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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Colson, Ellen Vaughn Narrator: Greg Wheatley Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9781608140411
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Scriptural, searching, haunting, humbling, challenging, energizing, down-to-earth, up-to-the-minute—all of this and more is true of Being the Body, a radical update of Colson’s blockbuster of a decade ago, now even more powerful than it was before. Here is visionary dynamite. Read it thoughtfully and it will mark your life.”

    J. I. Packer, professor and bestselling author of Knowing God

  • “No one can match Colson’s unique blend of story-telling contemporary insight and prophetic vision.”

    Philip Yancey, bestselling author of Soul Survivor

  • “Chuck Colson and Ellen Vaughn have once again given us a compelling and humbling testament to how God’s grace and truth are best embodied when the church truly lives Coram  Deo…before the eyes of God. Through numerous stories from the earliest days of Christianity to the present…your heart will be touched and your mind challenged.”

    Ravi Zacharias, bestselling author

  • “Colson is a national treasure—not only that, he is a light for the universal church. The church, as Dr. Colson teaches us again, that embodied presence of Christ active in the world, today as yesterday.”

    Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jkanz | 11/3/2013

    " This book by Chuck Colson focuses on the implications of the body of Christ and is a great argument against lone gun Christianity. Colson and Vaughn weave together compelling stories with a strong call to the church, which is trademark Colson and which makes his books so readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 4/26/2013

    " I actually read the earlier edition first and then got the newer one. This is a look at the Christian Church and the things we have in common rather than the things that seperate us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Barnard | 6/10/2012

    " I almost always like Chuck Colson. Here he's promoting both holiness and the unity of the church. Excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/7/2012

    " I read it a long while back but remember it being a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/6/2012

    " The church is the body of Christ. I especially liked the stories of Eastern Europe and Christians standing up to communism. The final chapter about a man on death row who comes to know Christ is heartbreakingly beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Matzke | 2/3/2012

    " chock full of good sermon illustrations and anecdotes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jud Kossum | 11/2/2011

    " Published in 1992, it's a little dated (there is a newer version out called "Being the Body") and not without flaws, but this book should serve as a wake-up call to the church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 8/24/2011

    " This is a good book but admittedly I didn't finish it. It didn't seem to fit my season appropriately. I did enjoy what I read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William E. | 4/3/2011

    " This is my second time through on The Body. The authors are not harbingers of doom, but rather reveal to the Church in America what everyone outside the church sees. This is an encouraging volume with practical direction form becoming what God intended for His Bride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete Bartel | 3/3/2011

    " Pretty good book about what the Church is and should be. Lots of real life examples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 2/9/2011

    " My personal favorite from Colson. wonderful style, crisp prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robi | 2/4/2011

    " I read this as a memorial to Chuck Colson who went to be with the Lord this year. He was the epitome of someone redeemed by God and transformed into a new person. This book will haunt me and spur me on to live for others--to live outside myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/15/2010

    " chock full of good sermon illustrations and anecdotes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Widsith | 6/19/2010

    " In this 1993 ECPA Book of the Year, Colson sounds a clarion call for the church to rise above traditional divisions and market-driven programs to be what God has called her to be-His people. In doing so, the Body of Christ can reclaim God's holy vision for His church. Truly a modern-day classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/24/2010

    " The church is the body of Christ. I especially liked the stories of Eastern Europe and Christians standing up to communism. The final chapter about a man on death row who comes to know Christ is heartbreakingly beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 10/9/2009

    " I actually read the earlier edition first and then got the newer one. This is a look at the Christian Church and the things we have in common rather than the things that seperate us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 9/1/2009

    " This is a good book but admittedly I didn't finish it. It didn't seem to fit my season appropriately. I did enjoy what I read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 7/31/2008

    " My personal favorite from Colson. wonderful style, crisp prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jud | 7/10/2008

    " Published in 1992, it's a little dated (there is a newer version out called "Being the Body") and not without flaws, but this book should serve as a wake-up call to the church. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Colson

Charles W. Colson (1931–2012) was a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he wrote several books that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects, including Born Again, The Body, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live?, The Good Life, and The Faith.

About the Narrator

Greg Wheatley is the host of Prime Time America, Moody Broadcasting’s afternoon magazine, syndicated to more than two hundred outlets across the country. In addition, Greg hosts the program Sound of Majesty, and is heard on Radio School of the Bible. Greg and his wife Jennifer have three children and live in Wheaton, Illinois.