Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness
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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.
other charities that, unbeknownst to the public, benefited from presidential largesse. Even leftovers from the executive mansion were transferred to a prison for needy inmates.30 Many of us are familiar with the oft-quoted lines in Washington’s Farewell Address in 1796: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” But we’re likely less familiar with the rest of the passage, in which Washington warns that “reason and
experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”31 As “national morality” is at the heart of self-government, this is an especially important statement. It says much about Washington’s character that, following General Cornwallis’s surrender, Washington told his men to treat their defeated foes with respect and to refrain from shouting taunts and insults at them. “It is sufficient for us that we witness their humiliation,” he said.
Ernest, who had returned to Scotland for another furlough. In February 1921, Eric entered the University of Edinburgh, where he studied physics and chemistry. Amazingly, given his heavy academic schedule, taking part in his beloved sports did not even occur to Eric at this time. But within a few weeks, a fellow classmate wheedled him into participating in the University Athletic Sports Day in late May. On the day of the competition, Eric’s time of 10.4 seconds in the 100-yard dash—which was not
chess with them, and had them bring their parents to church-organized functions.8 In 1960, at the age of forty, Karol published his first book, Love and Responsibility, which had grown out of his work with young adults, especially engaged couples and newlyweds. In it he tackled some of the most contentious issues of the era. The Catholic Church’s positions on marriage, sexuality, and family life were under direct assault by the Communist government, and Karol, in his pastoral work, was dealing
forces. But Chuck’s parents were ambitious, too, and they made many sacrifices so their only child could attend the prestigious Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was one of those schools whose raison d’etre seemed to be getting its students into the Ivy League. In Chuck’s case, it succeeded. In fact Chuck was offered two full college scholarships: one to Harvard and another, a Navy ROTC scholarship, to Brown. In what happened next, we see an early instance of Chuck’s