I enjoy reading pretty much anything by John MacArthur, and Twelve Unlikely Heroes was no exception. I admit, when I first picked it up, I expected it to be about the disciples, but it actually pulls characters out of what many call the "Hall of Faith," and showcase how they were heroic. Some people don't like the term "Hall of Faith" because they feel that it exalts these Old Testament characters. It makes people think of lives like theirs as unattainable. MacArthur examines each of these twelve and shows how, despite being flesh, despite being weak or timid, despite being sinners, each person chose to stand for God in a time that wasn't convenient or easy. I have always loved the character of Jonathan. He was David's most loyal friend. He did the right thing even when all the authority in his life, the king and his father, were doing otherwise. MacArthur's chapter on Jonathan was incredible. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the true mean of the word hero (which the introduction spends a bit of time discussing a little more in depth), is studying the portraits of faith in the Bible or just wants to know that you don't have to be perfect for God to use them.
I was given a copy of this book through the BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review.