Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur - Book Review

Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur is the third book in a group that puts the spotlight on Biblical people.  The theme of this particular book was focusing on unlikely people that qualify as heroes.  The group of twelve includes the following: Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon, Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James (the brother of Jesus), Mark, and Onesimus.  Obviously, some of these names and stories are more well-known than others, but according to MacArthur, all qualify as “unlikely”.
I think this is just an average book.  While I did learn some interesting facts about several of the people, often from historical or non-Biblical accounts, many of the stories were just rehashing information I’ve already heard a number of times.  Also, at times there was a condescending attitude in the writing.  I’m not sure that it was intended, but it gave me a negative view of what was being presented.  I would also argue whether of these people were “heroes” in regards to our modern use of the word. 
After reading this book straight through, I believe it would be better digested a chapter at a time.  It may also be good to use in a Bible Study or Small Group setting.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about people from the Bible.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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