Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Named “Book of the Year” by the ECPA, 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 Today, The Weekly Standard, and First Things. Bonhoeffer has sold more than 600,000 units and has been translated into 15 languages.
Metaxas is the founder and host of “Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life,” the acclaimed speakers series of entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on “Life, God, and other small topics” featuring such speakers as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Baroness Caroline Cox, N.T. Wright, and Dick Cavett.
Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million.
Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, an event attended by the President and First Lady, the Vice President, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders. Previous keynote speakers have included Mother Theresa, Bono, and Tony Blair. That speech, along with Eric’s essay on the experience, were put into a book, titled No Pressure, Mr. President: The Power of True Belief in a Time of Crisis.
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. He has testified before Congress about the rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad, and spoke at CPAC 2013 on the issue of Religious Freedom. In September 2013, Eric and his wife Susanne were jointly awarded the Human Life Review’s “Great Defender of Life Award.”
In a decidedly eclectic career, Eric Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times, three things not ordinarily in the same sentence. Metaxas has been featured as a cultural commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel; and has discussed his own books on The History Channel, C-Span’s Book TV, the Glenn Beck Program, Huckabee, and CNN. He has been featured on many radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, and The Laura Ingraham Show, as well as Hugh Hewitt, Bill Bennett, Kerby Anderson’s Point of View, and The Alan Colmes Show.
His most recent book, 7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness, was published by Thomas Nelson (2013).
Eric lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter.