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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  3,069 ratings  ·  87 reviews
In 1974 Charles W. Colson pleaded guilty to Watergate-related offenses and, after a tumultuous investigation, served seven months in prison. In his search for meaning and purpose in the face of the Watergate scandal, Colson penned "Born Again." This unforgettable memoir shows a man who, seeking fulfillment in success and power, found it, paradoxically, in national disgrace ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Chosen Books (first published November 30th 1975)
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Chuck Colson was special counsel to President Richard Nixon and the first member of the Nixon White House to serve prison time in the 1972 Watergate scandal. As Colson was facing arrest, a close friend gave him a copy C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Lewis wrote that when you walk through life looking up toward God, you come up against something immeasurably greater than yourself. But a proud man who is walking through life looking down on other people cannot see something, something immeasurably ...more
Paul Dubuc
It's been over 30 years since the events of Watergate started making history. A whole generation has grown up largely unaware, I suspect, of the significance of those events. I've followed Chuck Colson's work and writing almost since the beginning of Prison Fellowship and have developed a tremendous respect for the man. But only recently have I bothered to go back and read this book which tells how it all got started. I should not have waited so long.

This is the very inspiring and honest story o
This is a very, very inspiring and hardcore biography. Colson doesn't mince details, and it was fascinating to see what daily life in the White House is like, and how much of a burden it really is to be the adviser to the head of the nation. Colson also met a variety of people in his life, and his relationships grew stronger with them as time progressed, although I do wish he would specify who was who, as I started to become overwhelmed (in my edition, there's even a huge list of all names in th ...more
Ronald Wise
I first read this book 1986 after receiving it from a friend as part of the library he got tired of lugging around. It was one of those Christian books he was probably required to read while attending the parochial Seattle Pacific University. While useful as an insider's look at events leading up to the Watergate Scandal and, later, prison life, Colson obviously wrote this book as the first of many Christian testamonials. Reading it again after a couple of decades and the death of Nixon, I had a ...more
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
The personal testimony of conversion that spanned both a Reformed approach to politics in the seventies, and much of the modern missions to convicts.
A great book for anyone seeking either spiritual inspiration or political insight into the Nixon administration. Definitely the most even-handed portrayal of Nixon and the Watergate scandal I've ever seen. Colson sheds a lot of light on the mistakes he made while working as Nixon's "hatchet man," and what it was like to plummet from such dizzying heights of worldly success. Halfway through, the book switches focus to Colson's spiritual journey and his evolution into one of the nation's leading v ...more
Nick Pannone
I rate this book very high for the simple reason that I think it should be read. It is not the most eloquent of books, but it is an outstanding story. This story is in many ways complete upon the passing of Charles Colson, but it is also an ongoing one because of the radical nature of ministries that are continuing because of him.

This is the autobiography of Charles Colson, former White House aide under the presidency of Richard Nixon. Colson tells of his personal encounters with the president,
Chuck Colson gives a very personal account of his involvement in the Nixon administration, his conversion to Christ, his legal struggles surrounding the Watergate scandal, and his time in prison. The first section describing his role as an adviser to Nixon was a little hard to follow, but once he reached the point of his conversion, the book was chronological and easy to follow. I found it quite engaging as he describes his personal thoughts and experience, written only a couple of years after t ...more
a very inspiring and encouraging book! I heartily enjoyed reading about Chuck Colson's life during Nixon's presidency, during Watergate,how God got a hold of his heart and changed him and how He used him mighty through the Prison Fellowship! Slightly Armenian at parts, but otherwise a very good book!
I have been doing a reading surge these past few months on Vietnam and the Nixon years so when a friend recommended this book it caught my interest. Mr. Colson was a key cog in the White House during the Nixon presidency and his description of this time was fascinating.

Mr. Colson’s describes in detail his transition from his own state of hubris to humility, after the Watergate scandal hit. He was never convicted of anything related to the Watergate scandal but he pleaded guilty to his part in t
Neil Steinwand
Born Again is the first biography I read upon entering Bible school. I knew about American politics and Watergate and Chuck, but I didn't expect the power of his testimony. The falling apart of the Nixon administration was interesting, but the real story was the friends who came alongside him. Providing him with C.S. Lewis' books, praying for him, even offering to go to jail so he could focus on his new faith; these instances proved the love of the body of Christ and explained why his life was d ...more
John and Elizabeth Sherrill are given acknowledgements at the end of this book, but it's obvious that their editorial input was as substantial as it is in all the various "as told to..." Christian paperbacks of the 1970s. All the Sherrill trademarks are there: a breezy page-turner narrative that shifts deftly between moments of conflict, tension, poignancy, and humour; the promotion of a broad-based, ecumenical yet simple evangelical faith, with a non-threatening sprinkling of Biblical literalis ...more
No one is too far from God’s grace. And God can use even the worst moments in a man’s life and career for good. This wonderfully readable autobiography has many lessons and reminders for all on the Christian walk, regardless of what stage they are in. Colson’s feelings of being unfulfilled even at the highest levels of government work are a perfect example that our job can never complete us, no matter how much we enjoy what we do. I found it interesting that Colson was a new Christian while righ ...more
Early yesterday evening, I was reading sections of this book to my husband. I'd had it in my collection of books to read for over a year, but only with the news of Colson's deterioration had I finally picked it up. We had been watching the NHL hockey playoffs so it wasn't until I went online that I learned Chuck Colson had gone to be with the Lord.

The obituaries in the media today are focusing on Colson's time in Nixon's White House. They are focused on the "Hatchet Man." And some of the things
Kristin Campbell
This was required reading for a class I'm teaching, and it seemed a pretty dreary assignment at first. The first half of the book contains a lot of details about the Watergate scandal, the White House tapes and the inner workings of the American political machine - details which were enlightening and probably something everyone should understand. However, it wasn't a super compelling read - for me, at least. Once the book gets moving, though, you find yourself emotionally involved and really car ...more
El libro es la narración personal de Charles Colson, consejero presidencial de Richard Nixon y considerado uno de los hombres más duros en las políticas asumidas durante su mandato, y que fue acusado junto con varios miembros de dicha administración sobre el asunto de espionaje del Watergate por que el Nixon tuvo que renunciar a la presidencia.

Colson cuenta cómo fue un ferviente defensor de Nixon y utilizó métodos no muy éticos para lograr los deseos del presidente y en paralelo narra su situaci
Rena Sherwood
I was forced to read this at school for summer reading (I went to a Christian School -- which helps explain why I'm now an atheist. ANYWAY) the "before" part of the book when Colson was, as Dennis Miller so elegantly put it, "one of the biggest assholes on the planet" is far more interesting than the "after." The spiritual conversion is as phony as the Nixon apologetics. I guess if you can worship Nixon you'll worship anybody.
This is an amazing autobiography of how Charles came to know Christ. The beginning is not that interesting if you are not really into politics though. I start to enjoy the book in the middle and was hooked during the end. It is amazing reading how God transformed his life and used him during his time in prison. It is also so good reading about his fellowship with believers and how they loved and encouraged each other. It was also very exciting reading about how Prison Fellowship and Angel tree w ...more
Philip Esguerra
It was only after reading this book that I understood where Colson was coming from on his other tomes written after his conversion (The Church, The Good Life). In his articulate and engaging way of recounting his life before and during prison, Colson's indomitable spirit was suffused with God's spirit which prepares him for his role in the foundation of Prison Fellowship ministry. The chapters were so detailed that I thought of the labour and the time involved in producing this kind of work. As ...more
A well-written and interesting account of the rise, fall, and redemption of Chuck Colson. I am not old enough to have lived through Watergate, but I feel like I now have a better understanding of its major players and the fallout. Besides the historical commentary, Mr. Colson's encounter with faith was very encouraging to me. His Prison Fellowship program which resulted from his time in prison is an excellent testament that God can use you wherever you are.
Andrew Toy
I don’t give many books a perfect score, but this one sure comes close. What is there not to like in this autobiography by Nixon’s former hatchet man? Part history, part court-room thriller (yes, Grisham fans, you will love this), part Christian/inspiration – Colson’s Born Again has it all. Forget what you know about the infamous Watergate Scandal and read the first-hand account of what really went on. I have to admit, it was chilling reading a personalized account of President Nixon. Reading th ...more
Even some practicing Christians grow up without understanding the term
"born again." It's a concept central to Christianity. Chuck Colson has written a Christian classic. An interesting history lesson on how devoted to the president are those surrounding him. They try to make the president into what they want him to be even when they know otherwise. When Colson encountered Christ, his mission changed. Millions have benefited from his Prison Ministires and his personal appearences and books. Colso
I followed Watergate as high schooler, staying home to watch the first broadcast of the Watergate hearings in April or May 1973. Over the weeks that followed this guy showed up as one of the worst of the legion of hateful SOB's who made up the Nixon WH staff. He got imprisoned eventually and this was one of the first Watergate books to come out. He almost sounds liberal in this book, imbued with humility and improved moral clarity and a readiness to work for prison reform. I though he had stayed ...more
Monica Willyard
This book reached deep inside me with its story of the redemption of a man seemingly beyond redeeming. The book led me deeper into prayer, asking God to search and cleanse my heart and life.
Carolyn F.
Another book I read in the early 1980s. I really don't remember much about the book but saw the author on a lot of talk shows at the time.
What an amazing story of God's power and mercy. Charles Colson's biography is truly inspiring and touching.

Colson was the chief counsel to President Nixon and was known as an evil genius because of his commitment to his party, his president and his work. He would have done anything to succeed. Colson was the instigator of one of the world's most devastating political scandals. Only when he had lost everything - power, prestige, freedom and his identity - did he find true life and freedom in Chr
I read this one soon after it hit the shelves. Really liked it and it explained a lot about what went on during Watergate.
Brian Cremer
So far the most soul searching book I have read! My prayer is that God does not need me to go thru what Chuck Colson went thru to find himself wholly turned over to God!
Davis Graham
Chuck Colson gives an awesome account of Jesus Christ's saving Grace and those who Jesus puts in our path.
One of he seminal biographies of the late 70's.
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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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“Noble in defeat, he (Nixon) was now without grace in victory. I had seen the president show rare courage when others are around him shrank in fear. Since I had come to respect the president for what he was at his best moments, I learned to accept him for what he was at his worst. Loyalty, like love, creates its own image of what we see.” 0 likes
“I'd always follow Nixon's orders, but you can't order somebody to be happy.” 0 likes
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