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Twelve Extraordinary Women Mass Market Paperback – 10 Jul 2008
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About the Author
John MacArthur has served as the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. His ministry of expository preaching is unparalleled in its breadth and influence. In more than four decades of ministry from the same pulpit, he has preached verse by verse through the entire New Testament (and several key sections of the Old Testament). He is president of the Master's University and Seminary and can be heard daily on the Grace to You radio broadcast (carried on hundreds of radio stations worldwide). He has authored a number of bestselling books, including Twelve Ordinary Men, and One Perfect Life. For more details about John MacArthur and his Bible-teaching resources, contact Grace to You at 800-55-GRACE or gty.org.
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I would reccomment this book for anyone, i origonaly bought this for my wife and we were both challenged by hannah.
The study guide is so helpful if you were to use this as a group study.
Also to note, you can definitely pick up the favoritism of the women, the more Holy these women were and the more they reflected his views of how women should be (biblically and now), the more he had to say about them and the more he had something nice to say about them. He clearly does not think highly of Rahab and Sarah, which makes me wonder how he acts towards those in person AND behind close doors in his thoughts, towards those he doesn't think are people of God.
On a good note, I did thoroughly enjoy the chapter on Hannah! If I do happen to pick this book up again, it'll only be for the chapter on her.
In this book examining the lives and characters of twelve Bible women, MacArthur focuses on Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anna, The Samaritan Woman, Martha and Mary, Mary Magdalene and Lydia. He details the historical context--I'm always amazed by the level of detail which brings the stories to life in a unique way. He describes the impact of these women on their own people and in their own culture and then makes the application for our generation.
MacArthur's main conclusion is that all of these women point us to Christ. That they weren't noticed necessarily for their external appearance or acts, but for their hearts. I was interested in his assessment of Eve....
This book is useful for an in depth character study on each of these women or for a Bible study. I wouldn't advise reading it cover to cover as a story as there is a lot of detail and it might be difficult to take anything in. I read it as a chapter a day which worked quite well.
I recommend this book, not my favourite by MacArthur but definitely worth a read and you will no doubt learn some cultural and historical context that will be new.
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