Nonfiction Review of 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness


What I Thought:

While 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, it was an interesting read.  I hadn’t heard of many of these men before (please don’t judge me) so I got to know some interesting figures from history that I wouldn’t have learned about otherwise.  I also liked how the author focused on the good influence these men had on the world and the way they stuck to their guns and didn’t back down when faced with pressure.  This is a collection of impressive men that relied on God to see them through the challenges they faced and were able to accomplish amazing things because of it.

Since I knew little to nothing about most of these men before reading this book, I would have liked more information about them than what was included.  Most of these men had very eventful and interesting lives and it was difficult to get a sense of that with a 30 page mini-biography.  However, if there had been as much information as I’d wanted, the book would be a monstrosity.

If nothing else, Eric Metaxas has piqued my interest in some of history’s men and I’d like to learn more about them, especially William Wilberforce.

Content: Some violence and prejudice, but I consider this a clean book

Source:  I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.


About the Book:

  • Age range: adult (appropriate for teens)
  • Genre: nonfiction/biography/history
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing


In Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas presents seven exquisitely crafted short portraits of widely knownùbut not well understoodùChristian 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 profiledùGeorge Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colsonùcall the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.

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