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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!
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on September 8, 2015
This book challenged me to reconsider the limitations of the scientific method and look at some absolute truths in a way I had not thought of before. A refreshingly new way to think of these in this age of post-modernisim where most create truth only in a way that suits individual endeavors.
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on April 1, 2017
Everything you want from Metaxas. Bravo!
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on January 3, 2012
How many places can you find readable and stimulating essays by eleven significant writers on their favorite subjects, generally a summary of a recent book (that is, if you include Eric Metaxas's own essay on his book on Bonhoeffer)? :-)

Each essay includes a transcription of Eric Metaxas' lighthearted introduction, the talk at the Socrates in the City forum, and a transcription of the Q&A session after each talk, all of which took place at Socrates in the City forums between 2003 and 2010. My only regret was that the actual Q&As weren't longer. Among the delights in the book were the speakers' reactions to Eric Metaxas' unorthodox introductions.

It would be unreasonable to expect that questions like belief in God in an age of science, making sense out of suffering, seeking purpose, meaning and truth in your life, why Christianity makes sense, the twilight of atheism, the case for civility, the language of God, etc. can be solved in 25 to 40 pages each, but John Polkinghorne, Peter Kreeft, Charles Colson, N. T. Wright, Alister McGrath, Os Guiness, Francis Collins, etc. take good shots at them, and the Q&A sessions are mostly helpful.

I highly recommend this very readable and enjoyable book to anyone interested in the topics covered.
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on January 22, 2013
Life, God. and Other Small Topics

This book is a series of lectures given in New York to a sophicated audience. The author had the worlds best, smartests Christians give lectures, followed by a Q&A period.

All the lectures deal with the big topics of life God, morality, how do we Know , Church state separation etc.
Each section gives the speakers main arguements.

Try it, you will like it
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on March 25, 2013
Saw the man at a internet presentation and his books sounded like something I could learn from great job and speedy delivery couldn't ask for any more then that!
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on February 27, 2016
Great reading. Enlightening thoughts from some great minds. New and original angles on the oldest questions of all
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on March 21, 2016
For anyone who is willing to look a little deeper into what life is about, this is a wonderful resource.
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on February 11, 2016
excellent...such a great read to challenge both
believers and nonbelievers.
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on May 9, 2016
was kind of a fun read, not earth shattering but entertaining
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