by Sukey HowardJuly, 1998
God Is My Broker by Brother Ty, with the able assistance of Christopher Buckley and John Tierney, is irresistibly irreverent and offense may be taken, so caveat listener. That said, I have to admit I laughed so hard I had to stop jogging. This savvy send up of the highly profitable prophets of self-help is one of the funniest audios I've heard. Brother Ty (short for Tycoon), a trader on the skids, leaves the Wall Street jungle for the serenity of a monastery in upstate New York only to discover that it too is on the skids but not for long. Their Abbot, finding little solace in the scriptures, is deep into Deepak (Chopra, that is) while other monks are awakening the "giant within" a la Anthony Robbins or forming a coven of Stephen Coveyites. Brother Ty, whose hedge fund is reaching heavenly heights, gets his tips straight from the Almighty, and that leads to an explanation of the very apt subtitle A Monk-Tycoon Reveals the 7 1/2 Laws of Spiritual and Financial Growth. Reader, Mark Linn-Baker has just the right spiritual stuff to imbue Brother Ty with a voice from on high. Reviewed by Sukey Howard.