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December will see an array of blockbuster movies to entertain during the holidays. Two of these, Exodus: Gods and Kings (releasing 12 December) and Unbroken (releasing 25 December), draw on big stories —one ancient and world-shaping, the other contemporary and deeply personal. The tag line for Unbroken is "Survival. Resilience. Redemption."—a line that could also apply to the great epic tale of Moses, Pharaoh, and the escape of the Hebrews from ancient Egypt.

The year now coming to a close was also rife with drama and crises, and many have of necessity made "survival, resilience, redemption" their own tacit taglines. In all the stories of 2014, who have been your heroes? Who has given us models of tenacity, unquenchable spirit, and hope?


Heroes of 2014

Heroes Will Help You Find Good in Yourself

Heroes Will Help You Find Good in Yourself

Tony Rossi, Catholic, producer of Christopher Closeup

What makes these four people heroes? Character, conscience, love, faith, selflessness, humility, initiative, and the vision to look beyond the surface to see the good inside all people.

Quiet Heroes, Strong Women

Quiet Heroes, Strong Women

Deepika Birks, Hindu, blogger

These women have faced challenges with grace. They know that the future is created from deceptively mundane ingredients: healthy food and open study books.

The Missionaries and Medical Workers Who Treated Ebola Patients Should Be Our Models

The Missionaries and Medical Workers Who Treated Ebola Patients Should Be Our Models

Rebecca Florence Miller, Evangelical, writer, editor, blogger

Those medical workers who served in the midst of a terrifying disease, never forgetting the humanity of their patients, and who served in the name of Jesus are my new heroes.

"Survival, Resilience, Redemption": Heroes of 2014

Elizabeth Scalia, Catholic, author, blogger

It's love that makes a hero, and God is love. God is everywhere and so are these heroes.

Who Are My Heroes of 2014? Maybe You!

Who Are My Heroes of 2014? Maybe You!

Danny Fisher, Buddhist, Blogger

Those who marched have given us truly incredible models of tenacity, unquenchable spirit, and hope.

A Deep Bow and a Smile: for Thich Nhat Hanh

A Deep Bow and a Smile: for Thich Nhat Hanh

Gary Gach, Buddhist, author, professor

From Thich Nhat Hanh I have learned that for there to be peace in the world, there must be peace within ourselves. When there's peace in myself, since I'm in the world there is peace in the world.

Robert George for Man of the Year 2014

Robert George for Man of the Year 2014

Gerald McDermott, Evangelical, author, professor

Professor Robert George of Princeton has become something of a prophet. He warns us that "comfortable Christianity is no longer possible."

The Greatest (Unsung) Hero of 2014

The Greatest (Unsung) Hero of 2014

Chelsea Patterson, Evangelical, blogger

I believe one of the reasons we adore, celebrate, and sometimes idolize heroes is because a hero ignites us to be more.

My 2014 Hero: Craig Keener

My 2014 Hero: Craig Keener

Frank Viola, Evangelical, author, blogger

Keener is the world's foremost expert in first-century history as it relates to the New Testament documents.

Fourteen of My Heroes of 2014

Fourteen of My Heroes of 2014

JT Eberhard, Atheist, blogger, writer, speaker

My list includes some clichéd choices, some surprises, and some obvious picks.