Twelve Unlikely Heroes
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).
Since I loved the previous two books with similar titles by John MacArthur, I was thrilled to review his newest book, Twelve Unlikely Heroes. Like Twelve Extraordinary Women and Twelve Ordinary Men, John MacArthur’s book is well written and easy to understand. He tells each of the heroes’ stories in an interesting way that demonstrates how God used these people for His purpose and how they became heroes in the faith. More then a retelling, the stories focused on the events that shaped each of these unexpected people into a hero. The book flowed from one chapter to the next, highlighting a hero starting with Enoch in Genesis. The other heroes included in this book were Joseph, Miriam, Gideon, Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John, James, Mark, and Onesimus. Chapter 5, the story of Jonathan, was my personal favorite.
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