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Build a better financial future for yourself and the world from a trustworthy source.

Former monk turned financial advisor, Doug Lynam, shares the rules of money management that will change your approach to earning, saving, and investing.

From Monk to Money Manager is an entertaining journey through Lynam’s relationship with the almighty dollar—his childhood in a rich family, the long-haired hippie days running away from materialism, time in the Marine Corps looking for selfless service, and his twenty years in the monastery under a vow of poverty where he began helping alleviate others’ financial burdens. This all led to his current profession as a financial advisor.

In this unique look at wealth from a spiritual perspective, Lynam shares his belief that God doesn’t expect us to live in poverty. The truth is, we need financial peace so we can help others. When money becomes a part of our spiritual practice, used in love and service, it can bring us closer to our highest spiritual ideals.

He thoughtfully answers puzzling questions, such as: How can you become wealthy while loving your neighbor as yourself? What did philosophers and religious leaders mean when they said that money is the root of all evil? How can you be wealthy and live with deep integrity according to your values?

With humor and humility, Lynam uses stories told through the lens of his own and his clients’ money mistakes, to understand how our attitudes based on philosophical misconceptions about money hold us back from living our fullest life and making the world a better place.

He also provides clear, step-by-step guidance on how to grow “a little bit wealthy.”

His insights include:

  • how to build a compassionate relationship to your finances

  • some of the good, bad, and ugly truths about money

  • the tricks to achieving financial freedom

Praise for From Monk to Money Manager

A monk, a Marine, and a money manager walk into a bar . . . actually, they wrote a book and they are all the same person! Doug Lynam is one of the most interesting people I know. His diverse life experiences have led to an easy-to-read book on personal finance that is unlike anything else you will read. Combining philosophy, common sense, and a writing style that allows you to get lost in stories rather than dry, recycled platitudes, From Monk to Money Manager takes you on a personal finance journey toward financial enlightenment. I wish I had this personal finance book when I was younger.
— Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP, AIF Meridian Wealth Management
Doug Lynam perfectly combines spiritual and practical advice to get your financial house in order. He explains that money is not the root of all evil and guides you through fixing your investments, making some money, and helping to save the world. Think of this as your own Investment Policy Statement with a heart. Ignore the wise words of an ex-monk turned financial adviser at your own peril.
— Anthony Isola, CFP Investment Advisor Representative, Ritholtz Wealth Management
If, like me, you’ve ever felt trapped between participating in the heartless economic rat race of modern society and the desire to live a spiritually and morally balanced life, you’ll find this book will give you a way to understand: yes, you can be a good person and still be a little bit wealthy. This is not a book about becoming rich. It’s about learning how to help make the world a better place by understanding the role money can play in the life of a spiritually aware person.
— Bill Kowalski, Bestselling author
When it comes to money, most people are in a dark monastery of their own—cloistered from reality regarding money management or saving for college or retirement. In From Monk to Money Manager, Doug Lynam not only tells you what you need to do with your money, he also takes the devil out of the details and makes the subject a spiritual pursuit. Read this book and you won’t need to pray for more money ever again!
— John Wasik, Journalist, editor, speaker, and author of Lightning Strikes
While it’s generally unwise to discuss religion or money with strangers, Doug Lynam, who is an expert in both, joins the world of God and mammon for your benefit. Read, absorb, and enjoy From Monk to Money Manager, and you’ll enrich both your spirit and your pocketbook.
— William Bernstein, Author of The Investor’s Manifesto
It should be no surprise that a former monk and educator would have the perfect recipe for a healthy relationship with money.
— Dan Otter, PhD Founder of 403(b)wise and author of Teach and Retire Rich
I should have never sent him to speech therapy. Now he won’t stop telling people what to do.
— Lois, Doug’s proud mom