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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Colson, Harold Fickett Narrator: Charles Colson Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rightly understood and rightly communicated, the Christian faith is one of great joy. It is an invitation to God’s kingdom, where tears are replaced by laughter and longing hearts find their purpose and their home. This is the heart of the gospel: God’s search to reclaim us and love us as his own. But have we truly grasped this? Those of us who have disdained Christianity as a religion of bigotry—have we repudiated the genuine article or merely demonstrated our own prejudice and ignorance? Those of us who are Christians—have we deeply apprehended the mission of Jesus, and do our ways and character faithfully reflect his beauty? How well do we understand the foundational truths of Christianity and their implications?

This is a book for our troubled times and for decades to come, for Christians and non-Christians alike. Colson considered The Faith to be one of his most important books: a thought-provoking, soul-searching, and powerful manifesto of the great central truths of Christianity that have sustained believers through the centuries. Brought to immediacy with vivid, true stories, here is what Christianity is really about—and why it is a religion of hope, redemption, and beauty.

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  • '...a winning combination of Christian apologetics and Christian doctrine -- a manifesto for looking at the world in a distinctly Christian way....'The Faith' is moved along by stories more than by systematic theology (though there's plenty of the latter in the book as well). Colson and Fickett bring together stories of courage and martyrdom from the annals of Christian history as well as riveting accounts of personal transformation from Colson's Prison Fellowship ministry. The contemporary stories help readers see what the Christian life looks like today. The ancient stories remind us that we are not the first generation of Christians to live this way. The stories aren't just inspirational. They're informative....[T]he book indeed works as both catechesis and as apologetic, a strong defense for traditional faith without sounding overly defensive. 'The Faith' is more a celebration of orthodoxy than a circling of the theological wagons. Its primary message is that Christianity is true, Christianity is good, and Christianity is beneficial for the world. Its primary method is to do so by explaining what Christianity is.'

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark Cooper | 2/18/2014

    " [Audio:] I liked the book, and I have a hard time being anything but supportive of Colson given his heart and ministry for the service of Christ. However, this book I found to be a bit loose and not tightly reasoned (for lack of a better way of putting it). For instance, he speaks of the great advantages bestowed on mankind due to Christianity--which no doubt is true--but Colson has a tendency to make it sound like we're the only ones who do good things. Another is his call for Christians to focus on the critical matters of the faith and not fight amongst ourselves over secondary issues--a valid criticism of Christianity. But the Devil's in the details. He's part of a group called Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) that seeks to heal the rift between the two (Western) houses of Christianity. He speaks of how the group agrees on the centrality of being saved by faith alone and of Sola Scriptura (which is a bit surprising, I admit), but I don't see the Catholics in this group chucking the Pope or the Evangelicals submitting to the Pope, so is anything going to come of this? If this was written to counter Dawkins and his crew, I dont' think they'd have a hard time shredding it. Better an R.C. Sproul or Ravi Zacharias to take on the atheists. But one important thing that I think Colson brings to the discussion is the irrefutable evidence of lives that are changed by a relationship with Jesus. His stories of Mafia hitmen and violent mass murders who have come to know the acceptance and love of Jesus are incredible. While Colson is a bit loose in addressing broad matters of the Faith (probably because he attempts to take on something so multi-faceted) his first-hand experiences are gripping and important for his point. He has seen up close and personal the wondrous work of our Savior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robbi Maier | 2/15/2014

    " A very readable book explaining Christian Doctrine. Loved the book and plan on doing further study this summer with an online study guide that's available. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheri-lee | 2/9/2014

    " I liked some of what Colson had to say here re: absolute truth. But there is a little too much focus on the us (read U.S.) vs. them discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sal Portillo | 2/8/2014

    " Colson makes some very good points. Not quite what I was expecting. I would have liked it to be more in depth in some areas. "

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