The economy of the past couple of years has been frightening for people across the world. Of course, when characters like Bernie Madoff rob the life savings of his trusted investors has brought further stability. How do you reconcile your entire retirement vaporizing? Do you cry? Do you scream? Do you shake your fists at God? Or, do you examine who you ended up in the whole mess in the first place?
I recently had the opportunity to read the book, “Lost and Found” through the BlogHer Book Club. Geneen Roth, author of “Lost and Found” was a victim of Bernie Madoff’s ponzi-scheme, losing nearly one million dollars of retirement money from her and her husband. She, however, found the silver lining in losing all of her money and somehow gained enlightenment. She used this experience as a way to get in touch with her spending habits and made some major self-realizations about her relationship with money.
Roth has written many books about eating and creating a healthy relationship with food. Roth, herself, has overcome unhealthy eating habits and now teaches classes to help others. In the book, “Lost and Found” she makes the parallel between the relationship people have with money to their relationship with food. She suggests that examining these relationships can bring us to much higher levels of enlightenment.
The book was an easy read and well-written. Roth is witty, smart, and makes it easy to laugh, while discussing deep topics. The subject of money, as Roth points out, is a deeply personal issue—one that some may not feel comfortable. Roth makes it less cumbersome to consider some of these heavy topics.
I enjoyed this book and have since downloaded a few of Roth’s other books. Her writing style makes you feel like you are reading letters from a friend. Making the connections she does is brilliant!