Biographies have never been a genre of literature I've much enjoyed. If I'm being honest, I know that I could learn a lot from the biographies of great men and women, but, they are almost always quite long and, inevitably, I lose interest within a couple of chapters.
Eric Metaxas, though, takes a unique approach in his book Seven Men. Rather than take a more comprehensive look at a single figure, he instead seeks to answer a single question.
What is it that makes a great man great?
He answers that question by way of biography. Following the stories of, not one, but seven men, Metaxas draws out the particular qualities common among each. The writing is riveting and the lessons undeniably valuable.
If you love biographies, you'll want to check this one out, as its probably unlike any other you've read. If you're a biographical rookie, like myself, then I could not recommend a better place to start.