Sunday, April 14, 2013

Book Review: Eric Metaxas - 7 Men and the secets to their greatness

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:
George Washington
William Wilberforce
Eric Liddell
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Jackie Robinson
Pope John Paul II
Charles W. Colson

Based 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.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book through booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. The views expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced by booksneeze or any third party.

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