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    1. Irvine, CA
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: male
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      A New Perspective On Who & What A Hero Is
      November 27, 2012
      VicsMediaRoom
      Irvine, CA
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: male
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      This review was written for Twelve Unlikely Heroes.
      John MacArthur in his new book , "Twelve Unlikely Heroes" published by Thomas Nelson shows us How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You.

      From the back cover: 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).

      Okay let's do word association. When I say "Hero" what image pops into your mind? For some people the image might be Superman or Batman. For others it might be some valiant military figure. More than likely whatever image popped into your mind it was someone who got a lot of press. Most times we don't think of ourselves as heroes nor do we think of the person we work with or go to church with as heroes. John MacArthur shows us that God sees heroes in the most unlikely of individuals. He presents twelve portraits of men and women who are heroes in the Bible. Most of them even show up in special honor listed in the hall of faith. You know what the nice thing is about reading of these men and women? If God sees heroes in them and He is no respecter of persons then He can see heroes in us. I think you will want to give this book to family and friends so that they can have a new perspective of who and what a hero is according to God. They will always remember your gift and thank you for it. I recommend this book highly!

      Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 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."
    2. Pinckney, MI
      Age: Over 65
      Gender: male
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      Inspiring Read
      November 26, 2012
      Gary
      Pinckney, MI
      Age: Over 65
      Gender: male
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      This review was written for Twelve Unlikely Heroes.
      My wife and enjoyed reading Twelve Unlikely Heroes. The book was easy to follow and introduced truths that were new to us and overall the book was very inspirational.
    3. Age: 25-34
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      November 11, 2012
      Phronsie Howell
      Age: 25-34
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      This review was written for Twelve Unlikely Heroes.
      Honestly, I think my favorite quote from the whole book comes from the Introduction when John MacArthur defines what a hero is. He says, ". . . being a hero . . . starts with a rock-solid confidence in God and a willingness to live according to His Word no matter the consequences." (pg XII). That's a solid definition and really sums up what made the people in Twelve Unlikely Heroes, heroes. They didn't always read like heroes or seem like heroes, but deep down they really did have the confidence to trust God no matter what. It just, WOW, right? Do you have a faith like that? I know I'm still working on mine!

      Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, I was not required to write a positive review.
    4. Age: 25-34
      Gender: female
      4 Stars Out Of 5
      October 30, 2012
      DUCKgirl
      Age: 25-34
      Gender: female
      This review was written for Twelve Unlikely Heroes.
      Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You

      By John MacArthur

      Book Description

      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).

      Well written, with many interesting facts thrown into the narrative, this book seeks to empower us to realize that whilst these heroes of their time had faith, walked in obedience, they too battled with their sinful nature and overcame it to bring glory to Him. The Word of God shows us that none of these heroes were perfect and in this itself is assurance that He has provided that which we need to walk with Him in faith through His Son's perfect sacrifice.

      I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 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. Florida
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      Twelve Unlikely Heroes Review
      October 16, 2012
      Proverbs 31 Wannabe
      Florida
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      This review was written for Twelve Unlikely Heroes.
      Twelve Unlikely Heroes, How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You, by John MacArthur is well-written and deeply researched study. MacArthur has a way of bringing these people to life for the reader and showing how God used ordinary people for His extraordinary purpose. He illustrates how God equips those He calls and that He can use anyone to serve Him. In this book, MacArthur highlights the lives of Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon, Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James, Mark and Onesimus.

      I learned a lot while reading this book. I haven't read MacArthur's other books in this series, but now I want to get those as well. The word "hero" has become over-used to describe pop culture icons instead of people who change the course of history. THe men and women in this book were broken, ordinary people, who changed the world by giving up their lives and wants for obedience to God. While reading about these men and women, I thought about how God can use anyone to further His kingdom and how He calls each of us in different ways. We must be open to serve Him and get out of the way so that God can work through us. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about God's plans for ordinary men and women, including how He can use each of us and equip each of us for Kingdom work.
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