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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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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.

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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.

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A professoral look at the Twelve Broken Men.

The book was a gift from a good friend. I had to get used to the style it was presented in. After I stayed with it I was blown away at the story telling and knowledge. it is a beautiful story of faith that was not always easy. I felt that I was there walking with them. So much makes more sense now. This book is really worth your time. Just start it and let it play.

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Interesting and Enjoyable

Would you listen to Twelve Ordinary Men again? Why?

Yes. I learned a new way of thinking about these men.

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Easy to listen. Reader had a very good voice.

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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.

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Great information about the Apostles

I loved this book. His descriptions of the everyday lives of these men makes them very human. This is the first book I have read written by John MacArthur and I plan to check on more of his books.

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Inspired

For all ordinary people who strive to do the Lord's work. This will inspire humility, confidence, and insight. What a wonderful book and careful narration by Mr.James. Thank you and God bless you.

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Great teaching on multi levels

Want sprititual growth? Here.
Want positive motivation? Here.
Want leadership training? Be it business or church, here and hear.

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great insight.

I really liked the Insight on the character development of each of the 12. However, with the exception of Peter, I think the author over reaches and extrapolates a little too much. I understand the desire to get to know each one of them intimately, but I really think the extrapolation process was too far.
nonetheless, it's still a good book, and I did learn a lot from it.

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A must read (listen) for anyone in any era.

I think MacArthur does a wonderful job showing us what God wants us to see in the New Testament.