Eric Metaxas — coming to Cleveland, November 8

Here’s some information about ERIC METAXAS, who’ll be speaking at Grace CMA church on “Bonhoeffer, Wilberforce and the Gospel”  on Thursday, November 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The talk is FREE and open to the public.

Best-selling author, passionate speaker, social commentator, steadfast advocate for God and good: These are just some of Eric Metaxas’ many attributes. Metaxas ranks with Tony Blair, Bono, and Mother Theresa — all four were keynote speakers at the National Prayer Breakfast. He’s written for The New York Times, Chuck Colson, and VeggieTales, three things not ordinarily mentioned in the same sentence.

Metaxas came to national prominence recently after writing the New York Times #1 bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was named  “Book of the Year” by the Evangelical Christian Press Association.  Bonhoeffer also won the 2011 John C. Pollock Award for Biography awarded by Beeson Divinity School and a 2011 Christopher Award in the Non-fiction category.  Called a “biography of uncommon power,” Bonhoeffer appeared on numerous 2010 “Best of the Year” lists and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The New Republic, Harper’s, Kirkus (starred review), NPR, FoxNews, C-SPAN’s Book TV, Christianity TodayThe Weekly Standard, and First Things.

President, Bonhoeffer

President Barack Obama admires Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC

Here’s a link to a story and video about Metaxas’ talk at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast:

Like many other authors, however, Metaxas’ “overnight sensation” status came only after decades of toil. Before Bonhoeffer, he’d written the definitive biography of William Wilberforce, the 19th century abolitionist who worked ceaselessly for decades to abolish slavery in the United Kingdom. Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery was published by HarperOne in 2007, and was the “official companion book” to the feature film, also titled Amazing Grace. The book appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and was lauded by Stanley Crouch (”…a superb history of the British fight against slavery”; Former NYC Congressman Floyd Flake (”magnificent… will stand as a living landmark…”), John Wilson (”a crackling bonfire of clarity and truth.”), Rudy Giuliani (”better than the movie!”), and many others.

Metaxas is also the author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask), which  came out in 2005, Those praising the work include Ann B. Davis, Alice on The Brady Bunch (”I am absolutely smitten with this book!”), Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (”The difficulty is not to gush.”) and Dick Cavett (”Metaxas deserves a prize.”).

Metaxas’ career as a writer spans more than two decades. From 1988 to 1992, he received acclaim as editorial director and head writer for Rabbit Ears Productions, writing more than 20 children’s videos and books narrated by such actors as Mel Gibson, Robin Williams, Sir John Gielgud, Danny Glover, Sigourney Weaver, John Candy, Michael Caine, Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Jodie Foster, Emma Thompson, and Raul Julia. His Rabbit Ears videos have won numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and three Grammy nominations for Best Children’s Recording; they all aired on  Showtime and as popular audio programs on NPR’s Rabbit Ears Radio, hosted by Mel Gibson and Meg Ryan, whose radio scripts Eric has also written. Parenting magazine and others have called Metaxas “the unsung hero” of Rabbit Ears and a “children’s author nonpareil.”

Metaxas’ The Birthday ABC was chosen as a 1995 “Pick of the List” by the American Bookseller’s Association. Reviewers said the book’s light verse “sparkled” and “sizzled,” comparing it with Odgen Nash, Edward Lear, and Lewis Carroll. Metaxas has authored many other children’s books, including the Angel Award-winning Prince of Egypt A to Z, a tie-in to the Dreamworks film; and the acclaimed Uncle Mugsy & the Terrible Twins of Christmas. Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving was awarded an “Number One Bestseller” Award in 1999.

In 2011, Metaxas was the 17th recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom.  Previous medalists include Mitt Romney, Chuck Colson, and Elie Wiesel.  Metaxas is currently the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million.

Metaxas attends Calvary/St. George’s Episcopal Church, and lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter.

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