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The Art of Money is the book your money-savvy best friend, therapist, and accountant would write if they could. Bari Tessler’s integrative approach creates the real possibility of “money healing,” using our relationship with money as a gateway to self-awareness and a training ground for compassion, confidence, and self-worth. Tessler’s gentle techniques weave together emot ...more
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Published June 14th 2016 by Parallax Press
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Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. I never thought I'd describe a personal finance book as a page turner, but I could not put this down. I've known Bari Tessler for years, taken her courses and she is an incredible resource. Every time I connect with her my life is the better for it. Anyone who interacts with money in any way will want to read this. The best part is the book's ability to motivate without scaring you. There are many issues around money that can be scary- it may be the most loaded topic of all- but reading ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This is a very unique personal finance book. Tessler's approach blends mindfulness, practical info, and a lot of emotional work to help people understand where their patterns and feelings around money come from and how to change them. The spirituality-ish aspects didn't really appeal to me, but don't let that deter you--there's still a lot you can pull out of that (and for what it's worth, it's totally secular). Her approach is very practical and allows you to choose your own values and prioriti ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bari Tessler takes a mindful and compassionate approach to thinking about our relationships with money. She discusses how money is emotional and closely tied to our deeply held values, and presents a number of exercises and practices you can do to gently become more comfortable thinking about money and relating to it in this way. Some of her practices are based in her somatic (body-based) therapy experience, which resonated with me as it was familiar from therapy work I've done. The book is simu ...more
Maia Duerr
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Art of Money" ranks right up there for me along with another book that has been pivotal in transforming my relationship with money -- "The Energy of Money" by Maria Nemeth. Both books are full of practical guidance but even more importantly they draw out the energetic and spiritual dimensions of money. To me, this is a necessary ingredient in order to make not just a superficial change, but a lasting transformation.

@Bari Tessler's book feels like having an intimate conversation about a som
Review to come. I picked up this book last year as a recommendation in the realm of personal finance and it was one of the best/most unique guides in the topic that I've picked up. It's equal parts practical financial management guide and mindfulness/wellness guide. I need to mull over a few points but my overall score might be between 4 stars and 4.5 for this. Technically my first completed read of the year. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A whole new way to think about your relationship with money. Everyone should read this book.
Shannon Buck
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m still on my quest to learn more about different aspects of finances, and was overjoyed to read Bari Tessler’s book The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness. Bari is the creator of the global, year-round program The Art of Money, and she uses a caring, conversational writing style to guide us through the book so we can learn all about our financial situations. All this, she does gently.

“Money… is about our relationship with ourselves.”~ Bari Tessler

To begin, Bari takes c
Lauren Sapala
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I say this in all seriousness: This book changed my life.

I have never felt comfortable with money. I’ve always felt confusion, fear, and shame around earning money, spending money, saving money, and receiving money. About a year ago I decided that it was time to get my act together and so I started reading personal finance books, but every book I read seemed to increase my shame and make me even more confused.

Enter Bari Tessler.

I’m still not even sure how I found her—I think through a random Goo
Kristy Lin Billuni
I will cherish this book, mark it up and fold the corners on favorite pages. I know for certain, I'll give it as a conversation-referencing gift many times in years to come because I have so many meaningful conversations with loved ones about money. You can read or share it in pieces. The chapter on values-based bookkeeping, for example, could be an interesting alternative starting point. The book overflows with practical resources, like questions to ask before you hire a bookkeeper, accountant, ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for specific tactics or strategies around earning, saving or investing, this might not be the best book. However, lots of good lessons on healing our relationship to money. It's a book I would share with a friend who is looking to dig deeper and not looking for a quick fix. ...more
Meighan O'Toole
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - This book helped me to really rethink how I approach money. Tessler is filled with empathy and compassion, and she just seems like a lovely person. Someone you really want to make proud. I think one of the biggest a-ha! moments for me in the book is how she discusses values and how they should be weaved into spending, saving, giving, etc. This was pretty groundbreaking to me! Which may seem crazy to some. But money has always eluded me, and its always felt like it was meant to be spe ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Money is a book where the good stuff happens right on the first pages. I don´t like to scribble in my books and prefer to keep them in pristine shape. But never has the urge been stronger than when reading Bari Tessler´s Art of Money! On page ten I was jumping in my sofa almost on my way to get a pen. This is definitely a book that you want to take notes and ponder upon when reading. Not only because of the exercises in it, but because it sets you mind rolling.

I have never been fond
Cecily Robertson
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I learned two very different money philosophies from my father and grandmother as a kid, and neither of them have felt right for me in adulthood. Something I’ve learned over and over again is that you don’t have to do life the way everyone else does. That’s why The Art of Money resonated with me many times throughout reading. Tessler really encourages you to approach your financial strategies from an emotional place—to take a look at the money beliefs you inherited, let go of what’s not working, ...more
Becca Nelson
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I HATE talking about money. Financial spreadsheets make me feel nauseated. Money brings up so many feelings about self-worth and personal responsibility for me, as I internalized at an early age that I wasn’t “good with money” and I probably never will be. When my therapist recommended this book to me, I was skeptical. But there was something about her values-based approach to finance that really resonated with me. Money doesn’t have to be separate from our creativity and our emotions, and budge ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this in preparation for a year long journey with Bari on The Art of Money. I wanted to see what the overview is and I love the journey and gentleness she brings into our money journey.

Since I started, I've managed to save a bigger chunk of my paycheck into savings, and I've been more daring in wanting to earn more, finding ways to bring my value into the world.

This book isn't very tactical but it shows practical ways of dealing with the shame and guilt we ask have towards mon
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An in-depth look at money and how it affects our lives, and how our beliefs and emotions affect how we manage our money. This is not a quick read as it inspires us to think about our lives, and what role we want our money to play in our lives. Bari asks many questions that require soul searching to answer. I found it very interesting and thought-provoking. If you struggle with getting control of your money, this book will help if you're willing to wrestle with difficult questions, and do the exe ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, in-2018
When I was first told about the "elephant in the room," my first reaction was... "Okay, what other crazy stuff is she going to come up with?" I didn't think I was uncomfortable with self-love, but I guess that when it comes to money, which I get really excited about (especially when it comes to research and planning), I'm not really worried about being kind to myself because it seems kind to myself to simply be playing around with possibilites. By the end though, I could see some of her points. ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a different take on the basic finance book and focuses more on your feelings and emotions surrounding what can be an inherently emotional topic. It was interesting to look at it from a perspective that I don't normally engage with but ultimately contained a lot of the same information I've found in other sources, just packaged differently. For someone who is not analytical about money, this could be a great approach with lots of actionable tips and tricks. For those analytical types, thi ...more
Tara C
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not loving this to start with, because I'd never heard of a financial therapist and thought it would be a really American book. However it was a good read, lots of real-life stories and methods of managing your money and your happiness. Everything in this book had a purpose, and all methods the author gave were clearly stated to be used if it works for you only.

Lots of recommendations at the end too - I'm off now to read the book about having a financial discussion with your child about t
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Bari explains ways to check in with your body and making sure you are grounded and creating a container that allows you to consciously make decisions about your finances. She also has great tips and ideas for how to think about money differently. I believe language can be very powerful in the way it shapes our mental models and I really appreciated the language changes she writes about uses in this work. It has changed the way I think about and deal with money.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book runs you through the basics of personal bookkeeping and budgeting. Bari Tessler is trained in somatic therapy so she has a definite feminine, body & feeling- centered approach to wrangling with the oft-avoided topic of personal finances. For anyone needing a softer, gentler approach to finance, this may be the book for you.
Liz Norell
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't as personally helpful as I might have hoped, but I suspect that's because I've been doing similar work in other areas for such a long time. I recommend this to anyone who feels overwhelm and fear around their relationship with money. It's not a tough-love book at all, and Bari Tessler openly shares her own experiences to normalize what so many of us feel. ...more
Kathleen Langton-Kiyak
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great book into our emotions surrounding money and how to create a different and better relationship with it.

There was a lot of tangible advice with personal stories weaved in that area very relatable.

I am excited to start my money map and start deeper conversations with my husband around our views of money.
Sara Wright
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I really wanted to like this. It started out okay, but then I just got bogged down by lots of words and lack of practical tips. It's extremely touchy feely - which I guess is the point. But I needed to do my own thinking, not spend loads of time reading about other people's thinking.

But then again, I didn't finish it - YMMV
Kate Swoboda
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bari has a true gift for talking about money in a way that leaves you feeling safe, held, and inspired to take action. She's not doing short shrift to the topic; she's approaching it with nuance, pragmatism, and something that's so often missing in money guides--soul. ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thought-provoking and practical book. If you're looking to connect your money decisions with your values, this is the book. This money has given me new tools to use now and into the future that affect not only how and where I spend my money but where I am investing my time and energy. ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-books-2017
I saw this book listed in the Parallax Press mailer I received and it piqued my interest. I really enjoyed the suggestions she shared and it reminded me to really focus on my family values when making decisions regarding money.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was something so relatable, charging towards a financially happy life is not only earning more but a mindset shift. It’s a both spiritual and practical book that make you wanna flip to the next page / chapter everytime you’re done.
Carina Hoyer
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a very helpful book to learn how to approach toxic behaviors of money caused by circumstances, trauma and capitalism. The writing is......rough, very self helpy; but the content is worth pushing through that.
Apr 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I stopped this partway through, because it decreased in effectiveness for me. I do really appreciate her insight that money is deeply emotional, and we have to address the emotions attached to our choices in order to be able to make budgets that work for us.
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Bari Tessler Linden, M.A., is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach, Mama-preneur, and the Founder of The Art of Money. She has guided thousands of people to new, empowered, and refreshingly honest relationships with money through her nurturing, body-centered approach.

Her methodology weaves together personal, couple, and creative entrepreneurial money teachings into one complete tapestry. She is the

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