|About the Book|
Charles Colson is often described as a man of extremes. Once the second-most-hated man in America (after Nixon), he now plays a leading role in the religious life of our nation. Born Again, his account of his conversion, has sold millions of copies,MoreCharles Colson is often described as a man of extremes. Once the second-most-hated man in America (after Nixon), he now plays a leading role in the religious life of our nation. Born Again, his account of his conversion, has sold millions of copies, and the ministry he founded, Prison Fellowship, is one of the most respected and productive Christian organizations in the country. More than thirty years after his spectacular fall from grace, Colsons life has turned full circle. He is a nationally known religious leader, broadcaster, and bestselling author. Amazingly, he is once again an influential voice in presidential politics, enjoying regular access to the White House, with close ties to President George W. Bush and old friends such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Jonathan Aitken, a well-known British author, is the first biographer given complete access to Colsons private archives and personal papers. From these, and from his knowledge of Colson and his circle for some seventeen years, Aitken has crafted a revealing portrait of this complex and colorful man. Aitkens biography sheds new light on Colsons conversion to evangelical Christianity, on his prison sentence, and on his creation in the late 1970s of a prison ministry based on his experiences as an inmate. More than a quarter of a century later, even skeptical observers are impressed with Colsons Prison Fellowship, a $50-million-a-year ministry that takes him to some of Americas toughest prisons. As he explores what makes Colson tick, Aitken provides incisive answers to such questions as: Is Colson for real or is he on an ego trip in Christian camouflage? Has he gone soft politically and philosophically? Did his conversion change him from hawk to dove - or from political to religious extremist?