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Too taboo to discuss in public, but central to many private conversations, money and the power it has over us is always on our minds. In MONEY AS SACRAMENT, Adele Azar-Rucquoi examines how money affects women's outlook on life, relationships, confidence, independence, and inner peace. As a former nun who grew up running the cash register at her immigrant father's grocery, the wife of a formerly homeless man, and the unsuspecting heir to a substantial inheritance later in life, Azar-Rucquoi's defining life experiences have transformed how she relates to money and helped her develop keen perspective and uncommon wisdom on how money impacts lives. In MONEY AS SACRAMENT, Azar-Rucquoi looks at how women are deeply conflicted by wealth—or the lack thereof—and encourages us to recognize its inherently multifaceted meaning. In this thoughtful and provocative collection of 50 stories about women who grapple with such issues, Azar-Rucquoi inspires us all to finally make peace with the mighty dollar. • Women make approximately 90 percent of their family's money-based decisions.• Women have a 70 percent chance of being responsible for their own financial matters, and an 80 percent chance of being responsible for someone's else financial matters.
"I have been deeply shaped, conditioned, and blessed by a unique relationship with money. My life-defining experiences have emerged as the central pieces in my spiritual puzzle: those years working the register in a grocery store, then as a nun in a convent followed by lean seasons of church service, and then falling into my parents' ample inheritance and living off it. Looking back, I am amazed by how my confusion at each juncture served to shape my authority on the subject of money. In these days of intense commerce, as banks speak real time, stock brokers trade at light speed, and families are caught up in their own high-speed spending cycles, I believe we are desperate to locate the meaning of it all. Where's the spirit in all this currency, in all this exchange, and what is it telling us? For me, money had come to have that distinct coldness of the enemy. Did others see it the same? I longed to know if other women struggled as much with the meaning of money as I did. I wanted to know how they handled it, how they talked about it, and how they shared it with their families and communities. Seeking these answers, I began interviewing women from all walks of life—women with and without money. This book is the culmination of these very personal conversations and the enlightenment they brought me. No more do I think of money as a worldly possession, but rather, as a synthesis of matter, spirit, and exchange." —From the Introduction
ADELE AZAR-RUCQUOI is a former Catholic nun and schoolteacher who leads seminars for women grappling with the complex issues associated with money. Azar-Rucquoi lives in Maitland, Florida.
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Studio: Celestial Arts
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Nov 19, 2002
Publisher Celestial Arts
ISBN 1587611376 ISBN13 9781587611377 UPC 028195611375
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A Refreshing Twist, Linking Money With Spirituality Jan 3, 2008
As a self-employed writer, I don't have a regular paycheck. It has taught me to be mindful about spending. I've also had to learn not to let that mindfulness become a sense of scarcity in my life. Most of all, I've learned to value my work in the world. Sometimes, when we're enjoying ourselves, we forget that we can still earn money while we're having fun.
Those were just some of the lessons I was dealing with as I read Adele Azar-Rucquoi's book. Money as Sacrament, 10 years in the making, is about making peace with money or, in my words, feeling at home with money. Adele wondered about the spirit in currency (dollar bills say "In God We Trust") and set out on a journey to meet other women and explore their stories in relation to money. She shares her own story, reflected by the stories of the 50 women she interviewed.
Adele's conversational writing style is rather like letters written to the reader. In each, we learn something about the appearance of the interview subject, what the author and she had for lunch, and the setting. The interviews are just the right length, each with a focus to maintain interest.
There is no judgment on Adele's part about the financial circumstances of her interview subjects, except once when Tabatha, an elderly African-American woman, asks Adele for money. While resentful at first, Adele came to accept her role as Tabatha's monthly donor. Her view of Tabatha, she realized, was not being diminished because of Tabatha's request for help. That early phone call was a "call to community".
Among the many situations described in this book, you're bound to find a woman's story that reflects your own. I could identify with Rachel, who decided to take a risk and become a marriage therapist working with couples rather than one partner at a time. Her training took time and money, and her new therapy practice isn't generating money as yet. She would rather take risks than not take on something new and challenging.
Rachel and Adele took on a challenge together when they addressed Adele's church congregation on their mutual work for Middle East peace. Rachel is Jewish, and Adele is Arab-American. "Whether in the wallet or at the pulpit," Adele writes, "whatever is worth having is worth taking risks for. And our holiness lies in the stretch."
The author was raised by immigrant parents who worked very hard to earn and save money. A couple of years in a Catholic private school led her to Catholicism and to taking her vows as a nun. She spent 16 years in a convent, where she was looked after very well. But she wasn't to have her own money. Once out in the world, Adele faced the beliefs about money with which she had been raised. She became "a hyperproductive moneymaker", leaving no space for piety. A church-employed therapist helped Adele to slow down by encouraging her to smell something lovely, like fresh flowers. He told her, "Money is made for pleasure."
When Adele became one of the beneficiaries of her parents' estate following their deaths, she felt guilty for having so much money. As a poor woman, she hated money. As a rich one, she was still confused. A supportive stockbroker introduced her to a peacemaking group that would change her life. The Foundation for Mideast Peace sought to reconcile Arabs and Jews. Once she plunged into the work, she "got straight on what money I wanted to give to good causes".
She took comfort in Marianne Williamson's words in A Woman's Worth: "It is God's will that each of us, every woman, man and child, be happy, whole and successful." Adele came to accept what a priest friend had written about her inheritance: "Whether you take a vow of poverty or take ownership of a Cadillac, it's all about accepting the gifts God puts before you. All is gift."
I never had heard money described as sacrament before, except for watching a former therapist place my check on her altar. I have been struggling ever since to see money in that light. Adele's book is helping me. It is so refreshing to have a book linking money with spirituality.
Adele writes of her marital struggles when she shared her money with her new husband, Jim, who had been homeless. Yet he was better able to spend money than she was. He later received his own large check from a retirement account he had set up while teaching.
The appendix includes "Money Aerobics - Seven Stretches for Your Money Muscles". "Avoid Running" is a big one for many of us who have overspent instead of facing "emotional woes". The book ends with "Further Conversations"--questions to ask yourself about your relationship with money. Answering those questions could fill your own book.
Adele lives with her husband in Maitland, Florida where she spends time square dancing, conducting workshops on prejudice reduction or conflict resolution, signing books and smelling the orange blossoms on her property. To read more about Adele, see her website, here: www.MoneyAsSacrament.com.
by Mary Ann Moore for Story Circle Book Reviews www.storycirclebookreviewsorg reviewing books by, for, and about women
Money as Sacrament Aug 11, 2004
This book is quite unique. The author knows the power of money through her own experience as well as interviews with others. It is a fun read and an enlightening one. The author is clever, witty and insightful. I recommend this book to anyone wishing to understand the power of money in their lives.
Money as Sacrament- Jul 24, 2004
This book came to me at the perfect time in my life! I am 43 years old, and on my own for the first time in my life, following the end of a 21 year marriage in which my husband and I played the traditional roles of male/provider and female/homemaker. I was very uneasy and quite frustrated at the financial place I was in. In addition, the topic of money is not one that many of my friends felt comfortable talking with me about, especially now that we were coming from different perspectives.
Reading Adele's wonderful book was a blessing to me in 3 ways: it was full of good information and lessons, it changed the way I view money in my life, and I realized that many other women have been in similar, or worse situations, and they have found their way. It really lessened my fears and concerns, and helped me to trust that everything is as it should be. This is a much needed book on a very important topic.
Eye-opening; thought provoking Jul 24, 2004
Once I started this book, I could not put it down. With each part of Adele's journey, I took a deeper look into my own life's journey and my relationship with money. Do we ever make peace with money? If so, how? These are questions I never really thought of before. But when reading this book, I felt compelled to answer them. And these answers --- and the path I took to find them --- are making a profound difference in how I am leading my life.
A Life Opening Book Apr 21, 2003
This book is a breath of fresh air for anyone struggling to have a healthy relationship with money in their life. The book is a compilation of stories of how various women have dealt with their money challenges of proverty and prosperity throughout their lives. The most helpful lesson I learned from this was thinking of money as something available to serve your life...rather than serving money itself. Azar-Rucquoi does an excellent job of showing that God wants an abundant life for all of us - and the real solution is to trust Him in whatever financial circumstances we find ourselves in. It was an enjoyable read and I applaud the author for her unique and relevant way of handling a very elusive subject.