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Overview You're a real jewel. It's the truth! You're a holy treasure buried in the wilderness of this world and John MacArthur wants to take you on an excursion to unearth your heaven-sent value. That's where The Quest for Character begins.>
In an easy, conversational style, MacArthur focuses on dozens of character traits formed as you interact with others. Quick-read chapters examine discernment, purity, courage, passion, humility, sincerity, accountability, devotion, integrity, selflessness, resiliency, generosity, and more. Adults as well as teens will enjoy this innovative approach to building a more Christlike character and learning to live a richer life on earth. Start now to gather your treasure for Jesus. Come on?take The Quest!
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.555 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1404100490 ISBN13 9781404100497
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More About John MacArthur
John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as author, conference speaker, president of The Master's College and featured teacher with Grace to You, an international radio broadcast. His more than six dozen books have sold millions of copies worldwide and include more than two dozen volumes of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series.
The son of Jack MacArthur and fifth cousin of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, John MacArthur attended Bob Jones University before transferring to Los Angeles Pacific College (now Azusa Pacific University). He later obtained his Masters of Divinity from Biola University's Talbot Theological Seminary, in La Mirada, California. He graduated with honors. From 1964 to 1966, he served as an associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church, in Burbank, California and, from 1966 to 1969, as a faculty representative for Talbot Theological Seminary. Then, in 1969, he became the third pastor in the then-short history of the nondenominational Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, California.
His daily radio program, Grace to You, which is now broadcast throughout much of the world, began as an audio recording ministry to provide cassettes of his sermons to listeners. They were first broadcast in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1977.
In 1985, MacArthur became the president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college; and, in 1986, he founded The Master's Seminary. MacArthur also received an honorary doctorate from Talbot Theological Seminary[ and an honorary doctorate from Grace Graduate School.
Nearly 43 years after beginning in the pulpit of Grace Community, MacArthur completed one his own life goals of preaching through the entire New Testament on June 5, 2011, at the end of his projected target window, stated the previous January, to finish "some time in the summer." During the same interview, MacArthur projected he would complete his commentary series within another five years, some 35 years after beginning.
MacArthur is married to Patricia and they have four children and fifteen grandchildren.
John MacArthur, es el pastor-maestro de la Grace Community Church en Sun Valley, California. Ademas, es presidente de The Master's College and Seminary. Es un prolifico autor con muchos exitos de ventas. Su estilo popular de exposicion y ensenanza de la Biblia puede escucharse a diario en su programa radial de difusion internacional "Gracia a vosotros."
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Quest for Character?
Good things come in small books Feb 6, 2007
Don't let the size of the book fool you. Though it is small it packs a punch. Many people are looking for step by step instructions when reading books on how to develope themselves. This book is not step by step. John MacArthur starts with the Beatitudes and works his way through the Fruit of the Spirit and so on. It will up to the reader and the Holy Spirit to get to new levels of maturity.
The Beatitudes are based around the word humility. How does someone teach that? Only the Holy Spirit can. If you're looking for a book to point you in the right direction, this is the book for you. If you want a step by step book on developing ones character, you will probably want to look elsewhere.
Short, Concise and Relevant Jan 9, 2007
I have read through this book now twice. Digging through the Bible to find the lists of traits that exemplify the type of person that God wills us to be can be daunting. MacArthur collects those lists of traits, qualities and behaviours together and then briefly yet expertly explains what they are and how they can be applied. Constantly going over these lists helps to burn them into your heart. Highly recommended.
The Quest for Character Aug 30, 2006
When I first heard of this book I thought it would be a companion to one of MacArthur's other books The Book On Leadership because the cover design was similar. But when it came in the mail it was actually a tiny gift-size book. I skimmed it and felt a little disappointed because it just seemed like a brief review with a lot of artwork. But then I read it. This may be a small book, but it "packs a punch." I never would have thought that a coffee-table type book could be so convicting!
One thing that I was right about is that the book is a bit of a review. In four short sections MacArthur covers "The Beatitudes" from Matthew 5:3-12, "The Progress of Faith" from 2 Peter 1:5-8, "The Fruit of the Spirit" from Galatians 5:22-23, and "The Triumph of Love" from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. With not even 150 pages to the book, the chapters aren't able to go into much detail. This isn't an in-depth look at these four character studies, but rather a glimpse of them. Hopefully the glimpse will stir readers on, as it did me, to deeper study of the Scriptures they cover.
Each chapter is, at most, four pages long, so this book is easy to read. I found it to be very inspiring in the challenges it presented for my own character. Below are some specific portions that I gleaned a lot from.
- Chapter 4 "A Parched Soul" This chapter addresses the heart of our desires. Most people want pleasure, comfort, popularity or power but the righteous person will I "hunger and thirst for righteousness." (Matthew 5:6) The righteous person desires most for God to be glorified. MacArthur writes about the difficulty many Christians have because they desire the things of the world rather than righteousness. I really like how he said,
"If you recognize your spiritual poverty, then turn to Christ as Lord and Savior. Ask Him to give you spiritual live by his Spirit. He promises He will turn no one away." (p.28)
I was encouraged by this knowing that as His child, I can trust Him to replace my old fleshly desires with new ones. Though I sometimes seek for self, I can pray and ask Him to replace that self-centeredness with a hunger and thirst for righteousness and His glory.
-Chapter 7 "A Passion For Peace" The idea of peace is sometimes just that in my mind...an idea. With so much evil and sin I wonder how things could ever be peaceful. I was challenged by what MacArthur writes about peace and its interconnectedness to holiness:
"Jesus never sought to avoid conflict or persecution for the sake of false peace. Scripture says, 'The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable.' (James 3:17) As much as we love peace and prefer peace over any kind of conflict, making peace with evil is unthinkable. Sanctioning evil brings no peace at all. One of the best ways we can be peacemakers is by proclaiming the gospel of reconciliation to a world in conflict. (p. 39-40)
-Chapter 10 "Virtue" I found this chapter to be very motivating for me to actively seek to develop Christlike character . MacArthur says,
"There is no shortcut to Christlike character. If virtue could instantly be ours through some sort of passive, instantaneous, supernatural experience, Peter would have urged us to seek that experience. He doesn't. He commands diligence and describes a process of gradual sanctification whereby we are increasingly conformed to the image of Christ as we exercise diligence in the cultivation of personal virtues. Don't be frustrated by the process. Embrace it and be diligent to see it through the end." (p.53)
-Chapter 17 "Love" I've studied the fruits of the Spirit many times, but I really enjoyed MacArthur's brief look at them in his book.
"No one can cultivate genuine virtue apart from saving faith in Christ. These virtues are all the fruits of the Spirit's work in and through us. You cannot manufacture fruit. Fruit grows on its own in the right circumstances and given a suitable environment. You can't get a sweet pear from a bramble bush, and all the factory workers and equipment in the world could never fabricate an orange." (p. 81)
This quote reminded me that the expression "fruit of the Spirit" is just that. The Spirit is the root and worker of fruit in my life. I could never produce any character on my own. This book stirred my heart to be more diligent in my pursuit of obedience to God's Word by adding to my faith the virtues Christ perfectly examplifies.
Good little devotional book Aug 26, 2006
MacArthur's The Quest for Character is a look at what a Christian should be like -- or at least be working toward. He takes the reader through the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12), 2 Peter 1:5-8, the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and the famous description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Each of the 41 chapters is a short look at one particular virtue, and it is probably good to read just one or two chapters at a time and then chew on that for a while. His writing is crisp, clear, and generally deep. He will probably step on your toes, but you'll be the better for it.
On a more material note, this book, like all of J Countryman's books, is beautiful. It is also, as a result, a bit expensive for its size. Even so, I think this book is one you would do well to purchase and read on a regular basis.