Item description for Money and the Meaning of Life by Jacob Needleman...
Overview This remarkable book combines myth and psychology, the poetry of the Sufis and the wisdom of King Solomon, along with Needleman's searching of his own soul and his culture to explain how money can become a unique means of self-knowledge. Includes a "user's guide" and discussion section, exclusive to this paperback edition.
Publishers Description If we understood the true role of money in our lives, writes philosopher Jacob Needleman, we would not think simply in terms of spending it or saving it. Money exerts a deep emotional influence on who we are and what we tell ourselves we can never have. Our long unwillingness to understand the emotional and spiritual effects of money on us is at the heart of why we have come to know the price of everything, and the value of nothing. Money has everything to do with the pursuit of an idealistic life, while at the same time, it is at the root of our daily frustrations. On a social level, money has a profound impact on the price of progress. Needleman shows how money slowly began to haunt us, from the invention of coins in Biblical times (when money was created to rescue the community good, not for self gain), through its hypnotic appeal in our money-obsessed era. This is a remarkable book that combines myth and psychology, the poetry of the Sufis and the wisdom of King Solomon, along with Jacob Needleman's searching of his own soul and his culture to explain how money can become a unique means of self-knowledge. As part of the Currency paperback line, it includes a "User's Guide" an introduction and discussion guide created for the paperback by the author -- to help readers make practical use of the book's ideas.
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Studio: Broadway Business
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1994
Publisher Crown Business
ISBN 0385262426 ISBN13 9780385262422
Availability 0 units.
More About Jacob Needleman
The acclaimed author of "The American Soul," "Why Can t We Be Good?" and "Money and the Meaning of Life," Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, and former Director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, CA."
Jacob Needleman currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Money and the Meaning of Life?
Don't waste your time... Apr 1, 2007
I have to say I was very disappointed with this book. The author seemed to be reaching too often to come off as a wise academic and ended up surrounding a complex topic with stilted language and delivery that made the point be lost on the reader.
The writing style and tone is extremely pretentions and the recounting of the discussions with his students are dreadful. I continued to find myself wondering if the author was being serious and needing to focus on what he was trying to say. It was frustrating to continue to try to figure out what he was trying to say when he should have just been saying it.
Honestly, I don't think there is much new that this book is adding to any discourse on the nature of money. There seems to be little original thought and just the recounting of fairy tales, poems, myths, bible passages, etc., to convey the thesis of the book.
It should have been much clearer and could have been much better. The book also rambles and could have been 80 - 100 pages shorter.
In sum, don't waste your time. You'll get little out of this book b/c there's not much to get.
a darn good book Jan 4, 2007
The book is a good one. We enjoyed it and recommend it to others. The service was great too.
Not that great Nov 28, 2006
Needleman had some interesting stories but I didn't find the book all the helpful or entertaining. I had to read it for class and the only good part about the assignment was the class discussions, most of which had little to do with the actual book. I thought it had potential and I was excited about reading this book but ended up being dissappointed. It is a VERY easy book to read and you can fly through the pages. I ended up reading a lot and not really understanding or getting anything from what I just read.
Not just a book Aug 17, 2006
As a spiritual healer I have been recommending this book to clients for about ten years. The differences in their lives and their attitude to money have been simply amazing. Most of them have reported that they couldn't read this book quickly; their head would spin and they'd have to put the book down for several days while they thought about what they'd read. Soon after reading this book they began to make better choices in jobs and investments. It's not a logical change, it's a perception shift. Sometimes a book isn't just a book...sometimes it's a portal.
A philosophy professor's lecture and lunch conversation Apr 27, 2006
A rambling, self-important, name-dropping, and pretentious work that I forced myself to finish. The literary device of focusing on discussions with two fictional students during much of the book was annoying and an easy way to increase page count without requiring serious rigor. I have just started Galbraith's 'Money'; it seems much more robust, though admittedly of a slightly different focus.