The 25 Biblical Laws of Success: Powerful Principles to Transform Your Career and Business

The 25 Biblical Laws of Success: Powerful Principles to Transform Your Career and Business

by William Douglas, Rubens Teixeira


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ISBN-13: 9780801019562
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 102,777
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

William Douglas is a federal judge in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a university professor, a popular speaker, and the author of thirty-five books, including the Brazilian edition of The 25 Biblical Laws of Success, with over 250,000 copies sold. He is part of Educafro, a Brazilian organization working to prevent racial prejudice and promote equal opportunities, and is the entrepreneurship coordinator for social projects for United Missions, part of the Brazilian Baptist Convention. He is also part of the Brazilian Evangelical Academy of Writers.

Rubens Teixeira
is former CFO of Petrobras Transporte S.A. (Transpetro) and an analyst for Central Bank of Brazil, as well as a professor, writer, and frequent panelist. He was honored with the National Treasure Prize for his PhD thesis with proposals for the Brazilian economy and is the author of How to Succeed When You Are Not the Favorite. He holds a civil engineering degree and a masters degree in nuclear engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering, a law degree and PhD in economics from the Federal University of Brazil (UFF), and a military science degree from the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras. He is also part of the Brazilian Evangelical Academy of Writers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Does Professional Success Have to Do with the Bible? 9

Part 1 Laws concerning Wisdom 15

1 The Law of Opportunity 17

2 The Law of Wisdom 23

3 The Law of Vision 34

4 The Law of Focus 38

5 The Law of Planning 43

Part 2 Laws concerning Work 53

6 The Law of Work 55

7 The Law of Courage 64

8 The Law of Resilience 70

9 The Law of Joy 75

10 The Law of Recharging 78

Part 3 Laws concerning Values 85

11 The Law of Self-Hiring 87

12 The Law of Honesty 90

13 The Law of Names 98

14 The Law of the Company You Keep 103

15 The Law of Self-Control 107

Part 4 Laws concerning Relationships 113

16 The Law of Love 115

17 The Law of Agreement 121

18 The Law of Usefulness 128

19 The Law of Advice 135

20 The Law of Leadership 141

Part 5 Laws concerning Personal Growth 147

21 The Law of Gratitude 149

22 The Law of Generosity 151

23 The Law of Contentment 158

24 The Law of Employability 163

25 The Law of Sowing 169

Part 6 The Seven Cardinal Sins against Success 177

26 The Sin of Haste 181

27 The Sin of Avarice 187

28 The Sin of Not Enjoying Your Work 190

29 The Sin of Anger against Wealth 194

30 The Sin of Jealousy or Covetousness 201

31 The Sin of Sloth 204

32 The Sin of Pride 209

Conclusion: Beyond Secular Success-This Madness Called Jesus 212

Notes 215

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The 25 Biblical Laws of Success: Powerful Principles to Transform Your Career and Business 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking and insightful
TLPPA More than 1 year ago
Douglas & Teixeira's book, The 25 Biblical Laws of Success is a surprisingly good entry into this challenging and largely un-tapped sub-genre of Christian non-fiction. (Perhaps as interesting as the subject matter of the book is the background of the authors, which I applaud the authors for generally leaving out of the text - I digress.) Perhaps the reason this subject is untapped is that it is sometimes difficult to find "biblical wisdom" to guide you through a SWOT analysis - though the authors manage to do it! However, I will share a short piece of personal knowledge I recently gained from a graduate course on Christian worldview: the Bible can and should be the basis for your worldview through which you then filter all truth claims. I am wholly convinced that there is not a single aspect of life that Scripture cannot address, business included. To that end, the authors have developed what they believe to be 25 laws that are derived from Scripture and apply to the business world. Furthermore, they contend, and mostly, I agree, that adhering to these 25 "laws" (not to be confused with the law from which we were freed!) is the best way to conduct business and find success in your career and your life. Some of these laws include things like focus, joy, resilience, honesty, gratitude, and generosity. What I really appreciated was the brief conclusion the authors wrote: a no-holds-barred plea for the reader to stay connected to the vine and to always keep Jesus at the center of everything, including your business and career. I cannot think of better advice. I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
MikeCWatt More than 1 year ago
We love our work. We hate our work. Work brings fulfillment and financial reward, but it also has the ability to rob us of energy, joy, and purpose. Why should we work? Is work good or bad? How much work is too much work? In the book, 25 Biblical Laws of Success: Powerful Principles to Transform Your Career and Business, William Douglas and Rubens Teixeira show the reader principles from the scriptures that equip and instruct us on work and wealth. The book lays out 25 principles from the Bible under the five main headings of: Laws Concerning Wisdom Laws Concerning Work Laws Concerning Values Laws Concerning Relationships Laws Concerning Personal Growth The authors follow up the sections on success by highlighting the seven cardinal sins that keep us from achieving true success. The sins of: Haste Avarice Not Enjoying Your Work Anger Against Wealth Jealousy or Covetousness Sloth Pride As I read, I could tell that these two successful men from Brazil were writing this book not only to give advice but to point the reader to the only true wisdom found in Jesus. In the conclusion entitled, *Beyond Secular Success—This Madness Called Jesus*, Ruben and William point out that Jesus, who was the most successful man who ever lived because He was God in flesh, did not have anywhere to lay His head. They instruct the reader that true riches and wisdom are found in Him. William and Ruben write, “Jesus will always be a mystery for those who seek redemption by their own merit, wealth, or wisdom. For those who want to go it alone, who think they can make it on their own, and who believe they are fine without him, Jesus’ ideas are uncomfortable.” (p. 213) We should strive for excellence. We should strive to generate wealth and income, but at the end of day “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” Memorable Quotes: “Planning is not something you can do once and never do again. It is an everyday labor.” (p. 48) “Courage also means initiative.” (p.66) “One piece of advice is to learn how to say no.” (p.50) “The more you use the ax, the more it edge dulls and becomes less effective unless you sharpen it again. Learn to sharpen your ax.” (p. 61) "We admire and respect the elite, the rich, the wise, the PhD’s of the world, but we are devoted to a God who also helps the poor, the weak, and the unfortunate-those who did not attain success as defined by society.” (p. 213) “You may be intelligent, successful, or powerful. You may have properties, titles, and positions. But you should not believe you have an advantage over others or a spiritual privilege because of secular success.” (pp. 213-214)