Eric Metaxas (born 1963) is an American author. He is best known for two biographies, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery about William Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He has also written humor, children's books, and scripts for VeggieTales, he is the founder and host of "Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life," a NYC-based event series and is one of two commentators who present the Breakpoint Commentary on radio.
Metaxas was born in New York City, grew up in Danbury, Connecticut, where he attended the Danbury Public Schools and graduated from Yale University, where he edited the Yale Record, the nation's oldest college humor magazine. Metaxas lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter. He is Greek on his father's side and German on his mother's. He was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church.
Metaxas's Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy won the 2010 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian Book of the Year. Bonhoeffer was acclaimed as a New York Time Best Seller, climbing to #1 in the e-book category. 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. Bonhoeffer has been translated into 15 languages and is in development as a feature film.
California State University Professor of History Richard Weikart credits Metaxas's "engaging writing style," but points out his lack of intellectual background to interpret Bonhoeffer properly.  The biography has also been criticized by Bonhoeffer scholars Victoria Barnett and Clifford Green.
Metaxas's biography of the English abolitionist William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery became a New York Times Best Seller and was the companion book to the 2007 film.
Metaxas has also written over 30 children's books, including It's Time to Sleep, My Love and Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving. He has written scripts for VeggieTales (the Hamlet parody "Omelet" from "Lyle the Kindly Viking") and provided the voice of the narrator in "Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen", based on the Book of Esther. Metaxas's books for Rabbit Ears Productions are narrated by Robin Williams, Sir John Gielgud, and Mel Gibson, earning three Grammy Award nominations in the category of "Best Children's Recording" and several Parents' Choice Awards.
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.
Metaxas is the founder and host of a New York City lecture series on topics related to culture and religion called "Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life," featuring such thinkers and writers as Dr. Francis Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, Sir John Polkinghorne, Kathleen Norris, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Dick Cavett, N.T. Wright, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Dame Alice von Hildebrand, [Peter Kreeft], and Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.
- Harper Collins author bio
- "Deep thrills". ericmetaxas.com. 2006-06-19. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
- "Christian Book Expo 2009: Christian Book Award". Christianbookexpo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
- Richard Weikart, "Metaxas' Counterfeit Bonhoeffer: An Evangelical Critique: Review of Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy", California State University. 
- "Review of Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich". Journal.ambrose.edu. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
- Green, Clifford (5 October 2010). "Hijacking Bonhoeffer". The Christian Century. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- Metaxas, Eric. "Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas". Harpercollins.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
- "Obama says faith mandates him to care for the poor". The Washington Post. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-07-06.