Charles Colson Taught Me How to Think and Write
April 24, 2012 7 Comments
By now you’ve heard the sad news of Charles Colson’s passing. It seems almost every Christmas since we’ve been married, Sarabeth has been consistent in getting me three things: some sort of Toy Story paraphernalia to put around my writing desk, a John Steinbeck novel, and a Charles Colson book. This week we are going to honor the life of Mr. Colson and look back at some of my favorite works by him. And let me just stress that this is not an inclusive list.
This was my first introduction to Mr. Colson, and is one of my favorite books by him. We had to read it for our Christian Worldview class at the Focus Leadership Institute several years back. It’s a thick book that walks through many current issues about how Christians should view (and respond to) the world. One of my closest friends was so influenced by it, he changed his political views. And it’s fun because it’s centered around a trip he took with his granddaughter where they visited Epoct at Disneyworld. Always a plus!
What do Christians believe and why do we believe it? This is a good book for skeptics and new believers. It walks through the basics of the Christian faith, and how we should live it out in a world that is becoming more and more intolerant against it. Here is another recommendation for readers of the same groups, not by Mr. Colson.
Colson’s discussion about our religious beliefs found in this book are solid and well argued. But I warn you – he makes it clear that even if you are not a part of the political sphere, you still have a duty – and right (for now) – to speak up on tough issues and defend what is honorable. Throughout the book is the reminder that our authority does not rest in the governing powers on Capital Hill alone, but in Christ, whom is our ultimate ruler. A great book if you’re into politics, religious rights and how the two can indeed coexist. This is an especially good time to read it in light of our current issues taking place in Washington.
This book deserves special attention. You may read my thoughts on it here.
Additional resources: What is a Christian to think and to do? Charles Colson’s Break Point. A valuable website for believers living in a world of skeptics and cynicism.