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7, 8, 9 or 10-Stars! Metaxas is an impressive individual!
on November 22, 2016
I could add at least 1-star for each contributor and subject, and then some! Metaxas could also get extra stars for the live role he played introducing each of the presenters. He’s got true showmanship, great wit, and a great intellect behind all of it.
The world needs living examples of character, and a look at heroic virtue and Metaxas gives us a bunch here to consider. The world needs mentors and Metaxas takes on the role single-handedly by presenting these people who set the bar high for us. I was very surprised by whom some of these people are and the accomplishments they have made. None of them were lightweights! I knew more than half of them, but it was an introduction to Sir John Polkinghorne, Jean Bethke Elshtain, N. T. Wright, Os Guiness (yes, of the “family”, and Francis S. Collins (head of the Human Genome Project), all of whom I want to read more of their works like Guiness’ The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life and Collins’ The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. What a treat it was to hear each of them present! I am thankful that I read this as an audiobook because so many had British accents that really lent so much to the talks. So much would have been missed by just reading a hardcopy, although I bought one to refer back to. Besides informative, it was extremely entertaining. The introductions by Metaxas were classic! Metaxas narrated exciting known and unknown facts about each of them by which he built up their character in a very striking way. His humorous anecdotes for each person were also invaluable. It was so impressive
This is the third time I have read anything by the author, although I've owned his book Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life, but it's been just sitting there. It still is! But I started on, Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, also sitting there too until I began reading it. In the meantime, I also watched the youtube of No Pressure, Mr. President! The Power Of True Belief In A Time Of Crisis: The National Prayer Breakfast Speech, So, there's hope! I was so impressed with the Seven Men that I bought this book Socrates, and have additionally just bought two of his other books: Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about two of the seven men he spoke about, plus this DVD: Amazing Grace. Metaxas is an impressive individual. I want to read all he has!