Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur

The Message: “[The eleven faithful disciples] are fitting heroes and role models for us, despite their shortcomings. To study their lives is to get to know the men who were closest to Christ during His earthly life. To realize they were ordinary people just like us is a great blessing. May the Spirit of Christ who taught them transform us the way He transformed them, into precious vessels fit for the Master’s use. And may we learn from their example what it means to be disciples indeed.” ~ John MacArthur

My Thoughts: As men chosen by Jesus to found the church, the twelve disciples are well worth studying, and this book is a great place to start. Its straightforward style is easy to read, and the way it explores how eleven of the disciples can inspire us in our walk with God, while the tragic life of the twelfth offers a sobering warning to us, is far more exciting than you might expect. The eleven faithful men of God have much to teach us, and this book seeks to make sure we don’t miss any of it.

As with The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, which I reviewed previously, one of the best parts of this John MacArthur work is seeing historical details from the Bible brought together like puzzle pieces to form a powerful, enriching picture. While he sometimes seems to get a bit carried away with making assumptions based on scanty details, most of his observations are very insightful, revealing how much subtle facts from the New Testament can tell us about what each of the disciples were like. I highly recommend this book.

Content Overview: Safe for all readers.

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