In Charles W. Colson pleaded guilty to Watergate-related offenses and, after a tumultuous investigation, served seven months in prison. In his search for meaning and purpose in the face of the Watergate scandal, Colson penned Born Again. Charles W. Colson, former special. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Charles W. Colson, former special counsel to President Add Audible book to your download for just $ Deliver to your. This is harrowing story of a man come from the Watergate Scandal to prison, in the midst of it all, finding Jesus and realizing His importance in his life. I deeply appreciate Colson's honesty and humility in the sharing of his life. Almost 40 years ago, Charles W. Colson was not.

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In more than three decades since its initial publication, Born Again recounting the writing of his bestselling book and detailing some of the. Born Again is Colson's story about the high point of his career as Nixon's Special Counsel (through the President's reelection campaign). Born Again - eBook () by Charles W. Colson.

Colson admitted to leaking information from Ellsberg's confidential FBI file to the press, but denied organizing Hunt's burglary of Ellsberg's office. Although not discovered until several years after Nixon had resigned and Colson had finished serving his prison term, transcripts of a tape-recorded June 20, White House conversation between Nixon and Colson has denials from both men of the White House's involvement in the break-in.

Hunt had been off the payroll for three months. Colson asks "Do they think I'm that dumb? Nixon comments that "we have got to have lawyers smart enough to have our people de-, delay unintelligible avoiding--depositions, of course, uh, are one possibility. We've got--I think it would be a quite the thing for the judge to call in Mitchell and have a deposition in the middle of the campaign, don't you?

Phillips, gave Colson a copy of Mere Christianity by C. Lewis , which, after reading it, led Colson to become an evangelical Christian.

Purcell, Jr. When news of the conversion emerged much later, several U.

Following prayer and consultation with his fellowship group, Colson approached his lawyers and suggested a plea of guilty to a different criminal charge of which he did consider himself to be culpable. Journalist Carl Rowan commented in a column of June 10, that the guilty plea came "at a time when the judge was making noises about dismissing the charges against him", and speculated that Colson was preparing to reveal highly damaging information against Nixon, [39] an expectation shared by columnist Clark Mollenhoff ; Mollenhoff even went so far as to suggest that for Colson not to become a "devastating witness" would cast doubt on the sincerity of his conversion.

Interest in prison reform[ edit ] Born Again, Colson's personal memoir reflecting on his religious conversion and prison term, was made into a dramatic film starring Dean Jones as Colson, Anne Francis as his wife Patty, and Harold Hughes as himself.

Actor Kevin Dunn portrayed Colson in the movie Nixon. During his time in prison, Colson had become increasingly aware of what he saw as injustices done to prisoners and incarcerates and shortcomings in their rehabilitation; he also had the opportunity, during a three-day furlough to attend his father's funeral, to pore over his father's papers and discover the two shared an interest in prison reform.

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He became convinced that he was being called by God to develop a ministry to prisoners with an emphasis in promoting changes in the justice system. Career after prison[ edit ] Prison ministry[ edit ] After his release from prison, Colson founded Prison Fellowship in , which today is "the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families". He helped to create prisons whose populations come from inmates who choose to participate in faith-based programs.

Now in countries, Prison Fellowship International is the largest, most extensive association of national Christian ministries working within the criminal justice field, working to proclaim the Gospel worldwide and alleviate the suffering of prisoners and their families.

During this time, Colson also founded Justice Fellowship, using his influence in conservative political circles to push for bipartisan, legislative reforms in the U.

Colson led a small group that includes Dr. Byron Johnson of the University of Pennsylvania , who was the principal researcher of the InnerChange study, a few staff members of Prison Fellowship and three InnerChange graduates to the meeting.

In the presentation, Johnson explained that participants in the InnerChange program were compared to a matched group of 1, inmates from the prison's general population. The study found that only 8 percent of InnerChange graduates, as opposed to In other words, the recidivism rate was cut by almost two-thirds for those who complete the faith-based program. Those who are dismissed for disciplinary reasons or who drop out voluntarily, or those who are paroled before completion, have a comparable rate of rearrest and incarceration.

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In his Christianity Today columns, for example, Colson opposed same-sex marriage , [56] and argued that Darwinism is used to attack Christianity. He debated prominent post-evangelicals , such as Brian McLaren , on the best response for the evangelical church in dealing with the postmodern cultural shift. He decided to inquire about a close friend's obvious grounded peace and joy; his friend had become a Christian, and it had changed his life.

Maybe this was the change Colson needed. He started to read Christian literature and soon after joined a prayer group consisting of both Republicans and Democrats, including one who did not like Colson at all.

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Meanwhile, the heat was on Colson regarding the Watergate and Ellsberg scandals. Colson had no prior knowledge of the Watergate break-in until after it had already occurred, and he had no knowledge of Nixon's wiretapping; he believed that President Nixon was keeping information from him. Unfortunately, Colson was connected to the defamation of Daniel Ellsberg who had military information about the Vietnam War by leaking Ellsberg's FBI files to the media - with the intent to destroy his character - and later tried to cover up the leak.

But before he knew any specifics, an indictment hung over his head for a long time. Colson founded a prison fellowship ministry.

After Charles Colson prayed to commit his life to Christ, he started to see things differently. His sin of pride became very clear to him.

When he learned that he was to be indicted, and that there would be a trial and he could end up in prison, he knew it wasn't the end of his life; however, he continued to feel bitterness toward justice. The evil of my pride had been exposed.

After speaking to a Christian friend about the reality of prison, his friend told him a difficult truth: "It's really tough, Chuck.

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He knows your sins; He knows mine. And He's always ready to forgive us. Even after his lawyer told him he could get him off because he was not guilty of plotting and aiding in the Ellsberg scandal, Colson revealed that his guilty conscience of scheming to destroy someone's character was enough to convict him; hence, he pleaded guilty to something that he was not even on trial for.

He was sentenced to years in a federal prison, though he only served seven months.Nixon comments that "we have got to have lawyers smart enough to have our people de-, delay unintelligible avoiding--depositions, of course, uh, are one possibility. Colson, former special counsel to President Richard Nixon, is the author of twenty-three books, which have sold nearly five million copies. But before he knew any specifics, an indictment hung over his head for a long time.

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Not long after his release, he founded Prison Fellowship and spent the rest of his life ministering to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families.