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You don't have to be perfect to do God's work. Look no further than the twelve disciples, whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Join best-selling author John MacArthur in Twelve Ordinary Men as he draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original disciples for today's modern disciple, you! 

Jesus chose ordinary men - fishermen, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from people who were otherwise unremarkable. The twelve disciples weren't the stained-glass saints we imagine. On the contrary, they were truly human, all too prone to mistakes, misstatements, wrong attitudes, lapses of faith, and bitter failure. Simply put, they were flawed people, just like us. But under Jesus' teaching and touch, they became a force that forever changed the world.

MacArthur takes you into the inner circle of the disciples - their selection, their training, their personalities, and their incredible impact. As MacArthur took a closer look at the lives of the twelve disciples, he found himself asking difficult questions along the way, including:

  • Why did Jesus pick each of the twelve disciples?
  • How did Jesus teach them everything he could in just eighteen short months?
  • Can the lessons that Jesus taught the disciples can still influence our faith today?

In Twelve Ordinary Men, you'll learn that disciples are living proof that God's strength is made perfect in weakness. As you get to know the men who walked with Jesus, you'll see that if he can accomplish his purposes through them, he can do the same through you.

©2006 John F. MacArthur (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Not worth it

Honestly I couldn’t get past the second chapter. I was really looking forward to it because I think it could be an amazing topic. But unfortunately there is nothing inspiring or really even that novel or interesting in this book. In chapter 2 he used Peter’s and Jesus’ conversation in the Garden of Gethsemane to make a biblical case for the death penalty - even if you believe in the death penalty this seems like a strange time and place to make the argument. Following this he uses a discussion surrounding Peter and leadership to blame the use of Ritalin and anti-depressants as the cause of the increase in school shootings in the US. Whether you agree with these arguments or not, they seem at best out of place and not relevant to a conversation of the men Jesus chose as his disciples. In my opinion this book is not worth the time.

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The best and studies of the NT I've experienced.

I recommend this for any person curious regardless of religious beliefs. A non-believer in Christ as the Messiah would be able to listen and gain a grater understanding of what made The Disciples who they were. I've now "read" it a few times and each time I discover new insights that are applicable to my life. I've been a believer for 30 years this one is now my favorite.

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Captivating Documentaries on the Twelve Apostles

I listened via Audible while reading a hard copy of the book. The author did his research and carefully put together information on each of the twelve original disciples. Pulling from scripture, he gave profiles on their backgrounds, personalities, temperaments, strengths, weaknesses, and leadership/evangelical styles. He also researched how they transformed and where they ministered after Jesus' death/resurrection, along with how each of them died.

After reading/listening to this book, I'm so much more familiar with those whom Jesus chose to be his disciples. I learned a lot and came to appreciate how these ordinary men with no education/formal training were taught by Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The book is very insightful, interesting, easy to read/listen to, and it held my attention.

The chapter on Judas Iscariot was the most perceptive. There's a lot of insightful information on many aspects, including the tension between the sovereignty of God and the choices/responsibilities of men (which is explained really well in the book). It's amazing that Jesus chose Judas, knowing that he would betray him, and yet Jesus still treated Judas with the same unconditional love that he showed to the other disciples.

I highly recommend listening/reading. The narrator was easy to listen to and did a great job.

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Better understanding of the disciples.

kinda lengthy,but full of information of the disciples. Given a better understanding of how also the motivation of each one. Able to debunk of best information of the disciples. Had to purchase the book for deep study, and research. recommend ...

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A Must

This is a must read for every Bible believer. He may expound a bit more than I am comfortable with on the unknown, but we should all read the scripture with their personalities in mind.

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Diligent analysis of the Apostles

It is highly engaging and thought provoking; every believer and every team member in any organisation should read this; it will help to establish in your being, how to lead and how to follow honorably without underestimating your's or anybody else's potential, while not over rating your capabilities at the same time.
We all could be the Peter, and without caution, we all could be the Judas Iscariot , but certainly none can be Jesus Christ.

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Excellent read

12 names of 12 men that were very close to the Lord and they are more than just names after you read this book. highly recommend.

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Excellent book, very well written.

This book was awesome and told the story of all Jesus’ Apostles individually. Time was taken to really develop the personalities and attributes of each Apostle. The story also told of the faults and weaknesses of these men.
I really enjoyed the book and the depth John MacArthur was able to achieve. God can use any believer to exclaim His word. God is good!

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12 Ordinary Men

I I try to read everything Dr Macarthur writes. This is another one you must buy

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Not quite what I expected

But the insights into the character of the disciples before and after their call was amazing. Can’t wait to read The sister book about the women who followed Jesus. I will call this a must read.

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  • 08-03-22

It's John MacArthur so it is amazing!.

Love it! Can't put it away once you start listening to the book. Recomend.

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  • kate
  • 02-19-21

Blown away by knowledge

A good book tells a story. A great book makes your mind wrestle with your thoughts and encourages you to learn more. This is a great book which leads you to a Greater one written by many over a few thousand years.