The Prosperous Heart bookJulia Cameron, best known for her landmark book on unblocking creativity, The Artist’s Way, has inspired everyone from musicians like Steven Tyler and Alicia Keyes to writers like Patricia Cornwell and Erica Jong.

Inevitably, the question Cameron faces from her students, especially today, is not one of creative inspiration but of practicality—how can I live the creative life but still pay my mortgage?

In her new book, The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of “Enough”, she delves into the negativity encouraged in our culture rooted in the misperception that prosperity equates with a financial bottom line. She says prosperity is, instead, a spiritual bottom line, which affects all areas of life.

“The opposite of prosperity is not poverty. It is anxiety. When we are possessed of a prosperous heart, we do not act rashly out of anxiety…we respond to life rather than merely react to it. Doing so, we find our lives are filled with choices.”

Decades of working with creatives who seemed resigned to the role of “starving artist” inspired Cameron to design a 12-week program to explore our relationship with money and the qualities that engender a prosperous heart and fulfilling life. Inspiring stories of how money impacts people’s lives accompany daily tools, exercises, and strategies for discovering the true meaning of prosperity and abundance in this uplifting and beneficial guide.

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Julie Clayton writes reviews for New Consciousness Review, an online resource for the best books and films of the new consciousness at


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