7 Men gives a brief look into the lives of seven men who influenced the people of their time period and whose impact still endures today. Most readers will recognize the names of the men in this book, but probably don't know a lot about each man's story. The men featured in the book are George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paull II and Chuck Colson.
Obviously each man is recognizable for something they accomplished - George Washington for being the first President of the US, Eric Liddell for refusing to run in his strongest Olympic event because it was held on Sunday, Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in baseball. What 7 Men focuses on are the circumstances leading up to or following those well-known events. The author highlights the decisions and choices that were made that lead up to those notable accomplishments and what occurred afterward. For example, most of the chapter on Eric Liddell discusses the direction of his life following his Olympic experience. Most people know about his gold medal. Many probably don't know what he did when the games were over.
7 Men provided an honest look at the lives of these men. The author shared both their successes and their shortcomings. It was a good read that might prompt the reader to investigate more information about these men than what these shorter biographies provide.
"7 Men And The Secret Of Their Greatness" was written by Eric Metaxas. The author is a best selling author who has written several biographies incliding "Bonhoeffer". The author has chosen 7 men to serve as role models for men and those becoming men. We all need role models to inspire us and young people today certainly need men of great character and purpose to look up to. Many of the roles models today; athletes and movie stars don't cut it. Many of them don't even want to be role models.
I learned much about the seven men who were chosen as the role models for this book. For instance I didn't know that Eric Little became a missionary. It was very a very interesting read.
The 7 men written about are:
3. Eric Liddell
4. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
5. Jackie Robinson
6. Pope John Paul II
7. Charles W. Colson
While the choosing of the 7 men are the author's prerogative, not all of them would have been mine. I would not have chosen Pope John Paul II, but I am an evangelical Christian. I also would not have chosen Chuck Colson, although he was a great man. I can think of others I would place ahead of him. But again, this is personal opinion. The reader would have his own ideas and I think this debate makes it even more interesting.
I recommend this book to any man and think it would be very helpful for those approaching manhood to read. Character is the need of the hour and the secret to greatness.
Heroic Word Portraits of Seven Notable Men - Men of Courage, Sacrifice, and True Greatness
"7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness" features short biographical sketches which highlight the lives of seven men who have demonstrated strength in their commitment to a cause, personal conviction, courage in crisis, and bravery in the face of battle. Metaxas has created inspiring positive role models represented by men in government, sports, and church leadership. These men have made significant contributions to social reform, breaking down racial barriers, and religious bias. Eric Metaxas writes with a passion which inspires his reader to pursue excellence, motivate patriotism, and in making right choices.
This may not be the book for real history buffs, however it is suited perfectly for reading together as a part of your family night, included in home school reading assignments, and as a part of every church and Christian school library.
"7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness" is widely endorsed by recognized leaders, is highly readable, and deeply moving. I am recommending it to my family and friends.
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Eric Metaxas's biographies of William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer were some of my favorite works in any genre. I found them inspiring, full of information while still being readable, and actually theologically educational. I learned so much about these men and their faith. Even my eight-year-old daughter has become a fan of Metaxas because she loved his biography of Squanto for kids. So, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review his new book, Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness.
The introduction is compelling. As a woman and a mom with three daughters at that, I haven't really given much thought to the crisis facing boys in our modern times, when ideals of chivalry, strength of convictions, and moral confidence are scoffed at, mocked, denied, and often ripped to pieces by the media and other cultural influences. Metaxas's goal, then, in writing this book was to address the question of 'What is a man?' by looking at seven men he believes represent a model of manhood.
As always for Metaxas, the writing style is readable and easy to follow. The stories he tells are engaging and interesting, and the biographies become more inspirational than just the cold, hard facts with Metaxas's commentary and presentation. He chose to write about: George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles Colson. Some of these biographies were more familiar to me than others. In particular, I learned the most and was surprised the most by the biography on Pope John Paul II.
After reading the longer Metaxas biographies, I have to confess I was a bit disappointed by these extremely small, fast-paced, and superficial looks at the lives of seven incredibly complex and historic men. I shouldn't have been surprised. It makes sense that he'd only be able to give a cursory overview of their lives in the amount of space available.
So, while I wouldn't consider this book an adequate study on any of these individual men, as a brief introduction to these biographies, this book works. As an exploration of the concept of manhood and an attempt to inspire us to value chivalry, self-sacrifice, and standing up for what is right, this book succeeds. Perhaps more importantly, I'm now intrigued by the lives of the men I didn't know much about and I can't wait to read longer, in-depth biographies of their lives.
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This books takes us through the lives of seven different men who for different reasons are remembered for their greatness. What makes this such a valuable book is that they are great because of their humility and their faith. They dared to go against what their human nature would dictate and as the intro says "surrendering themselves to a higher purpose, of giving something away that they might have kept.". This takes courage and is worth imitating in our own lives. I happened to be doing a study on Hebrews while reading this book and it struck me that these men have what Hebrews 13:7 says "Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith."(NASB) Mr. Metaxas does a fantastic job with this book as each chapter is a mini-biography of the seven men's lives. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I believe I will refer to it often. It is a valuable resource to have.
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