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Business Secrets from the Bible: Spiritual Success Strategies for Financial Abundance Hardcover – March 3, 2014
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We are often blameless for misfortune we may suffer in health and family matters, but money is different. Today’s money problems are nearly always the result of wrong decisions we made yesterday. In Business Secrets from the Bible, Rabbi Daniel Lapin reveals the right decisions that his people have so effectively made over centuries.
God’s plan for human economic interaction has always been central to Jewish thought. Now, finally we all can understand it and apply it in our own lives. Business Secrets from the Bible distills forty powerful permanent principles from the vast body of Jewish Biblical wisdom, all of which are essential for increasing revenue in today’s business climate. Rabbi Lapin researched and wrote this book after discovering how few people realize that the Bible contains the keys to increasing income. Business Secrets from the Bible contains all the tips, tools, and techniques you need to create your own opportunities and ride them all the way to the top.
Rabbi Lapin provides the reader of Business Secrets from the Bible with a colossal competitive edge by explaining, among many other insights, why making money is a spiritual activity and why God put us on Earth to do what we do best. But that is just the start. In this book you will not only thrill to timeless truths but you will discover the stunningly simple strategies to put them into practice increasing your earnings. Whether or not you follow the Jewish faith, and regardless of your belief in the Bible, Business Secrets from the Bible will change the way you think about money, and help you make more of it.
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PRAISE FOR Business Secrets from the Bible
“Rabbi Lapin’s first book, Thou Shall Prosper, is one of the most eye-opening, mind-blowing books I’ve read in the past decade. I’m so excited that he’s now turned that same meticulous biblical lens toward our view of business. I read everything Rabbi Lapin writes!”
—DAVE RAMSEY, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host
“Making real money is not what will allow you to do the right things; it is the result of doing those right things in the first place. Rabbi Daniel Lapin teaches what those right things are in this bold and eye-opening book that takes readers through the forty steps of Biblical abundance.”
—GLENN BECK, #1 best-selling author of Miracles and Massacres and founder of TheBlaze.com
“No one makes a more passionate, persuasive case than Rabbi Daniel Lapin for applying the timeless wisdom of Scripture to the timely challenges of modern life. This wise, wonderful book helps point the way to productivity and peace of mind for individuals as well as society at large.”
—MICHAEL MEDVED, best-selling author of 5 Big Lies About American Business, speaker, and host of the nationally syndicated Medved Radio Show
“Rabbi Lapin is one of the smartest men I know. The world that he guides us through is a world in which ancient truths unlock today's riches. I have learned to trust him for spiritual guidance and, now, I trust him to guide Americans to prosperity, as well. This book is a gift that will keep on paying dividend—literally.”
—KEITH ABLOW, MD, contributor, Fox News, New York Times best-selling author
Eternal wisdom for present-day professionals
For thousands of years, the Bible has guided its enthusiasts in all their endeavors, and finance is no exception. With his knowledge of ancient Jewish wisdom, Rabbi Daniel Lapin has extracted 40 business secrets from the pages of humanity’s most trusted volume. In Business Secrets from the Bible, the Rabbi teaches these timeless truths with clarity so you can apply them to business and beyond.
In this book, Rabbi Lapin explains how business is a way of measuring our interactions with others, and how the Bible guides us to serve them for mutual gain. Only by unifying business, relationships, and spirituality can we achieve lasting financial and personal success. If you focus on business and hard work but can’t understand why you aren’t more successful, this book is for you. Business Secrets from the Bible will gently take you from confusion to abundance in forty simple steps.
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Some of my favorite examples so far:
My boys and I particularly enjoyed one section where the contributions of Mother Theresa were compared with those of Bill Gates. I won't give away the lessons of that section -I'll let the book do that for you.
The lessons about the negative effects of donations is something I've never heard taught anywhere else, and yet the case is made quite convincingly that "giving" doesn't necessarily benefit the receiver the way so many of us assume it does - actually the effect can be devastating in many cases.
The lessons on specialization vs. general skills was eye opening. I've always been impressed with people who "know a little bit about many things, but aren't necessarily great at any one thing." Lapin makes a strong Biblical case for specialization however in a way that I'd never considered before.
This ISN'T merely a book of common sense. It will likely challenge many of the "common sense" assumptions you have about the "right" way to do business and manage your life and money. The book helped me uncover some bad habits - as well as some habits I was unnecessarily beating myself up over b/c I was unknowingly applying timeless Biblical standards.
Admittedly I've only read the first several chapters of this book, but I had to jump on Amazon and express how excited I am about Lapin's latest even if I don't read another word (trust me - I'm not stopping here). You won't regret grabbing this one - especially if you appreciated his previous book 'Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money' (another winner by Lapin).
The wisdom in this book is not taught in colleges or business schools. As a retired businessman with an MBA from the University of Chicago and a successful business career, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for advice on how to improve their lot and the lot of their families in the real world.
Each “Secret” is presented in relatively short chapters that can be read on its own; although, the whole book should be read for full context. Each contains fascinating connections between the Bible and the real world that will amaze most readers. The Rabbi’s understanding of the physical sciences and the unique aspects of Hebrew, the Lord’s language, provides meaningful and frequently astounding connections that amazed me. Just two examples: “Secret #13” uses comparisons between Hebrew, English, French, and Spanish to explore the difference between “earning” money and “winning” money. “Secrets” #4 and #12 explore the connectivity required of the 92 naturally occurring elements in the periodic table and God’s message for us to bond, combine, and connect in order “to produce utility and value,” something only humans can do.
Why the focus on business? In his introduction, the Rabbi describes business this way: “Simply put, business is that most effective process of specialization and exchange by means of which humans can wrest a living from an often reluctant Earth. Business is the way we interact with each other and our environment. It is thus a timeless lynchpin of civilization.” Primary to human life is earning a living, and business within a system of ethical capitalism is the most efficient, effective, and only moral way to do so. I emphasize moral because as the Rabbi explains, “Earning a living requires making money, not taking money.”
Success in business requires humans to voluntarily and effectively serve other humans, whether they are customers, employees, suppliers, etc. As the Rabbi explains, “Wealth is God’s way of incentivizing you to do exactly what He wants you to do, which is to care obsessively about satisfying the needs and desires of His other children.” “The good Lord incentivizes us to increase our dependency upon each other by offering the blessing of financial abundance for those of us who comply.” You might ask, “How is the ‘good Lord’ involved?” Rabbi Lapin explains that the Torah (written and oral) is the Owner’s Instruction Manual provided by God for success in His world. Just like physical laws of nature that have consequences when you comply or attempt to go against them; God also created the world with spiritual/moral laws that have consequences, Biblically referred to as rewards and punishments. These are built into the moral nature of the world just as the law of gravity is built into the physical nature of the world. They are not mysterious miracles or strikes of lightening, but the consequences of complying with the moral laws of the universe, wherein God expects humans to survive and succeed by connecting and mutually cooperating with other humans.
Rabbi Lapin’s main principles in the book are human connectivity, collaboration, and service; but how to do this successfully requires more than principles. Success requires techniques for developing and internalizing character traits such as self-discipline, honesty & integrity, self-identity, rising above our animal nature, faith, proper family relations & child-rearing, proper use of language, critical thinking & emotional development, dealing with fear & change, learning to love our work, giving charity.
These 40 “Secrets” provide practical advice on how to develop these and other character traits necessary for success in business and all aspects of life.
For readers unfamiliar with Rabbi Lapin’s work, Ancient Jewish Wisdom is his term for the combination of Judaism’s written (Bible/Torah) and oral (Talmud, Midrash, etc.) laws. While the written Bible, primarily the Five Books of Moses, is well known to Christians and other monotheists, Judaism has always depended on the oral tradition passed down orally from Moses through the generations, not committed to writing until beginning around 250-200 B.C.E. culminating in the Mishnah (completed around 187 C.E.) and later the Gemara (completed around 500 C.E.). Together they are called the Talmud, and they constitute the foundation of the “Oral Torah.” The written Torah/Bible cannot be properly understood without the oral Torah. Rabbi Lapin demonstrates his expertise in both the written and oral Torah as he uses both to explain the universality and eternity of those things in life that never change. He states, “My point in writing this book is to unpack the thousands of pages of ancient Jewish wisdom, most of which remained an oral transmission until about two millennia ago. My goal is to make this easily accessible to you in ways that can dramatically enhance the quality of your life.”
In my opinion, he has achieved his goal.
This book has really changed the way I view money, business and wealth. Having it scripturally relevant caused a far greater impact. This is not modern prosperity gospel, this is, as the author repeatedly states: ancient Jewish wisdom. Further the prosperity gospel is not the anathema I once felt it to be.
There are some unnecessary political musings and you'll certainly note that the author is very conservative. I would encourage anyone to read this to understand that business is some of the highest forms of human interaction. We should not ever feel guilty for our successes- they are true blessings.