Charles Colson has passed from this life to eternity. No other writer has influenced me to the degree he did. He knew how to think Christianly about our complicated, confusing world. I am glad he now knows the joy of being in the Lord’s presence.
Here are three books he wrote that influenced me deeply. It is not a complete list of the fine books he authored, of course, but all three are valuable reads and a great place to start, if you haven’t met this wonderful man.
You also will want to read this excellent article about Colson’s life and legacy.
How Now Shall We Live?
Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that answers life’s basic questions and shows us how we should live as a result of those answers. How Now Shall We Live? equips Christians to confront false worldviews and live redemptively in contemporary culture.
Against the Night: Living in the New Dark Ages
The demise of Western culture is the “new dark ages.” Ominous shadows have engulfed politics, family life and education. Against the Night, however, is not pessimistic. It gives Christians hope that as we regain our vision of living in God’s kingdom and being God’s people, we will be a light in the darkness.
The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters
Rightly understood and rightly communicated, the Christian faith is one of great joy. It is an invitation to God’s kingdom, where tears are replaced by laughter and longing hearts find their purpose and their home. This is the heart of the gospel: God’s search to reclaim us and love us as his own. But have we truly grasped this? Those of us who have disdained Christianity as a religion of bigotry—have we repudiated the genuine article or merely demonstrated our own prejudice and ignorance? Those of us who are Christians—have we deeply apprehended the mission of Jesus, and do our ways and character faithfully reflect his beauty? From the nature of God, to the human condition, to the work of Jesus, to God’s coming kingdom, and all that lies between, how well do we understand the foundational truths of Christianity and their implications? The Faith is a book for our troubled times and for decades to come, for Christians and non-Christians alike. It is the most important book Chuck Colson and Harold Fickett have ever written: a thought-provoking, soul-searching, and powerful manifesto of the great, historical central truths of Christianity that have sustained believers through the centuries. Brought to immediacy with vivid, true stories, here is what Christianity is really about and why it is a religion of hope, redemption, and beauty.