I was first drawn to this book because among the men listed on the summary were two people that I admire greatly, Eric Liddell and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. So it includes also George Washington and the late Pope John Paul II, but their greatness I believe is well known or not often associated with religion, but another area. Liddell and Bonhoeffer are two figures often forgotton, but both cover in exemplify with their lives important principles. Liddell surprised many by how he set values for his own life and Bonhoeffer focused on how to approach death.
In total, Eric Metaxas covers these seven individuals in this book:
Pope John Paul II
Charles W. Colson
on the inclusion of Liddell and Bonhoeffer I was already interested and
reading the book did not disappoint. The author manages to summarize in
seven short chapters how each individual lived their life according to
their believes, making choices that may have been hard to understand for
others, but expressed clearly how each individual viewed their life in
the context of their religion. I find it telling that the author
included members of various religious affiliations, Protestant and
Catholic. Because rather than teach one way, presumably the right way,
the author manages to express that religion is very personal and that
each person must make their own choices during life.
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