Have you ever wondered why God called you to a specific task or purpose? Have you ever thought maybe God made a mistake by calling you to your present place of service? If you answered yes to these questions, then this book may be for you.
Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur is an in-depth look at 12 men and women who were used by God in great and mighty ways, though they came from unlikely and unassuming backgrounds. MacArthur takes us deep into the lives of men like Samson and Gideon and women like Esther and Miriam to show us that God chooses particular people for particular circumstances and that He does not make mistakes.
MacArthur presents the biographies of each person using Scripture and historical stories to weave seemingly unbelievable tales of leadership and heroism.
Now, for those of us who grew up hearing these anecdotes of Biblical figures, this book may come across a little underwhelming and verbose â€” maybe even a little boring. However, if you are looking for a collection of stories to encourage and uplift your spirit or to confirm that God is still in the miracle business, then this volume may be exactly what you need.
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This is an interesting book on "unlikely heroes" of the Bible. It was very well done and there is much to be learned from these people of the Bible. I particularly enjoyed the section on Esther. I appreciated his insights about how God is never mentioned in the book but the events that take place make one wonder about how it is possible for all that to be coincidence. I also enjoyed the reference to the story being a chess match between God and Satan. In every chapter you can see the shortcomings of man but God uses each and everyone of them for His glory. An encouraging book for any believer.
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Let me start by saying that this is the first book I have read by John MacArthur, but I absolutely loved it and I am eager to read more of his work.
In "12 Unlikely Heroes" by John MacArthur, the author talks about 12 different unexpected heroes from the Bible and gives a small preview into each of their lives. The 12 listed are Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon, Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James, Mark and Onesimus.
Most of the heroes were well-known to me, while I had heard only tidbits about James and Onesimus before reading this book. I think the point that the author is trying to make is that God can use anybody. He does use kings, priests and prophets to complete his work, but he also uses ordinary people like you and I. Jonah ran from God before he pursued God's plan for his life. Samson disobeyed God multiple times, and finally made the right decision in the final moments of his life. I think MacArthur gives us a glimpse of these characters to show us what can happen when we don't follow God's will. God had big plans for these heroes but they followed their own judgement instead of God's.
From the first chapter, I was hooked. MacArthur has a beautiful way of telling the stories of these famous and not-so-famous Bible characters. His writing is easy to understand and would be a great book to use in a Bible study or class. I rate is as 5 stars.
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Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur is an in-depth study of some of the ordinary and not so ordinary people of whom God picked to do his work. They were weak in body and sometimes soul. They questioned God. Some of the heroes, Jonah for instance, God had to all but drag to work and then listen to him complain when he successfully completed his mission. Some unflinchingly worked for God, Jonathan, even when he had to go against his Earthly father in order to work for his heavenly father. The Bible and other historical documents are used as Mr. MacArthur weaves these fascinating Biblical stories of which most of us are familiar with cultural facts of the background during which they occur.
I enjoyed reading the well known stories of the Bible. Mr. MacArthur brought alive the stories that I had heard from childhood on up to adulthood. However, I am not a Bible scholar but as I was reading the early parts of the book I thought to myself, I don't remember that but I did not look them up in either of the Bibles cited in the book. When I came to the Jonathon story though and on page 103 it says after Saul threw the spear and missed his son's head. "Nobody moved. The only sound in the room came from the still-vibrating spear handle plunged ominously into the wall." I really thought, "I don't remember that". So I looked it up. Nope it doesn't say that in the Bible so I looked to see if this book was fictionalized- nope it says, "Bibleâ€”Biography". I looked for citing in the back of the book and only see citing for chapter 10. I work with many persons who only read books and consider if they are Bible based that they are not fiction (even if the book says that they ARE fiction). I am sure that if they read a book which is non-fiction they would not look up and see if everything is as is written or if it has been embellished for interest. This is concerning to me about this work even though I enjoyed reading the book and learned much from it.
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"Twelve Unlikely Heroes" by John MacArthur is a really good book. When I first started reading it, I thought it would just be a lot of stuff I already knew about some specific people in the Bible. I was wrong. This book is filled with facts that I had never heard before, including speculations on what Onesimus went on to do with his life after restoration with Philemon, details about Roman slavery, more about the world Esther lived in and reasons why four years passed before the king began to look for a new queen, etc...I thoroughly enjoyed the book and loved the fact that Mr. MacArthur briefly went back through all of the heroes in his book in the epilogue. After sharing about them again, he pointed out that the ultimate Hero in these stories is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!! He is the one who led Esther to the palace and used her to preserve the Jewish people again, HE is the one who did great miracles to deliver Miriam and all of the Israelites from the Egyptians, and on and on...These great people in God's Word were merely tools in the hands of a Mighty God. God wants us to be willing to be tools for Him as well. Am I willing?
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