Read: The Soul of Money

March 18th

{Things are exceptionally hectic in my world this week; lots going on at work, preparing for a baby shower this weekend and can’t yet show what I’ve been busy crafting; feeding and spending time with the new roommate; trying to keep the garden alive with 90-degree temperatures already arriving; trying to keep my sanity while running a great nonprofit in this silly economy. More photos, time, love around here soon!}

I’ve been talking about this book for several weeks and recommending it to every friend I can think of, especially those who fundraise for a living. “The Soul of Money” has truly changed my views about finances — both personally and professionally. It has given me new found hope in both areas too. I’ve dogeared so many pages, it is hard to pick a quote that best sums the significance of this book, but this one comes darn close:

“In our relationship with money, we can continue to earn, save, invest, and provide for ourselves and for our families, but we reframe the relationship with a new recognition of and appreciation for what we already have. In that new way of seeing the flow of resources in our lives, rather than being something that is constantly escaping our grasp or diminishing, instead becomes a flood of nourishment and something we have the privilege of being trustees of for the moment. Our relationship with money ceases to be an expression of fear and becomes and expression of exciting possibility. The context of sufficiency can transform our relationship with money, with our resources, and with life itself.”

5 out of 5 stars, absoloodle!

Hope your week is peaceful and productive,

K

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10 Responses

  1. What a great quote!

  2. I’m going to see if the library has this book! You have me so intrigued. Have a great day!

  3. I’ve already ordered the book and look forward to reading it when it arrives in a couple of weeks.

  4. Definitely need to check out that book!

  5. I hope your week isn’t too crazy! I’ll have to check out that book also, sounds like a winner.

  6. Wow, that quote made me think today. It’s been something I’ve been wrestling with…my rocky relationship with money. I’ve gotten a Suze Orman book…I read (very occasionally) the blog ‘The Simple Dollar’…but they didn’t fit me and my perspective and I lost interest. I think this that you’ve shared is my more natural way of thinking about money. So now I want to learn more!

    I saw on Amazon there were two books with “Soul of Money” as the title…which one did you read, Reclaiming the Wealth or Transforming your Relationship?

  7. Have you read The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity, by Catherine Ponder? It examines this concept in great depth. I’m looking forward to reading The Soul Of Money now…sounds like a good one!

  8. It’s only recently that I’ve started thinking about money in more than a vague way. It’s amazing how it impacts our lives in more ways than just what we spend it on — it’s also about how it affects us in other less tangible ways, just as the passage you quoted reminds us. Thank you for sharing the book.

  9. In these economic times (how many times have you heard THOSE nauseating words?), I find myself very scared BUT also invigorated by the ways in which I can cut back around my home. Friday night pizza? Check, but it’s homemade. Lunch with friends? Sure, but they come over to my house. And we have more time to talk and relax.

    I find myself feeling calmer and more appreciative of what I DO have.

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