The Good Life: Seeking Purpose, Meaning, and Truth in Your Life

The Good Life: Seeking Purpose, Meaning, and Truth in Your Life By Charles W. Colson Harold Fickett, The Good Life Seeking Purpose Meaning and Truth in Your Life 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 h
  • Title: The Good Life: Seeking Purpose, Meaning, and Truth in Your Life
  • Author: Charles W. Colson Harold Fickett
  • ISBN: 9780842377492
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Good Life: Seeking Purpose, Meaning, and Truth in Your Life By Charles W. Colson Harold Fickett, 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 addressSharing 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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      Almost 40 years ago, Charles W Colson was not thinking about reaching out to prison inmates or reforming the U.S penal system In fact, this aide to President Richard Nixon was incapable of humanitarian thought, according to the media of the mid 1970s Colson was known as the White House hatchet man, a man feared by even the most powerful politicos during his four years of service to Nixon.When news of Colson s conversion to Christianity leaked to the press in 1973, The Boston Globe reported, If Mr Colson can repent of his sins, there just has to be hope for everybody Colson would agree.In 1974 Colson entered a plea of guilty to Watergate related charges although not implicated in the Watergate burglary, he voluntarily pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the Daniel Ellsberg Case He entered Alabama s Maxwell Prison in 1974 as a new Christian and as the first member of the Nixon administration to be incarcerated for Watergate related charges He served seven months of a one to three year sentence.After leaving prison, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries in 1976, which has since become the world s largest outreach to prisoners, ex prisoners and their families Today, Colson remains a member of the board of Prison Fellowship Ministries.A sought after speaker, Colson has written than 30 books, which collectively have sold than 5 million copies His autobiographical book, Born Again, was one of the nation s best selling books of all genres in 1976 Another bestseller, co authored by Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live, is considered one of the most important books written on the subject of Christian worldview His most recent book, The Faith, is a powerful appeal to the Church to re embrace the foundational truths of Christianity.In 1991 Colson launched BreakPoint, a unique radio commentary that provides a Christian perspective on today s news and trends BreakPoint is currently aired weekdays to than 1,300 outlets nationwide that reach and estimated 2 million listeners.Today Colson is focused full time on developing other Christian leaders who can influence the culture and their communities through their faith The capstone of this effort is The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, an online research and training center launched in 2009 for the promotion of Christian worldview teaching In addition to a vast library of worldview materials, the Colson Center provides online courses and serves as a catalyst for a growing movement of Christian organizations dedicated to impacting the culture The Colson Center website also hosts Colson s popular weekly Two Minute Warning video commentary aimed at engaging a younger generation with a biblical perspective on cultural issues.In 2009, Colson was a principal writer of the Manhattan Declaration, which calls on Christians to defend the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage and religious freedom Nearly half a million people have signed the Manhattan Declaration Collaborating with other Christian ministries, BreakPoint aims to launch other ecumenical grassroots movements around moral and ethical issues of great concern.In recognition of his work, Colson received the prestigious Templeton Prize for progress in religion in 1993, donating the 1 million prize to Prison Fellowship Colson s other awards have included the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation s second highest civilian honor 2008 the Humanitarian Award from Dominos Pizza Corporation 1991 The Others Award from The Salvation Army 1990 the Outstanding Young Man of Boston from the Boston Chamber of Commerce 1960 and several honorary doctorates from various colleges and universities 1982 2000.

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    1. Chuck Colson, who served time in prison for his involvement with the Watergate Scandal, is now a converted Christian man and has written over 20 books, and is involved in prison ministry This book is about seeking meaning and purpose in life.Favorite Quotes The people we influence in a positive way constitute the real and lasting monuments of our lives p 157 Providence is the Christian s answer to fate, destiny, or chance Christians believe that God has a purpose for history and that He works th [...]

    2. Really thought provoking A rather philosophical book but full of stories from movies, from books, from friends, from himself which makes it an interesting, fairly easy read I don t think I realized before just how brilliant Chuck Colson is though For one illustration, he is talking about a friend of his and says we could talk about the natural order, Aristotle, Anselm s proof of God and the medieval synthesis of Aquinas He was trying to point out how bright his friend was, but anyone who even kn [...]

    3. Chuck Colson is a great storyteller, and he makes his point clearly on where truth and meaning are to be found through the use of stories and short biographies He uses his skills as an apologist to draw you along in a gentle but powerful way, and makes his case through real life examples and interesting illustrations You could share this book with anyone who is a seeker for truth.This book is not at all difficult and would be good for someone who may not have the time to read a technical apolog [...]

    4. OK, this is a must read for every one from an amazing, empathic and humble servant of the Almighty I learn history, vocabulary, wisdom and wonder with every Colson book I read Bless you, man Highly recommend to Christians and non Christians alike This book contains the most straightforward, simple account of Watergate in Ch 2, A Shattered Life, for those who would like to really understand what happened and Colson s real role in it.Miss the usual very extensive index that he usually includes, t [...]

    5. This is a peculiar little book It is partially a memoir, but also partially a book to convince doubters of the Christian worldview Colson might try to tackle too much in this book He covers everything from evolution to euthanasia to homosexuality to forgiveness It s full of illustrations, which are interesting and well written.I went through most of the book thinking, This is pure moralism He finally gets around to grounding things in the gospel in the last few chapters It s set up this way beca [...]

    6. 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 developed perspective, in his recent book, T [...]

    7. So This was a gift from someone else, and I was a bit dubious that the perspective would be from the other side of the Christian theological perspective than where I am That being said, I did enjoy the first half of the book I was true about the perspective but, always trying to be open, I did enjoy many of the things Mr Colson had to say It does get you to think about your faith, and I did carry away a few things about itbut then came the second half of the book Once the author tried to delve i [...]

    8. A wonderful book about what the good life is Although it s a bit long, it covers every other worldview arts, postmodernism, Atheism, pleasure, materialism, etc and explains why a life lived without knowing the truth is not the good life It talks about what the Christian principles of loving others, giving ourselves, knowing God, etc are what leads to the good life I enjoyed reading about real people like Jack Eckerd vs Hugh Hefner Playboy founder , Randy, Madalyn Murray O Hair, Nien Cheng, and D [...]

    9. Charles Colson was a major voice in support of the Christian worldview, though one of the major things I learned from his writing and radio programs was exsistance and impact of whatever your worldview is I learned how your worldview colors how you interpret all information, and it helped me to understand the Bible s statement that people were ever seeing, but never understanding.Along with that understanding, came the conviction to examine my own worldview and how it colored my understanding Th [...]

    10. Compared to his deep book How Now Shall We Live , this is a straightforward, easy to understand book that tells that if we search, and accept with faith, we will realise that the truly good life is the life of God in Christ through us Not money, pleasure, work can be told to produce the good life without God at its center This is truly an insightful book If you happen to find this book, buy and read this.

    11. I have only recently discovered the works of Charles Chuck Colson I knew his name and some of his nefarious deeds from Watergate but never really paid any attention to what happened to him after he went to prison But over the last year I have been paying attention to his radio ministry now being done by writer Eric Metaxes and John Stonestreet and have picked up several of his books And I have to say, so many Christian writers either get bogged down in heavy theological writing which is fine if [...]

    12. This book was excellent and one that I could share with a person who is searching for truth and meaning, but doesn t have a relationship with Jesus Christ It reaffirmed my own faith I liked this quote on p 357, There is no disparity between faith, on the one hand, and reason, or what we can discover about the natural order, on the other Nothing in the one contradicts the other What God reveals about Himself in the Bible enlarges the capacities of both reason and the imagination Revelation enable [...]

    13. Colson s The Good Life was one part apologetics the rational defense of Christianity Think Paul E Little s book, Know What Why You Believe and also one part a historical account of the rise and fall of Western thought and culture Think Francis Schaeffer s, How Should We Then Live Colson draws upon some of the most compelling life stories including his own to illustrate and explain why we are hereSome of his key existential questions are How do we know what s true Where did we come from What s th [...]

    14. What is the good life What does it mean to live for ourselves brings only misery The way to live successfully is to live for others But in doing so, you must find the truth and live it, lest you bring destruction to yourself and those you are serving Only a life lived in service of the truth can be a good life Chuck Colson, The Good Life page 347The truth, the only truth, is Jesus Christ and a life lived for Him This book tells of Colson s life and experiences and how they either support [...]

    15. Good chapters covering a multitude of how people can submit to convenient beliefs if you don t know what your own beliefs are.This is a big picture view book and I admittedly enjoy the big picture This should be a personal book if you ve chosen to read I do not agree with the Authors chapter we all need to be committed to being evangelists ourselves.Spirituality is something to heal and give from your heart not a soap box Otherwise the book is a beautiful submission of courage in the most challe [...]

    16. This is an excellent book Charles Colson shows how what we humans think is good actually leads to disillusionment and ultimately destruction and that the teachings of Jesus Christ and the living of them lead to a truly good life He uses a lot of amazing stories from all different types of peoples lives criminals, entrepreneurs, pastors, missionaries, prisoners, politicians, poor and rich, young and old to demonstrate the truths presented It is clear, hard hitting, and very well written.

    17. About half the book is good but Chuck goes a bit over the top in a few of the chapters to a place I couldn t follow him I d label him as pretty conservative and I think he sometimes loses touch with his sense of grace and mercy Although at other times he s seems to be zeroed right in on the grace and mercy thing his focus on prison ministry is really outstanding.I do like many of the things he has to say in this book but as a recommendation, I d probably point you to something that stands togeth [...]

    18. Colson presents some great examples of ways that people look in the wrong direction to find peace and fleeting happiness in life only to find themselves even unhappy and unfulfilled and offers some insight and evidence for how having a relationship with Christ can provide that peace, joy, and fulfillment The only reason I give it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I wanted examples and discussion when I was donebut I guess I ll have to read some of his other books

    19. Easy to read in the sense of vocabulary and topic but it took me several weeks of reading and re reading about many of the interesting people who were featured to fully understand their significance in the book Kind of a how to, without being preachy or condescending Probably best suited to those who already understand the Christian worldview, though the book could be a wonderful evangelism tool.

    20. It just barely got five stars from me But this is a book by a notorious 20th century American that s a mixture of autobiography and life philosophy based on a darned interesting life His chapters sync up with a bunch of milestone events in American politics during the 80s, 90s and 00s And his conclusions are worth pondering by anyone who considers herself himself a seeker I m so glad I read this book, which was given to me by someone clearing out their bookshelf.

    21. This book is designed as a seeker s introduction to the good life Rather than making a case for the biblical view of the good life, Colson uses reason and autobiography to demonstrate that the Christian worldview makes the most sense among competing worldviews The good life must be based on truth and lead to reality, and, because the Christian worldview does these things best, it will ultimately lead us to the good life.

    22. I participated in a bible study in our church that presented the Wide Angle video series by Rick Warren and Charles Colson that also used his book as a companion I have great respect for Charles Colson the man, and his writing style has also gained my respect Every human has a worldview, including Christians What is a Christian worldview, and does it match your worldview Read this book to find out Whether you agree or not, you ll be glad you read the book.

    23. I think this book needs to be read slowly, like several studies than one complete book I loved it in the beginning, but then, started to become overwhelmed by the spiritual giants in Colson s story I may have done better with a shorter version of this book All of Colson s stories hit so close to home that it is demanding on your emotional resources I appload his writing and his life, just need some room to think the stories over before moving on.

    24. Charles Colson is an ex con, born again Christian He had worked as the right hand of President Nixon, and he was imprisoned during the Watergate scandal In prison, Colson s perspective changed He began to understand what it means to have a good life, and he spent his remaining years outside the prison walls, trying to share his revelation with others This book is inspirational, motivational, and will change a reader s life, no matter where the reader is in his or her spiritual journey.

    25. So I finally finished this book The general principles and ideals of this book spoke to me in a very loud and clear way However, based on the writing style alone left me completely and totally uninspired and I continuously found myself thinking about other things as I was reading If you can get passed the ho hum quality of this book and focus on what he is trying to convey it may be just worthwhile.

    26. Poses answers to the question What makes a good life and gives examples of men and women who have lived good lives and those who have not Got detailed at times Helped me clarify some of the whys for what I think are characteristics of a life well lived I thought it was well worth reading and expect to read parts again.

    27. This was a long read for me 365 pages but not one page should be omitted A very informative book Colon gives examples What is a Good Life by looking at other peoples life as well as his own Working with President Nixon and going through Watergate Colon end up in Prison He goes through a conversion Is self indulgence a good life or is a relationship with Jesus Christ a good life

    28. This is the kind of book that makes you regret you ve reached the end and wish the author would just keep going It s a compelling guide to life s journey to help us navigate through the age old question what is the good life I imagine if C.S Lewis were alive today, this is how he would write A must read for every truth seeker.

    29. Charles Colson present here much to think over in an easy to understand package He deals with the big questions of life why am I here, where did I come from, what is my purpose, etc by using biographical stories of people finding faith or living out their faith It is much easier to read than his previous How Now Shall We Live.

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