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Eric Metaxas on What Makes Heroes Tick

Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, Seven Men, and Amazing Grace. He has written more than thirty children’s books; his essays and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Metaxas was keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, attended by President Obama, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders.

I remember standing in a hotel room in Bismarck, North Dakota, adjusting my tie and going over notes in my head for my talk at a radio gala dinner for the Real Presence Radio network. I had C-SPAN on in the background. Glancing at the screen, I noticed a familiar face: Eric Metaxas, biographer, essayist, and purveyor of tweedy (and often very funny) wisdom. There he was, bedecked in pin-striped splendor, regaling Barack Obama, the First Lady, and a large crowd of “politerati” with some serious raconteur chops. I quickly got over my twinge of jealousy (plum gig!) because, as Eric told the too-little-known story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran pastor who was hanged by the Nazis, I felt I was witnessing a prophet delivering a divinity-haunted message to the powerful of this world.

Bearing as he does a sense of wit and logic and, with his Socrates in the City interview series, sartorial panache—Eric Metaxas is, to my mind, a model of how to see and engage the culture through a Christian lens. I hope you check out his nationally syndicated radio show, the Eric Metaxas Show, and I know you’ll enjoy my interview with him on Catholic Answers Focus about his new book, Seven Women and the Secret of Their Greatness. He also got my obscure Mel Blanc allusion.

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