John MacArthur's book "Twelve Unlikely Heroes" is comprised of in-depth character studies of 12 important biblical people. From Joseph to James, MacArthur takes a look at each of these unique people in a way that makes them even more real and human to the reader. None of them were perfect, all of them had circumstances going against them, yet God used them each in remarkable ways to play major parts in human history.
Sometimes as the imperfect and flawed people we are, we underestimate just how well we can be used by God. But once we are more familiar with each of these people, it is encouraging to realize that we can also be used in great ways.
Here is a summary from the publisher:
"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)."
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to further their knowledge of several very important men and women of the Bible. It will encourage you and also strengthen your faith when you realize how powerful God has to be, to be able to use the most unlikely people and turn them into heroes of biblical proportions.
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