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Friday, August 01, 2008

Books of the Month - August 2008

I had a hard time this month trying to choose which books to recommend for you this month. So I decided to suggest two selections from one of my favorite authors, John MacArthur. You'll find that MacArthur writes with a graceful, easy to read style which you will appreciate. I own many of his books and always enjoy reading them.

Tonight's first selection is:



"These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him." -Matthew 10:2-4


Who were these guys and what were they like? Of all the people in Israel, why did Jesus choose them? What does the Bible actually say about them? John MacArthur digs deep into the New Testament to discover more about these people who have a lot in common with you and me.

Purchase your copy here and here.

Not to be outdone, and certainly worthy of fair treatment:





In the companion volume, John MacArthur examines the lives of a dozen significant women form the Bible. They are Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anna, The Samaritan Woman, Martha and Mary, Mary Magdalene and Lydia.

MacArthur writes that "The faithfulness of these women is their true, lasting legacy. I hope as you meet them in Scripture and get to know more about their lives and characters, they will challenge you, motivate you, encourage you, and inspire you with love for the God whom they trusted and served. May your heart be set ablaze with the very same faith, may your life be characterized by a similar faithfulness, and may your soul be overwhelmed with love for the extraordinary God they worshiped."


Purchase your copy here and here.

Or buy them both as a set.

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7 Comments:

At 01 August, 2008 00:43, Blogger Esther said...

Great looking books, Green!

Thanks so much for the recommendation! :)

 
At 01 August, 2008 18:54, Blogger American Guy said...

pitty he ripped off the title from one of the best plays about american justice ever written.

 
At 02 August, 2008 10:27, Blogger green said...

e: they are good books.

AG: Once again your ignorance rears it's ugly head.

The title of the play was "12 Angry Men."

MacArthur's choice of title is entirely appropriate. Jesus had 12 disciples and they were ordinary men. None would have stood out in a crowd on their own and none of them would have had the influence on early Christianity as they did.

If you disregard this book because of the title, then that's lame.

Never judge a book by its cover --- or title.

Now if you actually read the book and then have problems with it that opens the door for a legitimate discussion.

 
At 02 August, 2008 19:09, Blogger American Guy said...

yes my little sheltered one. The play was 12 angry men as we all know. What i was saying is that this guy has played off that title - instantly familiar to most of us to come up with a common theme for his title.

And of course - in the original (i.e. the play, not your book being reviewed) the theme was very much the same - 12 guys, "[n]one would have stood out in a crowd on their own" and one in particular who never "would have had the influence on [jurisprudence] as they did".

This is why i said your guy ripped off the title. No it was not the same exact wording, but he was clearly 'borrowing'.

So next time, when you accuse someone of ignorance, try to scale back the frothing at the mouth and stop to think about what they're saying first.

 
At 02 August, 2008 19:46, Blogger green said...

AG: No froth here.

Not once did I associate the title of this book with that play until you mentioned it, not even while I was reading it. Never even crossed my mind, actually, especially since the subject matter of this book and that play are so unrelated.

Clearly the author of the play 'borrowed' his title on the fact that there were twelve disciples, who were around way before he ever wrote his play.

Of course, this is an equally unproveable an assumption as is yours.

Again - if you disregard this book because of the "similarity" in the title, then that's lame.

Lets just say that both this book and the play, irrespective of the titles, are both excellent and stand on their own merits.

 
At 03 August, 2008 00:45, Blogger American Guy said...

"Clearly the author of the play 'borrowed' his title on the fact that there were twelve disciples"

Actually, he 'clearly' borrowed it from the fact that american juries have 12 members. What, with the story being about a bunch of guys sitting on a jury and all. I'm willing to entertain the notion that the magic number in the jury box was determined by people who argued that if it was good enough for jc, it was good enough for modern day crims. But that's not what you said.

"Of course, this is an equally unproveable an assumption as is yours."

and yet, i seem to have disproven your assertion while you danced around mine.

"if you disregard this book because of the "similarity" in the title, then that's lame."

I did no such thing. I have no interest in the particular book you mentioned since i don't find the subject matter all that compelling. All i did was comment on how the title played off another piece of literature.

"Lets just say that both this book and the play, irrespective of the titles, are both excellent and stand on their own merits."

No, let's not say that at all, shall we?

 
At 03 August, 2008 10:43, Blogger green said...

Me dancing around a subject? If anyone should recognize that dance it is you, since you employ it quite often.

"I'm willing to entertain the notion that the magic number in the jury box was determined by people who argued that if it was good enough for jc, it was good enough for modern day crims."

Now that's the first sensible assumption you've drawn in this silly argument.

That the subject matter of the book is unappealing to you surprises me not.

 

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