Gospel-spreading, Jesus-loving, and worldview-shaping. These short phrases describe a special man. This man was bold, unafraid, and merciful. He was filled with compassion for people and longed to see social justice in America and around the globe. These are only a few brief descriptions of the former hatchet-man. This man served under President Richard M. Nixon. This man served time in a federal penitentiary. His name – Charles Colson.
Owen Strachan provides an invaluable service to the church in his latest book, The Colson Way. While the primary target is American millennial evangelicals, the author’s message should reach all age groups and is destined to not only inspire a new generation of leaders but also warn against moral decay and worldview erosion. The book is a primer on the importance of loving one another and making a mark for the gospel – a gospel which is characterized by truth, grace, forgiveness, love, and mercy.
Strachan explores the formative years of Mr. Colson and walks readers through his days in the White House which ultimately led to a short stay in the “Big House.” The Providential path of pain that Colson traveled led him to a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result, his life was transformed by Jesus which resulted in a series of unexpected events that would have an effect on people around him and thousands of people who never met him.
The author chronicles the various ministries of Chuck Colson, especially Prison Fellowship which spans around the world and offers hope, peace, and forgiveness to prisoners.
Strachan summarizes the Colson life creed:
“His God-given role in the kingdom was to go to the needy, the suffering, and the forgotten, and to minister grace to them … As a former prisoner, disgraced in the public eye, he never lost sight of just how freeing the gospel truly was. He knew what it was to have lost everything, to be at the mercy of routines and regulations that were not of his choosing, and to taste shame and guilt that left only to return.”
This fascinating book not only introduces readers to the life and legacy of Charles Colson; it also serves as a primer for living with a bold faith in the public square. It is a clarion call to young evangelical leaders. It is an invitation to proclaim, defend, and live the truth in a world which is hostile to the truth of the gospel.
This much-needed book will serve the church well and prompt much discussion and debate. Better yet, it will lead a new generation of leaders to the front lines where the battle is fought, and where our Commanding Officer beckons us to heed His sovereign call.
Highly recommended – 4.5 stars
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
2 thoughts on “The Colson Way – Owen Strachan (2015)”
I had several chances to sit around the table with Chuck Colson back in the late 80’s and 90’s. He was an amazing person. His grasp of the Christian Faith inspired me to dig deeper in my beliefs and to put what I found there into action in my church and in the prison ministry I am still active in.
I pre-ordered the book the first day it was available. Can’t wait to read it
Incredible! Thanks, Steve!