Welcome to Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here.
Today I will be reviewing Twelve Ordinary Men, by John MacArthur. I originally ordered this book for my Thursday morning Bible study. We decided that we wanted to know more about the 12 disciples of Christ and MacArthur is one of my favorite teachers of the Bible, so this book seemed like a natural fit.
I greatly enjoyed reading through this book. MacArthur does an excellent job of breaking down the lives of the 12 men closest to Jesus as an adult. The book is well organized and easy to understand. The 10 chapters are broken down with an introduction at the beginning and individual chapters for Peter, Andrew, James, John, Phillip, Nathanael, and double chapters for Matthew and Thomas, James, Simon, and Judas (not Iscariot), and finally a lone chapter for Judas Iscariot. I so enjoy the way that MacArthur delves into the history (as much as is possible) and social customs of the time for each of the men.
Overall I give Twelve Ordinary Men a A+ review. This book would be a great resource for a new believer. This book could be used to help a new believer to understand the different disciples and the roles that they played in Jesus' ministry.