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4.0 von 5 Sternen Masterful send-up of the whole self-help genre
When I first saw this book displayed, my interest was piqued - it is highly unusual for a true Christian monk to be engaging in the whole business of financial advice, yet given the slew of books from the Chopras, Beardstown ladies, and other unlikely characters in the market today, I wasn't totally surprised. I bought it without my usual survey, and set down to reading...
Am 29. Juni 1998 veröffentlicht

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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Robust Bouquet With No Succulent Aftertaste
I enjoyed this book. But I have seen better (and much worst) satires of self-help and of American values. This book lacks the mordancy and scathing hilarity of THANK YOU FOR SMOKING; I enjoyed it, had a few good laughs, but would not buy it for friends or recommend it. Satire it is, and good satire, but much much closer to such "non-books" as 10001 Uses for...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 1998 von Natalie


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Masterful send-up of the whole self-help genre, 29. Juni 1998
Von Ein Kunde
When I first saw this book displayed, my interest was piqued - it is highly unusual for a true Christian monk to be engaging in the whole business of financial advice, yet given the slew of books from the Chopras, Beardstown ladies, and other unlikely characters in the market today, I wasn't totally surprised. I bought it without my usual survey, and set down to reading it. It was apparent that after the first couple of chapters that this was fiction, and that Brother Ty was not who he says he is. I suspect that if he is that oxymoronic combination, a "monk-tycoon", if indeed he really exists at all, his collaboration with Buckly and Tierney is in the spirit of Anonymous and "Primary Colors". Yet, sadly, I saw elements of the truth in this whole novel - it takes very little to derail ones spiritual journey given the overwhelming temptations of the marketplace, and there are quite a few examples (too many) of this even in the religious community, although not often as egregious as the events in this book. God help us if this isn't fiction.
I truly struggled in the first couple of chapters in trying to determine whether this was a true story or fiction, as the authors masterfully build farce upon farce, skewering everything and everyone (a la Monty Python's "Life of Brian") until the final chapter, when the one all important truth is revealed - you can only get rich from a self-help book by writing one. Maybe "Brother Ty" can be coaxed into a sequel on a related topic, or an entirely different one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An extreemly funny book revealing the road to true "success", 21. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
This is an extreemly humorous book detailing the path to success in life. I laughed aloud at the well written genuinely "true-to-life" situations Brother Ty narrates in this personal tale of his journey to "Spiritual AND Financial Growth." There is a very tender and heart touching element found in the development of the characters introduced in this story which makes it a delight to read. Also, as a minister myself, (protestant & Presbyterian...so pray for me, my Catholic friends!) I appreciated the accurate use of theology and Scripture found throughout the story, an element missing in many popular "self-help" books. Overall a great book about the insanity (and cure) found in our "growth" oriented modern society. I couldn't help visualizing how this will appear as a screen play. (Now that Robert Downey Jr. is "out and about," he has my vote for "Bro.Ty"!) A fun read that will leave you feeling good about life.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Robust Bouquet With No Succulent Aftertaste, 30. Juni 1998
I enjoyed this book. But I have seen better (and much worst) satires of self-help and of American values. This book lacks the mordancy and scathing hilarity of THANK YOU FOR SMOKING; I enjoyed it, had a few good laughs, but would not buy it for friends or recommend it. Satire it is, and good satire, but much much closer to such "non-books" as 10001 Uses for a Dead Cat, or THE RULES OF DUCT TAPE, than to the best satiric books which earn a permanent place on our book-shelves.
This vintage, finally, is too light and frothy and a little "too" easy. I missed the mad brilliance I have seen in Buckley's other books and think that perhaps I would have rated this book higher if the author's other work had not given me such gleeful expectations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wickedly funny . . . dead-on satire, 2. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I got an advance copy of this book and could not put it down -- it is now being devoured by my friends as well, so I have to pick up more copies to keep the ravaging hordes of crazed Buckley fans (who have been following his career closely both through his columns in The New Yorker and his earlier literary efforts -- most notably Thank You For Smoking (which should be mandatory reading everywhere)) at bay. I am pleased to report that Buckley and friends have created a small gem here -- a perfect send-up of the self-help books we are all too embarrassed to admit to reading. This book is a terrific gift for all the would-be financial titans in your rolodex!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Buckley Effectively Punctures Self Help Balloon, 14. Mai 1998
A few years ago Wendy Kaminer wrote a book, I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional, that took on self help books and programs. Now Christopher Buckley assigns himself the same task writing a fictional account of a monastery headed by an abbot who is a devotee of Deepak Chopra. It's a fluffy, hilarious, yet incisive probe that makes a lot of self help writers and their readers look silly. Its a slim book, but with about 3 laughs per page you get you're money's worth. Don't read it if you are a fan of Chopra, Robbins or Covey though, as I'm sure it will stunt your spiritual growth, and set you back on your path to make millions of dollars in this lifetime.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good fun, 1. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde
While not quite as smart and smart-a**ed as Thank You for Smoking, God Is My Broker remains an entertaining read. The ending falls a little short of complete satisfaction, but as a whole the situations and plot twists presented are completely absurd yet somehow stangely plausible simultaneously (hey, if the "insights" of Anthony Robbins are good enough for Clinton, why shouldn't Deepak Chopra provide inspiration for a desperate abbot?) Buckley also has some great one-liners: "If God didn't want us to throw stones, why'd he leave so many lying around?" A worthwhile read, and very fast, too. Worth a whirl.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A pleasant surprise from what look liked a self-help book., 15. Juni 1998
Von Ein Kunde
When I first bought the book I thought it was a self-help book for recovering market losers (like me) to help me refocus into the spiritual aspects of life. As I read the book, I started wondering if the story was true. The later chapters seemed so absurd that it couldn't have been true. At the very end, it really was a pleasant surprise. What turned out to be a quest for self-help turned out to be a book that panned all the self-help gurus. Bravo to the authors! The witty biblical quotes and expressions were gems that kept me laughing. I only gave four stars because I found the Market Meditations at the end a bit too much.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Things that make you go hmmmmmm!, 9. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I enjoyed this book and on several occassions found myself laughing out loud! The plot was interesting and it was witty! But, what it really made me do is think about every self-help book either I or someone I know has bought and read without any success. Yes, law number seven has truth in it! I would recommend this book to my friends who would like to take a look at how sometimes opportunities stare us right in the face...and yet, we walk around them! Brother Ty's account of the happenings at the monastary made for real page turners, and I finished this book in two days. This book gets a thumbs up from me!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heavenly Hilarity Hits Home, 30. Juli 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: God Is My Broker (Hörkassette)
The audio version of this book delighted me tremendously. I found myself laughing out loud. Not only is the story a funny satire on the state of the art in self-help but on the ancient forms of "holy" self help, with a little divine intervention, as well. Perhaps my Catholic past and familiarity with those who serve added a solid base for appreciating the humor, satire and fun of the work. Two colleagues thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. One felt a bit grief-struck when the tapes came to an end; the other said he laughed and laughed and found the whole story delightful.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is perhaps one of the funiest books I have ever read., 8. Dezember 1998
Von Ein Kunde
This is about a stock broker who can't seem to pick a winner; and at the same time drinks way too much. After drinking what is the worst wine in the world; he decides he has to sober up. His friend the bar owner sends him to a retreat house where they make this awful wine. The brothers have sold everything they own including the floors to keep up their meager life style. They are really at the bottom when the head monk decides to raise money in any devious way he can think of after reading several success books. Trouble comes when the IRS and the ATF investigate.
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