Charles Colson: A Story of Power, Corruption, and Redemption

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A portrait of the former counselor to Richard Nixon and founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries discusses his military career, involvement in Watergate, imprisonment, religious conversion, and receipt of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

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John Perry is the author of Sgt. York: His Life, His Legend, & Legacy. His previous books have covered subjects as sports, politics, and religion. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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In this toothless, expletives-deleted biography of White House-operative-turned-prison-evangelist Charles Colson, Perry (Unshakable Faith) follows Colson's rise to the top of the Washington food-chain as Nixon's consummate "hatchet man"; his tearful acceptance of Jesus Christ as his savior; his brief imprisonment for obstruction of justice in connection with the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist; and his resurrection as head of Prison Fellowships, an evangelical ministry to the nation's penitentiaries. Perry insists that the book, which concludes with a chapter entitled "Chuck's Message to Us" written by Colson himself, is not an "authorized" biography; but even the parts not written by Colson judge him leniently. Perry accepts at face value Colson's claim that he knew nothing of the Ellsberg break-in, even though the facts he relates-that Colson hired the men who organized it, secured them cash, interceded with Administration officials to win approval for their missions, and pointedly forbade them to tell him details of their operations-suggest that Colson deliberately turned a blind eye to patently illegal activities. And if Colson the operative is shown in a favorable light, Colson the born-again activist wears a veritable halo (it was the "inworking of the heart by the Holy Spirit that was the key to Prison Fellowship's success"). Colson's large evangelical following may enjoy this story of spiritual uplift, but readers in search of an objective appraisal of the man should turn elsewhere.
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