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Born Again

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  5,854 ratings  ·  235 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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Michael O'Brien
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Whenever men exert great effort in seeking the truth, and prefer nothing else to the truth, God comes to meet them in His gentle way." St. Nikolai Velimirovich, The Prologue of Christ

I thought of this quote as I read this book, the autobiographical account by Charles Colson, known as "Nixon's hatchet man", of how he went from that to finding faith in Jesus Christ. As such, it's been a popular book for many Christians over the last forty decades, but, for those interested in learning about the
Davis Smith
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deeply inspiring, yet hardcore biography. It's worth reading if only to get a glimpse of what daily life in the White House is like, and the immense burdens of advising the commander in chief. Colson also met a variety of people in his life, and it was interesting to see how his relationships with them transformed as time progressed, although I do wish he would do a better job at specifying who was who, as the sheer volume of characters rivals War and Peace (in my edition, there's even a huge ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
sophie.connects.the.dots (on hiatus)
"Of course, of course, of course, I thought to myself. There is a purpose for my being here, perhaps a mission the Lord has called me to."

This is harrowing story of a man come from the Watergate Scandal to prison, in the midst of it all, finding Jesus and realizing His importance in his life. I deeply appreciate Colson's honesty and humility in the sharing of his life.

It's been no easy ride, having gone from Nixon's go-to to finding himself in the slammer. But through it all, Charles Colson gave
Natalie Vellacott
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Even atheists concede that Christ's coming changed the course of history. The year in which we live, for example, is based upon the date of his birth. He was a man without power in any worldly sense, no money, no armies, no weapons and yet His coming altered the political alignments of nations. Millions upon millions of men have followed His promises and words. No work of literature has ever begun to approach the endurance of the Scriptures which record Christ's life and have the same vitali ...more
I shoud have just dnfed this months ago, yet I kept it on my currently read list hoping that I would one day finish it. This book for the first one-hundred or more pages was so boring. I honestly hate politics and that's all it was. It was very boring and confusing. The second half though did get interesting. It was about Chuck Colson's conversion. I never got to the part where he was put into prison and then later started prison minitsries. But overall this wasn't that bad of a book, I just nev ...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
grllopez ~ with freedom and books
A story of conviction and conversion: Born Again ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I got through all the political mishmash, this was an AMAZING story of one man’s coming to Christianity, and how so many other’s lives were changed through Watergate and what followed.

Sometimes, we lose the thrill! The wonder! The shock that God sent his son to die for us. Sometimes, we don’t stop to think about how he’s working in our life, in everyone’s life. Sometimes, we tend to rely on ourselves for “just that one small thing” when in reality, it’s Jesus we should be going to every si
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
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
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with one of my book clubs, otherwise I wouldn’t have ever picked it up. I’m glad I was “forced.” I knew little about Chuck Colson and what I thought I knew was wrong. Several things stood out: news articles and leaks to the press always have a spin, how easy it is to convince oneself that the ends justify the means, the workings of our government officials is a giant chess game, among others.

This was an easy, interesting, and compelling read. I appreciated his writing style and alth
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few things that I disagreed with, but overall it was absolutely amazing and moving and inspiring.
Aaron W. Matthews
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2015 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
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. Mr. Colson tells many details of what it was like to be in the Nixon White House, which is very interesting. He also tells of many miracles (works of the Holy Spirit) throughout his Christian life.

The tremendous result of his imprisonment and the creation of Prison Fellowship Ministries could not have been imagined by any human being, but could only be accomplished by the work of the Holy Spirit.

The book MERE CHRISTIANITY by CS Lewis was key to Mr. Colson becoming a Chris
Jan 12, 2015 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! ...more
It was an good book, but it was too long, and completely full of politics that you had to know about to understand. I literally took like 4 weeks to read it lol. If you were alive during Watergate, you would probably enjoy this.
Anna Mussmann
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Charles Colson served as a marine, started a law firm, worked for president Nixon, became a “born again” Christian, was imprisoned during the Watergate scandals, and then went on to form various prison programs and ministries. I would never have picked up his memoir on my own,* but it turned out to be far more interesting than I expected. I’m glad I read Land of Hope first--that gave me a bit more context on Nixon’s presidency than I would have possessed otherwise.

I was struck by how inaccurate
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Born Again is a classic conversion story with a twist of political intrigue. Evangelicals are susceptible to the 'celebrity conversion' appeal and so you have to be careful with this kind of thing. But I knew Colson's reputation from his later worldview writing such as 'How Now Shall We Live?' and not from his days as a Nixon hatchet man. Colson passed away in 2012 after many decades of fruitful and faithful ministry and his books form a permanent contribution to the church. Born Again was his f ...more
Sep 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
The incredible story of Chuck Colson who was caught up in Nixon's Watergate scandal and eventually went to prison for it. But the scandal also pushed him to become a Christian. This book was fascinating to read! ...more
Hannah Eppley
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! Charles Colson tells the incredible story of how he went from being President Nixon’s “hatchet man” to a born again Christian, serving God in prison and out of prison. I highly recommend this book, and the audiobook is really well done.
May 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved this!! There is so much fascinating history woven into Chuck’s story, and his spiritual journey was inspiring, convicting and encouraging.
JD' D'Souza
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 rated it it was amazing
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
Nick Pannone
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Andy Scott
Jul 06, 2015 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 rated it really liked it
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
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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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“I'd always follow Nixon's orders, but you can't order somebody to be happy.” 2 likes
“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.” 1 likes
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