Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book Review: The Quotable Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte

When I saw this collection of the quotes of G.K. Chesterton (an English writer, literary critic, and Christian apologist of the early 1900s) I almost didn't choose it because of the cover art. I do judge a book by its cover, and the caricature of Chesterton made him look harsh and angry. However, since I recognized the name G.K. Chesterton but knew little about him, I decided to review it anyway. I had heard Chesterton quoted in church services on a number of occasions, "...in the words of Chesterton..." I never knew who this Chesterton was at the time (I assumed a theologian) but the quotes were intelligent, often witty, occasionally enlightening.

The Quotable Chesterton is a collection of such quotes, arranged alphabetically by subject. It took me several weeks to read through this book. Normally I devour a book in a day or two, but this book is not one to sit down and read through in one sitting. As a collection of quotes, it is designed to be picked up and looked through a little at a time, or used as a reference by subject. Reading this book gave me a much better picture of who Chesterton was and what he believed, and I can now see why he was an influence on the great C.S. Lewis. Some of his quotes are profound, others funny, all acute. This book would be an ideal introduction to Chesterton. I found some intriguing quotes that made me want to read the original works from which they were drawn. I imagine that is exactly what a volume of quotes is meant to do, so I would recommend this for those interested in Chesterton, faith, social or political commentary.

Note: 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.

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