Seven Men

  • by Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by Tom Parks
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.
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- Matt

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.

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- Ken

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio