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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
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Published January 1st 2008 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...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
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...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
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...more
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
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
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"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...more
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...more
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.
david shin
This is one of the first Christian books I read, and I absolutely loved it. I guess it helped that I was at the time doing an internship in DC, and was reading Colson's autobiographical account of the Watergate scandal, and how that led him to turn to Christ (at the witness of a close friend).

It also chronicles how he became involved in prison ministry through his own experience in prison, and how to this day Prison Fellowship is one of the most effective ministries to prisoners in America, and...more
Jo Franz
Since I don't really remember Watergate or Ellberg, it was interesting to know more than "Nixon resigned in shame". The book began slowly for me, but then it moved with fascination and clarity as Colson wrote about his conversion and then the choices based upon his new faith that were forced upon him by circumstances. I didn't want to put it down. I remember a pastor friend giving this to a girlfriend I was witnessing to years ago and now I understand why it clarified things so beautifully for h...more
I don't often read biographies (read: never), but this was recommended by a friend, and I'm glad I read it. It's refreshing to see how the gospel has changed people's lives - because that's what it's all about. I was challenged to think about my own life - the things that God has allowed me to go through for the purpose of ministering to others in some way. It's easy to get caught up in the plight of circumstances, but God always has a bigger picture in mind. My life isn't about me but about mak...more
Quite an enjoyable read. Colson's story of the Watergate scandal and his salvation is inspiring and a great read.
It's kind of slow in parts, (especially if your not into all things political) but touching nonetheless. It's cool to see how God uses men's mistakes in the Watergate scandal and turns them around for good. It's also cool to see how God uses Colson's time in the penitentiary, to start a prison ministry for inmates. All-in-all, it's very inspiring.
Actually, this is a really interesting book, and worth reading, especially if you know of Chuck Colson. Many of my parents' generation would probably thinknof him in association with Nixon and Watergate, but I really only knew that piece when I saw the subtitle -- I only knew him through his ministry. It was good to hear his familiar voice again on audiobook. I miss hearing his broadcats very much.
Hugh Henry
Colson's autobiography provides a powerful testimony of the changing power of Jesus Christ. Beginning in late 1972, this book tracks Colson's final days in the White House, his conversion, his decision to plead guilty rather than try to win his case, and his incarceration. Even as he did time in prison for over a year, Colson was thankful for how he saw the hand of God working around him.
Heather Tomlinson
This is a fascinating book as it combines an 'insiders view' of the White House in the Nixon era and the Watergate scandal, with the testimony of someone who found Christ whilst in the public eye.
Colson went on to found a fantastic prison ministry following his own experiences, so he's an interesting guy in his own right. But the nuggets you hear about politics, power and passion are true gold.
Deborah Andrews
This book is very informative about what Watergate was all about as well as a testimony to the power of Christ to change men's lives and circumstances.
This is a great book, especially if you've lived through Watergate and the turbulant '70s. If you're looking for something that would give you insight into that era, I suggest you read this book. What's amazing is that the turbulance of the '70s and the revival that took place in the Jesus Movement, mirrors today's turbulance and impending revival.
Great story of redemption. Colson goes from being a political hachet man to one of the most influential voices of Christianity. I highly recommend this book. For people who have struggled with their faith, they will likely recognize themselves. For those who have never had serious struggles, it may help you empathize more with those of us who have.
Bauer Evans
The best biography I have read in recent years. Colson is a masterful writer, story teller. It was a riveting read. For those familiar with Watergate, and the political history of this time period, you will find the author's personal story compelling in the midst of our nations greatest political crisis to date.
Rich Pliskin
You gotta love Chuck Colson. Guy commits rampant felonies against his country, goes to prison, comes out even MORE holier than the rest of us, and is so completely certain ... and so completely wrong about everything. His little group, The Family or some scheiss, now secretly controls Washington.
I recently remembered that I read this book in 2001 after the Billy Graham Crusade in Fresno. I'm sad that I don't remember more of it, I might re-read it at some point. I do remember enjoying the conversion story of Mr. Colson and I found his journey through prison life intriguing.
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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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