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The Good Life [Kindle Edition]

Charles Colson , Harold Fickett
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Book Description

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 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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From Publishers Weekly

Colson—bestselling author, political figure and ministry leader—wrote this book to help readers answer "deep questions... that [determine] how we will live and how we will die and whether our lives will count for something." It is part memoir, as Colson reflects on his own rights and wrongs. For Colson, how people live comes down to their worldview – how their core beliefs about life shape their actions. He covers key paradoxes (i.e., "Out of suffering and defeat often comes victory") and spends a large section of the book establishing the existence of "capital-T truth," a concept Colson argues provides hope and "makes life a breathtaking challenge." He addresses a number of social and political issues, including evolution, euthanasia and homosexuality. Stories are central to this exploration, and Colson incorporates many different kinds: his own Watergate experience, popular films, stories of war and oppression, and front-page business scandals. While he attempts to conduct his search "without relying on any prior assumptions or sectarian convictions," his Christian faith is ever present, and some who start from an opposing position may find his arguments weak. However, Colson's deep humility is striking, and many will welcome this well-researched book, built on his lifetime of learning and extraordinary experience. (June)
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With the aid of the excellent parable-writer/exegete Harold Fickett (see Conversations with Jesus, 1999), Colson reconfirms that he is a premier popular practitioner of Christian persuasion, especially for the un- and spottily churched. Instead of reflexively citing and quoting the Bible, he alludes to it, sparingly and pointedly, and his exempla come from broadly familiar sources, such as the movie Saving Private Ryan, and the lives of figures ranging from Olivier Messiaen to Madalyn Murray O'Hair, from death-row convicts to business tycoons. He considers good living and its grounds, which is to say, living for others while seeking and acting upon the truth. The book's long first part contrasts careers of self-motivation and hedonism with others of service and suffering to demonstrate that the former eventuate in disillusion and emptiness, the latter in fulfillment and satisfaction, independent of material success; the short second part discusses the rewards of giving. In the third part, Colson argues against relativism and for absolute truth, considerably more substantially than the ruck of "conservative Christian" commentators do; the exempla in this part are particularly engrossing and frequently high toned (e.g., the spiritual journey of Wallace Stevens). The concluding part considers ultimate things--providence, death, infinite love--and overtly proselytizes, very considerately, for the first time in the book. Colson's temperateness and reasonableness in all that comes before the call to faith increases its appeal, especially to those repelled by ranting and tears. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • File Size: 928 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0842377492
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WBHYBY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another in a long list of superb books by Chuck Colson October 13, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I've read so many of Chuck Colson's books and heard so many of his speeches, that I feel as though he's one of my great friends. Even though I've never met him, my heart definitely beats with his(!). This book centers on Chuck looking back over his life offering personal anecdotes and examples of how modern man defines the 'good life' in today's culture - and is left wanting. Colson, as usual, affirms the biblical worldview as the only perspective which offers the greatest joy and satisfaction in life. It's a book for 'seekers.' Chuck is one of those great men whose testimony for Christ, and articulate expressions about the Christian worldview in so many forms, makes one happy to have him as a fellow believer. He leaves a great legacy - although I'm sure Mr. Colson has a lot of great years ahead in Christian service. Continue on, my friend!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing - for all who read this book October 4, 2005
Format:Hardcover
One reviewer called this the "thinking man's purpose driven life", and I read the book and completely agree with that summary. Whether you follow Christ or if you know there are many religions and you're not sure why and what is the difference - this book will speak to you. Colson, a former attorney, uses logic and reason to take the reader through methodical reason on many different real-life subjects - from evolution, consumerism, infanticide, homosexuality and much more. Colson takes you through these thoughts logically - not biblically - to present what it means to live the good life - to find purpose, meaning and truth. Colson takes the reader to the point of absolute truth. Rick Warren said about this book - "read this and be changed"; Warren is right. All thinking, well-read people should explore this book. Also Colson shares his own hurt - from his prison stay, alienation and information about his autistic grandson; a very personal book for Colson readers.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read or Listen! August 14, 2006
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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 more developed perspective, in his recent book, The Good Life.

The Good Life isn't completely about Charles Colson. In fact, his is just one of many stories the authors share to explore the issues of purpose, meaning, and truth in this life. Reflections are offered on men who "had it all," such as L. Dennis Kozlowski (former CEO of Tyco International), as well as people who endured devastating pain and suffering, such as Nien Cheng (a women who suffered under Communist rule in China).

Each of the stories told sheds some light on what "the good life" truly is. Along the way, pieces are placed together in the puzzle. Colson and Hackett make the case that self-sacrifice in serving others is an essential element. So to, they claim, is a well-founded worldview that holds truth as valuable and morality as objective. Ultimately, "the good life" comes from complete surrender to Jesus Christ- embracing who He is and what He wants to do with our lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Good Life. The stories were artfully told in a manner that drew suspense at times and thoughtfulness at others. Powerful points are made by the use of these narratives in conjunction with the clear thinking of a seasoned apologist.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life is a Great Book to Read! August 3, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Well, once again, Colson has written another gem of a book! The premise of The Good Life is that a good life can be found only in a two-fold purpose: serving others and serving them in truth. In other words, do not waste your life satisfying just your own selfish desires and do not serve others just to promote your own self-interest. Instead, we are challenged to serve others because of who Jesus Christ is and what He did for us on the cross at Calvary.

The important points covered in the book include:

1. We acknowledge the evil to embrace the good.

2. When people are too idle, they lack purpose. We were wired to have a purpose in life.

3. Our own personal happiness must never be the ultimate goal in our lives.

4. Living independent of others is unhealthy - we are meant for community.

5. Instead of doing your own thing, the good life depends on giving yourself to others and losing yourself.

6. Integrity is more important than loyalty. Get that wrong and your world collapses.

7. When we feel a desire for something that this world cannot satisfy, then we can realize that we are made for another world.

8. The reality of our death spurs us on to accomplish as much in life as we can.

9. God wants our child-lie faith and wants us to come to Him on His terms.

Read, enjoy, and be challenged to get outside of yourself and make the most of the rest of your life for God's glory!

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
We did a adult Sunday School study with this book and the men loved it. The examples and stories Chuck uses often leave us humbled.
Published 1 month ago by Donald Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Awesome book from Chuck Colson! He breaks down what it really means to live the Good Life-hint it has nothing to do with having most toys...
Published 1 month ago by B. Ondrusek
5.0 out of 5 stars Searching for the Good Life?
"The Good Life" is a typical Chuck Colson Biblical Worldview book chocked full of how to live and be a light in our ever darkening culture. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Revealed
Charles Colson. Our generation's C.S. Lewis. "The Good Life" is a brilliant defense of Truth. This is a must-read for serious seekers.
Published 4 months ago by MBedwell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very inspiring book
I bought the audible of this book so I can listen in the car on my way to work and back. One time my grandson, age 11, was in the car with me and he was deeply moved by the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by L. M. Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling reading
The book itself is very engaging and the stories are compelling. My purpose, however, is to augment a companion study that references this book, so I purchased it as part of a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by g.r. payne
5.0 out of 5 stars my all time favorite book
Charles Colson had a way with words and this is the best book of this decade. I've read it several times and it always speaks to me.
Published 7 months ago by Marsha
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very well written. Almost as though you were in a court room where they are deciding "is there a God"? Answer is a resounding YES!
Published 8 months ago by t&b
5.0 out of 5 stars What really matters
The book puts into perspective what really matters and what we are put on earth to do. We all have a passion for something. We need to use it for God and others. Great book!
Published 8 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important Christian book I have read (part from the Bible)
The best, most thorough, and most convincing account of why we should submit our lives to Christ, written by someone who was once very worldly and turned his back on it.
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