God Is My Broker: A Monk-Tycoon Reveals the 7 1/2 Laws of Spiritual and Financial Growth

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This is an incredible story. The author, a failed, alcoholic Wall Street trader, had retreated to a monastery. It, too, was failing. Then, one fateful day, Brother Ty decided to let God be his broker–and not only saved the monastery but discovered the 7 1/2 Laws of Spiritual and Financial Growth. Brother Ty's remarkable success has been studied at the nation's leading business schools and scrutinized by Wall Street's greatest minds, but until now the secret to his 7 1/2 Laws of Spiritual and Financial Growth have been available only to a select few:

   • 87 percent of America's billionaires
   •  28 recent Academy Award winners
   • Over half the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize
   •  No members of the U.S. Congress
Now, for the first time, Brother Ty reveals the secrets he has gleaned from the ancient texts of the monks, and tells how you can get God to be your broker. God Is My Broker is the first truly great self-help business novel. Open this book and open your heart. It will change your life.Audio allows for playful enhancements to this capricious send-up of Catholicism, capitalism, infomercials, marketing consultants, and most everything American middle management holds dear. Set in an upstate New York monastery-turned-theme-park, this tale of wayward monks is performed with great spirit by Mark Linn-Baker (an actor whose credits include Shakespeare and a starring role in TV's Perfect Strangers). Dramatic organ and choral music accompanies the seven and a half spiritual laws and accompanying meditations and exercises ("Number six: He who throws the first stone usually wins"). Phrases in Latin, renditions of the Bee Gees, and Italian and southern accents distinguish characters and scenes and add dramatic dimension to this spoof on self-help and business books.

The chronicler of this good book is Brother Ty, a failed Wall Street trader with a touch for the bottle who has chosen to mend his ways by becoming a monk. He joins the order of St. Thaddeus, whose only renown comes from the bad wine they produce. The monks are in desperate financial straits, but they are led by a remarkably ambitious Abbott whose discovery of Deepak Chopra is the start of many a strange event and revelation. Chopra, the Abbott determines from his reading of Creating Affluence, is telling the monks how to make money. For example, when Chopra writes, "Go first class all the way and the universe will respond by giving you the best," the Abbott translates this into buying brother Ty a first-class plane ticket to Chile so he can buy wine to replace the orange dreck the monks sell. And on this trip Brother Ty does strike gold, although he contends that the tip he acted upon was from God. The Abbott insists on giving the credit to Chopra. And so it goes. The monks turn to self-help gurus, Brother Ty sticks with the Almighty, and soon the monastery is awash in money, fame, and ultimately, trouble with the Feds, the Vatican, and of course, Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes.

Brother Ty, Christopher Buckley, and John Tierney have written this book unashamedly and with infectious fun, and that fun will radiate blatantly through your audio speakers. Not recommended for listeners who can't muster a laugh at issues concerning the Church, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the wisdom of Chopra and other self-help wizards. (Running time: 360 minutes, four cassettes) –A.E.D.The whole point of a monastic existence is to put aside worldly things. Brother Ty, the narrator of God Is My Broker, has put them aside with a vengeance, and his task is all the more impressive when you consider just how many he used to possess. "I had traded the life of a Wall Street trader," he tells us, "for the contemplative life, my briefcase for a rosary, the roar of the trading floor for Gregorian chant." Hunkered down in a rural monastery, he seems finally to have escaped the iniquities of Mammon, along with rush-hour traffic and a major drinking problem.

A vow of poverty, however, isn't what it used to be. The monastery of Cana is falling to pieces. And Cana Nouveau–the wine the brothers have always produced to sustain themselves–has hit a new, undrinkable low. As the desperate abbot looks to Deepak Chopra and Anthony Robbins for advice, Brother Ty begins to get financial tips from the Supreme Insider: "That day God had revealed Himself to be our broker." Sometimes, of course, the Lord speaks in mysterious ways. Even a stray line from the Song of Solomon may encourage the narrator to take a flier on Apple Computer stock: "Comfort me with apples. It sounded like a 'buy' recommendation to me." By heeding his divine broker at every turn, however, Brother Ty manages to transform the monastery into a financial powerhouse. His story amounts to the funniest bit of ecclesiastical satire since J. F. Powers's Morte D'Urban. What's more, the authors send up the entire self-help industry with hilarious expertise, concluding God Is My Broker with what even Deepak Chopra would recognize as a home truth: "The only way to get rich from get-rich books is to write one."This is an incredible story. The author, a failed, alcoholic Wall Street trader, had retreated to a monastery. It, too, was failing. Then, one fateful day, Brother Ty decided to let God be his broker–and not only saved the monastery but discovered the 7 1/2 Laws of Spiritual and Financial Growth. Brother Ty's remarkable success has been studied at the nation's leading business schools and scrutinized by Wall Street's greatest minds, but until now the secret to his 7 1/2 Laws of Spiritual and Financial Growth have been available only to a select few:

   • 87 percent of America's billionaires
   •  28 recent Academy Award winners
   • Over half the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize
   •  No members of the U.S. Congress
Now, for the first time, Brother Ty reveals the secrets he has gleaned from the ancient texts of the monks, and tells how you can get God to be your broker. God Is My Broker is the first truly great self-help business novel. Open this book and open your heart. It will change your life.


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