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Open Preview Neecleman a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Money and the Meaning of Life by Jacob Needleman. This remarkable book combines myth and tje, 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.
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Lists with This Book. Feb 19, Hank rated it it was amazing. You’ll find this book in the philosophy section – it is highly entertaining and compelling. I rarely re-read books – this is one that I will. Dec 14, Alfredo Sevilla rated it liked it. Start with chapter Jun 01, David Guy rated it liked it.
Jacob Needleman, Money and the Meaning of Life
I decided to read this book after my third reading of Needleman’s What is God? Money is another major conundrum in my life, so I thought I would have a look at this book, which actually, in an neexleman way, has much the same message as What is God? The whole point of life, Needleman insists, is uniting with the great I Am, but he emphasizes in this book that we can’t thereby neglect the “lower” things; we have to give money and sex and material thin I decided to read this book after my third reading of Needleman’s What is God?
The whole point of life, Needleman insists, is uniting with the great I Am, but he emphasizes in this book that we can’t thereby neglect the “lower” things; we have to give money and sex and material things their due in our life.
Jacob Needleman: Money and the Meaning of Life
As Jesus said, we render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, but we actually have to do that. When monks try to completely repress these lower things in their lives, they come back with a vengeance as the Catholic Church, “rejecting” money, actually acquired vast wealth.
The rejection of sex if similar results. The Protestant church, in trying to correct the hypocrisy of the Catholic church, actually made a kind of religion out of acquiring wealth, as Max Weber pointed meainng.
That is another kind of error. What we need to do with money and these other “lower” things is not neglect or ignore them, but put them to the service of our higher task jaxob knowing God. Needleman follows the teachings of Gurdjieff, so his way of knowing God is quite specific and practical though not easy. I actually felt this major message came through in the first 70 pages or so, and monet the rest of the book didn’t have a whole lot to add.
But that first part of the book was definitely worth it for me. May 24, Jake rated it it was ok. I was hoping for a more philosophical treatment of money in this book by a philosopher, but it didn’t rise much higher than most money-man books. The general idea was that one should find a balance between the obsession with money as an ideal it was kinda funny that he used Trump as an example of this [being the pre-politics version as that was when this was written] and the total disregard of cash of the hippies.
It has pretty generic arguments and a weak section of Socratic dialogue wit I was hoping for a more philosophical treatment of money in this book by a philosopher, but it didn’t rise much higher than most money-man books. It has pretty generic arguments and a weak section of Socratic dialogue with the author as the wise sage.
The apocryphal info on the Biblical King Solomon and the quotes from Maimonides and Rumi were interesting, but I thing I’ll go to the source material for more on them. Aug 10, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: Meaningg this book has some valuable concepts contained within it, the writing itself is so poor I found it challenging to follow.
The author’s attempt to wrap this book in a story needlessly made the book drag on without adding any value to it. This would perhaps have been more enjoyable in a concise 70 pages than it was in Feb 17, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: I agree with many other reviewers that the book is repetitive and not that well organized.
Also, the dualism he expresses, compartmentalizing life into “higher” and “lower,” I find somewhat bothersome. Dec 17, Susan rated it did not like it Shelves: There are many problems with this book see other reviews to get an idea of the range of them. But for me the main issue was that the central, organizing premise is clearly not true. Needleman actually slips it past the reader; in what I thought was a rather sneaky and even canny way and then writes on as if “well that’s taken care of.
We all agree this basic untrue premise is true.
I think you have to be very lost to find this clarifyi There are many problems with this book see other reviews to get an idea of the range of them. I think you have to be very lost to find this clarifying.
Nov 24, Michelle Tannenfolletti rated it really liked it Shelves: Mel Ziegler, cofounder, Banana Republic has read Needleman’s book Money and the Meaning of life and had this to say about it: So I thought this was an interesting observation of the book becau Mel Ziegler, jjacob, Banana Republic has read Needleman’s book Money and the Meaning of life and had this to say about it: So I thought this was an interesting observation of the book because I felt it had a sort of Da Vinci Code feel to it.
Oct 28, Bill Donhiser rated it liked it Shelves: A very philosophical book it is not annd easy read. It tends to meander about and not really to my taste but I am glad I read it it was assigned to me in a management class years ago and I never jacbo around to reading it decided to clear off my shelves of someday books and this is one more off my list.
I would recommend this book for philosophy majors not the general public. Nov 12, Lylah Day rated it it was amazing. Jacob Needleman presents the idea and history of money in a new way and definitely goes down with the greats on the ideas of wealth and enlightenment.
I’ve had to read it through twice and found myself taking notes. Dec 08, Dan Burke rated it it was amazing. I took pages and pages of notes. Jan 02, Jennifer Maul rated it it was amazing. Insightful around the idea that once you master money since it defines our culture today, then you can master your spirit. Mar 27, Michael Halt added it Recommends it for: This is one of the most important books that I have ever read. I would highly recommend it especially to younger people. Dec 28, Hans rated it liked it.
A bit meandering perhaps. Heiki Eesmaa rated it it was amazing O 21, Kelley Smith rated it really liked it Aug 25, Agusti Kehidata rated it really liked it Apr 12, Live rated it really liked it Nov 11, Tbe Schonwetter rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Amit Hembrom rated it really liked it Mar 14, Allan Cox rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Caryn rated it liked it Oct 01, Sonic rated it really liked it Nov 01, Steve Hunter rated it really liked it Mar 31, Dawne rated it it was amazing Nov 03, Django rated it really liked it Nov 16, Ben rated it liked it Apr 24, Rodrigo MP rated it really liked it Apr 09, Michael rated jacobb it was amazing Nov 01, Ermalinda Horne rated it liked it Jul 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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