In this timely book, authors Matthew and Terces Engelhart present the idea that love before appearances is the antidote to our spiritual, environmental, and social degradation. Exploring topics such as mission statements, manager as coach, human resources as a sacred culture, and inspirational meetings, they offer a manual for building a spiritual community at the workplace-a vital concept in an age when work consumes the bulk of most adults' time. Business, the authors explain, is all about providing a service, product, or experience the market wants, and no business can succeed by failing to understand this point. However, integrating the concept of "Sacred Commerce" into business can provide both financial success and spiritual satisfaction. Stressing that every business is an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of both clients and employees, the Engelharts share the tools they've learned in their own enterprises to fulfill this vision. Sacred Commerce is the ideal mix of the personal and the practical-a guidebook written by people who have felt success, not just spent it. Dissatisfaction with work is at record levels, and the Engelharts show that you don't have to suffer personally-or give up your humanity-to pay the mortgage.
Matthew and Terces Engelhart are the owners of Caf Gratitude, a popular organic vegan restaurant chain in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Terces is also the author of I Am Grateful, a recipe and lifestyle book based on their restaurant. They live in San Francisco.
"We are avid fans of anyone who can truly make a difference in these challenging
times. Caf Gratitude is a model for a successful business, and Matthew and Terces
have proven they understand the importance of bringing respect, reverence, and love
into the workplace. We're thrilled they have chosen to graciously share their wisdom
and experience with this book. There's hope for us all."
-Woody Harrelson and Laura
Louie, environmental activists and cofounders of Voice Yourself
have an intriguing and preposterous notion: Companies can now serve as centers of
self-realization and CEOs can nurture a business community's spiritual transformation
as well as a healthy bottom line. This is cutting-edge stuff and I'm cheering them
-Chip Conley, Founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality
is in the humankind business. The Engleharts' commitment to a sustainable, socially
just, and spiritually fulfilling business presence is hopeful in an era of cynicism
and indifference. I have benefited from and am inspired by their valiant stand for
making love the bottom line."
-Michel Franti, musician and filmmaker
"Sacred Commerce: Business as a Path of Awakening blends quotations from famous religious and political figures (Rumi to St. Francis of Assisi to Gandhi) with the couple's business philosophy and anecdotes from their experience to provide either an instruction manual or a manifesto-or both-for doing business that honors people's lives."
-Easier Being Green
"Reading [Sacred Commerce] has completely changed the way I look at business. Of course there is nothing wrong with paying the bills, but if we are not enjoying the process and offering something of value to the people who need it, what is the point of business?… Terces and Matthew Engelhart break down their thoughts on making commerce sacred, and it really struck home…"