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Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You Paperback – October 5, 2008
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About the Author
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Top Customer Reviews
The women MacArthur chose as subjects for this book are: Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anna, The Samaritan Woman, Martha and Mary, Mary Magdalene and Lydia. "My prayer for you is that as you read this book you will share their faith, imitate their faithfulness, and learn to love the Savior whose work in their lives made them truly extraordinary. Your life can be extraordinary, too, by His wonderful grace."
The format of the book will be familiar to those who have read Twelve Ordinary Men.Read more ›
Each chapter of this book is dedicated to one of the twelve women. MacArthur briefly but deeply reveals what was extraordinary about their lives. What set these women apart was not anything they did or accomplished, but resoundingly God's saving work in their lives. These women are all characterized by a deep love for God, their faithfulness to follow Him, and the hope they had either for the Savior to come, or in the saving work He accomplished for them on the cross.
Not knowing many details about them, I was fascinated by the chapters about Eve and Anna. I had a lot of preconceived conclusions about women like Ruth, Hannah and Rahab and this book really helped me see how God shaped their lives for His purpose. I was also interested to learn that so many of the women can be found in the genealogy of Jesus!
My favorite of the twelve was chapter eight, "The Samaritan Woman: Finding the Water of Life". I am very familiar with this story, but never thought there was anything particularly remarkable about it.Read more ›
The quality that struck me immediately was the casual, inviting, sometimes humorous tone of the book. For example, the beginning of chapter two reads, "Let's be honest; there are times in the biblical account when Sarah comes off as a bit of a shrew." Throughout the flow of the individual stories are pearls of historical and theological significance, and principles distilled for personal application. The Old Testament law of levirate marriage is discussed in the chapter on Ruth. The relationship between faith and works, an important topic in MacArthur's writing and preaching, is presented again in the stories of Rahab, and of Mary and Martha. There is a wonderful section in chapter nine, "Martha and Mary: Working and Worshiping", that deals with the priority of worship over service and the primacy of faith over works. Chapter nine also provides some insight into the possible family and social lives of the two women.
As is always the case with me, I wish there were more references cited, as well as a bibliography and "For Further Study" section. My husband has already read the chapter on Ruth for a paper he is writing for his Old Testament survey class, and my daughter is next in line to read it. I could see this material adapted for a Sunday school class, Bible study group or book club. And for those who have never had the personal example of a real-life extraordinary, godly woman, this will be a blessing. - Pam Glass, Christian Book Previews.com
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I will start out by saying I am a conservative Evangelical Christian woman who does not have a problem with Biblical submission. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rev's Wife
I love this book! Came on time and packaged appropriately. I have used it in a study with others and all found it very encouraging!Published 6 days ago by Tracy L. Newman
This is an amazing book on 12 ordinary women who after reading about them you realize how extra-ordinary they were. You know then that anyone has the ability to be extra-ordinary! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gale Campbell
Great book. So convicting. So uplifting. Currently using it for a ladies Bible study.Published 17 days ago by R. J. Olmstead
Very well written and such an eye opening book on the women in the Bible. Loved it!Published 18 days ago by mhowington
I'm a pastor and bible scholar and I don't like this book. It is supposed to be about women and he spends most of his time talking about men. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Pickle6
Dear Dr. MacArthur,
I have been reading your book on biblical women. I have found it very moving and enlightening. Your chapter on Ruth was very inspiring. Read more
I read the book and listened to the audible simultaneously. It made the book easier to follow. Several of the lives of the women of the bible influenced me personally, Rahab, Mary... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mary D. Cowell