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Doce mujeres extraordinarias: Cómo Dios formó a las mujeres de la Biblia y lo qué Él quiere hacer con usted

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Estudie junto con el autor de exitos de libreria y altamente estimado maestro de la Biblia, John MacArthur
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Grupo Nelson (first published 2005)
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An interesting idea... MacArthur seems to esteems meekness, humility, and submission above all other traits. He glossed over the sins of the women he covered, making their mistakes appear to be hicks-up and tried to show that even when someone did not trust God, what she really was doing was showing her ultimate faithfulness to Him by being patient.

It didn't work in a lot of ways, and I found myself wanting to reach for Bad Girls of The Bible (a very excellent read p.s.) and I don't think that
Nov 26, 2013 Rebekah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before the rest of my review, I would like to defend motherhood as the highest calling. Raising another person and guiding their early steps are the most important thing that anyone could do whether man or woman. It's a universal truth that if there's anything you screw up, you do NOT want parenting to be on the list. ON THE OTHER HAND, I think MACARTHUR's meaning is that it's the ultimate job that a woman should aspire to and THAT is incorrect. And in that sense, I agree with the other ladies w ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Schuyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people might question the legitimacy of a women's Bible study written by a man. Can he make it relatable to women? 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 ...more
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
Nov 17, 2009 Lois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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. 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
Feb 20, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book we used in Sunday school. It was a close look at Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anne, The Samaritan Woman, Mary and Martha, Mary Magdalene, and Lydia. 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 ...more
Sally Andrews
Apr 25, 2017 Sally Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. The ladies of FUMC ...more
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 ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Terrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Chapter one was about Eve. This had me view the fall of mankind and why the blame was placed on Adam as his sin and the consequences for generations to come...........................................................Chapter two was about Sarah, Would I have been as faithful, waiting all those years for a promise of a son? She had to be a strong woman of faith and had to love her husband to give up a home and spend the rest if her days moving and living in a tent. Chapter 3-Rehab if you had asked ...more
Oct 17, 2009 junia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone and anyone
Shelves: fires-of-sancti
I was skeptical at first seeing how I loooooved Twelve Ordinary Men and couldn't see how Twelve Extraordinary Women could possibly compare. To me, TOW was simply a way to appease women by giving them one too.

Firstly, i Love John Macarthur's character studies and writing style. To me, he balances information with dry wit and an invitation for awe. He also seamlessly ties in the Gospel message and how everything points back to Christ and God's glory without pounding the reader over the head with s
Jun 25, 2008 Maura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maura by: My church, through a Women's Bible Study
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 also recognize that I don't give the author enough credit for perhaps being really in-tune with God when writing; perhaps these assumptions are inspired.....I'm not an easily trusting person. A wise, dear friend tells me I may want to pray for a more tea ...more
May 30, 2010 Leatha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband Scott gave this book to me for mother's day. He had read John MacArthur's book Twelve Ordinary Men and really enjoyed it and thought I would enjoy this book about Twelve Extraordinary Women in the Bible and he was right! I love the way that John MacArthur sites where in the Bible he is referencing when he writes. My goal is to go through this book again paragraph by paragraph and read the Bible references after reading each chapter. I also think that this would be a wonderful book stu ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this one based on how much I loved “Twelve Ordinary Men”. Once again, I enjoyed the writing style and ease of reading, yet the thorough content that John MacArthur brought to each chapter and each character. It drives home how God is using ordinary people, and as in the case of Rahab, those whose sinful lifestyle is not acceptable, but because they believe and chose to follow God, they become an important part of God's unfolding plan. The author makes clear when he makes assumptions and b ...more
Sep 20, 2009 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partly-read
First, I will admit that I did not read the entire book. But, still, when the author is saying that his opinion is fact, that can't be a good start. If it would have been more historical, I could have enjoyed it better. But I don't need to read about this guy's religious views to remind me that I can be an instrument in God's hands.

There wasn't even a chapter on Ruth! Furthermore, in the first chapter on Eve, he basically pounds it into the reader's head that Eve was a big sinner and she messed
Oct 09, 2016 Rianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MacArthur does a wonderful job of taking stories of Biblical women and making a relatable learning story for readers. He draws themes and conclusions from the chapters-long stories of some of the matriarchs, and uses historical information and biblical cross-reference to expand remarkable stories that could easily be missed in the sum of a verse or two. Of course, much inference takes place but MacArthur stays biblically based in statements and conjectures. Though I did not find the stories espe ...more
I guess it's really more like 1.5. 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 ...more
Wonderful picture painted of these Biblical women. While the lessons began to overlap towards the end of the study, it was still a very easy read, and very inspiring and informative at the same time. I went through it with girls I was leading in a Bible study, and we all were very satisfied with the study. Could easily meditate on and immitate 1 character a week, as we did.
My first by MacArthur and I was impressed. It was apparent early on that he has a profound knowledge of Scripture. He is extremely articulate and demonstrated an extensive vocabulary. I found myself enlightened with the historical backgrounds he provided in each of the women's stories. I will be reading Twelve Extraordinary Men.
Sep 05, 2012 Kimmie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This author takes many liberties and stretches his beliefs beyond what the Bible states. His "facts" are not always facts. Better editing could have been done with this book also. I will steer clear of this author.
Nathan Albright
Mar 16, 2017 Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge2017
Having read books by the author before [1], I was prepared to like this book. But I must confess that this book was far better than I expected. As I an engaged in an extended study of maternal ancestry in the Bible [2], I found this book to be more or less exactly what I was looking for as an example of a gentleman who had some insights on the high regard of the Bible for women. To be sure, this book is not precisely a work of genealogy, but rather the sort of book that ought to please many wome ...more
Natalie Vellacott
May 13, 2017 Natalie Vellacott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discipleship
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.

In this book examining the lives and characters of twelve Bible women, MacArthur focuses on Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anna, The Samaritan Woman, Martha and Mary, Mary Magdalene and Lydia. 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
Jun 22, 2017 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is it! Here is the first religious/ inspirational genre book that I have enjoyed. Most of the prior ones I have taken a chance with I have put to the side after about 100 + pages. They just seemed boring to me. You can call me religious, one that is trying to learn, but not that far into it yet that I am ready for a study guide type book. "Twelve Extraordinary Women" reads like a traditional biography. Each short story is about one woman. I read 1 chapter each day. Believe it or not for me, ...more
José Bonhoeffer
May 20, 2017 José Bonhoeffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
12 mujeres extraordinarias que vale la pena estudiar.

Leí este libro con mi futura esposa como parte de un discipulado que lleve con ella a solas y lo que aprendimos del Señor fue grandioso. El ejemplo de mujeres piadosas que tuvieron gran fe en el Señor y que esta fe fue traducida en acción. Lo recomiendo , a pesar de que tiene varios errores de edición en relación a citas bíblicas y redacción de texto , pero estos para nada pierden al lector de seguir el curso y la tesis central del libro. Salu
Sarah Howard
Dec 13, 2016 Sarah Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book for a ladies Sunday school class. It's very Biblical and practical. I appreciated how MacArthur always ties in the red thread of the gospel in every story. I gave four stars as I didn't find the questions in the back of the book that useful.
May 17, 2017 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-collection
An extraordinary book about some amazing and faithful women of the Bible. Really good and insightful read. Inspired by the life of these women to live to the glory of God and realize that there is so much to gain from not giving up.
Jun 04, 2017 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent study. Thought provoking questions. Read by Bible study group.
Amy Cox
I enjoyed the biographical aspect of this book but strongly disagreed with many of the author's opinions regarding women and their role based on teachings in the Bible.
Jun 15, 2013 N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read and 'studied' this as part of my church's weekly women's group.

I went from really enjoying this book to dreading it and back to enjoying it again. Overall, it's an encouraging read. As other people have said, parts of it seemed too presumptuous. It's not that things MacArthur mentioned weren't plausible, it's just hard to draw such conclusions from so little information. Nevertheless, as one woman in my church noted, the fact these women were even noted in Scripture is enough, in the con
Tesa Fiona
Sep 26, 2013 Tesa Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
An eye-opening. It was written based on biblical perception and cultural facts at the time each women lived. The words the author shared penetrated deeply into my spirit, for clearly it was obtained by his deep meditation in the words of God.
What I learn the most about these women of God are their quality of their steadfast faith, perseverance hope, deep love, humility and hospitality. Though each of them are not the same; some were drama queen, some were innocent, some were even prostitutes; bu
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John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and ...more
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“Contrary to popular opinion, the most important characteristic of a godly mother is not her relationship with her children. It is her love for her husband. The love between husband and wife is the real key to a thriving family. A healthy home environment cannot be built exclusively on the parents' love for their children. The properly situated family has marriage at the center; families shouldn't revolve around the children.” 22 likes
“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.” 1 likes
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