Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes[Download] ➵ Twelve Unlikely Heroes ➾ John F. MacArthur Jr. – What kind of people does God use to accomplish His workFar from the children’s tales depicted in picture books and nursery rhymes the men and women highlighted in the Bible were unnervingly real  T What kind of people does God use to accomplish His workFar from the children’s tales depicted Twelve Unlikely PDF or 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 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 uickly 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 .

John F MacArthur Jr is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister noted for his Twelve Unlikely PDF or radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible MacArthur is a fifth generation pastor a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California since and.

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Twelve Unlikely Heroes
  • John F. MacArthur Jr.
  • English
  • 11 December 2016
  • 9781400202089

10 thoughts on “Twelve Unlikely Heroes

  1. Alexis Neal says:

    Well known preacher John MacArthur walks the reader through the stories of twelve 'unexpected' Bible heroes in ten chapters Gideon and Samson are paired as are Mark and OnesimusI confess that I was expecting something a bit different With a title like Twelve Unlikely Heroes I somehow got it into my head that the stories would all involve lesser known bible characters some of the obscure judges perhaps or Jael or Abigail or Haggai or Titus or somebody So when I flipped to the Table of Contents and saw names like Joseph John the Baptist and James I was a little disappointed Not that they're all big names MacArthur includes Enoch Miriam and the aforementioned Onesimus But still his focus was different than I'd anticipatedThe overall point is that God is the real hero and He is most glorified when He uses well unlikely vessels Which makes sense when you look at the stories of Gideon a coward Samson an arrogant fool Jonathan son of a king yet not heir to the throne Jonah a disobedient grump Esther a conveniently gorgeous Hebrew orphan Onesimus an escaped slave and John the Baptist a crazy hermit man Enoch ? Joseph a slave turned convict Miriam a Hebrew? James the skeptic and Mark the runaway? are a bit of a stretch to me anyway Me I would have picked different characters women for starters I mean women as heroes? In Bible times? Talk about unexpectedStill MacArthur does his best to play up the weaknesses of the men or women in order to highlight God's power and grace working through them And maybe it's for the best that he tends to pick better known heroes He has a tendency to 'fill out' the narrative adding details for context and making the characters real and relatable But I am leery of adding anything beyond what is included in Scripture So concluding that say Mark was raised in a Christian home simply because Peter came to his house after escaping from prison seems like a bit of a stretch I mean maybe But maybe Mark's mom was a recent convert Maybe Mark was already an adult when she converted Maybe the church met there because of Mark and not because of his mom I mean it's a plausible explanation but it's one of many And MacArthur does this a lot attributing thoughts or feelings to characters without backing it up from ScriptureNot that he teaches anything blasphemous He doesn't Simplistic yes but not wrong Yes his chapter on Enoch contains rather unnecessarily his views on creation and pre flood weather but the substance of his points is valid even if some of the peripheral statements may be less well supported And he's strong on the gospel which let's face it is by no means a sure thing when you're dealing with modern 'Christian' writersI didn't find the book to be terribly challenging spiritually speaking but it's by no means bad If you're looking for a jumping off point for a bible study or even for a fairly straightforward devotional this might be a decent option I didn't love it but you might Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®com book review bloggers program I was not reuired 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. Angie Vallejo (Musesofamom) says:

    Having read John Arthur's two previous books in this series Twelve Ordinary Men and Twelve Extraordinary Women I was certainly eager to read his newest addition to the trilogy I certainly wasn't disappointed Once again John opens up history and tells the fascinating stories of twelve people from the Old and New Testaments giving historical and cultural backgrounds for additional clarity and interest These are facinating people who were chosen by God to fulfill his willeven though though in an earthly sense we certainly would not consider them to be heroes The entire book is excellent however I would have to recommend the last chapter as a must read the stories of two men who were runaways with a wonderful reminder of forgiveness and redemption

  3. Sarah says:

    This book was much better than the only other book in the series I have read Twelve Extraordinary Women which did not capture my attention very well I'm not sure that I can pinpoint why but this 3rd book in the 'Twelve' series really started my thought processes in regards to the characters dealt with and God's usage of themI'll say at the start that I appreciate that MacArthur doesn't try to make you see types in the people and events discussed but takes the people and events as literal And so takes the inspired apostle Paul literally when he said that Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching for reproof for correction for instruction which is in righteousness That the man of God may be complete furnished completely unto every good work 2Ti 316 17 ASV Which I would assume to mean that every inspired scripture is profitable as it is without having to change it into allegory for it to be profitable As an example of this in dealing with Sampson the author uses Sampson as an example for teaching and instruction in righteousness stating that HisSampson's fatal attraction to pagan women was not only the pattern of his life but proved to be the path to his death If Sampson were Superman his own sinful desires were his kryptonite He could kill a lion but not his lust He could break new ropes but not old habits He could defeat armies of Philistine soldiers but not his own flesh He could carry away the gates of a city but allowed himself to be carried away when lost in passionMacArthur draws insights from literal Scripture in his chapter on Jonah he notes that The pagan sailors recognize the Lord's power over creation and worship Him as a result The pagan King of Nineveh likewise recognizes God's sovereign hand Surprisingly the only person who resists God is Jonah the prophet of Israel who acknowledged the Lord's sovereignty with his lips Jonah19yet rebelled against it with his life And all this without any of the characters or objects in the historical accounts having to symbolize ChristFor the most part MacArthur keeps the focus on what the Scriptures actually say When dealing with James the brother of Christ and how many people wonder about Jesus' childhood and that there are myths about miracles He performed as a youth It is pointed out that The normalcy of Jesus' childhood and early adulthood is confirmed by the fact that when He began His public ministry His former neighbors in Nazareth did not believe Him to be the MessiahNow for the negative From the beginning the Lord elected Israel to be a nation of Missionaries As His chosen people they were to be a light to the Gentiles a people so passionate in their devotion to the Lord and zealous for other nations to love and worship the true God that their corporate testimony would reverberate throughout the worldthe people of Israel as whole failed in their missionary taskWhen Jonah rebelled against the Lord's command and ran in the opposite direction he epitomized the collective failure of the nation of Israel Where is Israel ever told that they were to be Missionaries to the Gentiles? I know that they will be Missionaries of a sort in the Millennial Kingdom but where are they ever commanded to attempt to 'convert' people on this side of things? God Himself commanded them to wipe out the other nations as they were moving into the promised land not to evangelize them From the Scriptures I understand that they were to be sanctified from the nations around them and to welcome strangersaliens not to actively pursue them as possible converts Besides this MacArthur sometimes delves into the realm of speculation when he states the possible feelings and thoughts of various characters There are some other things but I'm sure they'll be noticed by the studied readerThat stated it was an interesting look at the lives of these 'twelve unlikely heroes'though I have some trouble with the word 'hero' but I can overlook it MacArthur states Some heroes are made in a moment Others are defined by a lifetime And most importantly as he also points out Noah did not preserve the ark in the midst of the flood; Abraham did not make himself the father of a great nation; Joshua did not cause the walls of Jericho to fall down; and David did not defeat Goliath on his own In each of these well known examples and in every other case the Hero behind the heroes is always the Lord In literature the hero is the main protagonist the principle character and the central figure of the narrative That is certainly true of God throughout the pages of Scripture He is the One who always provides the victory It is His power His wisdomand His goodness that are continually put on display even when He utilizes human instruments to accomplish His purposes Conseuently all the glory belongs to Him I'll let the back cover of the book provide the ending statements as it well sums it up Speaking of these 'heroes' 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 1116I received this book as a complimentary copy from BookSneeze® in exchange for my reviewwhich does not have to be favorable

  4. Aneta Jackowska-Musiol says:

    Marvellous account of deeds of ordinary people who have an outstanding faith in God and therefore their actions are memorized in Bible Saints are not saint at all God makes them saint I loved this book troughly until the point here author boldly and without giving any evidence states that Jesus had brothers and sisters To me a Catholic this is not acceptable so I just omitted this chapter

  5. Mark says:

    Each chapter talks about one or two people It has their family history what was going on at that time their story and how that pertains to your life now Most are pretty well known but there are a couple that are usually less talked aboutVery good book I would recommend this to anyone wanting a in depth history of each of these people

  6. Naomi says:

    Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur takes a detailed look at the lives of twelve different Biblical men and women that the casual reader may gloss over upon first glance The people that MacArthur chose to examine in this book include Enoch Joseph Miriam Gideon Samson Jonathan Jonah Esther John the Baptist James Mark and OnesimusMacArthur thoroughly dissects the stories surrounding each person skillfully bringing together not just Scripture but historical archaeological and cultural evidence as well It is clearly evident that much research has gone into each story I truly appreciated the historical evidence presented throughout the book as it helped to tie things together and provide a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding these fascinating peopleEach person MacArthur looks at in this book are all sinners and have all fallen short in various areas But he highlights so beautifully the way that God worked in each person's life to bring about His greater glory It's a wonderful reminder that God can and does use flawed sinful people to accomplish His work and His purposes In both the prologue and epilogue MacArthur reminds readers that each man and woman featured in this book were known for both their faith and their faithfulness These are the people among many of the Biblical men and women that I want to look up to and who I want my children to look up toI’ve received this complimentary book from Thomas Nelson Publishing House through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for a review A positive review was not reuired and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own

  7. Brenten Gilbert says:

    This is the third installment of MacArthur’s “Twelve” series and it’s the second that I’ve read I skipped the women one but I probably should read it What I appreciate about the series is that it presents a nicely segmented study on various attributes that are helpful to cultivate in our lives and recognize in those around us So often it’s easy to write others off but really if we think about it carefully we’re all created in God’s image and we all have a purpose in this life So it’s important to shed the spotlight on some unlikely folks that God used mightily to accomplish His planThis book as well as the others work well as independent reading a starting point for a personal Bible study or I imagine an excellent basis for a small group curriculum I found myself diving in a little deeper beyond what was presented in the book to get better perspective and enrich the reading for myself But the bottom line is this book is another fine addition to the series and to any personal library from TRudATmusicdotcomslashraw 11712

  8. Wallace says:

    This is the third in a loose trilogy which began with Twelve Ordinary Men and then there followed Twelve Extraordinary Women and now Twelve Unlikely Heroes I have now read all three and enjoyed all threeTo sum up what this book meant to me I will uote from the EpilogueOur study of the heroes of the faith has shown us that the Lord does not limit his kingdom work to one kind of person In fact no two are the same demonstrating that God uses almost endless combinations of personality cultural background experience and station in society to accomplish his will page 213I found this and find it refreshingly encouragingIf you are in need of a different perspective on your life and work for the Lord then I recommend this book to you Perhaps you and I will join the ranks of the 'unlikely heroes'?

  9. Megan says:

    There was so much that I really liked about this book It included some of my favorite Bible heroes Esther and Joseph for example as well as some I had a lot to learn about like Gideon and John Mark There was a nice balance between informational text and personal applicationdiscussionThe one thing that held me back with this book was the writing style I know Pastor MacArthur is an excellent speaker and has authored excellent books but for some reason his writing style was just hard to read Too many adjectives? I'm really not sure what it was but it made it hard to finish

  10. Kim Zimmerman says:

    really good to read and get history and personal accounts of heroes from the bibleloved hearing about james jesus brother

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