Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness

New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas here presents seven short portraits of widely known—but often not well understood—men, each of whom showcased a commitment to live by certain virtues in the truth of Christianity during the course of their remarkable lives.

Metaxas—a favorite author of Glenn Beck who also penned Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, and No Pressure, Mr. President! the Power of True Belief in a Time of Crisis—has composed Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness in his typical engaging, insightful style.

While certainly a multi-biographical volume, Seven Men also addresses what it means (or should mean) to be a man today, at a time when media and popular culture present images of masculinity in direct opposition to the picture presented in Scripture and historic civil life.

What does it take to be a great father, brother, husband, leader, coach, counselor, change agent, and wise man? What does it mean to stand for honesty, courage, and charity, especially when the culture and the world run counter to those values?

Check out this video trailer for Seven Men:

The seven men profiled—

  • George Washington
  • William Wilberforce
  • Eric Liddell
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Jackie Robinson
  • John Paul II
  • and Charles Colson

—were from perfect, but each also experienced struggles and challenges to be strong in the face of forces and circumstances that would have destroyed the resolve of lesser men. Seven Men calls the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.

Here’s Metaxas’ recent appearance on the 700 Club during which he reveals more details concerning the origins and intent of his latest book: