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Born Again

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  3,785 Ratings  ·  118 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 a ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Chosen Books (first published November 30th 1975)
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Sep 14, 2012 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aug 21, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gabriela Paige
Nov 04, 2016 Gabriela Paige rated it really liked it
There were a few things that I disagreed with, but overall it was absolutely amazing and moving and inspiring.
Jan 28, 2015 D.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2015 cloudyskye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful and sometimes daunting insight into the lives and actions of those who rule nations - and who are only human and fallible after all. (Nothing new under the sun ...)
It is also a testimony of how only in Jesus hearts can be changed.
The part that deals with Colson's time in prison is not even that long, but very impressive, with his compassion for his less well-connected fellow inmates shining through.
Throughout the book he stresses the incredible strength and support that co
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
Jan 12, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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.
Al Campbell
Feb 19, 2017 Al Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing and inspiring story of God's power to turn a prideful and sinful life around towards His service. From being Nixon's "hatchet man" to trusting God for a bold witness in Washington and in prison, two places that desperately need God's men and women. A pastor once told me that struggles and hardship in this life are not optional, but misery is. God can and will give us joy in any circumstance in life, ultimately by perfecting us through death. This book and Chuck Colson's story in many ...more
Susan Kendrick
Oct 30, 2016 Susan Kendrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because it was on a book list I've been trying to read through, not because I had a burning desire to read the book. It was more interesting than I anticipated, and pretty well written for someone who was not an author by trade. I did not realize how close Colson had been to President Nixon, and really, I did not know much about the Watergate scandal or Colson's remarkable conversion to Christianity. It was an encouraging book to read.
Jason D'Souza
Oct 18, 2013 Jason D'Souza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mission-bio, top-50
"Prison turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me," (The Good Life, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Wheaton, IL, 2005)p 23 says Chuck Colson in 60 Minutes, after the 20 year anniversary of Watergate.
The Wall Street Journal printed a front page report in the 1970’s, on “Nixon’s Hatchet Man. Call it What You Will Chuck Colson Handles President's Dirty Work.” (Born Again, Chuck Colson, Chosen Books, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1976, pg57) Born in Boston, joined the military, the
Valerie Kyriosity
Jul 01, 2016 Valerie Kyriosity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I started to write this last night, but I fell asleep and my Kindle ate it. Let's try again.

With Chrisitian Audio's big sale a few weeks ago, I loaded up on biographies, including this 1970s classic. I was only eight when it came out, but I remember my mom reading it at some point. It was superpopular. There was even a comic book, which I'm pretty sure I read. So I figured it was about time I read the real thing, too. Then I listened to the first chapter and wondered what I'd been thinking. Was
Sep 07, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Bartholomew
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
Nick Pannone
Aug 25, 2015 Nick Pannone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Jeanne Andaas
Feb 14, 2017 Jeanne Andaas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best and most worthwhile books you can read. It's memorable and a book I have given to many people.
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
Andy Scott
Jul 06, 2015 Andy Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and heartfelt! I was touched by Colson's honesty and sincerity as he chronicled his years as Richard Nixon's special aide and through the Watergate scandal to his admittance of guilt and imprisonment. Charles Colson was known at one time as Nixon's "Hatchet Man" for getting things done even at the expense of others' reputations. Before reading this book I thought Colson was directly involved in the burglary of Elsberg's psychiatrist's office. As you read this book, you find out that Co ...more
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
Dec 21, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 15, 2012 Superiu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Philip Esguerra
Mar 04, 2015 Philip Esguerra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aaron W. Matthews
This is an inspirational and highly motivating book. Many will not understand the "religious fervor" of Chuck Colson, but he does a phenomenal job of explaining who he was before Christ, his salvation experience, and how he walked through infancy in his redemption to spiritual growth. It is a great autobiography to help many readers understand what it looks like to trust Christ as Savior and learn to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. It's a great story of redemption. As I told a friend while ...more
Andrew Toy
Mar 30, 2012 Andrew Toy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
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
Jan 10, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dale W
Jan 22, 2016 Dale W rated it really liked it
This was an extremely powerful book written by a man who experienced a complete turnaround in his life. Colson was a key member of Nixon's administration and did some nasty things for the sake of getting the job done (i.e., getting Nixon re-elected). Though he had no role in Watergate he was caught up in the widespread investigation. He plead guilty to something he did actually do and spent a year in prison. That story alone is fascinating enough, but as this is going on Colson is developing a p ...more
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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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