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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (919 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John MacArthur Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God's work. Look no further than the 12 disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament.

Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original 12 disciples for today's modern disciple - you. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judson Phenicie | 2/17/2014

    " Very helpful and informing. Have used information read recently in my teaching and preaching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Read1000books | 2/16/2014

    " An excellent survey of the 12 Apostles: their lives along with very good research on what finally happened to the dozen men Christ chose as the founders of the Church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Dale | 2/14/2014

    " First, I was shocked to discover that Mark and Luke, writers of two of the Gospels were not disciples of Jesus'. Second, this book really brings home the fact that God can and will use an imperfect man such as I. In fact, it seems to be a prerequisite of His that I be as far from perfection as possible, before I can be used of Him. I got a lot of encouragement from this book and highly recommend it for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Hutson | 2/11/2014

    " Awesome book about how God can do what God will do with us, if we are willing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer Short | 1/15/2014

    " There seemed to be too much speculation and too little known facts about the majority of the disciples, but that didn't stop the author from going on and on -- I believe this book would have been better leaving out the speculation and sticking to facts. This would have meant the book would have been half it's length. Also, I noticed he used a verse to "prove" the death penalty was okay. I had to read this book for church, otherwise I wouldn't have made it through the first chapter. In non-fiction, I prefer facts to speculation. I think making this into a historical fiction book would have worked better because then the different things that were thrown in as "likely" wouldn't have irritated me the way it did in something suppossedly non-fiction. To know what the preferences of the disciples were based on the culutre of the day isn't fact. Nor the way he said "He never". Just because something isn't stated in Scripture doesn't mean it didn't happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don | 1/12/2014

    " A bit redundant at times, but interesting insights into the lives of the disciples of Christ. Some good information into the cultural context of their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Dubois | 1/11/2014

    " Good information in the first few chapters. But the writer seems to make a lot of assumptions about the "lesser" apostles. It seems like he is simply trying to fill the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 1/8/2014

    " Very well done - helps us understand that God's people are ordinary people and with His shaping us, we can do great things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 12/5/2013

    " Gives an interesting prospective of each of the apostles. as a new christian it was enlighting. Only reason why I didn't rate it higher is b/c I found MacArthur injected a lot of his opinons on things that were unnesseary to the dialogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 11/30/2013

    " they were extraordinary "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jameson | 5/1/2013

    " Good book, but I think he had to stretch a bit to get some of the material. For instance, on some of the disciples there are literally 2 or 3 verses, and yet McArthur would have a whole 15 page chapter dedicated to the disciple. Was repetitive at points. Good book though. Worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davin Tang | 4/13/2013

    " Solid account of what we know about the lives of the twelve disciples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 10/21/2012

    " how jesus chose his disciples. wow!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 7/17/2012

    " Great book emphasizing that God chooses the foolish to lead the wise. God's kingdom is an upside down kingdom where the last is first; the servant is the greatest; and you die to live. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelli | 10/10/2011

    " Speculatory, not fact. I didn't stick with this book, not enough theological thought to it. However, I did like the research overall of each apostle. How they fit with each other and how they didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriette | 6/4/2011

    " A good overview of the 12 disciples and their individual characters. It traces their growth and development as followers of Christ (based on Biblical references) and includes some material based on early church traditions, such as how and where they died. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele McCarthy | 3/28/2011

    " It was an interesting look at all the disciples. I feel like John took some liberties in his assessments of men that he really didn't have much information on. He made some assumptions about the way they said things that may or may not have been true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 11/25/2010

    " Gives scriptures facts about these men ... Not fiction but fact from God's word "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JJ | 9/9/2010

    " Great information about each of the 12 apostles and what we can learn from their stories. I learned a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harold Snapp | 8/11/2010

    " Gotta love John Mac! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edwin | 7/23/2010

    " It was based on past sermons, It is really an insight to the personalities of the Apostles. Although much speculation, it is all Scripture based and very believable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark R. McCallum | 7/14/2010

    " Uplifting insights into how unspecial 12 special men were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 1/2/2010

    " Twelve Ordinary Men teaches us all that you don't have to be an extraordinary person to follow Jesus. Each disciple had his own weakness. Many lessons to be learned here. Must buy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nic | 12/18/2009

    " Really good account of how God works through man. Enjoyed getting to know the apostles, men that I had never really given much attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 10/17/2009

    " Easy to read and very intersting insite in to the guys who spent the most time closest to Jesus the Christ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 9/24/2009

    " I recently read this book in a Men's Bible Study! What a great book! It really drives home the fact that inspite of our differences, personalities, backgrounds, etc., God can use all of us! "

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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 for the Grace to You media ministry, which reaches millions worldwide. John has also written many bestselling books, including The Gospel According to Jesus.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.