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)

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