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The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,005 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2003)
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Jennifer Swapp
Feb 23, 2013 Jennifer Swapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Sep 17, 2013 Marty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
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 ...more
Oct 19, 2007 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sherry Lee
Aug 29, 2011 Sherry Lee rated it it was ok
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
Asta Garmon
Jan 02, 2008 Asta Garmon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone not happy with their fanances (be they sparse or abundent)
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 coduites 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 r
Oct 31, 2014 Dan rated it did not like it
Shelves: sf-mn-book-club
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
Jan 08, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jul 25, 2009 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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 ...more
Liz Stiverson
Mar 06, 2015 Liz Stiverson rated it really liked it
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
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.
Dec 30, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Liane Wakabayashi
Mar 03, 2016 Liane Wakabayashi rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Tracey rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2013 Jeanette rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2016 Saiisha rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because of its title. I didn't know what to expect, since all of the few money books I read were all about how to make more money, and / or how to keep the money we make. Even the books that try to talk about our relationship with money end up being more about how to make or keep money.

In the Soul of Money, Lynne Twist approaches the concept of money from an energetic point of view - how the more we hoard money, the more we're restricting its flow. She talks about how havi
Oct 07, 2015 Gloria rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect regarding this book (it was a possible bookclub suggestion), and just plunged in.

Got a little concerned, when reading in the introduction, that the author Werner Erhard as one of the most brilliant teachers she has known; this sent me on a tangent to find out what happened to EST…

But back to the book itself: While much I have already metabolized, there are many things to grapple with, and I'm still pondering.

The definition of sufficiency: "Sufficiency isn't an amoun
Dec 24, 2014 Juliana is currently reading it
"When we step out of the shadow of this distorted and outdated system and the mind set it generates, what we discover is this: Scarcity is a lie. Independent of any actual amount of resources, it is an unexamined and false system of assumptions, opinions, and beliefs from which we view the world as a place where we are in constant danger of having our needs unmet.
It would be logical to assume that people with excess wealth do not live with the fear of scarcity at the center of their lives, but I
Oct 11, 2015 Kissiah rated it it was ok
This book isn’t for everyone. No book is. This book, though housed with some insights, was not for me. In my opinion, the audience meant to read The Soul of Money is an audience of wealth, those who already have money and are trying to come to terms with that very wealth, or perhaps where to focus their money e.g. charity, philanthropic ventures, etc. This book is not meant for the middle person, the one who is neither at the bottom nor the top, someone like myself, perhaps even you. It does not ...more
John Hibbs
Mar 28, 2009 John Hibbs rated it liked it
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.
Dec 29, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
Lynne writes from her heart about the relationship with money and abundance with such clarity and compassion, it is one of my "close at hand" books. One of the most honest and hopeful books about money I have ever read.
Mar 04, 2016 Dhanamusil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
I loved this book. I bought it after I heard Lynne Twist giving a talk on money online. The things she said spoke to me, and the book, although not a "how to" guide to investments by any means, is a larger, more organic way of looking at how we relate to money on a whole. I loved all of it, found it inspiring and enlightening, especially the part towards the end about the women who had, under dire circumstances made it to the women's conference and told stories of unbelievable atrocities that th ...more
Debra Eve
Feb 04, 2014 Debra Eve rated it really liked it
"This stuff called money, mass-produced tokens or paper bills with no more inherent power than a notepad or a Kleenex, has become the single most controlling force in our lives." ~Lynne Twist

I first learned this in an anthropology class, when the professor challenged, "Name something that our society deems valuable but has no inherit value itself." Money is a social construct. I was stunned.

Yet I never thought of the all-encompassing power we give money over our lives until reading this book. Or
Jul 18, 2014 Itsuro rated it it was amazing
I attended a workshop featured by Ms. Lynne Twist and came to know about this book. Though her presentation was impressive I didn't expect much about this book. But it is really full of good lessons and a good eye-opener.

Money plays a pivotal role in this book but it's more like how we value our day-to-day life through our attitude toward money. Old Chinese saying also valued 'sufficiency' in life of human society. But it does not necessary mean to be satisfied with what we have, but rather we t
Jan 09, 2014 Starfire rated it really liked it
OK, whoah. This book was a definite eye-opener for me.

I've always had a sense of discomfort around money and my ability to trust myself to handle it. I've done a fair amount of inner work on the subject over the past few years, but most of it (as seems to be the case with a lot of somewhat new-agey conscious business teachers) has centred on my comfort levels with receiving - especially if other people I know aren't receiving at the same rate I am.

This book takes a totally different tack. It doe
Sep 30, 2014 Jennavier rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was exactly what I needed to read right now. A little hard to follow but worth the effort.
Dec 19, 2011 Tirzah rated it really liked it
great thoughtful writing that helps you be able to change your perspective...
Dec 06, 2015 Jahan rated it liked it
It is better than 3 stars, but I couldn't give it 4. I listened to the Audible version and I hated the narrator. Her diction was so overly precise that it was a constant distraction -NOBODY TALKS LIKE THAT! In a book soul, that robotic deliver was sadly contradictory. The ideas in the book were good, and worth reading and applying. It is worth reading just for the descriptions of her attending of a World Women's Conference in China, the stories were heartbreaking and uplifting. I will revisit th ...more
Michelle Murrain
Feb 10, 2015 Michelle Murrain rated it really liked it
It's a collection of interesting stories from the author's life around attitudes and perspectives around money, and how our culture has been focused on scarcity and not sufficiency. I'd recommend it to anyone who has been thinking about the significance of money in their life, or struggling with these issues.

It's a little simplistic at times, but I do think the book is worth a read for progressive folks interested in economic issues. And there are some nice messages about collaboration, and abo
Dec 01, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Really great book - really helped me see more of my dark (one-sided) perceptions of money and the root of my discomfort with it, even though I have processed a lot of my money baggage and limiting perspectives already. Totally explained why there is so much secrecy around money and how and why to choose more transparency and authenticity with it, like I do in the rest of my life. One of the most enlightening parts of the book for me was the parts about changing paradigms/societal systems with mo ...more
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“For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is "I didnt get enough sleep." The next one is "I don't have enough time." Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't have enough of... Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we're already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn't get, or didn't get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack... This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life” 22 likes
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