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Book Review: 40 Lives in 40 Days Author: John MacArthur

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Have you ever wondered why God uses ordinary people to accomplish His work and to spread the good news? Join bestselling author and Bible teacher John MacArthur as he takes a closer look at the everyday lives of the men and women that God trusted to carry His message and lead His people.

40 Lives in 40 Days is a brand-new devotional compilation of MacArthur's extensive studies of the Bible characters who show us that we don't have to be perfect to do God's work. From the twelve disciples to the Samaritan woman, MacArthur shares that Jesus chose average people--fishermen, tax collectors, doubters, political zealots--and gave them a remarkable mission.

These encouraging stories, based in Scripture, help shed light on these real men and women who endured struggle, pain, and heartache, just like us. They were perfectly ordinary sinners--living proof of God's kindness--who went on to serve an extraordinary purpose in spreading the gospel.

By tracing the lives of these unlikely heroes, MacArthur shows us that the difficulties and temptations that they lived through are the same trials that modern believers face today.

Throughout 40 Lives in 40 Days, MacArthur will:

  • Dive deep into the stories of Jesus' earliest disciples

  • Teach us that God continues to mold and use ordinary people today

  • Share the surprising ways God accomplishes His purposes

  • Provide an honest look at all of God's people

  • Help you experience God's goodness and grace

As you get to know each of these 40 figures even better, you'll see why the lives they led can still serve as an inspiration to believers today.

Reviewed by:

Pinky Hlophe

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am wife, mom, friend and leader. Love people, passionate about women ministries, an administrator and truly enjoy kids ministry! I am all about people seeing the love of God!!. My husband and I are privileged to lead Front Line People church in Brakpan. We homeschool our kids and love the word of God.

Name of Book:

40 Lives in 40 days


John Macarthur

What drew you to read this book?:

Recommended by a friend plus a lot of curiosity.

What impact did this book have on your life?:

It is a great book to say the least! Loved reading this book and would recommend it to everyone to read. It lives up to the title and helps you study the word. So encouraging.

In a paragraph, what is the main point of this book?:

The book dives into the lives of people in the bible. Who were they and how did they live out their faith. What makes them worth talking about and mostly what can we as children of God learn from their lives. The book focuses not only on the great things they have done but also their mistakes or error in judgment. It is so relatable and worth the read. I loved that every point made was referenced with scripture but not just a verse but a chapter overview. It is worth a read. The book is about understanding the characters based on biblical records of them and where the author adds their opinion or assumption, it is clearly stated as such. I truly enjoyed it.

Who would benefit from reading this book?:

Everyone! Whether growing in your faith or just curious about the people in the bible, read it.

Star Rating?:

All comments are writers own.

Published by Thomas Nelson and distributed by Struik Christian Media.

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