Award winning author Eric Metaxas, features snapshot biographies of great heroes and role models of the past in Seven Men and the secret of their Greatness. These inspiring and trustworthy men modeled strength of character, authentic manhood and fatherhood for many generations. However, “that has changed in recent years,” writes Metaxas, with troubling results.” Our culture today is in a “crisis of manhood in the absence of men of virtue and strength.”
He believes Americans lost trust and began to question authority in the Vietnam War and Watergate era where they learned to distrust “the official version of things and of our leaders.” That’s when our nation moved from the “naïve” to the “cynical” attitude, where “…no one is believed to be trustworthy.” He argues, when all authority is questioned appreciation of real leadership is destroyed with little of the heroic to model. That’s why he penned this book because it’s time to “reverse that trend.”
The men he features are humble, selfless men of God, who “surrendered themselves to a higher purpose and gave away something they might have kept” for the greater good, which took self-sacrifice, courage and faith.
Seven stand-alone chapters include mini-biographies of George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II and Charles W. Colson. Their powerful accounts offer insights into their lives, their faith and the principles that made them great.
Readers learn about their choices, their adversities and the sacrifices they made that left a significant historical impact. Small vignettes of stories within the larger story offer insights into memorable moments of these men’s true characters.
Metaxas explores the concept of what it means to be a man, how that relates to authenticity, faith, fatherhood and the role self-sacrifice plays. Their biographies leave little doubt that each believed in God and modeled a walk of faith.
Inspirational, personable, well-researched and very well-written, Seven Men is a delight to read while at the same time it illustrates a stark contrast between the role models of yesteryear and the celebrity-role models of today. Metaxas’s inspirational profiles of these great men are examples of what God intended man to be. Copies of his book belong in all school curriculum's and libraries. Metaxas was awarded ECPA book of the year for New York Times bestseller—Bonhoeffer.
Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas, Thomas Nelson, 2013, 240 Pages, 978-1595554697, $24.99
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