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How Now Shall We Live?

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2000 Gold Medallion Award winner!
Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that answers life's basic questions and shows us how we should live as a result of those answers. How Now Shall We Live? equips Christians to confront false worldviews and live redemptively in contemporary culture.

Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 10th 2000 by Zondervan (first published September 1st 1999)
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Bill MacDonald
Aug 17, 2011 Bill MacDonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sat on my shelves for nearly ten years before I finally read it. I should have read it sooner! It is an excellent commentary on the nature of the worldview conflicts that engage our nation even now. If you want to have some help understanding how issues of the day can be viewed through the lens of the Bible, read this book. If you want to engage more knowledgeably with the world around you, read this book. If you want ideas about how to live your life intentionally in light of creation ...more
Marja Meijers
Jan 07, 2011 Marja Meijers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was not an easy book to read for me, because English is my second language and Colson uses a lot of difficult words. But with a dictionary at hand I wrestled through the pages... what an amazing insights! I LOVE this book, it explains why a Christian worldview is so important and why we should stop hiding in our churches. A must read if you are interested in apologetics.
I have to admit that I was disappointed in this book. While some parts were riveting, other aspects of the theology taught were sorely lacking. Probably the worst part was how he kept referring to Roman Catholics as "Christians" and quoting Pope Jean Paul. Other elements included a more "social gospel" feel than I think is warranted, endorsement of public schools, a weird take on the Big Bang, and a very evidential perspective on epistemology and apologetics, as well as several other schizophren ...more
Elgin Jr.
Jan 27, 2011 Elgin Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colson has a excellent presentation of the state of the conflict of worldviews and role Christians plays and what it has to offer. His main these is that Christianity has the best answers for the human condition. Written primarily to fellow Christians, note the “We” in the title, those with differing world views will probably not find it persuasive, but they will find the Christian worldview clearly set forth, with a broad survey of the evidence for it, without getting lost in all the technicali ...more
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 Francis Gahren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
"How Now Shall We Live" was the heart cry of a people who lived during the Jewish exile from the Promised Land, yet it is no less the unspoken prayer of the faithful today. As Chuck Colson puts it, "We live in a culture that is at best morally indifferent ... in which Judeo-Christian values are mocked ... in which violence, banality, meanness, and disintegrating personal behavior are destroying civility and endangering the very life of our communities." It is no small wonder that Colson--the fou ...more
Rhya Moffitt
Jun 20, 2011 Rhya Moffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obviously not a novel, but it's pretty boss. My faith was completely reaffirmed. All the evidence and examples are superb. Read it. Essential for Christians and Agnostics and Skeptics . . . basically everyone.
Dec 12, 2011 Sisi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is blowing me away! Great insight into why and how our postmodern culture has come about. A must read for concerned citizens and the next generation of Christian leaders.
Oct 17, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
I should point out to begin with, that this book is aimed at Christians as the target audience.

I was introduced to this book when I attended a C.S. Lewis retreat. The book that was recommended was Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey who is the co-author of this book. This was also recommended along with that book.

This book deals with the concept of the Christian worldview. It definitely takes the stance from "This Little Light of mine" which says "Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine." T
Matt Skains
Oct 23, 2012 Matt Skains rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
One of the most comprehensive books about approaching life I have ever read. Colston sets out to discuss the Christian worldview - not necessarily religion - and covers a tremendous amount of ground when doing so.

The book can be shoddily be summed up as an in-depth look at how a person's/society's view of 3 things (creation, fall and redemption) shape their reaction to most every decision and action in life. From our politics to parenting to pop culture, Colston takes time to explain how the Chr
Andrea Santos
Mar 06, 2014 Andrea Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very definite break down of almost every aspects of Western life with inspiring examples of how Christ can transform people, cities, communities and potentially nations. While I didn't quite agree with all of Colson's views (his anti-welfare stance was puzzling for me as a liberal Christian), over all this work creates awe for the work of the Lord and encouragement in the area of how Christians can apply their beliefs to help change the world. The examples of different Christian projects, indi ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Lyndsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every one of us have a worldview. As a Christian, it's important that I understand my worldview and how it determines my place in this world and the society I live and participate in. Often a person can think they know what their worldview is only to find they behave in a way contrary to the worldview they want to have, just because society raised them that way. This book helps Christians navigate all of this brilliantly. It's challenging but so important.
Jul 26, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Recorded on September 12, 2001, this audio presentation has a frightening immediacy and an honest reality. In it Colson defined a course of biblical action, quoting the "Just War Doctrine" developed by St. Augustine in the Fourth century."

I gave it a five star rating for its historicity. And am going to keep it to give to the family. These days history gets rewritten so easily that I would like my family to have some facts and truth for the future.
Deane Barker
Aug 27, 2014 Deane Barker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than I expected. As a Democrat, I read this as a counterpoint to my inherent views and found that I liked it quite a bit. Colson is a very good writer, and the book is engaging. While I didn't agree with everything he said, he makes some very good arguments in places, and the book should make you think, regardless of your predilections.
Thomas A Wiebe

By the time Charles Colson got out of prison, having been convicted for acts of political skullduggery during the Watergate scandal, he had converted to Evangelical Christianity. This book was his best-seller, an homage to Francis Schaeffer, the presuppositional millenialist who in the 1970's left the quiet life of a Christian intellectual to help lead the evangelicals to the heights of political activism we see today in the U.S. Presuppositionalists can be recognized by their severe overuse of

Feb 22, 2017 Howard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish.
Elijah Abanto
Jun 30, 2016 Elijah Abanto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book for almost 40 days, not because it is uninteresting and boring, but because this book is so rich that as someone has said, it "must be chewed and digested slowly." I bought this for a relatively low price in a used-book store. But for my limited pocket-size, it was still pricey for me. Nevertheless when I saw the book, I know for a certain that the book is worth the buy, and so I did. And I'm not mistaken! This is an immensely helpful and moving book, showing that Christianit ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Caleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read, especially for new believers. Colson definitely sides with the 'culture transformation' crowd in the debate over Christ and culture. He says things like "God calls us to renew culture" and "Our job is to go back to Adam's job of making culture". As I sit on the fence of this culture debate, I find his insights tough to prove with scripture. Adam's commission was to have dominion over the earth and animals. I think you really have to read in between the lines to insert your ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Jkanz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the next year, I will be completing the Centurions Program, a Christian worldview, ethics, and leadership training program established by the late Chuck Colson. The program requires a fairly substantial reading list that we are required to interact with and reflect on. The first book, How Now Shall We Live (Colson & Pearcey, 1999) is really a cornerstone to the program.

In essence, this book is a detailed introduction to the concept of worldview. The authors not only address what worldv
Wendi Klaiber
May 27, 2012 Wendi Klaiber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband asked me to read this book at Christmas, as a gift to him. This is a gift that lasted for eight that's a great gift!

Chuck Colson presents in-depth logic and reasoning behind the Christian worldview as it relates to many aspects of our culture. My biggest take-away is that I need to be well-equipped to defend and live my beliefs boldly in such a way that is intellectual, well-reasoned, and compassionate. I really enjoyed the stories that he shared of others modeling the Ch
Priscila Wilke
Oct 22, 2011 Priscila Wilke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends, family, educators
Recommended to Priscila by: My husband
I am taking my time to read this book. It is a book I recommend for open minds that seek to know and learn what to be a Christian mean in our society today. As an observer of different cultures, we all are targeted with the thought of "I do whatever makes me feel good", which is the current motto we hear everywhere. When it comes how to live today, how to be a real Christian from inside to outside, there is no difference of customs, habits or race. We should be one in one thought and one purpose ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
Colson has so many great things to say, but I really didn't think the book was particularly well-written. If I were to lend it to a friend, I might even just mark certain pages or chapters for them to read. Too much of the book was seemingly dumbed down or was dated. Is Colson's target audience, evangelical Christians, really that intellectually weak? Since C. S. Lewis wrote his books, an inevitable comparison in my mind as I read, have we really allowed ourselves such mental atrophy? I really e ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Janice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read quite a few of the Christian worldview books and this one is one of the best. It is kind of a modern follow-up to Francis Schaeffer's How Then Should We Live. Colson and Pearcey set up the book using the Creation - Fall - Redemption - Restoration model. They have very interesting true life stories to introduce each section. They also bring in the relative historical philosophy that helps explain where and why we are in this postmodern age. Ideas are given to help Christians think thr ...more
Fernando Navarro
Aug 23, 2015 Fernando Navarro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it! Although I didn't like some stuff about being patriotic. He doesn't utter it but implies it. As a Christian I don't like mixing patriotism with religion, even if our country is called Christian we shouldn't mix those things up.
What I liked about this book is the review of Christianity as a worldview more than religion. I think we should criticize religions based on their world views rather than their people's actions.
Christianity offers much more to this fallen world than other worl
Addressing contemporary cultural and philosophical issues, Colson and Pearcey attempt to demonstrate the completeness – as a “total life system” – of the Christian worldview. Using the three-fold paradigm of “creation-fall-redemption,” the authors analyze competing worldviews (especially naturalism and postmodernism) and illustrate their effects on morality and culture. As Christians, we have a “cultural mandate” to influence and even redeem the culture in which we live. A very useful and timel ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Dot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Adult Edition, text for course CG-0555 in the study area Personal Life in the Christian Growth Study Plan ISBN:076733177X. It was interesting but difficult for my level of understanding. In the back of the text it recommended reading entire book, Titled the same. The text uses excerpts from the book and provides probing questions to provide a more active reading of the textbook style book.

I have both in my library. For the quick reference or topical study I use the paperback text. For
Aug 08, 2008 Emily is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
I've been reading on this one a while, but it is a very thought-provoking book rather than a quick read. Our culture is such that we must ground our worldview on the foundation of scripture -- and live it out -- but without sticking our heads in the sand, ignoring the beliefs of those around us. I want to be able to talk to my children about why we believe what we believe, why it works in the world, and why it is THE Truth and not a fairytale.
Aug 24, 2011 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, OK, I give! I've been trying to finish this book for over a year. I really like it and it has some wonderful content, but it might be just a bit heavy for me right now. I'm putting it back on my bookshelf unfinished, and I'm giving it 4 stars. Chuck Colson died recently, and I sincerely admire him as a person. He left a wonderful legacy that he built on the strength of his faith and repentance.

I'll finish this someday when I'm in a more studious mood.
Jun 27, 2012 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to study this book as part of a course I did at bible college but I ended up buying my own copy of it and taking it home. It was fascinating and I was most impressed with reading it. Highly recommend it - even people who don't follow the Christian faith and may be searching could find some answers in here.
Jun 07, 2008 Andrea is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, I chose the foremost book on modern Christian apologetics as my summer leisure reading. As a scientist and a liberal Christian who spent time in the evangelical church, I am looking for a deeper understanding of the evangelical Christian worldview and its effect of American politics.
Jul 17, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I FINALLY finished it! Yay! It was good the whole way through, and I definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone looking to expand their apologetics knowledge. It does get a bit dry, but Colson and Pearsall totally make up for it with the intriguing stories, bits of wisdom, and chapters chock full of useful information.
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Almost 40 years ago, Charles W. Colson was not thinking about reaching out to prison inmates or reforming the U.S. penal system. In fact, this aide to President Richard Nixon was "incapable of humanitarian thought," according to the media of the mid-1970s. Colson was known as the White House "hatchet man," a man feared by even the most powerful politicos during his four years of service to Nixon.

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