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Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness | [Eric Metaxas]

Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness

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?
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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.

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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 01-08-14
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 05-14-13
    Ken 05-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Inspirational Book - Thanks Eric!!"
    What did you love best about Seven Men?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Seven Men to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was great to hear the lives of Jackie Robinsion, Pope John Paul II, Chuck Colson, etc.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jackie Robinsion & Chuck Colson were great additional men that gave me a review of them that I did not realize.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable book. Highly recommend this book.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-27-15
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    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.)

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell L. Stetler II 06-26-15 Listener Since 2008
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    "Excellent short biographies"

    Inspiring. Narration was excellent. I usually listen on 1.5 speed, and it was still expressive and clear.

    Metaxas writes well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen W.B. 07-03-14
    Karen W.B. 07-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Christian, middle-school teacher, horse lover and rider, grandmother, love America, hate getting old, pretty good cook.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Seven Men to be better than the print version?

    No, I always consider the print version to be the best!


    Have you listened to any of Tom Parks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I really liked this one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to listen to as much as possible at every sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle INT Winston Salem, NC 05-21-15
    Kindle INT Winston Salem, NC 05-21-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leonard Kundel Stamford, CT 05-14-15
    Leonard Kundel Stamford, CT 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"

    A well written text by a master wordsmith. And a a well read one. I would highly recommend. Thank you.

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    Ryan 04-11-15
    Ryan 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book. Really enjoyable!"

    I'll probably keep this one on rotation. Good snapshot of some really good men. Great examples for today to look to on what men look like.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 04-06-15
    Christopher 04-06-15
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    "Excellent!"

    This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it. Religious and nonreligious will gain greatly from it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby & Evan Shaw Leander, TX 05-25-15
    Bobby & Evan Shaw Leander, TX 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    Loved the compelling stories of these great men. Narration was top notch. Very good work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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