Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Twelve Unlikely Heroes" by John MacArthur Book Review

What kind of people does God use to accomplish His work?
Far from the children’s tales depicted in picture books and nursery rhymes, the men and women highlighted in the Bible were unnervingly real. They faltered. They struggled. And at times, they fell short. Yet God worked through them in surprising and incredible ways to accomplish His purposes. Scripture does not hide their weaknesses, caricature their strengths, or spin their stories as a display of human nobility. Instead, it describes these heroes of the faith with unflinching honesty and delivers an unexpected ending:“God is not ashamed to be called their God” (Hebrews 11:16).
In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, it becomes clear how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable—particularly as they reveal the true Hero behind every witness, the power counterbalancing every weakness, “the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1).
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am familiar with John MacArthur's ministry, but this is probably the first book of his I have ever read.  And I was completely impressed.  This book is Biblically based, rooted in conservative theology.  He introduces us (or reminds us) of twelve very unlikely people in Scripture whom God used to do great things.  You will find yourself reminded and inspired by these stories, and I learned things about Bible characters I had known all my life.  MacArthur has a way of writing that is easy to read but deep and penetrating.  He brings in his love and understanding of Scripture and history, and this book works very well as a devotional/Bible study.  I would highly recommend this book to all people who would like to read an uplifting book for their private (or small group) devotional studies.  I plan to read this book again because there is no way I picked up everything the first time!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

Buy the book here.

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