I must admit, I didn’t know that much about Chuck Colson before I read this volume. As a man who came to power and fame before my time as a thinker, he is often overlooked by those in my generation. Whether you hate him for his actions while in the political realm or love him because of his compassion on those incarcerated across this country, Owen Strachan shows us the real, and often raw Colson, in a recent release, The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World.
From the opening pages, Strachan grabs the readers by tossing them into the life of Colson as his sharp mind opened for him a massive storehouse of power and notoriety. As the shards of his shattered political career came crashing down around him Chuck Colson could sense the grace of God bring poured out upon him as he cried out through tears, “take me“.
Not only does the reader get a guided tour of the events that shaped the man who would later begin Prison Fellowship with some uncertainty of the future, but we get a running commentary by the author on how the examples of Colson’s life can have a direct impact on those in the public square of today. After every blurb the author places I’m immediately drawn to situations in our culture today which could have used a Colson touch.
For that reason, I think this is an extremely valuable tool that needs to be in the toolkit of every young evangelical. I would even go further and say every Millennial in view of the public needs to have this on their shelf. We need to take the example of a figure often forgotten and begin to put into play the ideals and compassion that Colson operated under.
With a few well-placed men at the Chuck Colson Center, John Stonestreet and Eric Metaxas, those ideals live on. Two experts who are very much in the vein of Colson guide us through the valley of culture with winsome dialogue and clever tactics. They appeal to audiences everywhere that the passion which Colson had for public spaces is being continued and refined for a new generation of Kuyperian Christians.
I can’t stress the importance of The Colson Way among evangelicals today. From the parents of children wandering off into secular colleges or the business person trying to navigate social spaces, this volume, though small, is packed with practical insight from the life of Chuck Colson. Not only would we be better off to follow such a great example, we would also be able to regain a voice which has long had the volume turned to 0.