The Soul of Money is one of the most inspiring and enlightening books about the connection between money and a meaningful life that I have ever read. I was entranced starting with the very first lines of the Introduction: “This book is entitled The Soul of Money, but it is really about our own soul and how and why we often eclipse it, dismiss it, or compromise it in our relationship with money: the way we get money, use money, give money and or sometimes just try to avoid thinking about money.”

Lynn Twist is a global activist and veteran fundraiser who raised over $150 million in individual contributions to charitable causes. She spent time with the richest and the poorest on earth, sometimes in a single day, and shares her amazing encounters with Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. Her work is deeply steeped in the philosophy of Buckminster Fuller, with whom she was fortunate enough to spend personal time.

If we want global prosperity, we need to examine our attitudes toward money: how we earn it, spend it and give it away. Twist invites us to take a look at our checkbook register or credit card statement. How much goes to clothing and entertainment? What part goes to education and health? What proportion supports your life purpose? This simple exercise can offer surprising insights into our lives, our values and the money culture we are born in and accept as natural. Knowing where the money goes is the first step in redirecting its flow.

Through personal stories and practical advice, Lynn demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom, and purpose. She does this by dismantling “The Great Lie of Scarcity,” based in “Three Toxic Myths”: 1) There is not enough; 2) more is better; 3) that’s just the way it is.

She replaces these myths with “The Surprising Truths of Sufficiency”: Money is a current that carries the soul’s energy and our intentions. When we dwell in sufficiency, we celebrate money’s power and direct the flow towards our highest ideals and fulfillments. Sustainability and sufficiency are rooted in the values of sharing, distribution and allocation, not accumulation. Wealth happens when we can share and give towards a purpose we believe in and care about, with the resources that flow to and through us.

Enjoy reading Lynn’s amazing life journey, and it will convince you that redesigning our relationship with money is not only a pathway to personal and financial freedom, but also key to transforming the condition of life, both physical and spiritual, for all of us in the 21st Century.

Paperback, 303 pages, $25.95; W.W. Norton, 2003.