Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You

John F. MacArthur Jr.

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Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You

Twelve Extraordinary Women How God Shaped Women of the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You They were ordinary common and in some cases shockingly low caste yet each was made extraordinary by her life changing encounter with God Readers will be challenged and motivated by Twelve Extraordi

  • Title: Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You
  • Author: John F. MacArthur Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781400280285
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • They were ordinary, common, and in some cases shockingly low caste, yet each was made extraordinary by her life changing encounter with God.Readers will be challenged and motivated by Twelve Extraordinary Women, a poignant and personal look into the lives of some of the Bible s most faithful women Their struggles and temptations are the same trials faced by all believersThey were ordinary, common, and in some cases shockingly low caste, yet each was made extraordinary by her life changing encounter with God.Readers will be challenged and motivated by Twelve Extraordinary Women, a poignant and personal look into the lives of some of the Bible s most faithful women Their struggles and temptations are the same trials faced by all believers at all ages Inside this book, best selling author and Bible teacher John MacArthur shows that the God to whom they were so committed is the same God who continues to mold and use ordinary people today.

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    1. Amanda on said:

      An interesting idea MacArthur seems to esteems meekness, humility, and submission above all other traits. He glossed over the sins of the women he covered, making their mistakes appear to be hicks-up and tried to show that even when someone did not trust God, what she really was doing was showing her ultimate faithfulness to Him by being patient. It didn't work in a lot of ways, and I found myself wanting to reach for Bad Girls of The Bible (a very excellent read p.s.) and I don't think that Sar [...]

    2. Rebekah on said:

      Before the rest of my review, I would like to defend motherhood as the highest calling. Raising another person and guiding their early steps are the most important thing that anyone could do whether man or woman. It's a universal truth that if there's anything you screw up, you do NOT want parenting to be on the list. ON THE OTHER HAND, I think MACARTHUR's meaning is that it's the ultimate job that a woman should aspire to and THAT is incorrect. And in that sense, I agree with the other ladies w [...]

    3. Schuyler on said:

      Some people might question the legitimacy of a women's Bible study written by a man. Can he make it relatable to women? I don't know about every case, but this book certainly was. As I read MacArthur's thoughts, I found it to be a very healing and refreshing experience. It's one thing for a female author to say that women are important to God. But it's an incredibly more powerful thing for a male author to say that women are precious and beloved. Women are built with the need of affirmation from [...]

    4. Lydia on said:

      MacArthur spends the first chapter using the story of Eve to formulate his theological ideals for women, many of which I do not agree with. Throughout the books it was evident that he saw quietness, submission, and motherhood the highest traits for women to aspire to (all good, biblical traits, but not necessarily the ONLY, or even most important ones), and wove these ideals in and out of his storytelling. His personal voice was evident. For instance, in the chapter about Anna, he describes her [...]

    5. Lois on said:

      Using this book as a guide for our Wednesday morning Bible study has blessed my soul. To think that God used women who were living in sin,women who previously rejected Him as well as women of prayer and women who sought his Holy Name as vessels to glorify the name of Jesus! To any woman who is downtrodden or pondering their faith, I recommend this book. To any woman who wants to know more about how God used women in a positive way, I recommend this book. I learned that Eve was a counterweight, n [...]

    6. Sally Andrews on said:

      We engaged in this Bible study this semester. Oh, girls! You really need to read about these women who were not known because of their husbands, but because of their extreme faith and commitment to God! What a crazy concept back then, when women were second class citizens without a voice! Read about Hannah, Ruth, Rahab, Lydia, and even some you may not know. The book alone is a good read, but the workbook adds other dimensions. And, of course, group discussions add even more. The ladies of FUMC [...]

    7. Christy on said:

      I think the author chose some great women for this book. Maybe not the ones I would have chosen, but I was really surprised by some of the chapters. I know to take Bible opinion-as-truth with a grain of salt, but I feel the author did a fantastic job of telling these women's stories. It made me dig into the Bible more than I normally would for info on Eve or Sarah, which are ones most people feel they know a lot about. I appreciate that.I enjoyed how the author made no attempt to cover up any of [...]

    8. Joy on said:

      Great book we used in Sunday school. It was a close look at Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anne, The Samaritan Woman, Mary and Martha, Mary Magdalene, and Lydia. You gotta watch MacArthur on Lordship salvation, but he's a very good story-teller. There was quite a bit of new information for me about women I thought I knew well. Here are some 'new' facts: Abraham and Sarah came from an urban environment, so life on the road was something Sarah had to learn to embrace; Rahab is not a lesson [...]

    9. Jacquelyn on said:

      I read this book as research on how general Protestantism views certain women in the Bible. In some places it is insightful, and in others it is a bit shallow. Unfortunately, every now and then his bias against women shows through despite his effort to demonstrate "how God shaped women in the Bible and what He wants to do with you", especially during his two and a half page tangent trying to justify his own view that women never realized the gift of prophecy despite numerous women named as proph [...]

    10. Stephanie Downey on said:

      This book highlights seemingly ordinary women who became extraordinary through their faithfulness to God. I read this book slowly, taking in each chapter at a time, in hopes of understanding what role each woman played and how the story of their lives and faith could help shape mine. This book gave me a deeper understanding of the role women played in shaping our faith and how prophecy and linage led the way to Jesus in the most interesting way. Nonbelievers seem to rebuke Christianity over the [...]

    11. Adrienne on said:

      FANTASTIC! Everything about this book is amazing. The writing was well done, the choice of subjects was appropriate, and overall the content was just mindblowingly incredible. I especially liked the Introduction and the chapters in Eve and Hannah. Highly recommended for all women of all ages!

    12. Terrie on said:

      Chapter one was about Eve. This had me view the fall of mankind and why the blame was placed on Adam as his sin and the consequences for generations to comeChapter two was about Sarah, Would I have been as faithful, waiting all those years for a promise of a son? She had to be a strong woman of faith and had to love her husband to give up a home and spend the rest if her days moving and living in a tent. Chapter 3-Rehab if you had asked me about her before I read the chapter, I could not have to [...]

    13. junia on said:

      I was skeptical at first seeing how I loooooved Twelve Ordinary Men and couldn't see how Twelve Extraordinary Women could possibly compare. To me, TOW was simply a way to appease women by giving them one too.Firstly, i Love John Macarthur's character studies and writing style. To me, he balances information with dry wit and an invitation for awe. He also seamlessly ties in the Gospel message and how everything points back to Christ and God's glory without pounding the reader over the head with s [...]

    14. Maura on said:

      I didn't love this book. It took too much license for me. It made many assumptions to make points. I don't like that, especially with Biblical issues. On the other hand, it offered good context for some of the "characters" lives and "stories." I also recognize that I don't give the author enough credit for perhaps being really in-tune with God when writing; perhaps these assumptions are inspiredI'm not an easily trusting person. A wise, dear friend tells me I may want to pray for a more teachabl [...]

    15. Leatha on said:

      My husband Scott gave this book to me for mother's day. He had read John MacArthur's book Twelve Ordinary Men and really enjoyed it and thought I would enjoy this book about Twelve Extraordinary Women in the Bible and he was right! I love the way that John MacArthur sites where in the Bible he is referencing when he writes. My goal is to go through this book again paragraph by paragraph and read the Bible references after reading each chapter. I also think that this would be a wonderful book stu [...]

    16. Trish on said:

      I read this one based on how much I loved “Twelve Ordinary Men”. Once again, I enjoyed the writing style and ease of reading, yet the thorough content that John MacArthur brought to each chapter and each character. It drives home how God is using ordinary people, and as in the case of Rahab, those whose sinful lifestyle is not acceptable, but because they believe and chose to follow God, they become an important part of God's unfolding plan. The author makes clear when he makes assumptions a [...]

    17. Ruth on said:

      First, I will admit that I did not read the entire book. But, still, when the author is saying that his opinion is fact, that can't be a good start. If it would have been more historical, I could have enjoyed it better. But I don't need to read about this guy's religious views to remind me that I can be an instrument in God's hands. There wasn't even a chapter on Ruth! Furthermore, in the first chapter on Eve, he basically pounds it into the reader's head that Eve was a big sinner and she messed [...]

    18. Rianne on said:

      MacArthur does a wonderful job of taking stories of Biblical women and making a relatable learning story for readers. He draws themes and conclusions from the chapters-long stories of some of the matriarchs, and uses historical information and biblical cross-reference to expand remarkable stories that could easily be missed in the sum of a verse or two. Of course, much inference takes place but MacArthur stays biblically based in statements and conjectures. Though I did not find the stories espe [...]

    19. José Bonhoeffer on said:

      12 mujeres extraordinarias que vale la pena estudiar.Leí este libro con mi futura esposa como parte de un discipulado que lleve con ella a solas y lo que aprendimos del Señor fue grandioso. El ejemplo de mujeres piadosas que tuvieron gran fe en el Señor y que esta fe fue traducida en acción. Lo recomiendo , a pesar de que tiene varios errores de edición en relación a citas bíblicas y redacción de texto , pero estos para nada pierden al lector de seguir el curso y la tesis central del lib [...]

    20. SarahO on said:

      I guess it's really more like 1.5. This book was lent to me by a girl at church so I kinda feel bad for not liking it but I just couldn't get behind this man's interpretation of these amazing women. For some of the women he focused more on their bad qualities (Rahab) and just barely mentioned the good. Or he tries to lower the position of some of them to make their position in life seem lesser than they really were. He twists their stories to fit his own agenda and that irked me. I will probably [...]

    21. Carole B on said:

      Four and a half years after receiving this book for my confirmation, I finally managed to scrape through. I suppose the message is good, but the writing style manages to be both pretentious and condescending, trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator and gorging itself on unnecessary adverbs and adjectives. Thank heavens we're done with it.

    22. Kindra on said:

      Wonderful picture painted of these Biblical women. While the lessons began to overlap towards the end of the study, it was still a very easy read, and very inspiring and informative at the same time. I went through it with girls I was leading in a Bible study, and we all were very satisfied with the study. Could easily meditate on and immitate 1 character a week, as we did.

    23. Nicole on said:

      My first by MacArthur and I was impressed. It was apparent early on that he has a profound knowledge of Scripture. He is extremely articulate and demonstrated an extensive vocabulary. I found myself enlightened with the historical backgrounds he provided in each of the women's stories. I will be reading Twelve Extraordinary Men.

    24. Kimmie on said:

      This author takes many liberties and stretches his beliefs beyond what the Bible states. His "facts" are not always facts. Better editing could have been done with this book also. I will steer clear of this author.

    25. Shirley on said:

      An extraordinary book about some amazing and faithful women of the Bible. Really good and insightful read. Inspired by the life of these women to live to the glory of God and realize that there is so much to gain from not giving up.

    26. Martha on said:

      Excellent study. Thought provoking questions. Read by Bible study group.

    27. Nathan Albright on said:

      Having read books by the author before [1], I was prepared to like this book. But I must confess that this book was far better than I expected. As I an engaged in an extended study of maternal ancestry in the Bible [2], I found this book to be more or less exactly what I was looking for as an example of a gentleman who had some insights on the high regard of the Bible for women. To be sure, this book is not precisely a work of genealogy, but rather the sort of book that ought to please many wome [...]

    28. Wilson on said:

      I enjoy anything from Johnny Mac.This piece I would have appreciated using alternate sources to back his claims in the beginning of his books about the treatment of women outside of Jewish and Christian societies, as they are quite bold claims. I am personally not familiar with such treatment, so it would be to satisfy my intellectual curiosity to ensure he isn't using hyperbole to further his premise, which I believe still stands to scrutiny.I appreciate the author adding Jewish tradition as co [...]

    29. Joan on said:

      This is it! Here is the first religious/ inspirational genre book that I have enjoyed. Most of the prior ones I have taken a chance with I have put to the side after about 100 + pages. They just seemed boring to me. You can call me religious, one that is trying to learn, but not that far into it yet that I am ready for a study guide type book. "Twelve Extraordinary Women" reads like a traditional biography. Each short story is about one woman. I read 1 chapter each day. Believe it or not for me, [...]

    30. Alison Simpson on said:

      While I love the subject matter and I appreciate the authors cared effort to make these "pictures" of 12 Biblical women insightful and thoughtful, it's my opinion that he reads into everything soch that his version becomesch a stretch I can't embrace what he's written. I found myself rolling my eyes at various point throughout the book because he expounds to the point of it becoming his own imagination. I'm giving it 3 stars because I did enjoy parts of it and did appreciate his insight to some [...]

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