Recently at work a few of us were chatting about our favorite superheroes. We keep things 100% serious all the time. Anyway, that led to discussions about current events and how we could use superheroes today. Watching the news does that no? Anyway, I had just started this book and immediately suggested it to my co-worker, because this is a book that inspires to be about something more than just ourselves, to be real life superheros to someone or some place in today’s world.
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.
“The stories in this book are the stories of men who followed that latter path, who seemed to know that at the heart of what it is to be a man is that idea of being selfless, of putting your greatest strength at God’s disposal, and sometimes surrendering something that is yours for a larger purpose of giving what is yours in the service of others.” (xxi)
I thought it was an interesting collection of men to study. They were all so different from each other, along with the roles they played in impacting history. Four of the men I knew a good bit about, but three were ones I didn’t know at all or only by name. It made for some interesting reading.
He’s definitely a big fan of the men he writes about, which makes sense, since he wrote a book about them. My list would have looked a bit different, but that’s the beauty of history – there’s so many people we can learn from and be inspired by.
I enjoyed each of the essays. Whether because I learned something knew (Who knew Bonhoeffer was so influenced by a church in Harlem when he lived in America?!) or I was reminded of stories I’d forgotten, this was an excellent book to read and be introduced to some of history’s most impactful men. It makes for a great gift (Father’s Day is coming up you know)!
Who is a man you admire from history? Also, I believe he’s coming out with Seven Women and I’m super excited about that!
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)