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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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    "Good or Great?"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Dacula, GA, United States 05-14-13
    Ken Dacula, GA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2009
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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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Brown 07-03-14
    Karen Brown 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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    "100% Inspiring"
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kristen 05-15-14
    kristen 05-15-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Preachy, written for church-going folks."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What does Tom Parks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narrator was fine.


    Was Seven Men worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Hummelstown, PA, United States 04-21-14
    Donna Hummelstown, PA, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Childish"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheamus Glebe, Australia 11-26-13
    Sheamus Glebe, Australia 11-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Warning: Very Strongly Religious Basis"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    9 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Black Forest, Australia 12-29-13
    Chris Black Forest, Australia 12-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Crap"
    What would have made Seven Men better?

    If I had not spent credits on downloading this it would have been better


    What could Eric Metaxas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written a word.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Parks?

    No problem with Tom


    What character would you cut from Seven Men?

    The author for a start


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing. Will choose better in future.

    1 of 19 people found this review helpful
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