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

In "Seven Men" Eric Metaxas gives us seven concise biographical sketches of men of faith who have impacted the world in almost immeasurable ways. In chronological order, Metaxas analyzes the lives of George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles Colson. Through his analysis, Metaxas demonstrates that the root of each man’s greatness is their bedrock, unshakable faiths in God. At the same time, the book paints a picture of masculinity that is of a far different nature than that which is inculcated in modern American males. Through struggle and strain, we see how God molded these men and brought them to a place of greatness, and in the process, we come to understand what truly makes a man. Without being over explicit in his analysis of masculinity, the sheer prodigiousness of each man speaks for the necessity of beholding a new masculinity, counter to that which has been ingrained in every one of us. It is a book that challenges modern assumptions of greatness-which is often characterized today by money, power, and fame. Instead, we read of the lives of seven men, most of whom have faded from memory. And for these 250 pages, they come alive again. I wholly recommend this book.

 

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