Lynne Twist is a global activist and fundraiser who in her 40-year career has raised more than $150 million in individual contributions for charitable causes, such as ending world hunger, protecting the rain forest, improving the situation of women, and advancing the scientific understanding of human consciousness. Her goal in this timely resource is to help us become more alert, truthful, free, and generous with the flow of money in all departments of our lives. Instead of embracing it as an arena for personal growth and a place to work on our transformation, money has become an obsession to millions, who have made it into idol and a constant source of guilt and regret. No wonder Twist can write: "Money is the most universally motivating, mischievous, miraculous, maligned, and misunderstood part of contemporary life."
Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time lamenting the scarcity of money in our lives. The author takes a hard look at this myth and exposes its toxic elements that give vent to our greed, prejudice, and disappointments. A more sane and salutary approach is to rejoice in our sufficiency, which Twist defines as "an act of generating, distinguishing, making known to ourselves the power and presence of our existing resources, and our inner resources." In this perspective, there is always enough. Indigenous cultures built their societies on the centering principles of sustainability and sufficiency. Under this banner, sharing and collaboration are more important than looking after number one and personal accumulation. She quotes a Haitian saying, "If you get a piece of cake and eat the whole thing, you will feel empty. If you get a piece of cake and share half of it, you will feel both full and fulfilled."
Throughout the book, Twist gives examples of individuals, corporations, and philanthropies that make the most out of the soul of money by seeing it as a carrier of our finest intentions; as the currency of our love, commitment, and service; and as an opportunity to nourish the things that we care about. In a world where the chasm between the haves and the have-nots is growing every day, this is a timely and inspiring resource.