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How Now Shall We Live?

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Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that not only answers life's basic questions--Where did we come from, and who are we? What has gone wrong with the world? What can we do to fix it?--but also shows us how we should live as a result of those answers. How Now Shall We Live? gives Chris
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Published September 1st 1999 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Bill MacDonald
Aug 17, 2011 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
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
Marja Verschoor-Meijers
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.
Elgin Jr.
Jan 27, 2011 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 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
Jun 20, 2011 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 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 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 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
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotional
I consider myself to be a Bible-believing evangelical Christian, but I’m certain after reading How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson with Nancy Pearcey that they wouldn’t consider me to be what I just described myself to be. How Now Shall We Live? is one of those books that touches on a lot of points with which I agree, a lot on which I have even preached, but it is also one of those books that makes me want to scream, “Get your facts straight!”

I have problems with everything from the non-ans
Scott Kennedy
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this 15 or so years ago, but now as a teacher of upper high school, I am looking for some books to introduce my students to Christian worldview. This seems a good candidate. Although long, it is littered with interesting stories to illustrate its points, and is very readable.

He approaches worldview with three questions:
1. Where did we come from? Who are we? (Creation)
2. What has gone wrong with the world? (Fall)
3. What can we do to fix it? (Redemption)

Our answers to these questions impact
Nancy Ellis
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Beautifully written and thought provoking.
Andrea Santos
Mar 06, 2014 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 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 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 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.
Brooks Robinson
Feb 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because of my growing interest in the ways Christians think about engaging with the public sphere. Overall, it is a long book, but it is an easy read. Written for a lay audience, it sort of sets out an agenda that best resembles a rear-guard, last ditch effort to do what the culture wars of the 80's and early 90's failed to do: "win" the culture.

Although I rated the book with a single star, it does have a few decent qualities. The bibliography and recommended reading
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
How Now Shall We Live? Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcy. Wheaton: Tyndale, 1999. Hardcover. 576 pages.

I bought this book at a used book sale by our library. I was interesting in it because I knew that Charles Colson was a Christian author. (He is the former Nixon advisor who became a born-again Christian after going to jail and later developed a prison ministry.) Also, the title of the book, "How Now Shall We Live?," appears to be a reference to Francis Schaeffer's book, How Should We Then Live?, a
Josiah Rex
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute tome of a book. but an excellent read all the same. Just don't expect to be able to read it all in one day. This book is filled with Christian apologetics, and philosophy. In ways that are understandable to the average reader, and don't feel like a laborious textbook. Colson does a masterful job of demonstrating how all the conflicts and problems of the day come down to people's worldview. and then explains the problems with all the different world views. he explains how the ...more
Rex Libris
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While a somewhat lengthy read, it is well worth the investment of your time and energy. Colson has authored a great discourse on living the christian life. He does not look at the Christian (or secular) life in terms of mere actions; rather, he discusses the concept of worldview and how that shapes life.

Colson examines how various worldviews conform (or don't conform) to the world, and how that correct worldview leads to a better life. Mind you, this is not some Joel Osteen "better you" stuff,
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
well-researched and still relevant today! it reminded me of the importance of the Bible and of God's power to change lives with his truth. i wish i found this book many years ago when i was in school, struggling to reconcile secular curriculum there with biblical doctrine and trying to explain Jesus with my limited knowledge and shaky faith. this book, after some updates on its research, can become a useful tool for churches or apologetics classes.
Dawn Roberts
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first "Christian worldview" book I was exposed to. I heard Colson interviewed many times about it, but I finally made time to read it cover to cover. Lengthy, but an excellent analysis of how different cultures answer the questions of why we are here, what is wrong with the world, and how we should fix it. Colson provides numerous unforgettable true stories that illustrate why Christianity alone provides the true, correct and real answers to those questions, for all time.
John Curtis
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A seminal book for the application of one's faith to the entire spectrum of life's endeavors. No pastor or speaker I've ever heard has come close to the reach of this book. The companion book, Every Good Endeavor, by Tim Keller, is equally impactful. If you're a person who follows Jesus or want to know what it means to follow Jesus, these are great resources and guides.
Philip Guzman
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found myself surprised to be agreeing with Mr. Colson more than I thought. In a culture where relativism reigns, it's important to stand up for truth in what you believe. Just as relevant today as when written (1999).
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Charles Colson had been one of my favorite writers throughout the years and I miss good voice too. Though I read this book many years ago, I decided to jump back into one of my favs. Colson writes with clarity and thoughtfulness so if you have not read this book you should give it a try.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good life lessons and experiences shared.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent! I highly recommend this for anyone who likes to think through life's big questions.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book which explores how to refute the thinking of those who rely on the humanistic view of the world.
Hongxing Geng
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everybody should read this book. It also includes a lot of references for you to explore classic arts: music, literature, and visual arts.
Elijah Abanto
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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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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