and habits around money 3) fundraising and communicating a vision in the non-profit sector I find myself involved with I will definitely revisit this book regularly.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Asma Amran

    I listened to its audio version on YouTube. The duration is 9 hours plus plus. But I only managed to go quarterway. I'm sorry I didn't appreciate it enough. How does someone rate a book she doesn't finish? It wouldn't be fair to judge a book by only some part of it right? As it is not right to judge a person only by its .... legs, or a snake by only its ... skin, or anything. But the part that I managed to listen to was very enlightening. It opened my mind to think critically about the things and bel I listened to its audio version on YouTube. The duration is 9 hours plus plus. But I only managed to go quarterway. I'm sorry I didn't appreciate it enough. How does someone rate a book she doesn't finish? It wouldn't be fair to judge a book by only some part of it right? As it is not right to judge a person only by its .... legs, or a snake by only its ... skin, or anything. But the part that I managed to listen to was very enlightening. It opened my mind to think critically about the things and beliefs that I accept blindly, especially about something so close to me. And it was written very well. I had a great time with this book. (or a part of it) Thank you for the experience.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rod

    A moving, powerful, empowering, inspiring book about...money? Yes. I kid you not. Buy this. Then think about what you buy. Give a copy to someone. Then think about what you give. Find yourself wanting to read more when you come to the end of the book. Then consider what "enough" looks like. Begin to worry if you can meet the challenges laid out in the book. Then remember you have what you need.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Stringer

    Heard an interview with the author and was curious. While I understand how some might find this book somewhat esoteric and veering off into the land of magic thinking, I thought it had quite a few insights that you don't find in most finance books. One basic one is how your bank account best represents your values -no judgement involved- it just is. So we may tell ourselves we value x and y, but our bank accounts may show that we value paying the bills and entertaining ourselves. You spend $ on Heard an interview with the author and was curious. While I understand how some might find this book somewhat esoteric and veering off into the land of magic thinking, I thought it had quite a few insights that you don't find in most finance books. One basic one is how your bank account best represents your values -no judgement involved- it just is. So we may tell ourselves we value x and y, but our bank accounts may show that we value paying the bills and entertaining ourselves. You spend $ on what you value. That part alone was the impetus for me to write 2 checks to organizations that I've long admired. Much to think on from this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Correen

    Interesting book about a life spent fund-raising for non-profit organizations.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Not surprising, but enlightening, and so well communicated. One to recommend for sure. Glad Leigh recommended it to me! Designated as Advanced Reading Prompt: 10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

  22. 5 out of 5

    Engel Jones

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book It was necessary to read this book in small bits. The content was very rich. Emotionally, one has to process the truth of what Lynne describes in their own lives then visualize how to make changes that transforms.bThe concept of the butterfly made me realize the HOPE of life on a hold. Thanks for living a life in purpose and sharing with us.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kentgen

    While 4 stars, this book has 5 star gems in it. I often recommend this book to clients who have difficultly aligning their understanding of money to their values, or when couples argue about money matters. This book would likely benefit all who read it, helping you reflect on aligning your relationship with money to better reflect what matters most to you.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liane Wakabayashi

    Before reading "The Soul of Money" I was vaguely familiar with Buckminister Fuller, a name that sparked an image of a magically energy-saving Geodesic dome at the Montreal World's Fair back in the 1960s. Lynne salutes her friend "Bucky" in this fascinating part-autobiography, part-money-management manual extraordinaire, recalling his convictions that world hunger is an artificial construct of man--that there is enough to go around when we all live with "sufficiency." Taking this idea forward, Ly Before reading "The Soul of Money" I was vaguely familiar with Buckminister Fuller, a name that sparked an image of a magically energy-saving Geodesic dome at the Montreal World's Fair back in the 1960s. Lynne salutes her friend "Bucky" in this fascinating part-autobiography, part-money-management manual extraordinaire, recalling his convictions that world hunger is an artificial construct of man--that there is enough to go around when we all live with "sufficiency." Taking this idea forward, Lynne became a key fundraiser for the Hunger Project, a worldwide movement to help resource-poor communities find their own lasting and dignified solutions. I will never quite look at what's inside my wallet again; to make generous donations to causes that reflect my values; to make intentional purchases to support the people who are supporting me as well. "The Soul of Money" is a song to life's interconnectivity and the impact that "dollaraires" can make on the lives of billionaires. That's right. It's hard to wrap my head around this one but those who suffer in this world can give meaning to the embarrassing riches of those who don't know what to do with their pots of gold. If you aren't familiar with the Hunger Project and Lynne's nearly 200 million dollar fundraising achievement for this organization, then this book is a fantastic place to begin understanding just what can be accomplished when a single person acts with courage and conviction. In Haiti, there is a saying--Lynne writes: "If you get a piece of cake and eat the whole thing, you will feel empty. If you get a piece of cake and share half of it, you will feel both full and fulfilled. The happiest and most joyful people I know are those who express themselves through channeling their resources--money, when they have it--on to their highest commitments. Theirs is a world where the experience of wealth is in sharing what they have, giving, allocating, and expressing themselves authentically with the money they put in flow!" By the end of the book, I was totally inspired. What to do next? Lynne includes the contact information for many organizations which are dedicated to world peace, eradicating hunger, and welcoming all to join and become part of a global movement toward a prosperous, fulfilling life for all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz Stiverson

    Everything I'm about to say sounds a little hippy-dippy - I think that's because this book calls on readers to carefully examine beliefs and the power of conception, and to prioritize core values like equality and connection to others. It's not written to read like a call to kumbaya, and I think the ideas are actually important, actionable, and potentially transformative. Twist makes its thesis - that an overwhelming share of decisions in every life are driven by the pursuit and protection of mo Everything I'm about to say sounds a little hippy-dippy - I think that's because this book calls on readers to carefully examine beliefs and the power of conception, and to prioritize core values like equality and connection to others. It's not written to read like a call to kumbaya, and I think the ideas are actually important, actionable, and potentially transformative. Twist makes its thesis - that an overwhelming share of decisions in every life are driven by the pursuit and protection of money, because we believe there isn't enough of it, more of it is better, and that's just the way it is - credible with a lot of examples, including her own. It ties nicely to a lot of other thinking about over-consumption and waste, the most productive ways to spend money charitably, even the potential inherent in a sharing economy where access-when-needed becomes more important than possession-as-status-symbol. And as I was reading, I saw ways that this core idea - that unhappiness comes from a focus on scarcity rather than sufficiency - really applicable in other arenas, like my relationship with time, and even my pursuit of others' approval (Do I dislike being compared to others because I'm afraid there isn't enough approval to go around? If I instead consider that my boss has room to celebrate more than one great employee, does that free me from anxiety?) I got the book from a friend and am excited to pass it on to another to grow the circle of people I can talk to about it - even if no personal change resulted, I would recommend it as a new lens on / new way to gain insight into motivations and choices.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    This is an important book. I was struck by so many of the stories of the people Lynne Twist encountered. There are many parts I'd like to quote on Facebook, but the one that struck me as most salient for the decisions before us as we enter the presidential election this fall was: "The fear that won't have enough oil drives much of our national policy and military strategy in the Middle East. As a nation, we appear more ready and willing to wage war over oil interest, even to the point of sacrific This is an important book. I was struck by so many of the stories of the people Lynne Twist encountered. There are many parts I'd like to quote on Facebook, but the one that struck me as most salient for the decisions before us as we enter the presidential election this fall was: "The fear that won't have enough oil drives much of our national policy and military strategy in the Middle East. As a nation, we appear more ready and willing to wage war over oil interest, even to the point of sacrificing innocent lives, than we are to move purposefully to scale back our use of fossil fuels and dependence on foreign oil. This insatiable appetite for more has dehumanized much of the world for America, and the consequences of that attitude are grave. The times call for honest conversation and self-examination as we see the true costs of our national consumer appetite and our reputation as arrogant, gluttonous consumers by so much of the global community. We can take a stand, change the dream, and shift the conversation to *enough.*"

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Simply written yet with profound truths which makes one reflect deeply... and want to transform for the better. I'd need to go back to this book again and again until I fully incorporate the soul of money in my own life! The way this book was written, though, is most apt for those who are already well on their way in the spiritual journey, and are thus, contextualized into the principles. For someone still deeply entrenched in this "money culture", though, there would need to be more documented a Simply written yet with profound truths which makes one reflect deeply... and want to transform for the better. I'd need to go back to this book again and again until I fully incorporate the soul of money in my own life! The way this book was written, though, is most apt for those who are already well on their way in the spiritual journey, and are thus, contextualized into the principles. For someone still deeply entrenched in this "money culture", though, there would need to be more documented and verifiable facts supporting Ms. Twist's assertions (not just her personal experience in the field no matter how extensive and lengthy it's been), conversations with experts and learning from books and others -- to be more convincing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie Jones

    While there are some good thoughts in here, I think you could easily read either the first or last chapter (or even less) and get the general gist. It became repetitive and stale after a while for me. I suppose that this topic isn't especially interesting to me, though, and someone else might find this really helpful. The premise is how to stop letting money control you, and to stop thinking that having money will make you happy, or that the lack of money is what is making you sad. Money is a to While there are some good thoughts in here, I think you could easily read either the first or last chapter (or even less) and get the general gist. It became repetitive and stale after a while for me. I suppose that this topic isn't especially interesting to me, though, and someone else might find this really helpful. The premise is how to stop letting money control you, and to stop thinking that having money will make you happy, or that the lack of money is what is making you sad. Money is a tool, and using it to love others is a good idea. Allowing it to motivate all you do is a bad idea. There. Now you know what the whole book is about.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    For me, this book was ultimately about sufficiency and sustainability. Although it was not religious, it felt spiritual. It is one of the most important books I have read in a long time. Everyone could benefit from reading it! I treasured the examples from her travels and interactions with people from all walks of life and cultures. The stories from the Beijing Women's Conference brought tears. This book was life changing. I hope I always think about money differently. My favorite sentence from For me, this book was ultimately about sufficiency and sustainability. Although it was not religious, it felt spiritual. It is one of the most important books I have read in a long time. Everyone could benefit from reading it! I treasured the examples from her travels and interactions with people from all walks of life and cultures. The stories from the Beijing Women's Conference brought tears. This book was life changing. I hope I always think about money differently. My favorite sentence from the book: "Each financial choice you make is a powerful statement of who you are and what you care about."

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Hibbs

    Overpromises and underdelivers. Some good parts....but otherwise disappointing. After the first 30 pages, which was the best part of the book, I started skimming quickly. If you're playing the great gain game, not a bad book to start changing your philosophy. Must be followed up by Approaching Zion by Hugh Nibley which is the best modern book on man's relationship to money.

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