Publicity surrounding the recent Haldeman version of Watergate and the forthcoming Nixon version makes one wonder if Americans are not only fated to have lived through that sordid period but are now doomed to continually relive it. For evangelicals, one especially interesting aspect is the entry into their ranks of two prominent figures from Watergate, Chuck Colson and somewhat lesser known Jeb Magruder, who has been serving as a vice-president of Young Life, an evangelistic organization primarily oriented to high schoolers. Word Books is this month issuing Magruder’s story, “From Power to Peace”, which tells what he learned through his role in the tragedy of Watergate. Prominent evangelical politician Mark Hatfield, United States Senator from Oregon, has written the foreword to Magruder’s book and we are pleased to share excerpts from it with our readers.
Jeb Magruder was close to the vortex of political power in Washington; he ran the day by day details of President Nixon’s reelection campaign, headed Nixon’s Inaugural, and was regarded as a rising young star among Washington’s politically influencial personalities. But within the course of a few months, he found himself in federal prison. From reading newspaper stories during those years, that is probably what you know and remember about him.…
Watergate was rooted in deception, dishonesty, and face-saving ambition, a process in which Jeb Magruder, by his own admission, played a large role. The power of this book, by contrast, is its openness, its forthrightness, its humility, and its honesty. It is refreshing and salutary to read such words by one like Jeb Magruder. More important, they stand out as a testimony to the spiritual transformation which has occurred in his own ...1
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