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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
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 Belmontes 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 Chestertons life and times. Hundreds of passages drawn from Chestertons 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.
There isnt 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
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
MommybuggSE WisconsinAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a collection of quotes from Chesterton's various wApril 4, 2011MommybuggSE WisconsinAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Chesterton created a bulwark in his own day to defend Christian faith and assert a Christian view throughout culture. As readers encounter the breadth of his genius, they will find compelling reasons to emulate his unceasing fight for truth and beauty.
So, this book is actually a collection of quotes from Chesterton's various writings. They are organized by topic and listed alphabetically. A few of them are more than two paragraphs, but most of the quotes are a paragraph or shorter.
Strengths? The first is by nature of the book: the short quips and condensed wisdom are there to be found without having to read the whole books. The second is that Belmonte has endnoted each quote for reference purposes. There can be no question if Chesterton wrote each thing attributed to him, since it can be easily referenced.
Weaknesses? Just a couple that I noticed. 1.) Context issues. Just as an observation, Chesterton lived in England, and much of his commentary comes from the perspective of a lifelong Londoner. I'd like to see a few footnotes to clear up historical context where the quotes reference a definite geographic location or current event in Chesterton's time. 2.) Also a type of context issue, and that is there are some quotes lifted from Chesterton's novels. Having not read them, it's hard to place the character names referenced. Now, I recognize that this is the fault of my own barbaric lack of reading, but many other readers might have slipped in this manner as well. I'm not sure how Belmonte could have remedied this short of providing synopses of each novel, so it's probably just going to remain a drawback. Instead, since many Chesterton's complete works are free on Kindle, I'll be catching up that way.
The question of usefulness of this book is kind of a toss-up. If you're looking for a good quote or two to fill in a speech or spice up your writing, it's a good source. However, in some circles, you'll be met with the same opening question you had for me: Chesterwho?
If you've got time to enlighten your audience, though, it's worth it for them to know him, because it's well worth you reading him.