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Taking stock : a spiritual guide to rising above life's financial ups and downs
Blech, Benjamin.
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New York : American Management Association, [2003]

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xvi, 206 pages ; 23 cm
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HG4515.15 .B58 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Foreword by Monsignor James P. Lisante What is it about money that not only makes us feel secure but also drives us to measure our true worth by our financial standing? Whether we've experienced unmet monetary goals, job loss, or outright financial crisis, too many of us have let the stress of financial issues obscure our higher priorities. Taking Stock is a revelatory book filled with the wisdom and practical tools to move toward a lifeview in which success is defined by spiritual clarity, not by the promises money seldom delivers.The author has been through his own rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags saga, through which he learned money's true place and value. Examples from his own experience and from community and business life are sprinkled with teachings from the world's religions - not to mention a healthy dose of common sense. To the religious and nonobservant alike, Taking Stock reveals: * the role money plays in our lives * why we envy others for things we don't need * the difference between failure and failing * and how to ""start over"" using new definitions of success and happiness The book closes with Prescriptions for Each Day of the Week, each one an inspiring and beautiful story witha gentle, clear moral. With compassion, humor, and profound wisdom, Taking Stock gives readers not only a way to cope, but also a deep appreciation for what they have - not what they're missing." "

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Rabbi Benjamin Blech holds a masters degree in psychology from Columbia University, and has written eight other books on Judaism, He has taught at Yeshiva University since 1966. A tenth-generation rabbi, Blech is a frequent lecturer in Jewish communities around the world

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Rabbi Blech, a professor at Yeshiva University in New York and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judaism, uses his own experience of mismanaging his money and his counseling of others to offer his insights on having a healthier attitude about money. To make his case, Blech uses not only biblical references but also thoughts from philosophers, moguls and others. His key message is the commonsense, though not original, notion that people should not equate happiness or self-worth with their bank statement: "Far too many of us have internalized this ridiculous notion by defining success in life as the ability to accumulate material possessions. That forces our self-image to constantly waver between success or failure as a human being." The book is well organized with chapters covering such topics as "Wealth or Health," "How Expensive Is a Guilt Trip," "Pessimism Is Deadly" and "Is There Life After Failure?" Each chapter includes a summary of key points, though some are quite obvious: "Money, like everything else, is good in moderation" or "Those who are wise have always known that the blessings of children, family, and love far outweigh all financial aspects of life." Readers may well find these aphorisms soothing and the book's message generally supportive. However, anyone needing practical help managing his or her money won't find specific financial advice here. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Monsignor James P. Lisante
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Say Goodbye--It's Really Gonep. 5
Chapter 2 No, You're Not Stupidp. 11
Chapter 3 How Much Are You Worth?p. 21
Chapter 4 How Expensive Is a Guilt Trip?p. 26
Chapter 5 Money Isn't Really Your Best Friendp. 31
Chapter 6 Wealth or Health?p. 39
Chapter 7 What Would You Do with It?p. 45
Chapter 8 "Thou Shalt Not Covet"p. 53
Chapter 9 What You Have Leftp. 62
Chapter 10 Did the Money Really Buy You Happiness?p. 73
Chapter 11 Oh No, Not Chapter Elevenp. 82
Chapter 12 It's God's Faultp. 83
Chapter 13 Is There Life After Failure?p. 90
Chapter 14 Are You Being Tested?p. 104
Chapter 15 Pessimism Is Deadlyp. 114
Chapter 16 Are You Afraid of Success?p. 124
Chapter 17 Greed Is Not Goodp. 132
Chapter 18 Go to a Funeralp. 141
Chapter 19 Why the Bible Is Better than Buffettp. 150
Chapter 20 Starting Overp. 167
Chapter 21 The Fortune You're Going to Leave Behindp. 179
Are You Feeling Better Now? Prescriptions for Each Day of the Weekp. 189
Indexp. 201