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Being the Body

Being the Body

Thomas Nelson Publishers 2004 Paperback

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Charles Colson has been called, "one of the most important social reformers in a generation." Ten years ago in 'The Body', Colson turned his prophetic attention to the church and how it might break out of its cultural captivity and reassert its biblical identity.

Today the book's classic truths have not changed. But the world we live in has. Christians in America have had their complacency shattered and their beliefs challenged. Around the world, the clash of world views has never been more strident. Before all of us, daily, are the realities of life and death, terror and hope, light and darkness, brokenness and healing. We cannot withdraw to the comfort of our sanctuaries...we must engage. For, if ever there was a time for Christians to be the Body of Christ in the world, it is now.

In this new, revised and expanded edition of The Body, Charles Colson revisits the question, "What is the church and what is its relevance to contemporary culture at large?" Provocative and insightful, Being the Body inspires us to rise above a stunted "Jesus and me" faith to a nobler view of something bigger and grander than ourselves--the glorious, holy vision for which God created the church.

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  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • ISBN: 0849945089
  • ISBN-13: 9780849945083
  • UPC: 9780849945083
  • SKU: 0849945089
  • Release Date: July 12, 2004
  • Pages: 528
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 1.39 inches
  • Width: 5.51 inches
  • Length: 8.51 inches
  • Weight: 1.35 pounds

About the Author


Chuck Colson

The well-known story of Charles Colson's transformation from President Richard Nixon's "hatchet man" who was "incapable of humanitarian thoughts" to founder of the Prison Fellowship Ministries and internationally recognized Christian author and speaker is a triumph of God finding a man and a man finding God. His 1973 conversion to Christianity was followed by a guilty plea to obstruction of justice and a seven-month prison sentence in 1974. He founded Prison Fellowship Ministries in 1976, fulfilling a promise made to fellow inmates that he would "never forget those behind bars."

Charles Colson's first book, Born Again, was released in 1976 and instantly became an international bestseller. He has authored 16 books that have collectively sold more than five million copies worldwide, including Justice That Restores, How Now Shall We Live?, Burden of Truth, Answers to Your Kids, Gideon's Torch, Why America Doesn't Work, Kingdoms in Conflict, and Loving God.

The phenomenal growth of Prison Fellowship Ministries over the last twenty-five years leads Charles Colson and some 50,000 volunteers to serve the need of prisoners in over 88 countries. In addition to Prison Fellowship, he founded Justice Fellowship, Neighbors Who Care, and Angel Tree. Angel Tree is a program that provides Christmas presents to more than 500,000 children of inmates annually. He is also a syndicated columnist, international speaker, and commentator on the nationally syndicated radio broadcast BreakPoint. He received the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1993 and donated the $1 million prize to the Prison Fellowship's Endowment Fund.

Charles Colson remains committed to the unity of the church, the relationships between church and state, the struggle between the spiritual and the secular worlds, and constantly encourages Christians to understand biblical faith as an entire worldview and to adopt biblical faith as a perspective on all life.

About the Author


Ellen Vaughn

Ellen Vaughn is an award-winning author and speaker. Her novels include The Strand and Gideon’s Torch (co-authored with Chuck Colson). She collaborated with Colson on seven other nonfiction books, including The Body, Kingdoms in Conflict, and Against the Night. Former vice-president of executive communications for Prison Fellowship Ministries, Vaughn has also written for a number of publications, including the Dallas Morning News, Christianity Today, and World. She speaks frequently at Christian gatherings and retreats and has been featured at writer’s conferences in the U.S. and Canada. A native of Washington, D.C., Vaughn holds a Master of Arts in English literature from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond. She and her husband, Lee, live in Virginia with daughter Emily and twins Walker and Haley.

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