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High School Literature in our homeschools should include books by Great Christian Writers
Reading these books and discussing the God-honoring themes in them helps shape a child’s character as well as his high school transcript.
Near the end of this school year, I was reading Born Again by Charles Colson with the homeschoolers in our day school’s Great Christian Writers literature class.
That very week I saw on the news that Mr. Colson, at 80 years old, had suffered a brain hemorrhage and was not expected to live for more than a few days. As our class gathered on Thursday to discuss his autobiography and the story of the redemption he found in Christ, we were privileged to join in prayer for the Colson family and the ministry organizations so intimately connected with his life.
According to CNN’s obituary after his death on April 21, 2012 Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship, founded in 1976, “provides support for inmates in the form of in-prison Bible studies, mentoring programs and support for the children of prisoners. Today, the organization calls itself “the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families,” with a presence in 113 countries.” (CNN ,”Watergate figure, Christian leader Chuck Colson dies“)
Reading Born Again in conjunction with a study of US History in the 20th century is a great way to gain understanding of the Nixon administration and the events that shook our nation as the Watergate scandal broke. While the amount of historical detail about the political intrigue surrounding the Watergate era in Washington is a bit overwhelming, the message of redemption in Chuck Colson’s story is inspiring.
I created a literature study guide to accompany Born Again, and the timeline and chapter summaries in it helped our homeschooled students keep track of the major events and players who impacted Colson’s life. Our class discussions delving into the pride that defined Colson and so many of the Nixon administration, followed by the humbling that God allowed him to experience presented a strong challenge to each of us. We considered the ways in which we might be tempted to live independent of God, operating in our own strength, and were challenged to count the cost of living that way.
Another insight we found in Born Again was a challenge to pray for and minister to those who are incarcerated. The hopelessness of life behind bars was not something most of us had considered with any depth, and we came away from Colson’s story with a new burden for those in prisons worldwide.
Born Again is an excellent book to include in your homeschool high school book list. Here’s an excerpt from the 7 Sisters Literature Study Guide:
Born Again chronicles the life of Charles Colson from the time of the Watergate scandal (see timeline below) through his conversion to Christianity, his imprisonment and release. Following his release from prison, he founded Prison Fellowship, a ministry organization bringing the gospel to prison inmates.
The heart of Colson’s story is that he was a man of tremendous success and power, known for almost unlimited access to the most influential people in the world, but he found himself empty and impotent to save himself when crisis came. His personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior gave him a new life, and he found that even while incarcerated he had power and freedom he had never known before. Charles Colson went home to be with the Lord in April 2012.
For study guides to accompany Born Again and other books from our Great Christian Writers series, visit the EBookstore. Each guide is affordably priced at $3.99 and contains background information, vocabulary, comprehension and application questions, and suggested writing assignments or enrichment activities.
Great Christian Writers available study guide titles include:
John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress
Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God
Malcolm Muggeridge’s Something Beautiful for God
Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place
Brother Andrew’s God’s Smuggler
Joni Eareckson Tada’s Joni: An Unforgettable Story
Charles Colson’s Born Again