2 Stars Out Of 5
This book just couldn't hold me ...
February 4, 2016
After 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.