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A Year with G. K. Chesterton -- Kevin Belmonte
Written by Mike Noel   
Saturday, 15 December 2012

A Year with G. K. Chesterton -- Kevin Belmonte 

As the title suggests, this is a reading-per-day style book.  Each day contains a brief scripture excerpt, a comment on that scripture by Chesterton, one or two selections from Chesterton's published works, and a snippet from his literary biography associated with that day.  The readings are clever and insightful.  They are though-provoking, as daily readings should be, and help one to think about their own world view.  Especially when dealing with topics such as the nature of man, Christianity, and the place of religion in modern society.

 

At the same time, these readings reveal more of Chesterton's own character.  We see a jovial man who is easily at home in a philosophically hostile environment (anti-religious though of early 20th century England).  He is so much at home there that even his opponents respect and admire him.  I was particularly struck by a quote from H. G. Wells when he wrote to Chesterton: "An Illustrated London News Xmas cutting comes like the season's greetings.  If after all my Atheology turns out wrong and your Theology right I feel I shall always be able to pass into Heaven (if I want to) as a friend of G. K. C.'s.  Bless you."

(Disclaimer: I reviewed this book as a part of the booksneeze.com blogger review program).