Book Review: Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

In this time and age, we need heroes and role models to learn from. As author Eric Metaxas said, “This book doesn’t talk about manhood but shows the actual lives of great men.” Seven extraordinary men discussed were George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles W. Colson. They were “men” of men. They were men who were more than mere “manhood,” for they embodied ideal men, ideal fathers.

These seven men where selected by author Metaxas for they had shown heroism, chivalry, righteousness, courage, and selflessness. Above all, these men trusted God with their whole hearts. They showed “true fatherhood,” despite three of them had no children of their own, even two were unmarried. These men were some of the greatest men ever lived, despite their personal and circumstantial shortcomings.

As a child who grew up without a father, these great men would serve as my lost father figure. Their existence confirmed that humanity is not as bad as TV news has been depicting. There are good, even great, men out there. We just need to know where to look. Such as this inspiring and comforting book.

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Book Details:

Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: April 30, 2013
Pages: 221
Review Date: June 3, 2013
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