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One of the most respected and influential Christian leaders of the last decades, Chuck Colson engaged millions through his books, public speaking, and radio broadcasts.
In his final published work, My Final Word, forwards a clarion call for Christians to think critically about some of today's most pressing issues—including crime and our system of punishment, natural law, Islam, same-sex marriage, the persecution of Christians, and more. With a forward from Eric Metaxas and selected and arranged pieces from the last decade of Colson's life by longtime Colson coauthor, Anne Morse, My Final Word spotlights what he saw as key topics of ongoing importance for a socially engaged church.
Longtime readers and new readers alike will be struck by the power and immediacy of Colson's arguments. My Final Word is a fitting end to Colson's distinguished publishing career, a behind-the-scenes encounter with an influential thinker, and a needed call to an ongoing and relevant Christian public witness.
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Publication Date: 2015
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.
Anne Morse, a freelance writer, spent 18 years collaborating with Chuck Colson on BreakPoint commentaries, Jubilee and Christianity Today columns, and books. She is also the co-author of Prisoner of Conscience with Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia. She lives in Maryland with her husband.
Phil3 Stars Out Of 5My Final WordJanuary 9, 2016PhilQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3My Final Word is an excellent insight into the remarkable life of Charles Colson. Colson had risen to the top, but cut corners on the way (Involvement in Watergate), recognized his mistakes and accepted incarceration as he turned to Christianity. His subsequent life is a model of reconciliation as witnessed by his founding of Prison Fellowship, and his involvement with Angel Tree and Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT). My Final Word conveys Colson's sincerity and enthusiasm for Christianity.
While I found I could agree with Colson's worldview for the most part, I did have some exceptions. He has his facts confused on Page 60 where he describes the German hyperinflation that ended in 1923 as the direct cause of the rise of Hitler on the 1930s. Another economic crisis in Germany contributed to Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s, so Colson's general point remains valid that economic collapses can lead to cultural changes. He probably should have been more critical of Thomas Friedman's comment that "Islam does not have a concept of forgiveness and reconciliation" (see Page 156). This can be easily checked by looking at the index to the Qur'an. I found 27 references to 'forgiveness' and even after reducing that number by 17 general mentions of Allah's forgiveness, that left 10 that were about forgiveness of a Muslim's fellow man, including a couple that allow non-Believers to be forgiven. The Qur'an is filled with conflicting advice, and it has no central authoritative voice for interpretation, so Friedman's comment is arguable. Personally I have found a qualitative difference between the Christian concept of forgiveness/reconciliation that emerges from the gospels and the abstract advice of the Qur'an on this subject.
In my opinion the greatest limitation in Colson's thinking was his failure to understand the distinction between a republic and a democracy that was understood by this nation's founding generation. That confusion spills over into an acceptance of George W. Bush's policy of transplanting democracy into the Islamic Middle East. One need not know anything about Islamic culture to understand why the policy was doomed to failure (creates an external enemy for Muslims). A little knowledge of Islamic culture ought to further caution American presidents.
Even considering these flaws, the book is an excellent read and I would suggest it to others.
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