Saturday, April 4, 2015

7 Men by Eric Metaxas

There are 2 reasons I decided to read this book.  The first is that I didn't know much about these 7 men and I wanted to learn their stories.  George Washington. William Wilberforce.  Eric Liddell. Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Jackie Robinson (I was probably most familiar with him due to the recent movie 42). Pope John Paul II. Charles W. Colson.  Some of these names I had never heard.  Others I recognized but knew little about.  Each of them contributed to society in a way that is worth learning about and remembering.  Eric Metaxas writes is a style that is easy to read and kept my attention.

The second reason I wanted to read this book is for my three boys.  I think it's good for them to have male role models to look up to other than sports stars.  The author puts it this way: "This is a book that doesn't talk about manhood...but that shows it in the actual lives of great men.  You can talk about right and wrong and good and bad all day long, but ultimately people need to see it.  Seeing and studying the actual lives of people is simply the best way to communicate ideas about how to behave and how not to behave.  We need heroes and role models."  Will I have my sons read this someday?  Yes.  I think junior high and up would be an appropriate age.

This book could be read from start to finish, as I did, or the chapters could be read individually.  This would be a great resource for someone writing a report on any of these men.  An index at the back of the book can be used for reference.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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