Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples, and What He Wants to Do with You Audiobook | John MacArthur | Audible.com
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Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples, and What He Wants to Do with You | [John MacArthur]

Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped His Disciples, and What He Wants to Do with You

Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. John MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original 12 disciples for today's modern disciple - you.
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Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God's work. Look no further than the 12 disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament.

Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original 12 disciples for today's modern disciple - you.

©2002 John MacArthur; (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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    Bill Perkins Hawaiian Gardens, CA 03-15-13
    Bill Perkins Hawaiian Gardens, CA 03-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Difficult Listen: More dissertation than story."

    The content of this audio book was wonderful. A well-researched, accurate depiction of Biblical content. However, it wasn't the most enjoyable listen. It had the feel of a dissertation that sometimes morphed into a sermon. I absolutely love John MacArthur, so this review in no way reflects his knowledge of the bible. But, if you want to listen to a "story" about the disciples, I don't feel this hits the mark. My primary difficulty resulted from the narrator's need to cite references throughout the audio. So start with content then stop for a bibliographic reference. It really disrupted the story flow for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian United States 07-09-12
    Brian United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very fascinating and enlightening"
    What made the experience of listening to Twelve Ordinary Men the most enjoyable?

    This was a very unique, enlightening, informative look into the apostles. I think I might have learned a few of these nuggets in a study here or there but never would have had it all just specifically laid out for me. Knowing each of their characters, strengths and mostly weaknesses and how God used them was inspiring. If He can do something amazing with these flawed men why not me too?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very informative and insightful.


    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I probably would never have read this book, but I sure loved listening to it. That's the great thing about audio books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The story of ordinary men God used in extraordinary ways.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John The Colony, Texas, United States 03-05-12
    John The Colony, Texas, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Insightful and thought provoking."
    What made the experience of listening to Twelve Ordinary Men the most enjoyable?

    This book helps you to understand each of the disciples background. It gave great insight into the characteristics and how Jesus dealt with each of them. Great book for leaders who have to deal with people of differing personalities. A must read for Pastors.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Chapter two was the most impactful for me because he talked about Peter and that is who I am compared to by people. It helped me to understand more how people see me.


    Any additional comments?

    Every Pastor should have a copy of this in their library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron United States 07-30-13
    Aaron United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Speculation and Assumptions; some solid research."

    I had really hoped for more insight into the lives of the disciples than I could have gleaned on my own from reading the Bible. However, that is probably asking too much.

    There is little in this book that can not be gotten from the Bible, and I am skeptical of what IS written about the disciples, from what is is not in the Bible, but rather inferred.

    It appears that J. MacArthur has attempted to "flesh-out" the Twelve Disciples" to make them more "real", but his conclusions often lacked substantiated evidence, and relied more on plausible explanations and assumptions. I appreciate MacArthur as a "giant of the faith", but think that this book over-reaches a little in trying to find enough material with which to make a complete statement.

    Twelve Ordinary men tells more about John MacArthur, as it does about the Twelve Disciples...What I mean by that is that John MacArthur can take a sentence about a disciple and somehow glean an extraordinary insight into the personality of that disciple. Somehow, we can take those generalized ( also some very specific personality traits) and apply those to believers in the church.

    (rant- I was a little miffed when, in one place, MacArthur took a verse in the Bible [sorry, forgot which one] and said that it was a text that affirmed the Death Penalty. It didn't seem appropriate at the time to have brought it up, which is why I remembered it. We are supposed to be studying the lives of the Disciples here.)

    All in all, save your money and download a sermon by MacArthur instead. They are generally more substantial, and less watered-down than this book. Better yet just read the Bible.

    Challenge: download all the verses about all the disciples, and see if you come up with the same conclusions that are drawn in this text.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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