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3.0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom of Dorothy Rowe, 11 Jun. 2006
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This is the third Dorothy Rowe book I've read in three months. I have to say that there is much reiteration of her ideas in each book.

She's a fun companion. She emphasises that we all create our own meanings, and she is no exception. You could see her as a batty, Guardian-reading, National Health championing, anti-Conservative Australian who doesn't like the idea of God - and you'd be right - but that's just your meaning structure.

I've read quite a lot of self-help books, and I like the way she debunks self-help books, but she can use a broad brush sometimes. Having had problems with debt, I bought How to Get out of Debt and Stay out of Debt by Jerrold Mundis, and I thought this would be a good companion volume.

Rowe does make the point that how we spend money is a reflection of how we perceive our integrity as a person, and if our integrity feels under threat it can force us to use money in a self-destructive way. That's a useful insight, but I thought much of her stuff is opinion rather than fact (just like the Guardian). There goes my meaning structure again!

This book was more about Dorothy Rowe's theories and how money is a factor in them, rather than money itself.

Still, everyone should read at least one book by Dorothy Rowe.
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2009 08:18:40 BDT
Charlotte says:
I thought your review a little unfair.I found this a fascinating book-perhaps because it is the first Dorothy Rowe I have read.The whole concept of the fear of annihilation and how this is our supreme motivator was brilliant and entirely new to me.
True she can be a little self opinionated-but nothing compared to say Desmond Morris.
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