The Quotable Chesterton: The Wit and Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton  -     By: Kevin Belmonte
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The Quotable Chesterton: The Wit and Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton

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A literary giant of the age, GK Chesterton wrote about history, politics, economics, philosophy, social and literary criticism, and theology. The Quotable Chesterton brings together a collection of his greatest thoughts organized by alphabetical topic, complete with original source documentation for easy reference. 321 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1595552057
ISBN-13: 9781595552051
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G. K. Chesterton was a literary giant of his age. With an exceptional intellect, he wrote about history, politics, economics, philosophy, social and literary criticism, and theology. He published essays, novels, biographies, short stories, and poetry, and the Christian classics Heretics, Orthodoxy, and The Everlasting Man, which C. S. Lewis credits as instrumental in his conversion to Christianity.

With much of his finest material out of print or hard to find, modern readers have long needed a standard collection of his best thoughts. Kevin Belmonte’s The Quotable Chesterton brings them to you arranged alphabetically by topic, with complete original source documentation.

There are entries from Adventure to Cheese, Politics to Émile Zola, interspersed with essays about Chesterton’s life and times. Hundreds of passages drawn from Chesterton’s fiction, poetry, essays, and other books showcase a man the New York Times hailed as a “brilliant English essayist” and George Bernard Shaw called a “colossal genius.”

Endorsements:

“There isn’t a writer who gets me pacing and smiling and thinking like G.K. Chesterton. His every paradigm shift is an adjustment to my mental compass, and so a gift.” —DONALD MILLER, author of the New York Times bestsellers A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Blue Like Jazz

“Over the years, I have delivered thousands of lectures, speeches, talks, and sermons; I have written hundreds of articles, essays, books, and reviews; it is an exceedingly rare occasion when any of them should fail to contain the words ‘Chesterton once said.’ Kevin Belmonte here reveals that fountain of wit, wisdom, and wonder, G.K. Chesterton, in all his irresistibly, irrepressibly, quotable splendor.”—GEORGE GRANT, Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church, and Chancellor, New College Franklin

Author Bio

Kevin Belmonte holds a BA in English Literature and two MA's in Church History and American and New England studies. He is the author of several books including William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity and winner of the prestigious John Pollock Award for Christian Biography.

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  1. H G
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 9, 2011
    H G
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Quotable Chesterton: The Wit and Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte is a fascinating collection of quotes from the writings of G.K. Chesterton. I really loved that each quote was organized by topic, in alphabetical order. It is such a great format because I like being able to pick up the book and browse though it by topic. I very much enjoyed reading these quotes from his writings because it really shows that he was a man with such deep insight, but also with such great wit, which I think many people will appreciate also. His views are absolutely fascinating and it such a joy to read such an excellent compilation of quotes. It is a book that I did not want to put down! I really appreciate his sense of humor and the fact that he had such a way with words. It is a wonderful collection of quotes that you can just get lost in for hours. (And love every minute of it.) The quotations of G.K. Chestermon's writings were compiled by Kevin Belmonte and in a very wonderful format, that I very much enjoyed reading. Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for such a wonderful gift!
  2. Sara @ Embracing Destiny
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Handy reference for the intellectual Christian
    April 25, 2011
    Sara @ Embracing Destiny
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

    - G.K. Chesterton

    The above example is part of the wit and wisdom of novelist, playwright, and intellectual Christian G.K. Chesterton. You will find these types of quotes, as the title suggests, in The Quotable Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte. Chesterton did not shy away from expressing his thoughts and opinions on everything from religion to politics to education and more. Although he passed away in 1936, his observations on the human condition remain relevant today.

    I would classify this book as a reference book and a good conversation starter. As a homeschooler, I could imagine choosing a topic or quote to develop as a writing assignment. Making a speech or writing a research paper? Turn to this book for an applicable quote.

    I also consider it an apologetics book of sorts since G.K. Chesterton is a famous historical figure who defended the Christian faith staunchly. He was considered an eloquent literarian by Time magazine and a "man of colossal genius" by his contemporary George Bernard Shaw.

    The Quotable Chesterton makes a nice addition to the reference section of the Christian homeschooler's home library.
  3. Darlene
    Las Vegas, NV
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book offers deep insight into Chesterton
    January 29, 2011
    Darlene
    Las Vegas, NV
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received a complimentary copy of this book to be reviewed for Thomas Nelson Publishing Co. This collection of G K Chesterton's quotations was thoroughly enjoyable and I will be referencing this book for years to come. His wisdom and humor are evident as is his prowess as a literary critic, journalist and essayist. He is referred to as a " man of letters" who has " endearing influence". I concur. His ability to quote the works of other literary giants, from memory is amazing and a constant source of consternation to his editors. Truly an enjoyable book to read, underline for use in the future and easily referenced as it the quotations are headed alphabetically as well as topically. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the words of his critics which were interspersed throughout the book. Overall, an enlightening and pleasurable way to get to know such a wise and witty man.
  4. khulifish
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A brilliant book
    January 28, 2011
    khulifish
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Quotable Chesterton is a brilliant book, it gives the reader a wonderful look back at much of what G.K. Chesterton wrote in his books from yester year. Books which are now much of a rarity and quite hard to get hold of. However the quotes in this book show that his thoughts and writings are just as relevant today as they were in his day.

    A variety of subjects are explored and commented on. Chestertons wit comes across easily as his writing easy easy to read and enjoy.

    Definately a good book and a worth while read, Very much recomended to anyone who wishes to explore this writers works or even just to waste away a sunday afternoon...and night...and next day.. 850 pages of wonder.
  5. Jason Cormier
    Wyoming
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 22, 2011
    Jason Cormier
    Wyoming
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Some books you get into your hands can be read decently enough. A few days to a week really. Then you have some types of books that you can read but only a little bit at a time. What those types of books are really depends on the individual person. For me a book full of quotes fits into the second category. That is the type of book I am reviewing today.

    "The Quotable Chesterton" by Kevin Belmonte is a book I am really looking forward to getting through. I have read some of it, but would not be able to finish through in the time frame required for this review. I am not the kind of person who can quickly read over quotes, especially from someone like G.K. Chesterton. I can read so far then I have to just sit and ponder, savor, and digest the wisdom contained in the words. This book is the kind that is slam chock full of heavy thoughts.

    The book itself is arranged by topic and the topics in alphabetical order. Belmonte did a good job of giving the reader just enough quotes on each topic to wet your appetite for more of Chesterton thoughts. It will make you want to go and find the writings that these quotes are pulled from. At least it is what the book did for me, and that after only reading a tiny bit of it.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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