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Charles Colson: A Life Redeemed Hardcover – 13 Apr 2006

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (13 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082647831X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826478313
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Jonathan Aitken's "Nixon: A Life
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"Aitken's well-wrought biography achieves the difficult task of adding hundreds of brush strokes to the existing portraits of Richard Nixon." --"Washington Post
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"Readers all across the political spectrum will reach for Aitken's effective, interest-sustaining narrative." --"Booklist"
"Aitken has unearthed a treasure trove of insights via letters and other communications. A human, if flawed, Nixon emerges from this fascinating account, which could not be more highly recommended." --"Library Journal
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Praise for Jonathan Aitken s "Nixon: A Life
"
Aitken s well-wrought biography achieves the difficult task of adding hundreds of brush strokes to the existing portraits of Richard Nixon. "Washington Post
"
Readers all across the political spectrum will reach for Aitken s effective, interest-sustaining narrative. "Booklist"
Aitken has unearthed a treasure trove of insights via letters and other communications. A human, if flawed, Nixon emerges from this fascinating account, which could not be more highly recommended. "Library Journal
"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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He was Nixon's hatchet man. A jailed felon. And now, one of the most significant Christian leaders of our time. Here is his life story.
Charles Colson has become one of the most revered leaders of our time. His ministry outreach, Prison Fellowship, has swelled to 40,000 volunteers working in 100 countries. His Angel Tree Christmas program provides presents to more than half a million children of prison inmates every year. His daily radio broadcast, "BreakPoint, airs daily on more than 1,000 radio outlets across the country. And his twenty books have sold more than five million copies in the U.S.
But God had to work some mighty miracles to bring this unusual servant to this prominent place of service. After all, Colson was known as President Nixon's "hatchet man." His involvement in the Watergate conspiracy led him to prison-and then to a life-changing encounter with God.
Now, noted author Jonathan Aitken has written the first biography that compellingly presents a first-rate understanding of the political, historical, and spiritual journeys of Charles W. Colson... a life redeemed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The two most impressive public speakers I have ever heard are Colson and Aitken They have more in common than speaking ability. Both are men whose pride has been humbled as they fell from the highest ranks of government to finish up behind bars. Both of them found Christ before they entered prison. Both have had lives radically changed as they grew in Christian faith. Colson could not have a more understanding or sympathetic biographer than Aitken but you have to read Aitken's auto biographies to find out why, as he omits Colson's personal help from this book.

Colson comes from humbler origins than his biographer. He was the only son of a self educated lawyer and a most eccentric mother. Colson turned down a Harvard scholarship as he did not want to be part of the New England establishment. Instead he went to Brown University where he started bottom of his year and finished top. Colson graduated, married and joined the Marines as an officer, a task he relished when commanding troops but sent to a desk job he rebelled. He managed to get posted to the Navy Department on Capitol Hill and that led out of the Marines and into fist politics as aide to a senator then into his own law firm where the pushy go getting Colson made a career and lost his wife through over work and attraction to a secretary. From his legal firm he moved to work for the election of Nixon as president and he became special counsel to the new president. He was never happy with Haldeman and Erlichman, Nixon's two top aides, but was happy to engage in whatever dirty tricks were necessary to ensure a second Nixon term. He was not complicit in the Watergate burglary but he eventually pleaded gutty to other charges.
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Jonathan Aitken has written an excellent biography of Chuck Colson - its well researched, thorough and balanced (no glossing over Colson's faults and continuing battles his own human nature), but also very readable.
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Aitken writes beautifully and is a joy to read. This book is a fascinating study of a man who came to faith in Christ through circumstances similar to Aitken. Well worth reading.
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Very good read
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HASH(0x94428330) out of 5 stars Very good biography of a truly remarkable man of God. 10 Jan. 2013
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Used this book as one of the primary references for a lecture on the life of Chuck Colson. Easy read and very helpful in exploring the journey of a man known for running "White House" negative politics to a convicted prisoner to a man who faithfully served God and his fellow man through Prison Fellowship.
HASH(0x95772d14) out of 5 stars Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed 19 Jun. 2014
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Politics can be a dirty business. Colson, caught up in the desire to win at all costs crosses the line to engage in criminal behaviour. Exposed, sent to prison, he finds God's forgiveness and redemption. Through that experience, Colson championed prison reform, having chaplains work in prisons. This became a world wide movement. A must read.
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HASH(0x95772c18) out of 5 stars Fascinating 16 Dec. 2010
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I haven't finished reading it all, but liked what I have read so far. Helped me with my paper on leadership.
HASH(0x9469f708) out of 5 stars Brilliant Biogrpahy! 13 Feb. 2013
By Dan Casselberry - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderfully insightful and honest treatment of a fascinating man and of God's transforming grace! A behind the scenes story of a man who came to influence Christianity as well as to be trandformed by it. A man who came to change prison reform and ministry as well as spend time in prison himself.
A man who grew in grace and also helped others find it for themselves.
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HASH(0x9469fa5c) out of 5 stars A thorough and forthright biography 25 Jun. 2013
By Ken Hobday - Published on Amazon.com
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By thoroughly covering Colson's early life and career the author helps you appreciate the transforming work God performed (both suddenly and gradually) in his life. I appreciated seeing how Colson's personality traits showed up both before his conversion and also throughout his ministry.
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