Amazing Breakfast: An Interview with Eric Metaxas

by Marcia Segelstein

Eric MetaxasEric Metaxas is a funny guy with a dry wit and a comedian’s sense of timing. He’s also a serious Christian who came to faith in his twenties, after graduating from Yale a confirmed unbeliever. His resume could be the definition of eclectic. He’s written for Veggie Tales, Chuck Colson, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and National Review Online, to name a few.

His book credits include best-selling biographies and children’s books. Among them are Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery; and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask). It’s worth attending the Socrates in the City events, which he founded and hosts, just to hear him introduce the speakers who come to discuss the “bigger questions in life.” And that’s saying a lot, considering that the speakers have included Dinesh D’Souza, N. T. Wright, Peter Kreeft, George Weigel, Robert George, and the late Richard John Neuhaus.

Most recently, Metaxas made news as keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., attended by, among others, the President and First Lady. His oratorical skills did not fail him, nor did his commitment to “speak the truth in love,” when he raised the subject of protecting the unborn and led the entire gathering in song. He spoke to us about that experience.

Marcia Segelstein: How did you decide what to speak about at the National Prayer Breakfast? And how much was the fact that the President would be listening in your mind as you wrote your speech?

Eric Metaxas: When I was asked, first of all, I was totally staggered at the honor. I felt strongly that I was not equal to this. And in some ways that’s a healthy viewpoint because you realize that you’re genuinely going to be forced to depend on the Lord. It was an honor. And it had nothing to do with me. It was just that somehow God had something he wanted me to say…

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