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

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  684 ratings  ·  140 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 adv ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2003)
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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.

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
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'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
Asta Garmon
Jan 02, 2008 Asta Garmon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 ...more
Sherry Quan
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Debra Eve
"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
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
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
Wow. This was exactly what I needed to read right now. A little hard to follow but worth the effort.
great thoughtful writing that helps you be able to change your perspective...
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 was a little nervous as I began reading this book, particularly after reading the author’s biography on the back cover about her long career in fundraising, and the photo of her with an African baby. Would this be a rant about why every person in the western world should give away their wealth unquestioningly? But as I continued reading I realised what an important book this is. The author actually favours gifting money in order to enable people to help themselves (e.g in microfinance) and rec ...more
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
Amy Moritz
Confession time: One of my New Year's resolutions was to examine and repair my relationship with money. It's a topic I never want to talk about and a topic I never want to deal with. I'm one of those people who believes she is bad at math and bad at finances. Since my reality is shaped by my beliefs, I figured it was time to look at them and change this. And this was the perfect place to start. This book has been on my Kindle for sometime, and I finally was ready to read it. So glad I did.

Alison Wiley
I've read many books about money, and this one is my hands-down favorite. Ms. Twist's message is joyful and sometimes surprising. She points out how we in the U.S. tend to believe we don't have 'enough', whether it is possessions, experiences, time or money. We strive after 'more', sometimes miserably and compulsively. Her decades of experience in countries of all different income-levels is shows that happiness and ‘enoughness' comes from using whatever money, time and resources we have wisely, ...more
Jul 23, 2008 Kellie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kellie by: Dee Randall
Enjoyed the book. Author is very passionate and tends to get a little long winded, but I enjoyed her thoughts. I will recommend it to all my clients, perhaps it will be a Christmas gift to each of them...

Keep your highlighter handy, there are many great thoughts to come back to at a later time.

Here are a few of my favorites...

"No matter how much or how little money you have flowing through your life, when you direct that flow with soulful purpose, you feel wealthy. You feel vibrant and alive whe
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 Dalia Lama) to the anonymous but ...more
Reagan Ramsey
Love, love, loved this book! The author posits that the way we think about, spend and give money says a tremendous amount about our deepest values. It's something we never seem t talk about (because it's tacky?), but money is an important way that we can influence and share value. Twist discusses money as a conduit (and not an end itself) that flows through us to bless others. I love that thought.

You can see all the good she has done simply by meeting needs as she sees them, but there is a great
Aug 21, 2009 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: money
I'm going to give this book 3 stars. Although I am inclined to give it 2 stars. Yes - we over consume. And that consumption robs us of something in our interactions with other people. She points to Live Aid as having created a greater sense of dependency by those receiving the aid. She also acknowledges a level of corruption in much aid. However, I didn't have enough concrete examples of what she was proposing instead. I felt this could easily let people feel they didn't need to be involved. (th ...more
This book came to me at a great time. I have done well in life yet have massive angst about the uses, purposes, and fragility of my resources, especially with three kids in or heading into college.

This book helped me look at different frameworks around money, especially in terms of the non-profits that I have helped to fundraise over the past 20 years. I have recommended this book to several managers of non-profits to rethink what they are offering in terms of donor relationships.
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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” 11 likes
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