Twelve Unlikely Heroes, How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You, by John MacArthur is well-written and deeply researched study. MacArthur has a way of bringing these people to life for the reader and showing how God used ordinary people for His extraordinary purpose. He illustrates how God equips those He calls and that He can use anyone to serve Him. In this book, MacArthur highlights the lives of Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon, Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James, Mark and Onesimus.
I learned a lot while reading this book. I haven't read MacArthur's other books in this series, but now I want to get those as well. The word "hero" has become over-used to describe pop culture icons instead of people who change the course of history. THe men and women in this book were broken, ordinary people, who changed the world by giving up their lives and wants for obedience to God. While reading about these men and women, I thought about how God can use anyone to further His kingdom and how He calls each of us in different ways. We must be open to serve Him and get out of the way so that God can work through us. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about God's plans for ordinary men and women, including how He can use each of us and equip each of us for Kingdom work.
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