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Publisher's Summary

This is an incredible story. The author, a failed, alcoholic Wall Street trader, had retreated to a monastery. It, too, was failing. The walls were crumbling. The roof was leaking. The monks were on food stamps. An ancient order was about to go belly-up. Then, one fateful day, Brother Ty decided to let God be his broker - and not only saved the monastery, but discovered the Seven and a Half 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 the secret to the miracle is not to be found in any management analysis. The answer lies in the ancient texts used by the monks. Now, for the first time, Brother Ty reveals the secrets he found in those texts - complete with chapter and verse citations - and tells you how you can get God to be your broker. But even more important than the money you'll make is the inner peace that you will achieve.
Don't miss Christopher Buckley, Steve Martin, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.
©1998 Christopher Buckley and John Tierney (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By A supplement taker on 06-23-04

An entertaining fiction

I rate this book only three stars because the the publisher's review leads one ot believe the reader may learn something about investing. I enjoyed the book, but was disappointed because it wasn't what I expected. It is a great story and the reader is good, but don't expect to learn how to apply spirituality to your investment decisions.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Adam Shields on 05-31-11

what good satire is all about

I hate abridged audiobooks. You never know what you really are missing, you just know something is missing. Is it a good part, a lousy part. Is it five minutes or three-quarters of the book?

But I also love Christopher Buckley. And I am running out of his books. I reserve them for reading emergencies, but that comes along about every 3 to 4 months. I am not sure what I will do when I run out. I have listened to all of the unabridged Christopher Buckley books. Now I am going to have to work through the abridged. I picked God is My Broker, both because it looked hilarious, and because it looks like it is out of print, so it is unlikely to ever get an unabridged audiobook. And it is not available on kindle.

The set up is that Brother Ty is a monk. He was an alcoholic Wall Street trader, but he got fired and ended up in a monastery. Now sober for a couple years, his monastery is facing financial problems when God starts giving him stock tips. His abbot is convinced it is the power of positive thinking from Deepak Chopra that is providing the money. But Brother Ty knows it is actually God.

As with all of Buckley’s humor, nothing is safe. This book targets self help books, Wall Street, the Catholic Church and a host of other likely targets.

In the end, what I like about Buckley, is that he know that ideas are nothing without a story. Buckley knows how to write a story with people that you care about, even those that are not the heroes.

If you care, this is one of the cleaner stories by Buckley, no sex, barely any language. A rated PG book.

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