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Born Again is the autobiography of one of the most influential men of our time. It is not only a remarkable story of one man's redemption in Christ, but a fascinating look inside the events of one of our generation's most riveting sagas. In 1974 Charles W. Colson pleaded guilty to Watergate-related offenses and, after a tumultuous investigation, served seven months in prisBorn Again is the autobiography of one of the most influential men of our time. It is not only a remarkable story of one man's redemption in Christ, but a fascinating look inside the events of one of our generation's most riveting sagas. In 1974 Charles W. Colson pleaded guilty to Watergate-related offenses and, after a tumultuous investigation, served seven months in prison. In his search for meaning and purpose in the face of the Watergate scandal, Colson penned Born Again. This unforgettable memoir shows a man who, seeking fulfillment in success and power, found it, paradoxically, in national disgrace and prison. In the decades since its initial publication, Born Again has brought hope and encouragement to millions. This remarkable story of new life continues to influence lives around the world through a dozen foreign editions....

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  • Barry
    2019-04-08 07:58

    Chuck Colson was special counsel to President Richard Nixon and the first member of the Nixon White House to serve prison time in the 1972 Watergate scandal. As Colson was facing arrest, a close friend gave him a copy C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Lewis wrote that when you walk through life looking up toward God, you come up against something immeasurably greater than yourself. But a proud man who is walking through life looking down on other people cannot see something, something immeasurably superior, above himself.The words cut Colson to the heart. Confronted with his prideful heart that had led to his downfall, in a flood of tears sitting in a friend’s driveway, Colson surrendered his life to Christ. “There I was,” Colson said, “a proud, ex-Marine captain, White House hatchet man, calling out to God! . . . All I knew was that that night I desperately wanted to know the living God. I desperately wanted my sins lifted from me. I desperately wanted to know what this man was writing about.”The next week, Colson read Mere Christianity cover to cover, making notes on a yellow legal pad on which he had made two columns: There is a God/There isn’t a God; Jesus Christ is God/He isn’t God. “I went through the book and came against an intellect as formidable as any I had faced in my life of politics or law—the mind of C.S. Lewis. I became convinced of the truth that Jesus Christ is God.”Colson became a Christian. Following prayer and consultation with a Capitol Hill prayer fellowship group he had joined, Colson pled guilty to obstruction of justice and served seven months at Maxwell Prison in Alabama. Not long after his release, he founded Prison Fellowship and spent the rest of his life ministering to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. After Watergate, the only thing that mattered to Colson was having a right relationship with Jesus Christ and ministering the grace he had received to as many people as possible.Chuck Colson’s life is a powerful testimony to the transforming power of the Gospel. One who bore the image of the man of dust became one who bore the image of the Man of Heaven (1 Corinthians 15:47-49). Colson told the story of his conversion in his 1976 book Born Again. In an introduction to the 2008 edition he wrote: “The real story was that Christ had reached down to me, even in my disgrace and shame, and revealed Himself as the One who forgives and makes new. Born Again is the story of a broken man transformed by the love and power of Jesus Christ—who continues to transform me every passing day.”I give thanks for the life and influence of Chuck Colson and look forward to seeing him at the Resurrection. I also strongly recommend his book Born Again, and the book that led to his conversion, C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.

  • Great Book Study
    2019-03-28 11:51

    A story of conviction and conversion: Born Again

  • Paul
    2019-03-25 08:01

    It's been over 30 years since the events of Watergate started making history. A whole generation has grown up largely unaware, I suspect, of the significance of those events. I've followed Chuck Colson's work and writing almost since the beginning of Prison Fellowship and have developed a tremendous respect for the man. But only recently have I bothered to go back and read this book which tells how it all got started. I should not have waited so long.This is the very inspiring and honest story of Colson's early career as chief counsel, confidant and friend to President Richard Nixon. As an insider, he gives his own account of the Watergate scandal and an honest confession of his own wrongdoings. This is also the story about how God can change the life of a man caught up in the corrupting influence of political power and bring great good out of evil. Since he was not directly involved in the Watergate doings, Colson probably could have easily avoided being convicted and sent to prison. But his encounter with Jesus Christ and conversion to Christianity strengthened his conscience and led him to plead guilty to an unrelated crime that he did commit. He went to prison and saw a different side of the "law and order" society that the Nixon Administration sought to promote. Even through the fear and despair of those times, the power of God became even more evident to Chuck Colson while in prison.This is an amazing account of how a life submitted to Jesus Christ can reconcile enemies, create strong bonds of friendship, and heal terrible wounds in the hearts of both the rich and powerful and the poor and helpless. It's wonderful to read. If this book has an impact on you, then you will also want to read its sequel, "Life Sentence".

  • Gabriela Paige
    2019-04-03 09:11

    There were a few things that I disagreed with, but overall it was absolutely amazing and moving and inspiring.

  • D.C.
    2019-04-05 12:13

    This is a very, very inspiring and hardcore biography. Colson doesn't mince details, and it was fascinating to see what daily life in the White House is like, and how much of a burden it really is to be the adviser to the head of the nation. Colson also met a variety of people in his life, and his relationships grew stronger with them as time progressed, although I do wish he would specify who was who, as I started to become overwhelmed (in my edition, there's even a huge list of all names in the book and page references for them all.) But besides that, this is a near flawless account. God working very subtle changes in this man's life is the key point which is expanded upon as his days in prison progress. Highly, highly recommended. (And if you're willing to wave it off for it being a "religious book", ya really don't know what you're missing. The story of this man's change is perhaps one of the most relatable examples.)

  • Ronald Wise
    2019-04-12 03:44

    I first read this book 1986 after receiving it from a friend as part of the library he got tired of lugging around. It was one of those Christian books he was probably required to read while attending the parochial Seattle Pacific University. While useful as an insider's look at events leading up to the Watergate Scandal and, later, prison life, Colson obviously wrote this book as the first of many Christian testamonials. Reading it again after a couple of decades and the death of Nixon, I had a more historical perspective this time. But I found it somewhat amusing that the emptiness Colson felt following Nixon's re-election, he so readily attributed to the absence of God in his life rather than the fact that he and the Nixon Administration had abandonned the principals that were supposedly espousing.

  • cloudyskye
    2019-04-18 07:51

    This was a wonderful and sometimes daunting insight into the lives and actions of those who rule nations - and who are only human and fallible after all. (Nothing new under the sun ...)It is also a testimony of how only in Jesus hearts can be changed. The part that deals with Colson's time in prison is not even that long, but very impressive, with his compassion for his less well-connected fellow inmates shining through. Throughout the book he stresses the incredible strength and support that comes from spiritual fellowship and unity, whether with his group in the White House or the prayer group in prison. Now I really want to find out what that prison ministry he started looks like in our days.

  • John
    2019-04-17 11:12

    A great book for anyone seeking either spiritual inspiration or political insight into the Nixon administration. Definitely the most even-handed portrayal of Nixon and the Watergate scandal I've ever seen. Colson sheds a lot of light on the mistakes he made while working as Nixon's "hatchet man," and what it was like to plummet from such dizzying heights of worldly success. Halfway through, the book switches focus to Colson's spiritual journey and his evolution into one of the nation's leading voices on prison reform. BORN AGAIN is thought-provoking, well-written, and one of the more inspirational books I've come across.

  • abby
    2019-04-07 07:56

    a very inspiring and encouraging book! I heartily enjoyed reading about Chuck Colson's life during Nixon's presidency, during Watergate,how God got a hold of his heart and changed him and how He used him mighty through the Prison Fellowship! Slightly Armenian at parts, but otherwise a very good book!

  • Jason D'Souza
    2019-03-28 08:02

    "Prison turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me," (The Good Life, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Wheaton, IL, 2005)p 23 says Chuck Colson in 60 Minutes, after the 20 year anniversary of Watergate. The Wall Street Journal printed a front page report in the 1970’s, on “Nixon’s Hatchet Man. Call it What You Will Chuck Colson Handles President's Dirty Work.” (Born Again, Chuck Colson, Chosen Books, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1976, pg57) Born in Boston, joined the military, the former Marine captain was fiercely loyal to the president and would do anything for Nixon: smear campaigning, setting-up government leaks and infamously boasted that he would "run over his grandmother". Sentenced to prison for the Watergate affair, the White House adviser writes, "When I was shipped... to the federal prison camp at Maxwell Air force base, would read Mere Christianity, have his life humbled, turn to God, write a book called Born Again and after serving time in jail, he would begin the largest prison ministry in the world, ministering to murderers, thieves and rapists. Gods grace extends to the worst criminals. There is no one on earth whom He will not give a second, third and fourth chance too. And the criminal being crucified on the cross turned his head and said, “Jesus remember me when you come to your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Lk. 23:42-43, ESV) Chuck Colson - the Hatchet Man who went to jail for Watergate in the 70's became the leader in the world for criminal justice reform. "My experience in prison helped me see who I really was. When I was shipped from Fort Holabird to the Federal prison camp... I experienced some depressing moments." (The Good Life, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Wheaton, IL, 2005) pg 27 My fellow prisoners were from small time to heavy duty. "I never truly understood people until I was crushed. Until I lost everything and ended up in prison." Colson was released from prison in January 1975. He planned to go back to Boston and work in law. Then president Nixon while in exile in California, welcomed his loyal friend back home and said on the phone, "You know, boy, you have tremendous ability. You can go to the top in the business world and make millions. You just give me the word." (The Good Life, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Wheaton, IL, 2005)pg29)The Proverbs say that pride comes before a fall. What was the mark of the fall of Nixon? It was the very thing that he most adored that brought him down! As Chuck Colson says in his own words, "Hubris became the mark of the Nixon man because hubris was the quality Nixon admired most.. maybe it was bald stupidity.. but it sure was hubris." (Born Again, Chuck Colson, Chosen Books, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1976, pg 72)

  • Valerie Kyriosity
    2019-03-27 09:43

    I started to write this last night, but I fell asleep and my Kindle ate it. Let's try again.With Chrisitian Audio's big sale a few weeks ago, I loaded up on biographies, including this 1970s classic. I was only eight when it came out, but I remember my mom reading it at some point. It was superpopular. There was even a comic book, which I'm pretty sure I read. So I figured it was about time I read the real thing, too. Then I listened to the first chapter and wondered what I'd been thinking. Was I really going to slog my way through so much politics? So I ignored it for a few weeks and then finally picked it up a few days ago and zipped right through. It never gets old reading about Jesus' power to change lives. And Colson's life needed changing. He had good intentions, and he craved power with which to follow through on them. He was Boromir craving for the ring for a supposedly noble cause but falling into gross ignobility in pursuit of it. But Colson was humbled. It was a hard humbling, but it was the effective grace of God at work, turning him into a useful man.The book was also a good insight into twentieth century American evangelicalism. While there was much good in stirring up a complacently Christian nation to a living faith, we missed some things. Colson's story was one of me-and-my-personal-Jesus. At one point a while after his conversion (at least a few months, I think), his wife asked him where he'd be going to church, and he responded to the effect that he'd get around to church eventually. I can recall only one mention of his attending church. For the entire time before his imprisonment, his fellowship seemed to be exclusively with a few other men rather than rooted in a covenantal connection to a body of believers. Still...there's good to be gleaned from those scenes, as well as from his fellowship during his prison sentence. Colson learned the reality of brotherhood with all sorts of Christians rather than getting stuck in a ghetto of people just like himself, which was probably a very needful aspect of his growth downward to humility. Another shortcoming of me-and-my-personal-Jesusism was the failure to apply the gospel to anything but the individual. The book depicts fellowship among Christian politicians of various stripes, but none of them seems to stop and ask whether Jesus should have any say in what stripe of politics they should pursue and what governing under the Lordship of Jesus should look like beyond personal ethics. These questions don't seem to have occurred to them.The reader was OK.

  • Gary
    2019-04-10 04:50

    I have been doing a reading surge these past few months on Vietnam and the Nixon years so when a friend recommended this book it caught my interest. Mr. Colson was a key cog in the White House during the Nixon presidency and his description of this time was fascinating. Mr. Colson’s describes in detail his transition from his own state of hubris to humility, after the Watergate scandal hit. He was never convicted of anything related to the Watergate scandal but he pleaded guilty to his part in trying to discredit Daniel Ellsberg by using untruths after Ellsberg had leaked the “Pentagon Papers”. His guilty plea surprised the prosecutors because it was not expected and nor had anyone ever been convicted in a similar circumstance. Also, he clearly followed the Nixon’s orders; however this was Mr. Colson’s way of receiving closure on the entire Watergate issue -- his way of accepting responsibility for the decay that had set into the Whitehouse. Mr. Colson had been known a Nixon “bull dog” that looked after tough and sticky task that Nixon required, thus the breaking of such a strong personality was not something people saw coming. Though Mr. Colson’s was a believer before Watergate, this life crisis resulted in a new dedication of his life to Christianity. His conversion resulted in his pre-emptive guilty plea, shocked his own lawyer, resulted in prison time, and led to the loss of his ability to practice law. The last third of the book is Colson’s vivid description of his time in prison and how he at first survived and ultimately thrived. His writing is so clear you feel like you are locked up with him as he enters the frightening world of a U.S. Federal prison. He describes how many inmates are permanently mentally damaged as they try to tune-out the world to survive their incarnation years, but then cannot snap out of this state when they are released.The book ends with Mr. Colson’s release from prison, but you can see how this experience set up Mr. Colson’s subsequent life work of helping inmates in their families.Very good book.

  • Nick Pannone
    2019-03-31 07:01

    I rate this book very high for the simple reason that I think it should be read. It is not the most eloquent of books, but it is an outstanding story. This story is in many ways complete upon the passing of Charles Colson, but it is also an ongoing one because of the radical nature of ministries that are continuing because of him.This is the autobiography of Charles Colson, former White House aide under the presidency of Richard Nixon. Colson tells of his personal encounters with the president, how he arrived at the White House, and his dramatic experience through the Watergate saga. However, the majority of the book describes his time in prison due to his guilty admission and his responsibility for Watergate. It is a mistake to chalk this book up to religious fanaticism. Readers who do so are lazy. It is important to read this through the eyes of Colson, as it is his story. Admittedly, it is difficult to empathize and sympathize with the prison tails. Most prisoners are behind bars because of a law or two or three that they broke. However, the book does force the reader to at least inquire the purpose of our prison system. What is the point of prison? If it is merely to punish criminals, then it is a self-serving prophecy. If, however, it is to re-establish a sense of civility to our society, then these tales of Colson's time in prison are important to learn from. His encounter with God through his experience locked up also birthed one of the most important organizations in America: Prison Fellowship Ministries. I highly recommend this book not just on an historical level, but also because you will be forced to look inwardly at yourself to determine what your moral compass is.

  • Sally
    2019-03-30 09:44

    Early yesterday evening, I was reading sections of this book to my husband. I'd had it in my collection of books to read for over a year, but only with the news of Colson's deterioration had I finally picked it up. We had been watching the NHL hockey playoffs so it wasn't until I went online that I learned Chuck Colson had gone to be with the Lord.The obituaries in the media today are focusing on Colson's time in Nixon's White House. They are focused on the "Hatchet Man." And some of the things being said, I would have believed if not for Born Again.Colson was refreshingly honest about his life before and after his conversion to Christianity. He spoke of how proud he was to have an office in the Administration, and how there was a feeling that he and his colleagues would do anything in order to serve President Nixon. It was a flawed thinking; they were, after all, serving a man who believed that any act, "When the president does it, it's not illegal." He also wrote of his struggle between the man and God, noting that when things went bad it was more often than not because he had presumed to take control of the situation rather than leaving it in God's hands.This is not just a book about a Christian called Charles Colson. It's about the Nixon administration, Vietnam, the social climate of the late 60s and early 70s, and - of course - Watergate. Some will love this book because of its historical value, some will hate it claiming Colson only wrote it to improve his reputation. But, at this poignant point in time, I see it as the book of a man who had his flaws and knew it, and who is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior.

  • Andy Scott
    2019-04-20 09:45

    Chuck Colson gives a very personal account of his involvement in the Nixon administration, his conversion to Christ, his legal struggles surrounding the Watergate scandal, and his time in prison. The first section describing his role as an adviser to Nixon was a little hard to follow, but once he reached the point of his conversion, the book was chronological and easy to follow. I found it quite engaging as he describes his personal thoughts and experience, written only a couple of years after the experience. It is great to see the freshness of faith in a new believer, and the appreciation of fellowship among Christian believers that he was able to experience both in Washington and in prison. If you want an honest insider's look at what happened in the White house during the Nixon administration, this is a good book to read, but I must say a lot of the details went over my head as I am not very familiar with the events. And this book is more focused on Colson's conversion and life as a believer, than the scandal, which I appreciated.

  • Al Campbell
    2019-03-31 08:01

    An amazing and inspiring story of God's power to turn a prideful and sinful life around towards His service. From being Nixon's "hatchet man" to trusting God for a bold witness in Washington and in prison, two places that desperately need God's men and women. A pastor once told me that struggles and hardship in this life are not optional, but misery is. God can and will give us joy in any circumstance in life, ultimately by perfecting us through death. This book and Chuck Colson's story in many ways exemplifies that statement. How may times does scripture show us that all we need is need, and that is often the hardest thing to admit. A powerful story of a man losing his life to truly gain it. Also, I couldn't help making comparisons between Washington in the days of Nixon (as described by Colton) and today. Extreme partisanship, over zealous press, constant chaos, leaks, pride, paranoia, abuses of power, and hatred of the opposition. I pray for our president and all of the men and women serving him. May they know and remember who is truly in control.

  • Sara
    2019-04-15 07:02

    Excellent and heartfelt! I was touched by Colson's honesty and sincerity as he chronicled his years as Richard Nixon's special aide and through the Watergate scandal to his admittance of guilt and imprisonment. Charles Colson was known at one time as Nixon's "Hatchet Man" for getting things done even at the expense of others' reputations. Before reading this book I thought Colson was directly involved in the burglary of Elsberg's psychiatrist's office. As you read this book, you find out that Colson had no knowledge of the burglary. However, his conversion prompts him to live a higher law and admit that he had ill intent towards Elsberg. His conversion began before the trial, prompting some critics to be skeptical about the timing. My favorite sections of the book are those when he prays with his "brothers" in Washington who include political rivals and later in prison when he organizes a prayer group. There are a few miracles that occur as a result of the faith and prayers these men.

  • Kristin Campbell
    2019-04-02 03:49

    This was required reading for a class I'm teaching, and it seemed a pretty dreary assignment at first. The first half of the book contains a lot of details about the Watergate scandal, the White House tapes and the inner workings of the American political machine - details which were enlightening and probably something everyone should understand. However, it wasn't a super compelling read - for me, at least. Once the book gets moving, though, you find yourself emotionally involved and really caring about what happens to the characters, all who are real people, and many who are still living today. It's not just a book about Christianity, but also about prison reform and the basic human dignity that even the lowest of us in society possess. Colson learns important lessons, and those same lessons may translate for even the most compassionate and aware of readers. Thought you were open-minded and loved your brother? Take another look at your hidden biases and you may be surprised.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-30 03:58

    This is an amazing autobiography of how Charles came to know Christ. The beginning is not that interesting if you are not really into politics though. I start to enjoy the book in the middle and was hooked during the end. It is amazing reading how God transformed his life and used him during his time in prison. It is also so good reading about his fellowship with believers and how they loved and encouraged each other. It was also very exciting reading about how Prison Fellowship and Angel tree was started in the epilogue. I got this as a gift, so I'm so thankful to receive this as a present. Highly recommended!Favorite Quote: "My feet were hardly touching the ground as I found myself praising God for putting me in this prison. 'This place needs Your man, Lord, more than it needs a doctor. Thank you for letting me be here. Thank you, thank you. This moment is worth it all.'" (Page 356)

  • Philip Esguerra
    2019-03-23 10:57

    It was only after reading this book that I understood where Colson was coming from on his other tomes written after his conversion (The Church, The Good Life). In his articulate and engaging way of recounting his life before and during prison, Colson's indomitable spirit was suffused with God's spirit which prepares him for his role in the foundation of Prison Fellowship ministry. The chapters were so detailed that I thought of the labour and the time involved in producing this kind of work. As in any other books he has written, he was brutally honest on his failures, his faith, and his fortitude. The very pain and failures that break one's spirit is the material that God will use to advance his cause here on earth. It's never late to read a good book like this even if it was written decades ago.

  • Aaron W. Matthews
    2019-04-20 11:48

    This is an inspirational and highly motivating book. Many will not understand the "religious fervor" of Chuck Colson, but he does a phenomenal job of explaining who he was before Christ, his salvation experience, and how he walked through infancy in his redemption to spiritual growth. It is a great autobiography to help many readers understand what it looks like to trust Christ as Savior and learn to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. It's a great story of redemption. As I told a friend while I was reading it, "This is the story of a man who, at his zenith was Richard Nixon's right hand man. His actions held consequences, which meant he went to prison. But even in prison, because of his personal relationship with Jesus, he helped build God's kingdom." I was engrossed in this book, and was a little sad when it ended.

  • Andrew Toy
    2019-03-21 06:06

    I don’t give many books a perfect score, but this one sure comes close. What is there not to like in this autobiography by Nixon’s former hatchet man? Part history, part court-room thriller (yes, Grisham fans, you will love this), part Christian/inspiration – Colson’s Born Again has it all. Forget what you know about the infamous Watergate Scandal and read the first-hand account of what really went on. I have to admit, it was chilling reading a personalized account of President Nixon. Reading this book made me feel like I was sitting across the desk from the former President, a place frankly, I wouldn’t really care to be. The movie Frost/Nixon, one of my favorites, did a marvelous job recreating Nixon, by the way.Read the rest here:

  • Joanne
    2019-03-21 10:01

    Even some practicing Christians grow up without understanding the term"born again." It's a concept central to Christianity. Chuck Colson has written a Christian classic. An interesting history lesson on how devoted to the president are those surrounding him. They try to make the president into what they want him to be even when they know otherwise. When Colson encountered Christ, his mission changed. Millions have benefited from his Prison Ministires and his personal appearences and books. Colson, through Christ, has helped thousands of people who would have been repeat offenders in prison, find meaningful lives through belief in Jesus Christ. Read "Born Again," and you'll want to read Colson's later books. He is a man used by God to "save" the "lost."

  • Dale W
    2019-04-04 11:02

    This was an extremely powerful book written by a man who experienced a complete turnaround in his life. Colson was a key member of Nixon's administration and did some nasty things for the sake of getting the job done (i.e., getting Nixon re-elected). Though he had no role in Watergate he was caught up in the widespread investigation. He plead guilty to something he did actually do and spent a year in prison. That story alone is fascinating enough, but as this is going on Colson is developing a personal relationship with God, seeing how he has genuinely done wrong, and, most importantly, learning how God was using him in exactly the circumstances where God had put him. This is a fantastic book that gets harder to put down the further along you get.

  • Leandro Guimarães
    2019-03-23 09:47

    The personal testimony of conversion that spanned both a Reformed approach to politics in the seventies, and much of the modern missions to convicts.

  • Richard Bartholomew
    2019-04-02 06:54

    John and Elizabeth Sherrill are given acknowledgements at the end of this book, but it's obvious that their editorial input was as substantial as it is in all the various "as told to..." Christian paperbacks of the 1970s. All the Sherrill trademarks are there: a breezy page-turner narrative that shifts deftly between moments of conflict, tension, poignancy, and humour; the promotion of a broad-based, ecumenical yet simple evangelical faith, with a non-threatening sprinkling of Biblical literalism and Pentecostalism; a recurring spiritual message, in this case on the dangers of "pride"; and, of course, a happy ending once the protagonist has learnt to trust God, who is revealed through direct experience and by synchronicities.The book contains some information about Washington D.C.'s Fellowship House (HQ of "The Family", although that name never appears), and we're told of various prayer groups springing up as the Nixon administration totters and falls. There are also some unexpected passages criticising the CIA.As for being an accurate account of Colson's Nixon years, I'll leave that to those who have studied the era in more depth. Needless to say, Colson is basically the good guy in this narrative: he and Nixon were working for peace, and Daniel Ellsberg threatened to undo all that. That led to Colson falling into the trap of "pride", and an attempt to smear Ellsberg's character in order to influence a court case. As for other illegality emanating from the Nixon White House, Colson was apparently in the dark.The Colson of "Born Again" is also generous and conciliatory - you wouldn't guess that Colson in real life would go on to pen bitter attacks on science (evils of "Darwinists", naturally) and to co-write a novel ("Gideon's Torch") which features AIDS patients seeking out fetus brains as a cure.

  • Mallory
    2019-04-07 11:12

    No one is too far from God’s grace. And God can use even the worst moments in a man’s life and career for good. This wonderfully readable autobiography has many lessons and reminders for all on the Christian walk, regardless of what stage they are in. Colson’s feelings of being unfulfilled even at the highest levels of government work are a perfect example that our job can never complete us, no matter how much we enjoy what we do. I found it interesting that Colson was a new Christian while right in the midst of the Watergate storm. Instead of being compromised, however, his testimony and witness for Christ was actually strengthened. So often we forget that it’s God, not man, in control. That is a major theme of this book. Another is the importance of and need for fellowship with other believers, no matter where we are: at work, in prison, at home. We need to encourage one another and share each other’s burdens. This book was shared with me by my dad and I’m so glad he passed it along. Favorite quotes: “Since I had come to respect the President for what he was in his best moments, I learned to accept him for what he was in his worst. I suppose loyalty, like love, creates its own image of what we see.” “How much on the surface are even the closest of human relationships!” “Anyone so close to the criminal world, I realized, quickly gets used to its ways.”

  • Superiu
    2019-03-31 10:03

    El libro es la narración personal de Charles Colson, consejero presidencial de Richard Nixon y considerado uno de los hombres más duros en las políticas asumidas durante su mandato, y que fue acusado junto con varios miembros de dicha administración sobre el asunto de espionaje del Watergate por que el Nixon tuvo que renunciar a la presidencia.Colson cuenta cómo fue un ferviente defensor de Nixon y utilizó métodos no muy éticos para lograr los deseos del presidente y en paralelo narra su situación personal y religiosa que vivió en esos días de conflicto hasta sus días en la cárcel que tuvo que enfrentar durante más de 1 año.Colson se convirtió al cristianismo y el libro le da ese enfoque en toda la narración y lo maravilloso que resulta la paz de Dios en un conflicto de proporciones enormes que hubieran (y de hecho hubo) hundido a muchos de sus involucrados.Me gustó, aunque siento que en la traducción se pierden ciertos aspectos importantes, pero bueno. Esta bueno.Nigger

  • Izzy
    2019-04-20 09:46

    I didn't finish it, but where I was it was ok

  • Hatuxka
    2019-04-04 07:05

    I followed Watergate as high schooler, staying home to watch the first broadcast of the Watergate hearings in April or May 1973. Over the weeks that followed this guy showed up as one of the worst of the legion of hateful SOB's who made up the Nixon WH staff. He got imprisoned eventually and this was one of the first Watergate books to come out. He almost sounds liberal in this book, imbued with humility and improved moral clarity and a readiness to work for prison reform. I though he had stayed a changed man, but I guess not, from hearing snippets of what he does today. If he didn't write this himself it was still an easy and interesting story, and that he was apparently humbled by what he went through after his crimes sat well, I recalled.