It will depend on what you already know about these seven gentlemen. The book is set up as basically seven mini biographies of seven of Metaxas' heroes. I had read a Chernow's biography on Washington and Metaxas' other book on Bonhoefffer, but knew little about the other figures. The book is intended to spark interest in each man leading you to read either more comprehensive biographies by other authors or read the works by the subjects themselves. Overall I thought it was well done and served the purpose that Metaxas set out to achieve. I would certainly recommend it to anybody who wants the "Readers Digest" version of these men's lives.
An exceptional book about the life of an extraordinary man. This book was recommended to me by my father who is a Christian and theologian himself. He regards Bonhoeffer as one of the premier theologians of the 20th century. The book appealed to me on many levels. I have become more interested in Christian “thinkers” (C.S. Lewis, etc) as I have grown up and I very much enjoy history—especially related to World War II. Obviously this book is both!
I walked away from this book thinking that Bonhoeffer was truly a living saint for the short time he was alive. The effect that this man had on everyone who crossed is path was quite remarkable—often including his jailers and those who were persecuting him.
Today you could probably not find a single World War II era German who would ever acknowledge support for Hitler and the National Socialist/Nazi movement; however somehow they and Hitler managed to rise to power right under all of Germany’s noses. Germans such as Bonhoeffer showed extreme courage in their consistent resistance against the Nazis and their horrific treatment of the Jews and others. Bonhoeffer likely knew he would pay for it with his life (which he did), but through it all his faith in Christ and his faith in what was right never waivered. God bless this man.
I am not an ex-Scientologist, I am not a member of any anti-Scientologist organization, and I am not affiliated in anyway with Scientology. I feel I must preface that. :) As one who is interested in many religions, cults and worship practices; this was definitely my cup of tea. The book was well written and the narration was FANTASTIC. Out of pure curiosity, I have visited many ex Scientology websites, watched the YouTube videos from Anonymous and ex members, I have been to the websites about Lisa McPherson and I have read a lot of Hubbard's teachings and information. There is a lot of in-depth information about Lisa McPherson in this book and I must say it was fascinating and of course, sad. The book flows nicely between the past and present and weaves in stories of ex members seamlessly. I was particularly interested Hubbard's relationship with John Whiteside Parsons. Parsons' relationship to the occult and Aleister Crowley was fascinating and did lead me to do some fun research. There are many things that disturbed me about this book, and it was not the writing or the author, it was the alleged forced abortions, abuse of church members, young children being shipped off to live, work obey and dress a tyrannical leader and also, this book does passively imply that Charles Manson may have used Hubbard's techniques in controlling his flock or "family" to commit the infamous Sharon Tate murders. This book delves deep into the realm of Scientology we "outsiders" do not experience and gives first hand knowledge of the inside from ex members, which I very much appreciated. I did not feel the author had contempt or ill will toward David Miscavige, or Scientology in general, but wanted to get to the bottom of the rumors, bad press and basically tell the story of what Scientology is and why Scientology is "a big deal." If you are interested in Scientology, get this book. I definitely wanted to hear more.