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.)
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.
Solid, now I need to 7 biographies. Eric really brings it home. If you want an abridged and Christ worldview of 7 of the most awesome men for you or your boys to emulate, read this book. Very entertaining as well.
Very beneficial book by giving us guidelines on how these 7 men lived through some very tough times and came out as inspirations.
Written at a 6th grade reading level and narrated in a condensending tone, I could not finish this book. I barely finished George Washington. . .
I thought while listening to the authors long and self-centered introduction it was going to be a wrong choice of books for me. There is nothing original, I learned nothing about George Washington I have not read in other books.
I didn't realise this book had a strong religious bent. Being an atheist I am primarily interested in text with empirical evidence as a basis.
Quotes such as these appear in the book:
- "the bible says that god made us in his image.."
- "the bible says that men are generally stronger than women"
- "male strength is a gift from god"
I did search the internet to find out if there was a religious foundation to the book but couldn't so hopefully this helps others make an informed decision whether to buy.
I wouldn't have bought it if I had known the author's intent and "voice." The introduction by the authour almost made me gag.
Narrator was fine.
I couldn't even finish it. In fact, I'm really disappointed by the fact that I was "tricked" by the title and the description.
If you are a pastor, or preacher, wanting some sermon ideas, this book might be helpful; but other than that, it's an elementary grade stereotypical religious primer.
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