Art of Money Book


The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness 
Published by Parallax Press on June 14th, 2016. 

51HBZ5XN2eL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Art of Money is the book your money-savvy best friend, therapist, and accountant would write if they could. Bari Tessler’s integrative approach creates the real possibility of “money healing,” using our relationship with money as a gateway to self-awareness and a training ground for compassion, confidence, and self-worth. Tessler’s gentle techniques weave together emotional depth, big-picture visioning, and refreshingly accessible, nitty-gritty money practices. Guiding readers through a step-by-step journey, The Art of Money will help anyone transform their relationship with money and, in so doing, transform their life. As the author writes, “When we dare to speak the truth about money, amazing healing begins.” 




The first time I heard The Question was many years ago, after my very first money talk (to ten wide-eyed women, circled together atop overstuffed cushions in my mentor’s living room). A woman raised her hand at the end and asked in all enthusiastic seriousness:

“When’s the book coming out?”

Since that day, I have gotten that question over and over and over, Red Rover:

… after every public talk (from people who wanted MORE)

… smack-dab in the middle of private financial therapy sessions (from folks who knew their sweetie was ready for this work, too)

… and throughout my year-long money school, from lit-up students who wanted to share this work, this message, with their best friends, mothers, neighbors, cousins — all those people who are so ready to heal the stress, shame, and confusion they feel about money and make this relationship a unique expression of their noble hearts: clear, grounded, aligned, and empowered.

For years, each time I got The Question, I answered, “Not yet … but soon.” I knew as well as they did that there was already an Art of Money book, living inside me. But the book, these teachings, and I, needed time to grow and mature. That time is over. And I’m thrilled to say:

The book is here!

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Here’s the totally un-staged, unshowered, excited to-the-max moment when the box of book galleys arrived. I screamed so loud I scared the pants off of poor Forest!


This book encapsulates my entire methodology: Money Healing, Money Practices, and Money Maps. It weaves together stories from my global community, intimate reflections, and actionable teachings. It is for women and men, couples and creative entrepreneurs — anyone who is finally ready to look money in the eye and make their relationship with it an expression of their hearts: clear, grounded, aligned, empowered.

From our publisher, Parallax Press:

“So many of us lack a truly integrative understanding and approach to money. Bari Tessler’s gentle techniques weave together emotional depth, big-picture visioning, and refreshingly accessible, nitty-gritty money practices.  She offers readers a new approach to their relationship with money—as a path of mindfulness, a doorway into self-awareness, a training ground for self-worth, a key to unlock intimacy, and a potent opportunity for radical un-shaming, self-care, and compassion. Both she and her book are warm, fun, reassuring, and full of surprises!”

~ Now Available for Pre-Order ~

I am honored to be published by Parallax Press — Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s publishing house! They could see my vision: turning our relationship with money into a doorway which opens us to greater mindfulness, wisdom, and love.



The Art of Money officially hits the shelves on June 14, but you can pre-order it now (by clicking on any of those images above) and be among the first to get it.

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 My boys reading the galleys of my book. A dream come true!

The praise has already begun rolling in: 

“BarLynne-Twist-circlei Tessler adds an exciting, important voice to the money conversation. She beckons us to begin a healing journey into more mindfulness, peace, and joy around money that will reach into every aspect of life. At once spiritual and practical, this is the education we’ve been waiting for.”—Lynne Twist, Author of The Soul of Money




“Reading The Art of Money is like being brought into conversation with the most loving and wise money guide you can imagine. This book will be useful for everyone, but I am particularly excited about it’s potential to empower women around this critical part of our lives that we often Tara Mohr Circleavoid or neglect. Through this book, Bari has completely changed the way I understand my relationship to money, for the much, much better.” – Tara Mohr, Author of Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead 




“The Art of Money is a must-read. I’ve always said, “if you don’t deal with money, your money will deal with you.” Bari’s heart-felt stories barbara-stanny-circleand practical approach will give you just what you need to get a handle on money. Bravo!” – Barbara Stanny, Author of Overcoming Underearning and Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles. 




“Bari Tessler’s book is a rare gem that is filled with honesty, integrity and real solutions for anyone who wants to deeply explore their relationship Deborah-Price-Circlewith money. A true pioneer in the financial therapy field, The Art of Money should be required reading for everyone, but especially for financial service professionals and therapists. Kudos, Bari!”—Deborah Price, Author of Money Magic and The Heart of Money, Founder/CEO of The Money Coaching Institute




“This book takes a wise, holistic approach to a very sticky topic. You’ll be wrapped in warmth, compassion and wisdom as Kate Northrup Circleyou take this journey with The Art of Money. And you’ll arrive on the other side feeling more sane, more whole, and more free, financially and otherwise. Because it’s always about more than the money, and this book beautifully addresses that.” – Kate Northrup, Author of Money: A Love Story




“No other book on finances has moved me on such a profound emotional and spiritual level than the Art of Money. It’s because Bari has a gift for helping you dive deeply into your past, current, and future relationship with money in a conscious and compassionate way. Through her simple yet powerful practices she helps you jennifer lee circlemake clear choices aligned with what’s most important to you and helps you feel seen. There is no prescription here. Instead Bari teaches you to tune into your own inner wisdom and empowers you with practical and customizable tools that you can easily implement in your daily life. Her own inspiring personal stories reveal how this woman walks her talk. This is a must read for creative entrepreneurs and for anyone wanting to truly thrive.” – Jennifer Lee, Author of The Right-Brain Business Plan and Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way


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This photo was taken at the Boulder Bookstore last year as I was introducing my dear friend, Sara Avant Stover, for her reading of The Book of She. I hoped and prayed that I would be kicking off my book tour here.


The Book Tour: Coming Soon to a Bookstore (or Living Room) Near You …!

To celebrate the launch of my book, I’m stepping into some heels and stepping out on a national tour this summer! Expect bookstore readings, book parties, clinking champagne glasses, and opened hearts (and bars of chocolate. Of course.)

Book Tour Schedule:

Please check back frequently: we will be adding new cities and dates all the time.

June 14th: The Art of Money is officially published!

We will be celebrating virtually, so make sure you’re on my newsletter list to stay in the loop!

Boulder, Colorado

Book Reading – Boulder BookstoreJune 30th, Boulder Colorado, 7:30pm. 

Please Note: I couldn’t think of a better place to kick off the live book celebrations. It’s been a dream of mine for a long, long time to speak at the Boulder Bookstore like so many of my colleagues and role models before me. Please join me for our grand kick-off event!


San Francisco, California

1. Book Reading – Book Passage – 
Wednesday, July 6th at 6:00 p.m. (S.F. Ferry Building)

2. House Party – Friday, July 8th Oakland, CA.

3. House Party – Sunday, July 10th Belmont, CA


Seattle, Washington — 

1. Book Reading – Third Place Books – Thursday, July 14th at 7:00,  (6504 20th Ave NE)

2. House Party – Friday, July 15th, TBA


Vancouver, Canada –  TBA

Portland, Oregon – TBA

Santa Fe, New Mexico – TBA 

New York – TBA

Boston – TBA 

Austin, TX – TBA 

Please check back frequently: we will be adding new cities and dates all the time.


More Advance Praise for The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness 

“Bari Tessler does an exquisite job of addressing the elephant in the room for so many of us: money. The Art of Money offers a fresh perspective and makes the daunting topic of money approachable and, I dare say, fun!”—Farnoosh Torabi, When She Makes More and Psych Yourself Rich 

“Money has always been personal, but the rules of money have changed. That is why finding financial happiness is both complicated and beautiful. With “The Art of Money,” Bari Tessler reminds us all that one of the best personal finance decisions you can make is to get to know yourself better. Her book, her methodology, helps you to do just that – using money as the genesis for self-discovery, self-examination, and self-love.”  – Jacquette M. Timmons, financial behaviorist and author of “Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate” 

“Bari strikes a potent balance between vulnerable stories, brass tacks practices, and an overarching spiritual framework. As someone who’s been using The Art of Money methodology for a few years now, I know first-hand how transformative this combination can be. Now, it’s a joy to see it expressed here with such heart, humor, and accessibility. At long last, we have a compassionate guide to help us feel at home in one of the most taboo (and troubling!) areas of our lives—money.”  – Sara Avant Stover; Author of The Way of the Happy Woman and The Book of SHE 

“Bari’s approach to getting mindful about money is full of compassion and love. And that’s the perfect antidote, right? To the fear and shame money brings up for us. Having a wise, brilliant and compassionate teacher like Bari is a game changer. She shines a gentle light in all the places we don’t want to look. And from there, change is possible.”—Andrea Scher, Founder of SuperHeroLife 

“The Art of Money offers a sacred and essential bridge between money pain and shame and our deepest dreams for financial well being. Intuitive and wise, warm and practical, Bari Tessler has the rare gift of holding space for healing AND inspiring action. If you desire a new relationship with money – an empowering one, worthy of your highest self – this is the perfect place to start.”  – Wokie Nwabueze, Speaker & Creator of The Courage to be Seen & Heard

“I’ve taught about business and money to thousands of heart-centered and spiritual entrepreneurs, and I’m really struck by the humanness, the practicality and the depth of what you’ve written here. The stories, the empathy, the clarity and the nitty-gritty come together in a beautiful alchemy of usefulness. I know I’m going to be recommending this book to our clients and community as a primary resource.” – Mark Silver, M.Div. Founder and CEO, Heart of Business, Inc.

“Wise, warm, and eloquently written, The Art of Money is for everyone who desires more clarity and confidence in their money relationship. In her seasoned style, Bari takes an integrative approach and helps your head and your heart journey together toward more peace and prosperity in how you relate to money in your life.” Lisa Grace Byrne, Founder of WellGrounded Institute and Author of Replenish

“My greatest shame and darkest shadows have come from my relationship with money and it’s tumultuous reach into all aspects of my life. This has all changed.  Bari’s The Art of Money, is a deep salve for one of our most hidden wounds. What is hard to even bring into the light of day, Bari helps us to approach without shame, judgement, and with deep compassion.  Bari’s storytelling, grounded practices, and sage wisdom in The Art of Money, have offered me hope and new way, which I’d never considered before, and would have never found without it. It’s healing through words from someone who gets it, and gets it right. Right in the heart. Thank you!” – Randi Buckley, Coach & Founder of Healthy Boundaries for Kind People 

“Finally it’s here! I’ve been waiting for Bari’s Art of Money book for years! Bari says that deep money work isn’t magic. But I found, by taking her astute, delicate and wise lead, and following her program diligently, my relationship with money transformed magically. It’s not always easy, but it is worth it. We can’t ignore money—we spend most of our adult lives working for it, chasing it, mourning it. Now, it’s time to talk about it and put it in the proper place in our lives. Bari’s wisdom will help you welcome money back into your life consciously, with great care and grace. “ – Martha J. Hartney, Attorney

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Book galley photos showing up in my Twitter stream make me cry, tears of joy. Janet works for Penguin Random House, which is my publisher’s (Parallax Press) new distributer, how incredible is that?!

“If our relationship with money is like a garden, then “The Art of Money” gives us the physical, psychological and spiritual tools to cultivate  the soil and seeds of our “money garden.”  Bari Tessler brings the great taboo of money out of the cultural closet by sharing vulnerably her own transformative journey with money and the stories of many she has worked with.  You are bound to recognize your own money story somewhere in these pages.  And this is where we begin healing our complex and swept-under-the-proverbial-rug relationship with money.  Bari Tessler has masterfully made this most avoided area of our lives not only approachable but exciting and inspiring to approach because therein lies deep liberation. Dive into these pages if you are ready to be free of your fear and resistance to all things money.  Follow the injunctions and you will feel more clarity, direct connection and overall coherence as the artist of your money world.”  – Katie Teague, documentary filmmaker, Money & Life

“Business owners. Employees. Couples And parents. Basically anyone going through a lifestage transition. This book will come at the perfect time and revolutionize your relationship to the next phase of your money journey. It did for us, as new parents You’ll feel the revolution from the first page until the last.  Bari has found a masterful way of mixing her money methodology with the encouragement that we can all appreciate when we face our money fears and expand our capacity to transcend them. The Art of Money could be your rite of passage to a fulfilling life and the bank account balance to fulfill on it.” – Gloria & Ricardo McRae, Co-Founders of, husband, wife and parents of one

“In The Art of Money, Bari Tessler gracefully unfolds an elegant and gentle pathway from the provocative point of looking money in the eye to deeply honoring its’ teachings and allowing ourselves to heal in its presence. This spiritual and practical map is a beautiful read inviting us to pay attention and soulfully shift our relationship to our resources.” – Nancy Levin, author of Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth 

“Your book is overflowing with love and wisdom. How often in your life has money, the elephant in the room, eluded your grasp; not so much about getting it or having it, but about understanding it and making it work for you, rather than it becoming your master? Gently nurturing, wise, and always compassionate, Bari is our mahout, as we ride atop that magnificent animal, guiding us with every step, making sure our journey with money is safe, fulfilling, and effective, offering new and expanded vistas along the way.” – April Benson, To Buy Or Not To Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop 

“I feel so much joy holding this book! It’s packed with time-tested wisdom, mature strength, and loving support. Bari’s Art of Money process is built on decades of refinement and a deep, heartfelt mission to improve lives. If you want to develop your relationship with money (and life and love and legacy), this book will help and you will thrive.” – Christopher Peck, Resilient Investor

“IT IS SO FREAKIN’ GOOD! I love the warmth and conversational nature of the writing. I feel like we are sitting on your couch and you’re telling me stories about how you got into this work and it’s just making me buzz. There’s this amazing blend of conversational speech with practical, educational nuggets that feel so easily digested, like you see me as SMART *and* can teach me what I don’t know. It feels like you’re on my level and see me as an equal, versus the typical talk-down and I’m-better-than-you verbiage/tone in so many money books. I obviously already feel this coming from YOU as a human, colleague, client, and friend, but to feel it POURING off the pages of your book? Truly a work of art you’ve crafted here, ladies. It’s vibrating with LOVE and COMPASSION *and* educating and empowering all at the same time. TRANSFORMATIONAL — that’s what it is. I already know most of the content from participating in the AOM yearlong money school over the past three plus years, but the content is still feeling BRAND new and SOOOO JUICY!” ~ Jessica Reagan Salzman, Founder, Heart Based Bookkeeping


Thank you so much for all your love and support, everyone! This book is my love letter to you, my dear community … and I hope it will carry our beautiful message far and wide, right to the people who need it most.

With blockbuster excitement and gratitude,