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Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness Paperback – March 17, 2015
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About the Author
Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times bestseller Amazing Grace, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask), Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About God, and thirty children’s books. He is founder and host of Socrates in the City in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Marks Hill Review, and First Things. He has written for VeggieTales and Rabbit Ears Productions, earning three Grammy nominations for Best Children’s Recording.
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What sets this book apart is that the author doesn't talk about manhood. Instead, he shows what manhood looks like in the lives of great men. As he explains, "Seeing and studying the actual lives of people is simply the best way to communicate ideas about how to behave and how not to behave."
Metaxas believes that one of the primary characteristics of authentic manhood is someone who sacrifices himself for those he loves. As the author says, "That's a picture of real fatherhood and real manhood." The author picked seven men who he believes exemplifies these characteristics. After reading the book, I concur with his assessment.
George Washington could have become the first king of America. Instead, he gave up real power for the sake of his new nation. William Wilberforce gave up the chance to become prime minister of England. Instead, he spent his life working to repeal slavery. Eric Liddell gave up the opportunity to win an Olympic gold medal in the one event in which he was most likely to win it. Yet he is better known for his sacrifice than for winning a race. Dietrich Bonhoeffer courageously defied the Nazis and surrendered his freedom and safety time and time again. In giving up his life, he inspired countless people to do the right thing in thousands of situations. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball. But he had to surrender something very few men would have the strength to surrender--the right to fight back against injustice. Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, surrendered his whole life to God and served as a priest. Chuck Colson pled guilty to a crime when he didn't have to--and went to prison as a result. Yet it was there he discovered he was truly free.
The brief biographies of these men are well written and inspiring. They whet one's appetite for a longer book on each person. The book would be a great gift for a high school or college graduate and would hopefully inspire a young man to pursue greatness through sacrifice and service. I hope this becomes a series and we see another volume soon.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Metaxas is currently the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary ([...]) that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million.
Metaxas' newest title 7Men & their secret of greatness is a compilation of brief biographies of men who made a difference and left a mark on the world that is worth mentioning. The 7 men listed are:
Pope John Paul II
Charles W. Colson
Each of these men achieved a level of greatness because of circumstances that each faced.
Washington refused to relinquish power on two occasions.
Wilberforce fought the slave trade based on his strong, holy convictions.
Lidell was known for his passion for running yet glorifying God and doing HIs will as a missionary.
Bonhoeffer was a pastor & theologian who strived in the Holacaust for the sake of the Jews.
Robinson broke the color-barrier in Major League Baseball and opened a door of change that exists today.
Pope John Paul II is helped draw attention to Parkinson's disease & the unborn children. He did this through the utmost humility.
Chuck Colson is widely known for his many faults & mistakes in his early service to President Nixon. But he is also known for his great service to the King of Kings in the later years of his life. He is a story of true redemption to the one farthest from God.
Metaxas writes about men who were God's men at a time when men were most needed.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I knew that having seven short biographies in this one book would make for easier reading and hopefully a quick to the point biography instead of getting bogged down in the details and hum drum of the lives. Thankfully, Metaxas focuses on what he believes makes each of these men great. He gives a little bit of background information and then dives right in to the precise reason he included them in this book.
This is not the first book I have read from Metaxas, but I greatly enjoyed it. His writing style was sophisticated while not being overly ornate and hard to comprehend. He wrote in a manner that causes you to feel like you are admiring the events taking place from a distance with a valuable commentary being given.
If you have not read a book from Metaxas, this would be a good one to start with as you can easily get a feel of his writing. It also allows you to finish each short biography without much trouble and introduces you to seven individuals. Some of whom you may never have heard of before.
Overall I would give this a four out of five star ranking. I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.