Born Again by: Charles W. Colson
Book Review by: Amathy Trietley
Charles (Chuck) Colson, the author of Born Again, was a former counsel to President Nixon in 1968. Since then he has written 23 books, which have sold more than five million copies. In 1976 Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which has become the most recognized out reach across the globe to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families. Also, in 1991 he launched BreakPoint, a daily radio feature bringing Christians thinking to bear on current issues, which airs more than one thousand stations nationwide. Colson was a lost man, seeking something he couldn’t find. Through the help of a friend he not only found what he was missing, but he also turned his entire life around. Colson is the example of a man, caught up in his own image, and nagging pride, rescued by God’s forgiving mercy and grace. His example influenced his friends, family, wife, children, and…the world. Isaiah 43:1 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.” The main character in Born Again happens to also be the author, Chuck Colson. The book starts out with President Nixon being reelected for his second term, after a long, strenuous political battle. There wasn’t much celebration, just relief. By this time the Watergate crimes had already been committed, and they had been successful, or so they thought. Colson was considered “Nixon’s right hand man”. In other words, Colson was willing to do anything the President asked him to do to keep his reputation and pride in contact. He had previously been married, divorced, and then married again to Patty Hughes, a sweet girl from Springfield, Vermont. From his previous marriage he had three children, Wendell, Christian, and Emily. Colson through a friend later found Christ, and after getting wrapped up in the Watergate scandal he felt the Lord moving him to confess to the Court his involvement in it. Through that obedience,...
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