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  1. One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus - eBookeBOOK
    One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus - eBook
    John MacArthur
    Thomas Nelson / 2013 / ePub
    $19.99
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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  1. Jordan McCord
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great.
    May 9, 2014
    Jordan McCord
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book I did not buy from here but a local Christian bookstore and me and my wife really love it. It has the Scriptures concerning Christ interwoven to give the full story of Christ from the Old Testament prophets to the Apostolic Epistles. It was made in such a seamless way that if it wasn't for the little letters indicating a switch of passages you wouldn't even be able to tell. Very easy to read font and font size. The notes however at the bottom are in a much smaller print. They're still easy to read for me and my wife but they're not even half the size print as the main texts. I'm over all very satisfied with the contents of this book. Its very helpful with stuff like studies in the Olivet Discourse. You will have the synoptic accounts interwoven with perfection. The notes at the bottom are notes from his self-titled study Bible. They contain some helpful notes just don't count on any of John MacArthur's exegesis on eschatological texts.

    Knowing Johnny Mac is a self-proclaimed "leaky-dispensationalist", his interpretations on almost all eschatological passages are very lacking. He makes zero sense in his explanations of the crystal clear time texts such as Matthew 16:28 and 24:34 text that clearly teach a first century fulfillment (see also Rev. 1:1,3, 22:6). Says the texts speaking of the Abomination of Desolation in the Olivet Discourse implies a rebuilt temple and the Old Testament sacrifices are to reinstated! even though Jesus said that that generation to whom he was speaking would not pass until it was fulfilled when the temple or "holy place" was still standing. And why, when God's own Lamb was sent to be the propitiation for our sins, should the temple sacrifices ever happen again? The great Tribulation is past already. Its done. The Beast of Revelation was Nero Caesar. John MacArthur's notes even talk about the first few statements in the Olivet Discourse as having their fulfillment in A.D. 70 and then with no transition implied in the text he believes it goes on to talk about a future end of the world Tribulation. "This generation will not pass until ALL these thing are fulfilled" Matthew 24:34. This generation in all of the N.T. (genea) always means that generation that he was among (Christ refers to this generation a lot in Matt. 23 the previous chapter) Even Jesus hints at John still being alive when he returns in Judgment in A.D. 70. 22 Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."

    "Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, 'If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?'" (John 21:22, 23)

    This makes sense of Jesus' statement in Matthew 16:28:

    "Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

    But I bought this book knowing what I was getting into with his notes. While being quite amusing at times I highly disagree with him when it comes to eschatology. But the text edited to where it all fits together is quite nice. A very fine read if you ask me. Its NKJV.
  2. Anita
    Arden Hills, MN
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome compilation of the Gospels!
    November 11, 2013
    Anita
    Arden Hills, MN
    The combination of the gospels into one continuous reading was just what I needed. Also, the footnotes provide great depth into almost every verse. The best way of obtaining a well rounded perspective on the life of Christ. Easy to read and easy to understand.
  3. Proverbs 31 Wannabe
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Reference
    April 17, 2013
    Proverbs 31 Wannabe
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One Perfect Life is more than just a harmony of the New Testament Gospels. It tells the complete story of Christ, weaving together prophesies from the Old Testament as well as the New Testament Gospels. Dr. John MacArthur was able to put together something I have never seen before and I am so excited that this book is now a part of my resource library. Not only does it read as a narrative, combining pieces of scripture from different books of the Bible, it allows the reader to more fully understand the life of Christ in a more linear fashion. I especially enjoyed reading the footnotes provided, as they provided explanation and details that I hadn't thought about before.

    As a life-long Christian and someone who has studied the Bible for many years, I appreciate the easy format of this book. Unlike Parallel Bibles, which present different accounts in a column format, this book weaves the accounts together into a complete story. It shows how the different accounts fit together.

    MacArthur begins with the Creation of the World with Jesus Christ - the Preexistent Creator and Savior. He continues with the Fall of the Human Race Into Sin and through Old Testament prophesies which fortell of the Messiah's birth. It demonstrates how everything in the Bible was put together to tell the story of Christ, from the beginning of Creation and through the Gospels.

    When I first received this book I was excited to dig right in and wanted to read it cover to cover. What I found was that I really want to take some time and read the footnotes and really ponder and understand what was happening and how the accounts came together. I learned so much while reading and I know I will refer to this valuable reference tool again and again.

    This book would be beneficial to those wanting to read straight through the narrative, as well as others who want to take time to read and understand footnotes, savoring each piece of the story. I highly recommend this addition to your reference library.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Heather King
    Gloucester, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Composite Harmony of the Gospels
    April 12, 2013
    Heather King
    Gloucester, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a church girl, born and raised, I spent many a Sunday morning in front of a flannel board, which means I've heard and read some of the same Gospel accounts over and over and over again. So, I'm always on the lookout for ways to make the Gospels fresh, and John MacArthur's One Perfect Life certainly did that for me.

    It is essentially a "composite harmony" of the New Testament Gospels, with text taken straight from the New King James Version of the Bible. The accounts of all four Gospel writers are blended together and progress through Christ's life and ministry chronologically. This is a spectacular tool for old and new believers, theology students and lay persons alike.

    For one thing, we have so many misconceptions and really so much misinformation within even our church communities. We often mis-tell the Gospel accounts, combining them, mistaking one for another, and even teaching falsities such as Mary Magdalene was the prostitute who anointed Jesus' feet with perfume and wiped it with her hair. Scripture doesn't tell us that was Mary Magdalene at all and doesn't indicate that she was a prostitute. It's a mistake someone made and then propagated over time, ultimately perpetuating biblical illiteracy. Seeing the Gospels blended together, though, corrects many of these false teachings.

    MacArthur's book is meant to be read as a smooth narrative, starting with Creation itself, progressing through the fall of man and the prophecies of the Old Testament before moving on to the Gospel accounts. This, again, provided so much information, helping the reader to see how all of Scripture points to Christ and how Jesus specifically fulfilled prophecies all the way back to Genesis.

    I confess, though, that I didn't really move through the book quickly and didn't treat it as a narrative in the beginning sections. I was too intrigued by the way MacArthur layered passages from the epistles, the Gospels, the prophets, and the Pentateuch, interweaving them line after line. I wanted to see where each verse came from and how it connected up with the other verses MacArthur used surrounding it.

    I also stopped very frequently to read the great quantity of notes at the bottom of each page, mostly from the MacArthur Study Bible. Those who want to read this straight-through as a simple narrative could do so and still benefit and learn. Others, like me, who work through it slowly, note by note, passage by passage, will benefit so much from the teaching and insight MacArthur provides. This is one book I'll be keeping close at hand to enhance my personal study and understanding of the Bible.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. BurtonBookReview
    Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Study tool of Jesus's ministry
    April 9, 2013
    BurtonBookReview
    Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The moment I saw this book, claiming the complete story of Jesus Christ, I knew this would be a great companion to reading the gospels. I was especially pleased that it takes the scriptures from my version of choice, the New King James version. This book studies the gospels chronologically - taking the exact text from the bible and puts them in an easy to read format with no extra narrative provided by the author besides the notes, which range from not too explanatory to a small bit of depth. As I was beginning the book, I was a little taken aback at the structure as I was learning how it flowed, but just a few chapters in I felt I was settled and could organize my thoughts alongside this presentation of the gospels.

    I say easy to read only because the text is separated my mini-topics, sometimes leaving blank spaces where the text would be and at the bottom are the notes. So while the 480 pages as a whole might look like a lot, taking into account much of the blank space throughout the book it reads swiftly. Because of the many references if you are flipping line by line back and forth it is not going to read 'easy', but if you overlook that hindrance, overall the book is worthwhile. It is not adding any new information then what is already provided in the bible, but it is the portrayal of the bible verses that makes this different.

    I loved how the text incorporated the verses from across the gospels to create the harmony of the story, and that is what the book is all about: a look at Jesus and his ministry WITHOUT adding an author's take or interpretation of the bible. The entire book is a blending of the bible (from Matthew to Luke for instance) in the same paragraph, but using their words from the New King James version to create a cohesive look at a particular event or teaching of Jesus. For example, with the topic of The Transfiguration of Christ (Chapter 88) the text incorporates the biblical verses from Matthew, Luke and Peter.

    For those readers looking for a narrative on Jesus in story format, this is not it. This is a study bible focused on Jesus's ministry which puts together all the gospels in one page when portraying a particular event.

    One Perfect Life succeeded in its task to present the life of Jesus using the Scriptures as its beginning and end, and it should be an inspiring tool for those readers who have read the bible but wanted to focus their bible studies on a more central theme of Jesus and his ministry. Because of the format, I also think it is a book that can be referred to over and over so the reader can highlight the passages that are important to their journey of faith and use One Perfect Life as an excellent companion to their bible.
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