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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
A leading young theologian and public intellectual shows how the life and legacy of Chuck Colson can equip Christians to live a bold and loving faith in the public square.
During his life, Chuck Colson was the preeminent evangelical in American public life. He dedicated himself to public witness in the mold of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce, creating and leading efforts such as Prison Fellowship, Angel Tree, Breakpoint, and the Centurions program. He worked tirelessly on behalf of humanity because he believed that all people needed help to flourish. He knew the importance of working practically to advance truth and justice in public. And he knew that to be courageousand to speak and act courageously in line with Scripturewas by definition to be loving.
Chuck Colsons life reveals there is no division between truth and love, between embracing biblical guidance and loving our neighbor. The Colson Way uses the legacy and wisdom of Colson to show Christians a way of living in a public square increasingly hostile to evangelical conviction.
Scotty2 Stars Out Of 5This book just couldn't hold me ...February 4, 2016ScottyQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2After referring to Owen Strachans book, Risky Gospel, as One of 2013s best books (see my review of that book here http://goo.gl/gvOu2q), I looked forward to reading his latest book, The Colson Way (published by Nelson Books).
Unfornaturely, the book just couldnt hold my attention. After forcing myself to continue reading, about three-quarters of the way through the book I finally did something I rarely do stopped reading.
Im going to give Strachan the benefit of some doubt in that I may have expected too much of this book, based on my praise of his previous book and my own knowledge of, and respect for, Charles Colson.
The Colson Way is a biography, of sorts, about the life of the late Charles Colson who came to prominence because of his service to President Richard Nixon and the claims of his being involved in the Watergate scandal. Colson would come to Christ during that ordeal, but he would still go to prison. Once released from life in a cell, Colson went on to build an international Christian ministry to prisoners, known as Prison Fellowship.
The mix of Colsons past with the great ministry he founded would make him into a Christian celebrity. Ive read some of his books, listened to some of his broadcasts, and watched some of his interviews, and developed a personal respect for him as a Christian leader. Because of that, I may have expected a deeper, more detailed, and more intriguing biography about the life of the man. This book isnt that. Its more the writers intrigue with what he calls the Colson Way, although whatever the Colson Way is isnt clearly defined (or not clear enough). My understanding is the Colson Way speaks of Colsons example and success as a Christian in the public square. At least, the writer seems to be inspired by how Colson succeeded as a Christian in the public square, and tries to hold this example up to his readers.
I just didnt find it as compelling, as captivating, as inspiring as Strachan did. That could be just a personal difference, but the writer failed to be so compelling with his writing in this book as to move me with how Colson had moved him.
For that reason, he finally lost me enough that I wasnt going to continue to read a book that didnt seem to have much to offer ME, either about the topic or about the man, Colson.
Other readers with different experiences both with the public square and their knowledge of Colson might get more out of this book than I was able to. But because the writer lost me, I cant recommend this book.
ldesherl5 Stars Out Of 5The Colson Way, by Owen StrachanOctober 7, 2015ldesherlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is part biography and part a motivational call to action. It opens with many endorsemements of Chuck Colson, this book's subject, by Christian leaders of various professions. These endoresements are also praise for the book and how it tells of his life. This book opens with an Introduction by Eric Metaxas and it announces his experience of Chuck Colson and his expectations of this book and its purpose. Then the author, Owen Strachan, includes his own introduction and tells us what the purpose of his book is and what we can expect from this book. It is arranged in eight chapters, ending with notes citing sources the author used in research. It ends with acknowledgments of sources used in the author's research and ends with his own bio.
This book is much what I expected. Because of the title, I expected that Chuck Colson would be the subject of much of this book. I did not expect the book to consist of so much biography, though. I think I was expecting that the author would use more examples from trypical people and compare them to Chuck Colson and his approach to life and especially to his approach to living out his Christian witness publicly and openly. I fear that the author may not have done this because he may not have been able to find too many of such examples from "rank and file and everyday" Christians. This book is really a spiritual motivational one, using Chuck Colson to prod Christans into public action. The author makes it clear that this public expression of Christian faith does not mean that that the Christian reader has to get involved in the political arena, or identify wiith any poltical party, though Chuck Colson had made it clear that he leaned toward conservatism in his worldview. I remember him on a talk show, many years ago, when he had referred to "our Repubican values." I also recall that he was was quoted as saying that we "did not have a problem with global warming." I had listened, sometimes, to his short breakpoint commentaries and I knew he always challenged the Christian community to live lives of radical Christian discipleship, speaking up for the vulnerable, caring for the needy, and being open and open about one's faith in the public square. I found myself wishing that the book had held up a more "everyday" person as a role model of living out a Christian life in this American culture, but that is not what he did. The author admits that Colson was a powerful and prominent Christian, with a huge platform; he admitted that Colson was not perfect but stated that his flaws were the the better ones.
I recommend this book for younger Christians, such as the twenty-somethings. This book is explicity aimed at younger people though I'm sure this author intends to reach as many people as possible. I recommend this book for every pastor of every congregation, though, to give them more ideas for hoow to motivate and exhort their hearers to biblical action. So-called "progressive Christians" will like the emphasis on social action and "conservative Christians" will like the stress on the need to advocate for the unborn and for the sanctity of traditional marriage IF they approach this book with open minds. If they do not, they will not the the fact that we care called to both advocacy of traditional values as well as social action. Certain groups of people may be offended or triggered by this book, including LGBT people and those who have been involved in abortions.
I can recommend it for many people, though.
I have receive a complimentary copy of this book through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
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