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The Beloved Disciple: Following John to the Heart of Jesus

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,996 ratings  ·  59 reviews
John the apostle must have thought he had seen everything. Having been with Jesus all the years of his ministry, John witnessed more miracles than he could count, saw more displays of power than he could comprehend, and experienced more love than he could fathom. And one unforgettable morning young John outran Peter to his Savior’s empty tomb. Just as Christ took John on a ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by B Books (first published 2002)
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Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book, I was overcome with annoyance at Moore's writing style. But I felt God calling me to continue, so I did, teeth tightly clenched. Little did I know that exactly halfway through the book, I would be wowed by one of her particularly deep insights, and hooked for life! This is now one of my most favorite books. I'm rereading it now, two years later, and all the insights are falling afresh. Lesson learned: never judge writers by their style before I've finished ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it

I've never read a Beth Moore book and I'm starting to think her style just isn't for me. I read several chapters before realizing that what irritated me was how much she interjects personal opinion into biblical study. A lot of meandering thought about what she finds interesting, wonders about, etc. I think I'm just more interested in concrete fact vs an authors personal journey.
Lady Jane
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, gave-up-on
I think this is my last Beth Moore book. She constantly veered away from the purported character study of John into her own musings, personal experiences and life application questions. Having given up on her character study of David, I should have known better. I know many women are encouraged by her ministry, and I have enjoyed her teaching videos, but her books read like edited teaching video transcripts and are not for me.
Stephanie Ciccarelli
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I picked up this book because I wanted to have a closer relationship with Jesus. Seeing Jesus through the eyes of the beloved disciple was breathtaking. Beth Moore did an excellent job of presenting John's Gospel, letters and Revelation in a way that helped me to go deeper in my faith, affirm my faith and to know the heart and mind of Christ better than ever than before. ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
could not finish. so boring.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was good in that I felt closer to John but I swear if Beth called me "Beloved" one more time, I was about to barf.
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I would have preferred more biography and less devotional, but it was a good book.
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Oh my. I've tried so hard to get through this book. I stopped for weeks at a time and then started up for a few days only to stop again. I don't what why I exactly I dislike this book.

John's books are some of my favorite among Scripture so I was excited to see this book available for free on Amazon Kindle. I've never read Beth Moore before so this was my first experience with her. I dislike her writing style so much. I also think she beats around the bush so much. I felt as if this book wasn't e
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took me nearly two years to finish this (and to be honest I have a few pages left.) I've wondered why that was the case when I enjoy Beth Moore and have read so many other Christian non-fiction books in between.

The last section on God's Revelation to John showed me - she writes from the depths of Scripture and where God has taken her. You cannot rush through the deepest truths there are. This is more than an overflow of what God has taught and been in her life; Beth invites you to experience
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
This book focuses on John, one of the twelve disciples. By studying what he wrote (the gospel, the letters, and Revelations), we get to know the man and how he viewed the events around him.

I enjoyed the book. It increased my understanding of John, his times, and the writings of John.
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I find Beth Moore irritating, but I keep reading her stuff because sometimes it's really good despite her being really annoying (Believing God is a perfect example). This book just wasn't good enough to overcome how irritating I find her personally. It wasn't bad, just wasn't one of her best. ...more
Christa Cordova
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the way Beth Moore writes and her insights in this book are awesome. I prefer her Bible studies to her books, in general, but this is a great book to dig into John and his relationship to (and experiences with) Jesus.
Faith Farris
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I liked it for all the reasons other reviewers seem to hate it. I personally enjoyed Beth's personal opinions and story. Those are the things that made it seem homey and inspiring to me. ...more
It was not my favorite and I did audio.
Richard Kuhn
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Beth Moore and it most certainly won't be my last. I enjoyed this on so many levels, but two deserve praise; content and style.

In terms of content, one knows John as a person and his trials and victorys much better after studying this book. Going through The Son of Thunder's writings in the New Testament scene-by-scene, made me understand so much more than before as to why and how his writings evolved. Just a few of the subjects where I gleaned treasures full of life-long and ch
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beth-moore
CH 1: Be completely honest, just between God and you, who have you discovered that you aren't? And who had you discovered that you are? ARE NOT: self sufficient; independent of God; In control. ARE: child of God; family caregiver; dwell deeper with Christ.

CH2: YHWH was life-provider, sustainer, Sovereign Creator of all things, to have little thought of God was to have little thought at all.

CH3: Stuck in a rut? Bored with routine? Follow Christ, never boring, not on your life!

CH4: Jesus walked up
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Christian devotional is about the Apostle John, one of my favourite Bible characters. It begins by giving some background into his life; it had not previously occurred to me that he was most likely the youngest of the original disciples.

The bulk of the book looks at John's writing: the fourth Gospel, the letters, and the book of Revelation which he wrote in exile, when he was much older. There's plenty of insight, and it's a useful guide for anyone wanting to know more about this inspirin
Overall I liked it but it took me awhile to get through. I appreciated her look at John and it did give me some different thoughts about him to consider. I gather that Moore has been through some difficult times in her past but I have no clue what any of those are. So, at times, I got a little put off by her constantly reminding us in this particular book of her imperfect life. I completely get that she's been through bad times and can really relate to a lot of people (and many people need that) ...more
Katie Bowman
I enjoyed The Beloved Disciple.

Even though I bought it thinking it was more of a commentary on John the Beloved (it was more devotional-style), I still very much enjoyed it and learned some things about one of the Sons of Thunder. Beth Moore always impresses me with her way of synthesizing her biblical knowledge with her vivid imagination. Doing this allows biblical characters to be more human and relatable. She paid close attention to key events in John’s life like his brother’s death, adopting
Laurinda Wallace
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Beth Moore's teaching and books always challenge and inspire me. This one was a slow go because of the lack or organization. It seemed to be a very personal book for Beth, which is fine, but for the reader it is frustrating. She tended to jump around, which sorely taxed my very organized brain. However, I persevered because I really did want to learn more about the Apostle John. That information was scarce, but she delved into the his epistles, the Gospel of John, and the book of Revelation. The ...more
Mike Studdard
I bought this book without much research. I thought it was an book about the apostle, John. It is about John but most of the book are thoughts or devotional type material that the author added as she reports the facts. I at times waded through the devotional material to find the story of John. For this reason the book is a longer read than I bargained for. However, I did like much of the devotional material and insights.

I tried to go through and resurrect John's story but finally gave up and wen
Jacob Stevens
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
In this book Beth Moore examines the Apostle John. She traces the man John through what we know about him from the Bible and early Christian writings from the early church fathers. I enjoyed the book, but it was definitely written by a woman for women. It tended to be very emotionally driven which may really connect with some people but not as much with me. Also, some of her insights were based on conjecture. Ie. This could have been what John was like based on this, so I'm going to teach it as ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I think this must have been written after the Bible study. I was hoping it would be a little more historical in nature about the life and times of John. There was more of a tone of spiritual application in spots, which was nice, but not really what I was expecting from a "book." Still, I did learn some new facts about John, the Seven Cities of Revelation, and I am planning my next trip to Turkey around a visit to Ephesus and Patmos. Her last line was inspired. I cried. ...more
Janice Palko
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book very much, and loved the insights Beth Moore revealed about the apostle John. As a writer, I especially appreciated how John was selected to record Revelations. As the last standing apostle, John must have felt at times forgotten by God, but God was preparing him to write the final chapter of the Bible.
Porsche Vanderhorst
An intellectual and intimate study

This was a fascinating journey into the life of John. And even as I studied about someone else, it still felt personal. What I also loved was that Christ was elevated, so that in studying about a disciple of Christ, I didn't miss out on learning more about Christ.
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I finished this Bible study, my first Beth Moore one, before Christmas. The lessons I learned have stayed with me. The group I was with is also doing Breaking Free, which I'd love to do, but I don't think I have the time in the Spring. So, that one will have to wait... ...more
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Beth Moore always brings the story to life in ways I could never see without her vision. This youngest disciple sees everything in Jesus' ministry, death, and legacy. I highly recommend the book. This was a faster read than her Bible studies have been for me. ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Incredible study of John, the beloved disciple, right up to the last word. It covers the span of his life, from the shores of Galilee to his exile, where he penned the great Revelation. Phenomenal from beginning to end.
Deborah Thompson
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and interesting book detailing the life of the apostle John. Starting from his calling right through until revelation, it had me captivated. Beth Moores writing style is easy to follow and will leave you longing after a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how more I understand john now than when I started, but I did learn a lot from this book. moore's style confounds me, but I always walk away with some. new understanding that I'm so glad to have. ...more
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Beth Moore has written many best–selling books and is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible–study author whose public speaking engagements take her across the United States to challenge tens of thousands. Beth is focused on teaching women all over the world and is known and respected wherever she goes. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters and lives in Houston, Texas, where sh ...more

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