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About the Author

Eric Metaxas is the author of New York Times #1 bestseller and ECPA “Book of the Year” Bonhoeffer, the bestseller Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, and more than thirty other books. He is currently the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of 8 million. Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, and was awarded the Canterbury Medal in 2011 by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times. He currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480521221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480521223
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (628 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I first saw Eric Metaxas when I attended a Socrates in the City event in Manhattan, and I became a big fan. From the first time I heard him speak, I knew he had a kind of style that someone who grew up in the New York area--a style that was sometimes poignant, sometimes deep, sometimes inspiring, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes downright silly. but always authentic and genuine.

I read his book on William Wilberforce cover-to-cover. I've heard amazing things about his book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but unfortunately I haven't gotten a chance to finish it yet, as it's the kind of book you really need to read without much interruption, and that kind of time is kind of hard to find in my life these days. And admittedly, my attention span is more of the Twitter variety than the War and Peace variety, so I really need to get myself in the mood to read a 600 page book, no matter how well-written it might be.

Enter Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness. This was the perfect book for me. Instead of being one long book, it's like getting seven mini-books in one; I could finish one of the "mini-books" in just a few sessions of my morning commute (and admittedly, at times the content was so compelling I snuck in some pages after I got to the office).

The book is broken into seven sections, each focusing on a mini-biography of a different man. The men are George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Chuck Colson.

I admit that I've gotten awful tired of reading contemporary biographies. Today's historians have gotten as secular and politically correct as the rest of the world, and it's painfully clear that, intentionally or not, they inject their biases into their work.
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Format: Hardcover
Eric Metaxas is most-known for his biography, Bonhoeffer. It was labeled as a biography of uncommon power and received the award for Book of the Year.

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:

George Washington
William Wilberforce
Eric Liddell
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Jackie Robinson
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Do we really need one more book about manhood? Author Eric Metaxas seems to think so because manhood is the theme of his latest book, Seven Men: And the secret of their greatness. In this encouraging and well written book, he seeks to answer two questions: What is a man? and What makes a man great?

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.
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