Life, God, and Other Small Topics: Conversations from Socrates in the City (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

After the success of his "Bonhoeffer" bio, Metaxas gained overnight fame with his February 2012 appearance (catch it on YouTube!) at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he preceded Pres. Obama with a poignant/hysterical speech that suggested an amalgam of Woody Allen and Billy Graham. In this book he collects about a decade's worth of events in N.Y. at which he hosted public intellectuals (most with international reputations) for riveting lectures on topics concerning religion and the publice square.

— From Adam


This book is for the seeker in all of us, the collector of wisdom, and the person who asks, “What if?” from the author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, and Martin Luther

The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Using this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas created a forum encouraging successful professionals to actively think about life’s bigger questions. Thus, Socrates in the City was born.

First presented to standing-room-only crowds in New York City and written by luminaries such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, and Os Guinness, these original essays grapple with extraordinary topics from “Making Sense out of Suffering” to “Belief in God in an Age of Science.” No question is too big—in fact, the bigger, the better—because nowhere is it written that finding the answers to life’s biggest questions shouldn’t be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.

About the Author

Eric Metaxas is a bestselling author whose biographies, children's books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into multiple languages around the world. He has been frequently featured as a cultural commentator on CNN and the Fox News Channel and has been featured on many radio programs, including NPR's Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, The Hugh Hewitt Show, and The Bob Grant Show.

Praise For…

“A stunning collection… I can hardly think of any other single-volume anthology with such weighty, clear-headed pieces.” —Comment Magazine

Praise for Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer:

“Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication.”— Wall Street Journal

“Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history, and theology.” --Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas presents a complete, accessible picture of this important figure, whose story is inspiring, instructive, and international in scope.” — Kirkus, starred review

Praise for Eric Metaxas' Amazing Grace:

"A fine and important book." -- Chicago Sun-Times 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452298651
ISBN-10: 0452298652
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Pages: 400
Language: English