A Year with G.K. Chesterton

A Year with G.K.Chesterton, 365 days of wisdom, wit, and wonder, is already my favorite book of the year and already a classic. It has everything a person who loves reading desires. The format is brilliant. I do not recall having read any book like this. Kevin Belmonte says

 "The opportunity to craft a book called A Year with G.K.Chesterton has been a gift. It is as though one has been welcomed to an inn where a fire blazes in the hearth and a hearty meal awaits."

I feel the same warmth as I open and read this book. It has this formula for each day, it always starts with a Bible verse from the New King James Bible, it proceeds to include a paragraph from Chesterton related to the verse in more or less degree, and a second passage from one of his books or a writing from a publication or magazine that wrote about him. It always ends with a few records of what Chesterton did on that day of the month, in different years. As you read it you get to know Chesterton more, and through him other writers such as Dickens or C.S. Lewis.  It amazes me to read thoughts penned in 1909 and feel them so close to the topics that are of relevance today. Chesterton's wisdom, wit, and wonder will always be of interest. And all the credit to Belmonte for making him so approachable. I had read some of Chesterton essays before, and though I grasped enough as to admire him, I got very lost in many of his writings for lack of understanding of his context and the authors and philosophies he alludes to. Now even though some of the passages are more challenging to me, in such a varied compilation I have enough for a year and more!

A book you will take with you to the kitchen, to your nightstand, the doctor's office, and your reading chair.

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4 opinion(s):

...they call me mommy... said...

Sounds neat...I decided to treat myself to different devotional type books in the new year! I really want to get Amy Carmichael's Edges of His Ways.

Thanks for the recommendation, Silvia!


Silvia said...

Hi Amy,
I am looking at the book you mention, and it has a similar format but it is more a devotional, while the Chesterton book is more a book about his thoughts, they are not commentaries of the Scriptures, but Scripture is at the beginning of each day, and Chesterton comments surely are food for thought!

Enjoy your weekend!

Beatnik Mary said...

That's a beautiful review!

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