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What makes a person truly great? Is it only what they've done? Their work and accomplishments? Perhaps, as Eric Metaxas discusses in his newest volume 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness, it's often what they don't do that makes them worthy of remembrance.
For instance, when the newly founded United States wanted to make George Washington it's new king, he refused, or Jackie Robinson, one of the most talented baseball players of his time, surrendered his right to fight back against racists, or when Chuck Colson volunteered to go to prison when he didn't have to. These men and the four more who are profiled--Eric Liddell, John Paul II, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and William Wilberforce, all lived their lives for a greater purpose, laying down their comfort and ambitions to follow what they believed was right.
In 7 Men you'll learn more about these remarkable men and the faith that guided each of them. In a day when character often takes a backseat, their stories will enrich your life, and show you what's possible when one person chooses to follow the path of humility.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End SlaveryEric MetaxasHarperOne / 2007 / Hardcover$13.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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In Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas presents seven exquisitely crafted short portraits of widely knownbut not well understoodChristian men, each of whom uniquely showcases a commitment to live by certain virtues in the truth of the gospel.
Written in a beautiful and engaging style, Seven Men addresses what it means (or should mean) to be a man today, at a time when media and popular culture present images of masculinity that are not the picture presented in Scripture and historic civil life. What does it take to be a true exemplar as a father, brother, husband, leader, coach, counselor, change agent, and wise man? What does it mean to stand for honesty, courage, and charity, especially at times when the culture and the world run counter to those values?Each of the seven biographies represents the life of a man who experienced the struggles and challenges to be strong in the face of forces and circumstances that would have destroyed the resolve of lesser men. Each of the seven men profiledGeorge Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colsoncall the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.
Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Bonhoeffer; Amazing Grace; Seven Men; and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. ABC News has called Metaxas a witty ambassador for faith in public life. He speaks to thousands around the United States and internationally each year. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
nomer15Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent book of mini-biographiesMarch 5, 2015nomer15Gender: femaleQuality: 5Meets Expectations: 5"7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness" by Eric Metaxas presents mini-biographies of seven men and the faith that shaped them. The men featured include George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson.
I had previously read Metaxas's biographies of Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer, but was not as familiar with the other five men. This book taught me many things about each of these men. The character of each man shone through as Metaxas explored their lives. These biographies are well-written and detailed, with the amount of meticulous research shining through.
Washington gave up power for the greater good. Wilberforce dedicated his life to fighting the slave trade. Liddell gave up a chance to win in the Olympics by putting his faith first. Bonhoeffer defied the Nazis and was martyred as a result. Robinson broke the baseball color barrier. John Paul II surrendered his entire life to God and His service. Colson ended up serving time in prison, but developed a wide-reaching prison ministry as a result.
As a mom of two young boys, I am disheartened by the portrayal of men and manhood in popular culture today. A book like this is a true gem; I am excited to introduce my boys to the men in this book. This is a wonderful book that causes me to want to learn more about the men featured here.
(Ive received this complimentary book through the BookLook program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)
RON5 Stars Out Of 5Seven Men And the Secret of Thier GreatnessJanuary 30, 2015RONQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent examples of the character profiles missing among, not only in our young people, but in our society as a whole. Sure wish our National leaders could model such men, if they did we would not be in the moral decline our country is now experiencing.
Sandy5 Stars Out Of 5Seven MenDecember 12, 2014SandyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fabulous book, stories of 7 men, familiar names to most of us, whose lives are an inspiration to all us "ordinary" people.
ADave5 Stars Out Of 5Great writingAugust 22, 2014ADaveI enjoyed this book very much. Some chapters meant more to me than others. The chapters on Wilborce & Bonhoeffer were a good overall summary. I had recently read AMAZING GRACE and now I've been reading BONHOEFFER. I discover much more to the story of Eric Liddell (other than the movie "Chariots of Fire>').
ClintPAAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring and challenging!January 17, 2014ClintPAAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5These brief examinations of lives lived to their fullest are examples that men (and women) in this age should look to in order to stand against a culture of selfishness and comfort-seeking. Eric Metaxas has a very enjoyable writing style and brings out the power of God in these men's lives. All men Christian or not will be influenced by this work.
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