What kind of people does God use to accomplish His work? Far from the children’s tales depicted in picture books and nursery rhymes, the men and women highlighted in the Bible were unnervingly real. They faltered. They struggled. And at times, they fell short. Yet God worked through them in surprising and incredible ways to accomplish His purposes.
Scripture does not hide their weaknesses, caricature their strengths, or spin their stories as a display of human nobility. Instead, it describes these heroes of the faith with unflinching honesty and delivers an unexpected ending: “God is not ashamed to be called their God” (Hebrews 11:16).
In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, it becomes clear how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable—particularly as they reveal the true Hero behind every witness, the power counterbalancing every weakness, “the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1).
Cafe Lily's Review:
In the timeless, classic style that readers have come to expect from John MacArthur, this book takes us through some well known biblical characters, who were unlikely heroes. Their stories continue to impact our lives today. The author points out what a true hero is - those people whose efforts and sacrifice save lives, change history and impact us for the better.
Enoch stood strong over a long period of time, opposing false teachers in his day. Joseph's story reminds us of the benefits of faithfulness and perseverance, even in the midst of adversity, and false accusations. Miriam rested in faith and was used in God's plan of redemption.
Ten chapters are devoted to a personality in the bible, and MacArthur points out their strengths, weaknesses and the ways God used them. A fascinating book for those who want to study the bible and learn more about the interesting and unusual ways that God showed up in the lives of ordinary men and women.
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