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

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.

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- Sheamus

Book Details

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