Archives For G.K. Chesterton

 

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This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Check out the full library to date here….

As last week marked the anniversary of the death of G.K. Chesterton, we focus here on the best of his works. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

 

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

 

Five FREE Audiobooks by Chesterton!

 
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Sunday June 14 marks the anniversary of the death of G.K. Chesterton…

Here are five classics by him that are available for download as FREE audiobooks from Librivox:
(These are great for taking with you on your travels this summer!)

*** Also, check out Three of our favorite Chesterton poems

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Today is the birthday of G.K. Chesterton, born 1874…

In honor of the occasion, here are three of our favorite poems of his.

If you are a fan of Chesterton’s work,
we recommend this $1.99 bargain Kindle ebook:
The G. K. Chesterton Collection [50 Books]

ON RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION
G.K. Chesterton

When Adam went from Paradise
He saw the Sword and ran;
The dreadful shape, the new device,
The pointed end of Paradise,
And saw what Peril is and Price,
And knew he was a man.

When Adam went from Paradise,
He turned him back and cried
For a little flower from Paradise;
There came no flower from Paradise;
The woods were dark in Paradise,
And not a bird replied.

For only comfort or contempt,
For jest or great reward,
Over the walls of Paradise,
The flameless gates of Paradise,
The dumb shut doors of Paradise,
God flung the flaming sword.

It burns the hand that holds it
More than the skull it scores;
It doubles like a snake and stings,
Yet he in whose hand it swings
He is the most masterful of things,
A scorner of the stars.

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This is what a family is all about – one another, sitting around the table at night. And it’s very, very important, I think, for the kid to spend time not only around the table eating with their parents, but in the kitchen.”
– Jacques Pepin,
French Chef,
who was born on this day, 1935

 
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Poem of the Day:
Christmas Poem
by G.K. Chesterton
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*** G.K. Chesterton on Santa Claus

 
 

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The Wake Up Call – December 18, 2014

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
– John Locke, philosopher
who died on this date, 1704

 
Poem of the Day:
“The Happy Man”

By G.K. Chesterton
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The Wake Up Call – October 28, 2014

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
– Mother Teresa,
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Poem of the Day:
On Righteous Indignation
G.K. Chesterton
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The Wake Up Call – August 26, 2014

 

Ballad of the Sun
G.K. Chesterton

O well for him that loves the sun
That sees the heaven-race ridden or run,
The splashing seas of sunset won,
And shouts for victory.

God made the sun to crown his head,
And when death’s dart at last is sped,
At least it will not find him dead,
And pass the carrion by.

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“An Oft Overlooked Genius

A review of
Defiant Joy:
The Remarkable Life and Impact of G. K. Chesterton
.
By Kevin Belmonte.

Reviewed by Jonathan Schindler.

Defiant Joy:
The Remarkable Life and Impact of G. K. Chesterton
.
By Kevin Belmonte.

Paperback: Thomas Nelson, 2011.
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Defiant Joy: On GK Chesterton - Kevin BelmonteI had always considered G. K. Chesterton a bridge. I knew him as the man who wrote the book that served as a catalyst to C. S. Lewis’s conversion. Beyond that, despite his imposing bulk and vast literary output, he remained for me a figure in obscurity, a Monica to Lewis’s Augustine.

Still, when college was over and I had more freedom to choose my own reading, I decided to give Chesterton a try. I started with his most readily available book, Orthodoxy, and I hated it. His “logic” was dizzying, everything turned on paradoxes, and I found it inscrutable. Two years later, however, my opinion changed when I discovered the genius behind The Man Who Was Thursday, which served as the key and doorway into the rest of Chesterton’s works. Even Orthodoxy made sense to me after Thursday, and I have since come to see Chesterton’s merits on his own, apart from the host of others he has influenced. He is no longer a bridge for me but an author worthy of contemplation in his own right.

Because of this, I was thrilled to receive a review copy of Kevin Belmonte’s Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life and Impact of G. K. Chesterton, not only because it gave me an excuse to delve deeper into the corpus of one of my favorite authors, but also because it marks a widespread resurgence of interest in a man whose works are more timely than ever.

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A Review of

Toward a Truly Free Market:
A Distributist Perspective on the Role of
Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More
.
John Médaille.
Hardback: ISI Books, 2010.
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Reviewed by Sara Sterley.

I first heard about distributism a few years ago as I was reading something about peak oil and “the end of the world as we know it.” Distributism is a third-way economic philosophy articulated by Pope Leo XIII and more recently popularized and rediscovered by G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc whose aim is to disperse property (and, therefore, power) as widely as possible among the populace. It is often accused of being redistributive and socialistic, but, more accurately, it proposes to minimize wealth disparities not by force, but by creating systems that foster fairness and equality.

From my very limited research on the topic at the time, John Médaille, an author and adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, seems to be the resident expert on distributism. He runs The Distributist Review and has written several publications on the topic. When I heard rumblings about his latest book, Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More, I was intrigued enough to pick up a copy.

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ON RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION
G.K. Chesterton

When Adam went from Paradise
He saw the Sword and ran;
The dreadful shape, the new device,
The pointed end of Paradise,
And saw what Peril is and Price,
And knew he was a man.
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