Seven Men And the Secret of Their Greatness  -     By: Eric Metaxas
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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1595554696
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In Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas presents seven exquisitely crafted short portraits of widely known—but not well understood—Christian 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 profiled—George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson—call the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable!
    April 14, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Seven Men and the Secret of their Greatness.
    Here is a biographic volume consisting of seven vignettes. The subtitle of And the secret of their greatness hints at what author Eric Metaxes is up to. Never was an introduction more indispensable than here where we learn that he is not attempting to give an authoritative biographic word, but to examine the questions: 1) What is a man? and b) What makes a man great?

    This is not profound biography. There is likely very little new here beyond what you might read in a longer biography, but his wrestling with real manhood is more of a success. At times, he rambles about his own personal thoughts or reminiscences of the subject at hand, but it all flows well. Though he has written some well-received biographies, this volume appears to be put together more in haste.

    Still, it is enjoyable reading and goes fast. I left it wanting to read a fuller length biography of at least two of his 7 men. The addition of the chapter on Corrie Ten Boom was nice too.

    There is a pretty good tracing of Christianity in each life and some good insights. Some of us would question Pope John Paul II being included and offered as if on the same level of Christianity as the others, but even that chapter told all I might ever want to know of him in an interesting way.

    These books of collated mini-biographies can be a nice change up in our reading schedule and can suggest future reading. For what it is, it is well done.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Character Traits For The Ages
    April 7, 2015
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Seven Men and the Secret of their Greatness.
    I first encountered Eric Metaxas last year as I read his abridged autobiography of Dietrich

    Bonhoeffer. I was pleased to have the opportunity to review another of his recent books. I have not been disappointed.

    After nicely presented Introduction, the book focuses on short biographical essays on seven men who have influenced western culture:

    George Washington

    William Wilberforce

    Eric Liddell

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Jackie Robinson

    Pope John Paul II

    Charles W. Colson

    Eric Metaxas claims that each of these men had character traits that allowed them to stand out in their in own lifetimes and to world in the years (and, in some cases, centuries) following their death.

    Using the biographies penned by the author, I would agree with his choices except for that of George Washington - a slave owner, a poor military leader for much of his life, and misleading statements made about his own life all contribute to my concerns. He had traits that made him stand out (humility and leadership skills); but, given the picture of his life portrayed by Metaxas, George Washington does not compare to the other six men examined in the book. It is possible that Metaxas missed discussing the faults of the other six, but given the emphasis he gives to the faults of George Washington, his name does not belong with the other six.

    My other concern is that the list of names is decidedly Western and European. Given the international nature of the church, there must be African, Asian, and South American representatives that will have stood the test of time. The author hints that more books may be coming in this series - perhaps they will cross the cultural boundaries avoided in this current book.

    Despite these two concerns, the book was well worth the time I spent reading it over the past week. The character traits represented by these seven men make each of them stand out in their own time and for all time. The traits exhibited by these seven are well worth emulating by the men being raised to lead the next generation as well as our own.

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    This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
  3. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book of mini-biographies
    March 5, 2015
    nomer15
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Seven Men and the Secret of their Greatness.
    "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.)
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Seven Men And the Secret of Thier Greatness
    January 30, 2015
    RON
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent 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.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Seven Men
    December 12, 2014
    Sandy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fabulous book, stories of 7 men, familiar names to most of us, whose lives are an inspiration to all us "ordinary" people.
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