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Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    It's worth $20,000, if not a million

    I read a book a day, run a Body Mind Spirit Book Club, spent half my earnings in book stores, but I have never written a book review until now. If you still don't see how important this book is to me, maybe you should know I wrote off a $20,000 debt someone owed me and asked nothing of him in return except to read this book. And I have to add that I don't really have that sort of money to throw away. This is how bad I want everyone to read it, because on its pages are not words but a vision of hope for the future of humanity.

    I will keep this short because the average person don't have time to read long reviews. I have no intention to summarize what the book is about, not just because that is a bit beyond me. The ideas the book covered are so radical and with so many ramifications that it will easily be dismissed by most as impractical and over-idealistic if read only in snippets. Half way through my reading of it, I was still skeptical if ignorance, social conditioning and resistance could ever be overcome, but every chapter took me one step closer to believing that it's really the answer I had been waiting for. It's a manual for the future ! I have my work cut out for me. Everyone has a part to play and that's why everyone should read it. And like a manual, it has to be read from cover to cover !

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Perhaps the most influencial book I've read. No hyperbole whatsoever.

    For years I looked on the ways of the world and of money and thought, "Something isn't right." I felt there must be a better way, so I began theorizing alternatives to competition and "me first" thinking. Ten pages into writing my own ideas out, I picked up a copy of Sacred Economics, and subsequently abandoned my writing efforts. Eisenstein said with far greater detail and eloquence everything I had hoped to say. Instead, I now focus my efforts developing software to implement some of Eisenstein's ideas.

    I wound up buying this book twice. First I bought a physical paper copy. Then I wanted to loan it to friends, so I bought a copy to read on my Nook while the other was gone. That's how important i feel this book is. Sacred Economics, without one iota of hesitation, receives my full recommendation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    A very timely book - intriguing and thought provoking

    Sacred Economics is well written and engaging. The author makes you step back and take a look at the big picture issues regarding economics, growth, philosophy, and government policy. While the book has a socialist bent, it is worth completely reading and thinking through the implications even for conservatives. The premise that we need to change our system of money and economics is very timely given the 2008 meltdown and ongoing monetary distress. The book takes a bit long getting to suggestions and some suggestions are not completely developed. I still gave it 5 stars because this is exactly the type of discussion that we should be having, whether one completely agrees with every recommendation or not.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    A breathtaking and enlightening perspective on the current state

    A breathtaking and enlightening perspective on the current state of the economy and how to better it!  He also discusses how to live in abundance as a community as opposed to scarcity.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    very disappointing

    I was attracted to the title and a brief video that the author had made but I found the book unhelpful. The concept of "gifting" may occur in his imagination but it is naive to think that this idea fits the marketplace of the last 200 years or the present. For a book that does make sense and is filled with used facts and conclusions I recommend THE EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION by Jeremy Rifkin.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 19, 2012

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