Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness

Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness

Eric Metaxas

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0718030958

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas presents seven exquisitely crafted short portraits of widely known—but not well understood—Christian men, each of whom uniquely showcases a commitment to live by certain virtues in the truth of the gospel.

Written in a beautiful and engaging style, Seven Men addresses what it means (or should mean) to be a man today, at a time when media and popular culture present images of masculinity that are not the picture presented in Scripture and historic civil life. What does it take to be a true exemplar as a father, brother, husband, leader, coach, counselor, change agent, and wise man? What does it mean to stand for honesty, courage, and charity, especially at times when the culture and the world run counter to those values?

Each of the seven biographies represents the life of a man who experienced the struggles and challenges to be strong in the face of forces and circumstances that would have destroyed the resolve of lesser men. Each of the seven men profiled—George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson—call the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.

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imports ensued, costing the British much lost income. In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place, in which British soldiers killed five colonists, further inflaming American feeling against the presence of British troops on their soil. And in 1773, the British imposed the Tea Act, which led to the Boston Tea Party—an act of protest that amuses most Americans today, but that in some of its lesser-known and gruesome details horrified many, including George Washington. Nonetheless, Washington knew

alone to England and Scotland. But Florence and the children so missed him that in March 1940, they boarded a ship, safely crossed the Atlantic, and joined Eric in Scotland. The family spent five happy months there. For a time, despite the ravages of war, they could again enjoy family life. But their return passage to Canada turned out to be even more dangerous than the previous trip to England. Their ship was part of a fifty-ship convoy, which was accompanied by cargo ships; warships of the

whites were empty. Jackie phoned a Major Hafner to suggest that the number of seats for blacks be raised to six. Hafner, who assumed he was dealing with a white officer, objected; giving black soldiers access to seats in the front opened the possibility that one of them might sit down next to a white soldier or his wife. “Lieutenant Robinson,” Major Hafner said, “let me put it this way. Would you like it if your wife had to sit next to a nigger?”3 Robinson exploded into the phone. “I am a

Church of Christ. The couple honeymooned in San Jose, but the wedding trip was cut short by Jackie’s need to begin spring training at the Dodgers’ camp in Daytona Beach, Florida. Rachel went with her new husband, and for the first time in her life she witnessed the segregation laws and attitudes of the Jim Crow South. In New Orleans, they were bumped from their next flight and the one after that, too, with no explanation. The couple could not find an airport restaurant to serve them. After

interested in joining Chuck’s prayer and Bible study group. Chuck now began to help prisoners in other ways too. One inmate who was unable to read or write asked Chuck to help him write a letter to the judge who could grant him parole. Such needs broke his heart. Although he’d been advised not to use his legal expertise to help other inmates, “I could not refuse those who needed help,” Chuck said. “These were my brothers. The Lord had shown the way and now I was following.”15 Over time, Chuck

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