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A Life God Rewards: Why Everything You Do Today Matters Forever

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,181 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In this book, you're going to discover that God's son Jesus revealed a direct link between what you do today and what you will experience after you die. Astoundingly, the majority of spiritual seekers around the world -- including millions who follow Jesus -- seem to have missed what He said. Could you be one? If so, your picture of the future is missing about a billion st ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 29th 2002 by Multnomah Books (first published 2002)
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Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A nice little book explaining how, what we do daily, will effect our eternity. I have Prayer of Jabez (which i must soon reread), which is #1, and this one, which is #3, but still need Secrets of the Vine, #2.
Lydia Howe
This was a re-read because 1) I find it quite helpful to re-read cause it's a great book, and 2) Our group at church was reading through it together.

Mr. Wilkinson writes clear, concise thoughts in an easy-to-understand manner. His book brings out Biblical truths and helps every-day people learn how to apply them to their lives. I highly recommend it. At the retreat where I work, they regularly give this book out because it can be so helpful and life changing when the truths are applied to a per
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author Bruce Wilkinson discovered what he was taught and what he believed about eternal rewards seemed to be contradictory to Jesus’ teaching. So he set out on a five year study on the subject of rewards. In A Life God Rewards, Bruce uses the Bible to explain what he learned and shows us that our belief and our behavior determine how we will spend eternity.

He makes it clear how our belief determines how we spend eternity. Good works won’t get us into heaven. The gift of salvation in Jesus gets u
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very good book about Heaven and eternal rewards. The truths in this book ought to inform our every decision---but they don't. It is hard to focus on Heaven as much as we should, and thus, this book deserves repeated reading.

For more on Heaven, I recommend the even better, HEAVEN: YOUR REAL HOME, by Joni.
Esther Hsieh
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had been taught about rewards (crown of righteousness, incorruptible crown, crown of life, etc.) in heaven when I was growing up in the youth group at my church. The first time I was taught on the subject, I was shocked and was convinced my pastor was a heretic. My first thoughts were, "how could God give different people rewards in heaven based on what they did on Earth? And not everyone gets the same amount of rewards? Won't people get jealous of others whom have more than them?"
Needless to
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"Remember, everyone will give an account, and everyone will receive compensation from God based on his works." ~ Bruce Wilkinson ("A Life God Rewards", p. 46)

This book helps us to see that doing good works is apart of the will of God. It is not necessary for salvation, but God does have a reward system for our works, whether they be good or evil.

God wants us to do works while we are on earth and store up treasure in heaven. When we get to heaven we will be rewarded if we do good works now. I als
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
What is done on earth (the dot) will be rewarded in eternity (the line).

What we do as Christians does matter and seeking a "well done" and rewards (wages) for faithfulness is a Biblical motivation. Belief and behavior are important.

The 6 main events of a person's life are important:
1. LIFE. You are created int he image of God for a life of purpose.
2. DEATH. You die physically, but not spiritually
3. DESTINATION. You reach your destination after death, which is determined by what you believed on e
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book talks about your "forever life" beginning with your birth/life: you were created for a purpose; death - you die physically but not spiritually; destination - you reach your destination after death; resurrection - you receive a resurrected body; repayment - you received reward/retribution based on what you did on earth; and eternity - you will live in the presence or absence depending upon your actions on earth.

We are stewards of given assets which are our talents, strengths, personalit
Anne Marie
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was among a few spiritual books I have been reading during Lent. This book and others that I have chosen have been enlightening reads. I have never studied the Bible in this much detail before and this book has helped a great deal in how one must change their thinking in this life and focus on the life we will have for eternity. As the title reads, a life that God rewards is a life of good works, stewardship, loving others, prayer, and avoiding sin as much as you can. Once in a while, ...more
Drew Forster
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Wilkinson has mastered the art of writing little books with big impact. This devotional was easy to read and I was happy to have undertaken it. Like Wilkinson's other little book, The Prayer of Jabez, the entire narrative is based on one scripture and the author delves deep into it.

I'm writing this review about eight weeks after finishing the book and I guess it is telling that I can't think of a single kernel that I took from it, other than the central scripture and the premise.

I could see thi
I am almost done this book, it is part of the series I was given to read. This particular one is in regards to the life God rewards. He is talking about the rewards we receive during resurrection, not about salvation. Some with salvation will have no rewards. The rewards are for those who strive harder then the rest. Such as taking persecution, etc...I also was a bit embarrassed because I did not know it was Jesus to judge. But I learned something anyhow right? The book says with scripture verse ...more
Jason Grubbs
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
After reading Bruce Wilkinson's book on Rewards, I have found myself re-evaluating my motives and living more for eternity than for the present. This little book can easily be read in an hour or two. As you read it, you will be surprised how much Jesus talked about rewards in Heaven. I appreciate the fact that the author makes it clear that we do not earn Heaven, but we earn our rewards in Heaven by what we do for the Lord here and what we give to Him. It is clearly pointed out that we can lose ...more
Daniel O.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is in human nature to want to benefit from his endeavours. Though this may sound selfish, the rewards God promises are tied to our being mindful to the welfare of others. It is paradoxical then that it is through being unselfish that we can have our self interest catered for. God has put it in a way that we take care of others' interests, He will take care of our interests.

It is in the above line that Bruce does a splendid job to motivate the reader by assuring him that there is a reward. He
Mar 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Although the author has been very popular and written a lot of money-making books that people tend to enjoy, we disagreed with a lot of his interpretation of scripture. It is important to not only read his interpretation of what a passage might mean, but also look it up for yourself. I found that he took a lot of scripture out of context and put a worldly spin on it. I'm sure it sold a lot of books, but this one isn't worth the buy. ...more
Danielle Pretorius
An eye opener

I have been trying to deepen my understanding of God and learn new things that are more like solid food. I'm not into "prosperity preaching" and I assure you that this book is not like that at all. What I have learnt is so simple and obvious that I can't believe I haven't known about it before but that doesn't mean a lot of people do! It's a small book but that is great as it gets straight to the point.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
While this book has some good points, I think it misses the fact that we need to do good NOT just to have a happy heaven but to have a positive world here on earth. I also personally do not believe that if you don't profess your belief in Christ that you won't get to heaven. God accepts all people no matter their religion. God is Love and God is Inclusive! ...more
Aloisi Cathi
Jan 28, 2009 is currently reading it
Small, but powerful - I borrowed this from the library, but now I have to purchase it because I NEED to write in the margins, highlight and underline passages. There is so much hope in this little book!
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: religious
The author thought he was onto a revolutionary concept, but since this is a part of my religion's theology, it was reviewing kindergarten for me. He did have a few nice ways of putting things here and there that were fun to read ... ...more
Patty Milner
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book puts into words what we all long to hear, not a replay of our shortcomings but that our Creator God wants to reward us and has blessings in store that we cannot even imagine on our walk with Him, if only we will.
Austin Wright
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was his best out of the three Breakthrough books he wrote. Introduces Greek terminology like misthos, apodidomai, and thesauros.

This is a great 101 intro book for someone who in interested in seeing the failings of the English language Bible.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have a policy to always read books that people give me. This was an odd one, as I am an atheist, but I think it was probably well-intentioned. Sadly, I'm no closer to understanding how anyone can believe in God. ...more
Joan A. Jazwinski
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not worth your time

I would not recommend this book. I disagree with the premise that one's goal should be rewards in heaven. Doing things for God is just a small way to show God how much we appreciate what He does for us each day at least in my opinion.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I ll have to reread this for all this little power book has packed in it. What I know today is that I want to live my life like the 10 talent servant in the parable. Using all my ability and gifts to their highest efficiency for my master.
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue-s-books
I am still reading this but it teachers me that things I do in God's name lead to rewards in eternity. ...more
Dec 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Just finished this book. It was encouraging and right one the nose on bible.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was unprepared for this little book to touch my life in the way it did. VERY good!
Jamie Leeper
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Book! Find out why everything you do today, matters forever. Find the power and potential of your life through this book. Very good Life changing book!
Apr 30, 2012 added it
I am encouraged to live better, more purposely.

This doesn't open windows into heaven quite as well as " Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith " .
Tom Sargeant
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd most important book that anyone could read!
Danny Clifford
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great short book with wonderful lessons.
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Bruce Wilkinson is recognized as one of the world's foremost Christian teachers and speakers. But he is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, The Prayer of Jabez, and other bestsellers including A Life God Rewards, Secrets of the Vine, and The Dream Giver. He is the founder of WorldTeach, a global initiative to train Bible teachers in every nation. Wilkinson also founded Dr ...more

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