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
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.
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?
Very informative and insightful.
I probably would never have read this book, but I sure loved listening to it. That's the great thing about audio books.
The story of ordinary men God used in extraordinary ways.
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.
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.
Every Pastor should have a copy of this in their library.
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.
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