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The Good Life [Kindle Edition]

Charles Colson , Harold Fickett

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Sharing from his own life, as well as the stories of others, Chuck Colson exposes the counterfeits of the good life and leads readers to the only true source of meaning and purpose, Jesus Christ. But he does that in an unusual way, allowing powerful stories to illustrate how people have lived out their beliefs in ways that either satisfy or leave them empty. Colson addresses seekers—people looking for the truth. He shows through stories that the truth is knowable and that the truly good life is one that lives within the truth. Through the book, readers get to understand their own stories and find answers to their own search for meaning, purpose, and truth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 928 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0842377492
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (11 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WBHYBY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #576,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another in a long list of superb books by Chuck Colson 13 Oct 2005
By John Cannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've read so many of Chuck Colson's books and heard so many of his speeches, that I feel as though he's one of my great friends. Even though I've never met him, my heart definitely beats with his(!). This book centers on Chuck looking back over his life offering personal anecdotes and examples of how modern man defines the 'good life' in today's culture - and is left wanting. Colson, as usual, affirms the biblical worldview as the only perspective which offers the greatest joy and satisfaction in life. It's a book for 'seekers.' Chuck is one of those great men whose testimony for Christ, and articulate expressions about the Christian worldview in so many forms, makes one happy to have him as a fellow believer. He leaves a great legacy - although I'm sure Mr. Colson has a lot of great years ahead in Christian service. Continue on, my friend!
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing - for all who read this book 4 Oct 2005
By M. HOLCK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One reviewer called this the "thinking man's purpose driven life", and I read the book and completely agree with that summary. Whether you follow Christ or if you know there are many religions and you're not sure why and what is the difference - this book will speak to you. Colson, a former attorney, uses logic and reason to take the reader through methodical reason on many different real-life subjects - from evolution, consumerism, infanticide, homosexuality and much more. Colson takes you through these thoughts logically - not biblically - to present what it means to live the good life - to find purpose, meaning and truth. Colson takes the reader to the point of absolute truth. Rick Warren said about this book - "read this and be changed"; Warren is right. All thinking, well-read people should explore this book. Also Colson shares his own hurt - from his prison stay, alienation and information about his autistic grandson; a very personal book for Colson readers.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read or Listen! 15 Aug 2006
By Roger N. Overton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Thirty five years ago a White House cover-up shook the nation. In the midst of the national controversy were the individual lives that would never be the same. One of those lives is that of Charles Colson. After serving time in prison for releasing confidential FBI information, Colson underwent a transformation, a conversion. He told about his conversion in his popular book Born Again. More than three decades later he's telling his story again, but from a more developed perspective, in his recent book, The Good Life.

The Good Life isn't completely about Charles Colson. In fact, his is just one of many stories the authors share to explore the issues of purpose, meaning, and truth in this life. Reflections are offered on men who "had it all," such as L. Dennis Kozlowski (former CEO of Tyco International), as well as people who endured devastating pain and suffering, such as Nien Cheng (a women who suffered under Communist rule in China).

Each of the stories told sheds some light on what "the good life" truly is. Along the way, pieces are placed together in the puzzle. Colson and Hackett make the case that self-sacrifice in serving others is an essential element. So to, they claim, is a well-founded worldview that holds truth as valuable and morality as objective. Ultimately, "the good life" comes from complete surrender to Jesus Christ- embracing who He is and what He wants to do with our lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Good Life. The stories were artfully told in a manner that drew suspense at times and thoughtfulness at others. Powerful points are made by the use of these narratives in conjunction with the clear thinking of a seasoned apologist. The Good Life by Charles Colson and Harold Fickett is exceptional book that will draw readers from almost every background.

This is the first book I've ever heard. I was skeptical about how good listening to a book is compared to reading it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how great it was. Todd McLaren, the narrator has the perfect voice for the materials. Whenever there was a quote from someone else, he spoke in a different voice, one that was distinct yet fitting for the piece. I don't believe anyone could have done a better job.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life is a Great Book to Read! 3 Aug 2006
By Michael Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Well, once again, Colson has written another gem of a book! The premise of The Good Life is that a good life can be found only in a two-fold purpose: serving others and serving them in truth. In other words, do not waste your life satisfying just your own selfish desires and do not serve others just to promote your own self-interest. Instead, we are challenged to serve others because of who Jesus Christ is and what He did for us on the cross at Calvary.

The important points covered in the book include:

1. We acknowledge the evil to embrace the good.

2. When people are too idle, they lack purpose. We were wired to have a purpose in life.

3. Our own personal happiness must never be the ultimate goal in our lives.

4. Living independent of others is unhealthy - we are meant for community.

5. Instead of doing your own thing, the good life depends on giving yourself to others and losing yourself.

6. Integrity is more important than loyalty. Get that wrong and your world collapses.

7. When we feel a desire for something that this world cannot satisfy, then we can realize that we are made for another world.

8. The reality of our death spurs us on to accomplish as much in life as we can.

9. God wants our child-lie faith and wants us to come to Him on His terms.

Read, enjoy, and be challenged to get outside of yourself and make the most of the rest of your life for God's glory!

Highly recommended.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written For Post-Modern Man 20 Sep 2005
By Sara Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The perfect book for "Joe/Jane Postmodern".

I have been searching for an evangelistic book that is culturally astute, understands postmodern man, and weaves worldview themes throughout its presentation of the gospel. MY SEARCH IS OVER. THIS IS THE BOOK I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR!

The perfect book to give to a friend or family member that is "searching".

I highly recommend it!
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