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Posted October 12, 2012
A must read for Chesterton admirers
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. 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, 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 to 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. *I received this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted January 25, 2013
The subtitle of this book is ¿365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonde
The subtitle of this book is “365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder”--it can hardly be better described. A Year with G.K. Chesterton, edited by Kevin Belmonte, is a collection of this brilliant author’s writings compiled as a cross between a devotional and anthology. The book is divided into daily readings, for each secular calendar date and for selected important dates from the church calendar as well (so you really get more than 365 days’ worth of Chesterton). Each reading begins with a Bible verse, continues with one or two passes from Chesterton or about Chesterton, and often finishes with significant biographical information form that date in his life. The writing selections come from various types of his writing, including his musings, essays, literary criticisms, short stories, and anything else he may have written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Though this book was written to be read in short snippets, I read it cover to cover in a few days in order to review it. I think I may need to read it again as it was intended, for I found that the selections were for the most part morsels so delightful and delectable that they wanted more chewing and savoring than I was able to give in a quick reading. As someone who is familiar but not intimate with Chesterton’s works, I found it whet my appetite for more. I think it will likely do the same for any who are even remotely interested in his work. Chesterton was a gifted writer and a probing thinker who invites his reader into his rather remarkable thought life. I had to stop a number of times and write down quotes that I wanted to think about more or that I wanted to remember in living my own life. If words have ever delighted you, I think you will enjoy this book. * I received this book free from the publisher through the 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted October 30, 2012
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