Eric Metaxas’ 7 Men And the Secret of Their Greatness – Reviewed by Alan Cornett

Eric Metaxas’ 7 Men And the Secret of Their Greatness – Reviewed by Alan Cornett

Being a Man of Conviction: Eric Metaxas’s ‘7 Men’

Reviewed by Alan Cornett in “Pinstripe Pulpit”

Posted on July 15, 2013

Review of 7 Men And the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas
Thomas Nelson, 2013

7 Men coverGeorge Washington could have been king. William Wilberforce was on a path to be prime minister. Eric Liddell had a guaranteed Olympic gold medal. All of them walked away. But why?

Fresh from blockbuster success of his biographies of Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas returns to the biographical genre that has treated him so well. This time, rather than a full length biography on a single subject, he has written a set of biographical vignettes of great men of faith and sacrifice, individuals who achieved their greatness by sacrificing for a larger cause.

Metaxas states that his goal is to address two questions with 7 Men: “what is a man?” and “what makes a man great?” Modern manhood is at a crisis, as most of us recognize. Metaxas writes, “Young men who spend their time watching violent movies and playing video games aren’t very easily going to become the men they were meant to become….[I]t is vital that we teach them who they are in God’s view, and it’s vital that we bring back a sense of the heroic.”

Hearkening back to such examples as Plutarch’s Lives and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Metaxas believes that to have strong exemplars of what real manhood is an age old method of training for virtue.

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