Douglas Lynam

Undergraduate student

Matriculated in 1992 in Santa Fe.

Doug Lynam

Photo credit: (c) Anne Stavely 2017

Author Profile

“A monk, a Marine, and a money manager walk into a bar . . . actually, they wrote a book and they are all the same person! Doug Lynam is one of the most interesting people I know.”- Scott Dauenhauer.

Doug grew up in a wealthy family, where money was abundant but weaponized. Rebelling against the world of materialism, he first joined the Marine Corps, but then found a higher calling – and became a Benedictine monk for 20 years. When the monastery went bankrupt, he learned the lesson that extreme poverty was as painful as selfish materialism was destructive. He vowed to learn everything he could about the world of finance to help others find a middle way. The result of his exploration is a unique message that combines tried-and-true money management techniques with uncompromising spiritual ideals common to all the great world religions.

A partner at LongView Asset Management, LLC, in Santa Fe, NM, Doug is an industry thought leader in ethical and sustainable investing. He founded the non-profit ESG Fiduciary™ Institute and has built pioneering environmentally and socially responsible institutional retirement plans for teachers.

Doug has devoted his life to service. He was vice president of a search and rescue team while in college, was ordained as a monk by Father Richard Rohr, and taught math and science for 18 years while in the monastery. He continues to provide pro bono advice to low-income families and has won awards for his volunteer efforts for the homeless.



List of Publications

  1. From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk’s Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy---and Why That’s Okay (2019)

From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk’s Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy---and Why That’s Okay (Book)

Year of publication: 2019

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins)

Genre: Personal Finance/ Spirituality

Description: From Monk to Money Manager is an entertaining and self-deprecating journey through Lynam’s relationship with the almighty dollar—his childhood in a rich family, the long-haired hippie days running away from materialism, time in the Marine Corps looking for selfless service, and his twenty years in the monastery under a vow of poverty that led to his current profession as a financial advisor. In this unique look at wealth from a spiritual perspective, Lynam shares his belief that God doesn’t expect us to live in poverty. The truth is, we need financial peace so we can help others. When money becomes a part of our spiritual practice, used in love and service, it can bring us closer to our highest spiritual ideals. With humor and humility, Lynam uses stories told through the lens of his own money mistakes, and those of counseling clients, to understand how our attitudes about money hold us back. He also provides clear, step-by-step guidance on how to grow a little bit wealthy. His insights include how to build a compassionate relationship to our finances; some of the good, bad, and ugly truths about money; and the tricks to unlocking financial freedom.

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