How Now Shall We Live

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This is Living Life 101 from God's point of view . . . and isn't it about time? Teenagers are looking for purpose and meaning in life; and too many are turning to secular, humanistic answers to find the anwers to some basic life questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? How did the world get into this shape? How do we fix the chaos that is going on in this world?
Clearly, Scripture provides solid answers to each of these questions, and through this new study, Chuck Colson guides students to understand what the Bible has to say regarding these real-life questions. It provides a solid, biblical foundation on which they can build their lives, and they'll never look at life the same way again once they've experienced this kind of truth.
Participants use the How Now Shall We Live? Student Edition for daily personal study in preparation for each of the eight group sessions.

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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 author 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 founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries and author of several renowned Christian works--considers this book the most important work of his life.

America, Colson states, is now in a post-Judeo-Christian era. Technically, this is what "postmodernism" means. In a generation in which the most respected brands of thought about reality declare that "God is dead," it is clear that a faith-based worldview does not prevail. So how do we teach our children that belief in God is respectable and intelligent? How do we fulfill our mandate to make "disciples of all nations" when friends and coworkers find the Christian perspective foolhardy and--in terms of rational thought--almost insane? Most important, how do we renew our entire culture, especially as it infects the global community, with the "common grace" of reinstating a prevailing belief in God and in His moral order?

These questions' implications are far-reaching, and Colson's thorough inquiry is a ready match for the challenge. In effect, this book delivers a logical, more than just "because the Bible says so" framework for interpreting the Gospel to the postmodern world, while also illustrating the vision for a culture based entirely on Biblical principles--powerful tools, indeed.

Christians are taught to love God with all their hearts, all their strength, and all their minds. How Now Shall We Live emphasizes that not to use one's mind in this idea-saturated culture is to abandon dying neighbors to bleed by the side of the road while going about one's religious way. As Colson puts it, "turning our backs on the culture ... denies God's sovereignty over all of life." It's this compassionate severity and prodding intelligence that make this book not only a good read, but a life-changing one as well. --Courtenay Gebhardt

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Charles Colson is a popular speaker, radio commentator, former presidential aide to Richard Nixon, and founder of the international Prison Fellowship Ministries. He has also written several books, including "Born Again, Loving God, Kingdoms in Conflict, " and "The Body, " which have shaped Christian thinking. In 1993 Colson was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, given for extraordinary leadership and originality in advancing humanity's understanding of God.

Nancy R. Pearcey has served as the policy director of the Wilberforce Forum, the executive editor of "BreakPoint, " and the managing editor of "Origins and Designs." She is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute. Pearcey coauthored "The Soul of Science" with Charles Thaxton.

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