Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness

By Eric Metaxas

In Seven Men, New York Times best-selling writer Eric Metaxas provides seven exquisitely crafted brief snap shots of extensively known—but now not good understood—Christian males, each one of whom uniquely showcases a dedication to stay by means of sure virtues within the fact of the gospel.

Written in a gorgeous and fascinating variety, Seven Men addresses what it capability (or should still suggest) to be a guy this day, at a time while media and pop culture current photos of masculinity that aren't the image offered in Scripture and ancient civil existence. What does it take to be a real exemplar as a father, brother, husband, chief, trainer, counselor, swap agent, and clever guy? What does it suggest to face for honesty, braveness, and charity, particularly every now and then while the tradition and the realm run counter to these values?

Each of the seven biographies represents the lifetime of a guy who skilled the struggles and demanding situations to be robust within the face of forces and situations that will have destroyed the get to the bottom of of lesser males. all the seven males profiled—George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson—call the reader to a extra increased stroll and way of life, one who embodies the gospel on this planet round us.

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The evangelical Christians of that point often held God’s standpoint in this topic, and so they stood in stark distinction to the perspectives of people that weren't Christians or to people who have been cultural Christians and who might be attended church for social purposes, yet who considered the Methodists akin to Wilberforce and Wesley as “taking issues too some distance. ” the most aspect in quoting Wesley’s letter here's to teach that this guy who had battled a bunch of social evils for plenty of a long time knew larger than an individual that with no complete reliance on God, the conflict can be brutal and occupied with naught. He felt forced to warn younger Wilberforce that to struggle in one’s personal strength—even and maybe in particular in a noble and godly cause—was madness; yet to depend on God used to be to be guaranteed of victory, no matter if one didn't get to determine it with one’s personal eyes. within the conflict opposed to the slave alternate that lay forward, Wilberforce might adventure a few crushing defeats. And except he particularly knew that God had referred to as him to do what he used to be doing, it might be an excessive amount of to undergo. the second one element Wesley was once making was once that it was once now not only a political or a cultural conflict. It used to be a religious conflict. while Wesley wrote, “you might be tired by means of the competition of fellows and devils,” he was once now not utilizing a colourful metaphor. He intended it actually. To struggle whatever as depraved because the slave alternate used to be to head opposed to an invisible demonic host. God has the facility to struggle them, yet we don't. That religious fact lay at the back of the political fact, and Wesley desired to make sure that Wilberforce understood that if he was once to achieve success in what lay forward. nice males like Wilberforce and Wesley had the humility and the knowledge to grasp that no matter what strengths they had—and that they had many—they couldn't win with no overall reliance on God. At its center, each conflict worthy combating is a religious conflict. these males have been capable of be triumphant in basic terms simply because they humbled themselves and entrusted the conflict to God. yet how does one do this? This brings us to the second one method that Wilberforce did what he did. The one-word resolution is prayer. Wilberforce prayed and skim the Scriptures on a daily basis, and he prayed with many others over those matters and matters. He additionally memorized plenty of Scripture. In my publication remarkable Grace, I relate that he memorized the whole thing of Psalm 119. That’s not easy to think if you see how lengthy it's, yet it’s actual. Wilberforce might additionally occasionally stroll the 2 and a part miles from Parliament to his domestic, and the second one half the stroll took him via a element of Hyde Park. Wilberforce had it timed in order that if he begun reciting Psalm 119 whilst he entered the park, he will be comprehensive by the point he bought domestic. It took approximately twenty mins to recite the whole lot. 3rd, Wilberforce was once capable of do all he did due to his reliance on a superb group of religious Christian brothers and sisters. Wilberforce was once no longer what we this day may well name a “Lone Ranger” Christian, holding his ideals and prayers to himself. to the contrary, he thrived in the neighborhood of his fellow Christians and sought them out for power and help and recommendation.

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