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Twelve Ordinary Men Paperback – May 8 2006
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About the Author
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He lives in Los Angeles.
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This paperback is an indepth look at the disciples of Jesus Christ. I found it most entertaining and enlightening, soaking up the characteristics of these men of God. We see how the master shaped His disciples and built up their faith. They were the first persons on earth, who knew what His future held, though not throughly understanding at the time, they yet trusted in Him and His Father's will for the people of the world. He spoke to them in parables and had to be patient with them as they tried to figure Him out. The disciples were by no means scholars, just humble ordinary men, but when Jesus was resurrected and they saw the Light they became bold witnesses for His cause, turning the world upside down............taking the gospel to the ends of the earth for they knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that He held their backs, and had filled them with His Holy Spirit.
Highly recommended to Study Groups and Theology courses.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar 07-11-11 (Haze)
John MacArthur does an excellent job of searching the New Testament for every detail about each apostle and blending it into a wonderful, accurate narrative of their lives and personality. He brought new insight into the special relationship between each pair (Simon the Zealot and Matthew the tax-collector - both at extreme polarities of the Jewish political spectrum; Peter the brash loud mouth with his younger quiet brother Andrew, etc.) and the sub-grouping of 3 teams of 4 men.
I have found myself quoting often from this book as I take multiple aspects of each of the 12's personality and apply it to our own present day attitudes while serving Christ. We see that all of them were extremely ordinary, full of character flaws. The death and ressurection of Christ transformed them and their flaws were used in a mighty way. By harmonizing the events of the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament, I also learned more about each man. MacArthur concludes each chapter with traditional (not in the Bible) information concerning their area of minstry in the world and their means of death.
I expected a history lesson when I purchased this book and ended up with a beautiful story that has really impacted my life. I strongly encourage you to read this book!
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recommend this book it is very easy to read and improved my understanding on the 12 disciples.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting, informative of the lives of the apostles and what happened to them after the death of Jesus.Published 19 months ago by Bob
This book to me is an eye opener it tells of ordinary men called to do a job that we all to do and can if we dare and allow the lord to work through usPublished 20 months ago by Lloyd madden
This book is great! It is written in an easy to understand, straightforward manner. I have recommended this book to others and they loved it too!! Read morePublished on July 17 2004
I have read several John Macarthur books in the past and this one easily ranks as one of his best. After a rather dry introduction, the book devotes a chapter to each apostle... Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by John Lawler
MacArthur does it again. Great look at the apostles' lives. You will never look at "the 12" in the same light/Published on Feb. 24 2004
If you are looking for information about the individual disciples, this is as definitive as you'll find.Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Mark Youngkin
What an awesome book!! I couldn't put it down and was introduced to some ordinary people I realized I never really knew. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003