Back in January, I read The Faith by Charles Colson. However, I did not do a book review. But with the passing of the author Charles Colson, I’ve been moved to do a book review of The Faith.
I would sum up The Faith thus: (1) it’s a miniature systematic theology that reads like a narrative, without been dry and dull. (2) to overcome the usual dryness and dullness of most systematic theologies, at least for the layperson, the late Colson has woven autobiographical material throughout.
Because of his position in ECT, Evangelicals and Catholics Together, and his ongoing support of the spirit of ECT, the late Colson had been criticised by some Evangelical leaders. However, the late Colson held to his convictions about ECT as the reader would note in The Faith.
At any rate, I stand with Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, when he said about Colson’s The Faith: “Reads like a novel and packs the wallop of a sledge hammer–possibly the most important book Colson has ever written.”
A word about the late Charles Colson (October 16, 1931 – April 21, 2012) : after serving his prison sentence for his role in Watergate, upon reading C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, Colson came to faith in Christ. He went on to found Prison Fellowship, a broadcaster on BreakPoint, written a few books, and was actively involved in an itinerant type ministry.
The late Chuck Colson stands as a testimony to how God continues to use men and women, whom we don’t often expect, to advance his kingdom here on earth.