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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2004
Charles Colson has been called, "one of the most important social reformers in a generation." Ten years ago in The Body, Colson turned his prophetic attention to the church and how it might break out of its cultural captivity and reassert its biblical identity.
Today the book's classic truths have not changed. But the world we live in has. Christians in America have had their complacency shattered and their beliefs challenged. Around the world, the clash of world views has never been more strident. Before all of us, daily, are the realities of life and death, terror and hope, light and darkness, brokenness and healing. We cannot withdraw to the comfort of our sanctuaries...we must engage. For, if ever there was a time for Christians to be the Body of Christ in the world, it is now.
In this new, revised and expanded edition of The Body, Charles Colson revisits the question, "What is the church and what is its relevance to contemporary culture at large?" Provocative and insightful, Being the Body inspires us to rise above a stunted "Jesus and me" faith to a nobler view of something bigger and grander than ourselves--the glorious, holy vision for which God created the church.
Hardcover ISBN 0849917522
Chuck Colson was a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he wrote several books that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects, including Born Again, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live?, The Good Life, and The Faith. His radio broadcast, BreakPoint, at one point aired to two million listeners. Chuck Colson donated all of his royalties, awards, and speaking fees to Prison Fellowship Ministries.
Ellen Vaughn is an award-winning author whose works include The Strand and Gideon's Torch, co-authored with Charles Colson. Former vice president of executive communications for Prison Fellowship, Vaughn has also served as a speech writer and fund-raising consultant. She and her husband, Lee, live in Virginia with their three children.
David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A not so subtle appeal to "be" the church!August 23, 2012David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Chuck Colson, former Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon, made a profession of faith shortly before being convicted for obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal, many viewed his profession of faith as just another "jailhouse conversion." As with the Apostle Paul, a large number of those cynics were from the "religious establishment." But Colson consistently and repeatedly silenced his critics through nearly four decades of faithful service to Jesus Christ and His Church. His passing in April of this year has created a huge void, but he has left a legacy of more than 30 books intended to prod the Church toward fulfilling the Great Commission. Through the years, Colson became an outspoken and familiar Christian social critic. He repeatedly challenged the status quo and urged the Body of Christ to fulfill Jesus' mandate of being light and salt in a dark and decaying world. That passion is clearly expressed in "Being the Body." This edition is actually an update of a 1993 work ("The Body") which was co-authored with Ellen Vaughn. Colson may not have been a theologian by training, but he was an careful apologist and a faithful churchman. He was also a master storyteller, as is evidenced within this volume. He verbally and personally walks us through the tragedies of 9/11, the account of convicted murderer Rusty Woomer, and a recollection of the Auschwitiz nightmare so clearly that the reader feels he is right there, experiencing those moments. But sensationalism is not Colson's purpose. His stories and illustrations are designed to awaken a sluggish Western church in a day of great opportunity for making Christ known. This book is not what I expected...it is more! It is filled with biblical references, but not in an oppressive manner. Some purists may even criticize him for not thumping the Bible more forcefully. The book is well annotated and contains a list of recommended reading and an index. A 13-lesson study guide is also provided for groups or individuals.
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