What makes a great man great?
Seven Men offers answers in the captivating stories of some of the greatest men who have ever lived. In this gallery of greatness, seven historical figures come to life as real people who experienced struggles and challenges that probably would have destroyed the resolve of most other men. What was their secret?
How did George Washington resist the temptation to become the first king of America, and why did William Wilberforce give up the chance to be prime minister of England? What made Eric Liddell cast aside an almost certain Olympic gold medal? What enabled Jackie Robinson to surrender his right to fight back against racists, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer to jeopardize his freedom and safety to defy the Nazis? What gave John Paul II the ability to identify with the most helpless members of human society and even to forgive the man who tried to murder him? And why would Chuck Colson volunteer to go to prison when he didn’t have to? The seven men in this compelling volume evince one particular quality: that of surrendering themselves to a higher purpose, of giving something away that they might have kept.
Having heroes and role models was always tremendously important for society, but in the last few decades this has changed, with seriously troubling results. Eric Metaxas says it’s time to reverse the trend. With vitality and warmth, the New York Times best-selling author restores to the listener a sense of the heroic - the idea that certain lives are worthy of emulation. Get to know these seven men, and your life will be immeasurably richer.
©2013 Eric Metaxas (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Metaxas' fine books on Bonhoeffer (my personal hero) and William Wilberforce, two men who really need to be known by just everyone. This book includes mini-biographies of seven great men, including these two, men who sacrificed personal grandeur and power for the greater good. This book is like an hor dorvers tray which should whet your appetite for more on all of these seven figures in history. Certainly do read Metaxas' books on Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce. If you have not come across them before, you will wonder that you hadn't heard of such forceful figures in the history of the world. (The two or three reviews here that scream about RELIGION! as though it were social kriptonite illustrate the exact reason why our society needs to know about great men like those in this book--sacrificing oneself for a great cause, and forbid! a religious one--is now considered stupid and passe. That is a sad truth about what we have become.)
Inspiring. Narration was excellent. I usually listen on 1.5 speed, and it was still expressive and clear.
Metaxas writes well.
This book allows you to review the lifes of 7 great men. That each man added great value to life in the way they lived their lives. It makes you really think.
This book allows you to review the lifes of each of these men by reaching out to other books either written by them or about them. Eric picked 7 great man. Two thumbs up for selecting these 7 men.
It was great to hear the lives of Jackie Robinsion, Pope John Paul II, Chuck Colson, etc.
Jackie Robinsion & Chuck Colson were great additional men that gave me a review of them that I did not realize.
Very enjoyable book. Highly recommend this book.
Christian, middle-school teacher, horse lover and rider, grandmother, love America, hate getting old, pretty good cook.
No, I always consider the print version to be the best!
No, but I really liked this one.
I did want to listen to as much as possible at every sitting.
I bought 3 hard copies of this book after listening to it. I gave them to family members. All agreed that this was an excellent book. The stories of the 7 men are long enough to give in depth details, but short enough that you want to know more about each person. George Washington and the Pope were fascinating.
While I enjoyed Eric's other books, it was nice to have this concise addition of seven of the world's greatest Christian leaders. I enjoyed the book very much.￼
Once again author Metaxas has written about the most precious gift given to mankind: the love that God has for everyone who will accept him in their heart. This is the remarkable collection of profiles of seven heroic men who truly made the world a better place, not only because of their personal character but because they loved God and lived their lives accordingly, even when they did not stand to benefit from this in any way shape or form. How I wish we could have such humble men sitting in the Oval Office, but, of course, that hasn't happened since Harry Truman left Washington in 1953. Since then, we've only had avaricious, arrogant, untrustworthy, sociopathic, even racist or psychopathic monsters in the White House, many of them pathological liars, although President Reagan, who lived in self-delusion, was perhaps less so, while the charming Kennedy's main faults were merely arrogance and womanizing. JFK and Ronald Reagan were the only two who truly believed in God and were not ashamed to admit this. They also remain our two most admired leaders other than Churchill (also a proud Christian) since Truman's tenure as the most powerful man the world. This can't be a mere coincidence. I believe that there is a spiritual reason for this. Great writing from the immensely talented Eric Metaxas and marvelous narration from Tom Parks, a perfect, if not heavenly, combination.
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