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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
The Yoga of True Wealth: Wisdom from a Heart on Wall Street by Francis G Bitterly is a non-fiction book that falls into two distinct genres: philosophy and religion/spirituality on one hand, and finance and investment strategies on the other. It is indeed hard to imagine the two being in the same book, with a few chapters devoted entirely to one topic and a few others to a different one. The first few chapters of the book detail Francis’ years growing up, the death of his mother, and how that affected him, his school and college life, as well as his personal quest toward spirituality and the truth. Then come chapters on his own philosophical insights and thoughts that cover almost all of the world’s major religions, the Eastern philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sufism on the Ultimate Reality or Consciousness, topics such as ego, the mind, and attaining nirvana or moksha or enlightenment, along with thoughts and sayings of some of the world’s well known prophets and mystics including Jesus, Rumi, Lao Tzu, etc. Last but not the least, there are a few chapters devoted to wealth management, investments, and finance, with a final conclusion on philosophy once again at the end of the book.
I very much enjoyed reading The Yoga of True Wealth and could agree with a lot of the discussion regarding the metaphysical concepts explored in the book. I thought the writing was candid and straightforward and felt like a pretty easy read. The section on finance was also useful and I found some of the common tips on asset allocation to be helpful and informative. The only thing I wish was that book had been actually split into two separate books because the section on material wealth management just does not fit into a book on moving away from the material world into the spiritual realm. That being said, I definitely found all of the content to be engaging and useful, so I would certainly recommend reading this book.