Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible and What He Wants to Do with YouJohn MacArthurThomas Nelson / 2008 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 97 Reviews
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Steelfaith5 Stars Out Of 5Part of a TrilogyMarch 31, 2018SteelfaithQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As always, Dr.John MacArthur's ability to shed light on Scripture and to enlighten us with his understanding is unmatched. Twelve Extraordinary Woman is no exception. An in depth character study of twelve of the most wonderful women in the Bible which breathes life into them like never before.
This is a great book but it is a part of a trilogy of great books which include Twelve Unlikely Heroes and Twelve Ordinary Men. I was reading some of the reviews posted for Twelve Extraordinary Women prior to writing my own review and noticed some were disappointed by the lack of Esther in this volume and someone even had the nerve to say how Dr.MacArthur goofed by not including her.
The reason that Esther is not featured in this wonderful book is because she has a whole chapter devoted to her in Twelve Unlikely Heroes, which follows the exact same premise as this volume, giving 12 in depth character studies of various Biblical personalities who were unlikely heroes. Indeed, Esther was an extraordinary woman but even more than that, she was an unlikely hero for literally all the Jewish people living at the time.
My suggestion to everyone would be to not only buy and enjoy this wonderful book but to get the entire trilogy. All three books are fantastic reads and well worth your time, especially with Christianbook's fantastic prices!
All three books easily get 5 stars!
Mills5 Stars Out Of 512 Extraordinary WomenMarch 29, 2018MillsQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4We tend to forget the extraordinary help Jesus was given in his ministry by women. In this era of equal rights, Dr. MacArthur shows us how the Lord treated all equal in their service to Christ.
Barb5 Stars Out Of 5The title helped me to find the exact type of study I was looking for.November 9, 2017BarbQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am doing a Bible study with a new Christian who has no Biblical knowledge. This is an excellent study in helping her become familiar with some of the stories of the Bible, with how God used the women in that day, and in learning how God can use us in our everyday lives. The study is helping her see God as trustworthy and how very much He loves us.
tulippoplar1 Stars Out Of 5huge disappointment... save your moneySeptember 21, 2017tulippoplarQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book is great.... until you get to the women of the New Testament. I read through the women of the Old Testament and felt empowered by what he was saying... his chapters on Eve and Sarah are particularly beautiful (although I wish he would have included some citations for some of his statements); however, I found it odd that he failed to include Deborah - certainly an extraordinary woman of the Bible/ Old Testament. Then I got to his chapter on Mary, or what should have been more appropriately titled MacCarthur's refutation of Catholicism. Nevertheless, I continued to read on, excusing his diatribe, and welcomed the next chapter on Anna - despite her brief appearance, one of my favorite people in the New Testament. It was after I read this chapter that I realized MacCarthur's bias. This chapter's focus was on diminishing any sort of spiritual leadership or insight this WOMAN had. The Bible describes her as a "prophetess" yet MacCarthur reduces this away to changing the definition to devoutly religious and that the only way she had the revelation that baby Jesus was the Messiah was because she "overheard Simeon" ... in fact MacCarthur goes so far to say no woman has had direct prophetic revelation - a bold and erroneous statement! At this point I stopped and realized that MacCarthur has a very distinct yet warped view of women and I immediately understood why Deborah was excluded. Do not waste your time with this book. Perhaps MacCarthur should be reminded of a particular verse: "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, NOR IS THERE MALE AND FEMALE, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Instead I think he focuses on a couple verses that Paul wrote to a specific audience ... and he does so out of context.
Deb5 Stars Out Of 5Twelve Extraordinary WomenSeptember 18, 2017DebQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Purchased for ladies Bible study and they love it.