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Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives

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Would you rather be a person of significance or a person of prominence?

Think carefully! The answer to that question will shape your entire future.

Pastor, teacher, and beloved author Charles Swindoll says, "Somehow life has taught us poorly. We're trained to think that the most significant people are star athletes, actors, and musicians--the ones we applaud, those whose aut
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Published October 1st 2005 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Esther Dan
Dec 07, 2016 Esther Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous Read

Glad that someone wrote about these forgotten lives. Author has some deep principles that is to be always remembered and he also shared some pitfalls to avoid in ministry.
John Braithwaite
Jan 16, 2017 John Braithwaite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bible stories that we overlook

This book has stories that we would miss in just reading the Bible, that still refers to God's amazing Grace
James Frederick
This book had lots of great things going for it. There were probably 1,000 phrases and tidbits that could easily have been turned into meaningful tweets. I LOVE the premise that God can and DOES take the nobodies of the world and makes them somebodies that speak to us in the Bible (and in life). I was super excited to read this. I guess my biggest issue is that the author took people who I do not think anyone could consider nobodies in Scripture, and he used THEM to make the points he wanted to ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a really interesting book that I started reading to use with my Introduction to the Bible class for international students. The book ended up being too complex for that level of class, but a good read nonetheless. The stories are fascinating, and many I had only glossed over in reading through those passages of Scripture. Swindoll does a great job not only of telling the stories of these individuals, but also helping the reader to draw practical application for his or her own life. He a ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book. It definitely makes you realize that every life mentioned in the Bible, was done so for a reason. Each story manifested in those lives contains lessons that we can learn from. And even when some characters seem unworthy of note, they have a lot to share if you spend the time to think about what is written about them.
This book opens your eyes to sides of some of the better known people in the Bible, and makes them more human. And in doing that it helps you feel that
Lincoln Forlong
Sep 06, 2012 Lincoln Forlong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very easy yet informative read. Each chapter reviews the life of a typically forgotten Bible character.
The lessons learned from the lives being reviewed are remarkably relevant for today and hard hitting.
Charles Swindoll has a very pleasant style that communicates well the vital truths at our disposal in Scripture while his applications are personal and piercing.
This book reminds the reader that all our lives impact upon others, whether we realise it or not, for better or for worse.
Sep 17, 2007 Dad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The author gives additional insight to the historical characters found in the Bible. The reader will learn of the everyday personalities of the characters presented as though the character was someone who lived next door, was employed alongside you or someone you know from church.

The chapters bring the Bible characters to life as rarely seen in other writings.
Jul 10, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book to use as my Bible Study. So much detail in the people studied and I love how he studied many lesser known stories from scripture. This book was easy for me to read as a Bible study but I could easily have missed so many details if I had rushed through it.
Cullen P Goldman
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I believe many of us can relate to the people in the Bible. This study was a study in history repeating itself. We see now-a-days the same as back then. Very well done.
Sep 18, 2013 Azsmistygirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book - did this as a study in adult bible fellowship class. Very interesting details brought together from various parts of the bible into one place.
Bekah Backman
I love the books in this series! The others focus on one character, but this one does a different character for each chapter.
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Charles Swindoll has devoted over four decades to two passions: an unwavering commitment to the practical communication and application of God's Word, and an untiring devotion to seeing lives transformed by God's grace. Chuck graduated magna cum laude from Dallas Theological Seminary and has since been honored with four doctorates. For his teaching on Insight for Living, he has received the Progra ...more
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