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Books by Language. Twelve extraordinary women : how God shaped women of the Bible and what He wants to do with you Item Preview. EMBED for wordpress. Want more? Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! Learn more than fascinating information about the women of the Bible-- you'll discover the unmistakable chronology of God's redemptive work in history through their lives Eve: mother of all living -- Sarah: hoping against hope -- Rahab: a horrible life redeemed -- Ruth: loyalty and love -- Hannah: a portrait of feminine grace -- Mary: blessed among women -- Anna: the faithful witness -- The Samaritan woman: finding the water of life -- Martha and Mary: working and worshiping -- Mary Magdalene: delivered from darkness -- Lydia: a hospitable heart opened -- Epilogue -- Study guide.

There are no reviews yet. 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 Some people might question the legitimacy of a women's Bible study written by a man. Women are built with the need of affirmation from men, not just other women. And one of the key problems of the feminist movement is that we've held at arm's-length the male support and cherishing that God designed us to need. So yes, a man can write a women's Bible study and do a fantastic job at it. There were twelve women in this study, but two in particular stood out to me: Rahab and Hannah.

Rahab was a prostitute porne in Hebrew who became part of the Hall of Faith and was commended in James for her faith in the Lord. MacArthur did an excellent job unpacking historical and biblical fact, and debunking extra details that we simply don't know. He explained why the spies went to Rahab in the first place, as well as the fact that her lie does not justify deceit in a Christian's life.

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MacArthur does not condemn Rahab harshly for using the lie; he just points out that God does not need sin to save people. Hannah was extraordinary for the way she loved her husband, her family, and her Lord. The wife of a Levite, Hannah had a lot of sorrows to deal with, including infertility and her husband's bigamy. MacArthur's explanation of Hannah's prayer showcases her grateful, humble trust in the Lord.

She prayed before God and went her way, trusting him to answer in accordance with what was best. Last week I had several causes to pray often, and the chapter on Hannah encouraged me to lay down my wants in thanksgiving and humility like Hannah did. All the women were excellent choices: Martha and Mary, Ruth, and The Samaritan Women were favorite chapters which for lack of space I cannot go into detail about.

You'll simply have to discover them for yourself. I will only say that MacArthur's dealing with them is not stereotypical. He looks at them in a fresh way which I thought was absolutely biblical and spot-on. The only woman I wished he would have taken a different angle with was Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Highlighting her need to humbly submit to Jesus as God, MacArthur took the angle of defending her from Roman Catholic doctrine and undue veneration. Since I am not Catholic, and have never considered Mary as extraordinary other than the fact that she bore God's Son, I would have enjoyed a different angle. But that's a personal complaint, and the chapter was certainly true and accurate according to Scripture.

MacArthur puts an incredible amount of Scripture references in parentheses that would greatly add to a week-by-week study of this book, but were too many for me to read in the time I could allow. I was familiar with the gist of the verses based on the context around them, but I wish I could have spent more time going through the references. I'll have to revisit it in future, along with the study guide questions in the back.

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I know this shouldn't be the judge of whether or not a book is correct, but time and again attitudes towards the various women that I've always thought were myth were things that MacArthur pointed out as well. Some of the 'flaws' foisted on these women aren't actually there in Scripture, and have always rubbed me raw when they're mentioned.

I've read through the Bible many times, and found renewed confidence in the way MacArthur cleared away a lot of extra-biblical commentary from these stories. This book is gentle. It is true. It showcases the loving-kindness that God felt towards these women, and the great worship they showed towards him.

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

All these women are sinful, all are beloved by God; all point to the beautiful centerpiece of Christ's work and redemption. After a multiplicity of studies and sermons into the flaws of these women, MacArthur's honorable dealing towards these weaker vessels, without disguising their flaws, is a healing experience to read. I hope that the women who read this review will find a similar experience in these pages. View 1 comment. Oct 21, Lydia rated it it was ok Shelves: christian-non-fiction.

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 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. For instance, in the chapter about Anna, he describes her as a "quiet" and "prayerful" woman.

That she was prayerful is not in doubt. The Bible says she prayed and fasted all the time. However, "quiet" is not how I would describe her. First of all, she was a prophetess a fact that MacArthur barely alludes to , and once she saw the Messiah, she continually spoke of the experience to every one she met. This hardly describes a "quiet" woman, in my book. However, the stories were told in a compelling way, reminding me of these great characters. Furthermore, his treatment of Hannah, describing her deep longing and pain, was very moving. I liked it for what it was - an entertaining reminder of biblical stories and characters.

Anything beyond that, and it doesn't hold up. Nov 17, Lois rated it it was amazing. 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 Using this book as a guide for our Wednesday morning Bible study has blessed my soul. Apr 25, Sally Andrews rated it it was amazing. 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. Nov 01, Christy rated it really liked it Shelves: bible-study , christianity , nonfiction. 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.


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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 I think the author chose some great women for this book. I enjoyed how the author made no attempt to cover up any of their flaws. The epilogue firmly states that their imperfection paved a way for God's perfection. It just reminds us that no one is perfect, but we can still be used for great things. Striving to be perfect was not their strong point, but striving to have a relationship with the Living God was.

Each of these women came to God through faith. Whether prostitute or life-long priestess, their ultimate faith in the promise of a Messiah made the difference. Also, MacArthur says on more than one occasion that the women he chose were in no way extraordinary because of who they married or who their family was. He does a great job of showing the many facets of a woman's virtue and how they can act independently of husband and children. These women were chosen by God because of their person, not their gender-specific roles. Even, Sarah or Hannah, who were desperately pleading for children, were noted for their imperfections that turned to devout faith and devotion.

He also praises these women for their roles as wives, mothers and leaders and how their values of hospitality or humility played a part.

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Roles that no man could fill in these specific instances. I enjoyed the balance of the two. This book was a quick read, but I chose to take it slowly and really study each section. I'm so glad I did. I will be keeping this around to pick up again and again. Feb 20, Joy rated it really liked it. Great book we used in Sunday school.

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 Great book we used in Sunday school.

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 in how to better ourselves through self-improvement, but a reminder that God by His grace can redeem even the most horrible life; The 'scandal motif' in Christ's lineage was no accident; Mary had to learn to submit to Jesus as her Lord rather than trying to control Him as His mother; Anna immediately understood what was going on and who Christ was; Jesus chose the Samaritan woman to be the one to whom he first explicitly told that He was the Messiah; Mary and Martha show that God uses all kinds of people; Mary Magdalene was not the Mary from Bethany, but had probably been set free from demons, so she was not merely reformed, but transformed; In order to start a synagogue in any community, Jewish custom required a quorum of at least ten Jewish men.

But Jewish women could pray together in groups. A favorite observation from the book was the dedication of MacArthur to his nine granddaughters. Apr 04, Jacquelyn rated it it was ok. 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 I read this book as research on how general Protestantism views certain women in the Bible.

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 prophetesses and the Bible clearly saying that "your sons and daughters will prophesy" in Joel 2. In fact, though he goes through the life of various Biblical women, he rarely provides guidance on how learning about these women's lives can help your own life today.

Overall, though an easy, quick read, I would take this as simply one man's opinion, an opinion that does not always line up with the clear reading of Scripture. Mar 10, Jenna rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book. 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'm not an easily trusting person. A wise, dear friend tells me I may want to pray for a more tea I didn't love this book. A wise, dear friend tells me I may want to pray for a more teachable spirit. Oh, I should add that my Bible Study did the companion workbook. This I enjoyed. I get much from anything that has me delving into the scriptures, even if it's to prove that "it doesn't say that! Jun 02, Mary rated it did not like it. Some of this book is well written and I enjoyed the Biblical accounts of most of the women the author speaks about.

Sadly he is very anti Catholic and the chapter on the Blessed Mother made me very sad. MacArthur has obvious deep seated misunderstandings that he can't leave off the pages when He speaks of the Church and Mary. He "knows" that Catholics "worship" Mary we don't. He "knows" that Catholics put Mary on the same level as Christ we don't. He has so many things wrong in here that Some of this book is well written and I enjoyed the Biblical accounts of most of the women the author speaks about.

He has so many things wrong in here that he thinks are actual Church teachings that it is obvious He has not spoken to many Catholics or done real research into our faith. Very sad because he was pretty good at bringing the virtues of the other women he writes about to life. I couldn't finish the chapter on Mary but I did finish the book. Not on my "recommend" list. Very disappointing. Nov 16, SarahO rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in , christian-nonfiction.

I guess it's really more like 1. 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 I guess it's really more like 1. I will probably not be reading this again or recommending it to anyone else. Jan 11, Steph Downey rated it it was amazing. 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 This book highlights seemingly ordinary women who became extraordinary through their faithfulness to God. Nonbelievers seem to rebuke Christianity over the idea that it expresses and encourages the suppression and inequality of women. First person Jesus revealed Himself to as Messiah? A woman. First person to see Jesus after His resurrection? A woman as well. I think this book is a great read for both men and women, but women are the ones who will truly benefit.

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

Though there were a few moments when I felt he was a little condescending is some aspects, overall I found myself both relating to and being inspired by these 12 women and will keep this book on hand for reference. In 15 years of our Ladies' Bible Study Group, this is the only study we have ever abandoned. We had previously enjoyed MacArthur's 'Twelve Ordinary Men' and were hoping for the same cultural and Biblical insights in this study.

We were disappointed with the focus of the writing. We have a single lady in our group and found the emphasis on motherhood and marital submission a little too exclusive. 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! Nov 15, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: christian , hard-copy , for-fun. Read this book with a friend. It was a great one to discuss and I learned a lot about how women are portrayed in the Bible. Oct 12, M. Weech rated it it was amazing. Very cool to see how some of the women are included in Christ's genealogy.

A lot of common themes, but I enjoyed it. A full review to post on my blog in time. Sep 29, Natalie Vellacott rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-living , john-macarthur. John MacArthur is my favourite author and preacher and has been for quite some time. His ministry Grace to You gives away a lot of their resources free.

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 impa John MacArthur is my favourite author and preacher and has been for quite some time. 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. Check out my John MacArthur shelf! Feb 24, Terrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian.

Chapter one was about Eve.