John MacArthurThomas Nelson / 2013 / HardcoverOur Price$21.994.5 out of 5 stars for One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus. View reviews of this product. 15 Reviews
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AnitaArden Hills, MN5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome compilation of the Gospels!November 11, 2013AnitaArden Hills, MNThe 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.
Proverbs 31 WannabeFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ReferenceApril 17, 2013Proverbs 31 WannabeFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One 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."
Anthony R. Stringham5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Harmony of Scriptures.September 20, 2017Anthony R. StringhamQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An excellent book and study tool.
Despite the earlier review supporting (in a somewhat arrogant fashion) the Preterist viewpoint taught predominantly among Roman Catholics, you will find the notes in this book to be right in line with the majority Protestant teachings, including its eschatology. Even if you have a different viewpoint in some secondary areas of doctrine though the book is worth getting for the narrative alone.
This is an wonderful way to see the story of Christ harmonized into one text. I was excited when I first heard about the book and it lived up to my expectations.
MIMomAge: 25-345 Stars Out Of 5A great edition to your bookshelfApril 4, 2013MIMomAge: 25-34Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One Perfect Life, by John MacArthur is a harmonious compilation of NKJV Scripture, mainly of the Gospel accounts, of Christ's life with Matthew serving as the base text. MacArthur begins in Genesis with the creation and the necessity of mankind for a Savior; he then transitions through Old Testament prophecies before continuing into the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He finishes his massive (516 pages) work with New Testament reflections on the purpose of Christ's resurrection and how it relates to the believer. Although it is a large book, it reads like a story, with a copious amount of footnotes on each page (the footnotes are taken from the MacArthur Study Bible).
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. I appreciate chronological and harmonious Bibles, but their side-by-side accounts (or repeated sequential accounts) can become tedious to read. MacArthur did a phenomenal job of blending the Scripture so that it not only read easily, but it made me desire to continue to read it, as I saw how the dates and events corresponded with each other. Using superscript, he annotates for the purpose of his footnotes, as well as to differentiate when he is jumping from one gospel author to another. In addition, each chapter is titled and includes Scripture references to the pertaining section. These sections are also organized into an outline form, thus dividing up Christ's life, so that you can distinguish the words and events of his life in time periods (eg- Passover to Passover during his ministry years). What results is a narrative that is not only a "pleasurable reading material", but can also be used as a reference and resource on your bookshelf. MacArthur's objective was "to bring into full view the One who is Immanuel", and I believe he accomplished this goal.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ® book review 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
KateRichmond, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent on all LevelsFebruary 25, 2013KateRichmond, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A complete thread through the bible with notes explaining key passages. Very easy to follow. Every believer should read this.
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