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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,440 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gilbert Keith Chesterton Narrator: Stephen Gammond Publisher: White Crow Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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Standing six foot, four inches tall, and weighing 21 stone, GK Chesterton was a man of striking appearance, and all the more so for his chosen uniform of cape, large hat, swordstick, and cigar. A prolific writer, he regarded himself primarily as a journalist, but he also wrote poetry, philosophy, biography, detective fiction, Christian apologetics - and fantasy.

For as he once said: 'Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.' Fascinated by the occult in his youth, Christianity played an increasingly important part in his life, and he wrote the biography of St Francis of Assisi in 1922, shortly after converting to Roman Catholicism.

His choice of clothes revealed a man who liked attention; but he also displayed great reserves of will power, which he directed towards his chosen goals. Using paradox and laughter as weapons - he was called the 'Prince of Paradox' by Time magazine - his writing was a constant assault on complacent acceptance of conventional views. He rallied against the dark side of English imperialism; and with his friend Hilaire Belloc, he promoted the social system of 'distributism', which called for a greater sharing of wealth. When The Times newspaper asked various leading figures of the day to say what was wrong with the world, Chesterton simply replied: 'Dear Sirs, I am. Sincerely yours, GK Chesterton.'

Orthodoxy, first published 1908, is Chesterton's spiritual autobiography. Subtitled, 'The romance of faith', Chesterton declares that people need a life of 'practical romance; the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure.'

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 2/17/2014

    " Though I agree with Chesterton's point of view, I did not find Orthodoxy to be an enjoyable read. This book moves at a snail pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Wiggins | 2/8/2014

    " One of the most life changing books I've ever read, Orthodoxy is the telling of Chesterton's philosophical search for truth,which led him to Christ in the end. I love his wit, paradoxical writing style, and his sense of wonder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/30/2014

    " Totally amazing book, as in it makes you think all the time and fulfills many doubts. I am most impressed by the communicative capabilities of Chesterton. He is completely able to explain his philosophy in a manner that persuades the reader to think that if anyone would disagree, he or she is surely an irrational human being. This book contains a very clear and rational explanation of why Christianity is THE religion. He not only explains the truth of Christianity, but also points out the difference between other creeds and provides facts that reveal the truthfulness of its Church. I have always been a Christian, but this book gave me so many weapons to defend it more rationally and scientifically than just spiritually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/26/2014

    " I have just found the source of all turgidity in my own writing. But I suppose it's worth it. Thanks, GK! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harman | 1/24/2014

    " I'll admit that I put this book down 18 months ago and have yet to pick it back up, but I really, really want to like this book. I just can't. I wanted to read this book because of the influence it, along with Chesterton's other books, had on C.S. Lewis, of whom I am a huge fan. However, I could hardly get past the second chapter. In an attempt to give Chesterton another chance, I read The Man Who Was Thursday, which I did enjoy a good deal more, but was disappointed by the end. In my opinion, Lewis surpassed his master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James B. | 1/24/2014

    " Chesterton found that modern thought is tightly rational, but ugly and self-destructive, ultimately underlining reason. Christian orthodoxy, on the other hand, explains how we can be astonished by the world and yet fond of it. It provides a foundation for proper loyalty to the world, a fulfilling explanation to the oddities of life, the values necessary for reformation and freedom, along with romance, meaning, and unbounded joy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms Cochran | 1/16/2014

    " Lots of truth! Quite logical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 1/9/2014

    " I like how Chesterton flips thinking upside down. But I think a lot of what he had to say was specific to the times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 12/2/2013

    " If you like CS Lewis, you'll like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/25/2013

    " I love G.K. Chesterton's rhetoric, especially his knack for drawing adept and lively metaphors to make his points. It made me think, another point in this book's favor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oli101 | 11/22/2013

    " The author of this book was amazing and after reading this you will understand just how far ahead of his time he was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/5/2013

    " brilliant, insightful, hilarious at turns. this book is chesterton at his best. this book really shows how "the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men". if you've never read chesterton, this is the place to start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/2/2012

    " Good as a witty defense of Christianity. Some of his metaphors are rather obtuse and I read it a bit and then go to another book and then come back... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler Hurst | 8/8/2012

    " This was an odd book to read since my introduction to Chesterton came through his quirky but lovable stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana Bh | 3/2/2012

    " I read during the C. conference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Plett | 1/24/2012

    " Sharp witted, lively, lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 10/31/2011

    " i set out to create my own brand of heresy. and as i put the finishing touches on it, i discovered that it was orthodoxy. story of my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/3/2011

    " I feel like this book was generally over my head (I always struggle with books that were written years and years ago), but it was good nonetheless, the parts I understood at least. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 5/16/2011

    " The chapter on the "Ethics of Elfland" is a beautiful reminder to keep emotion within the walk with Christ. An excellent book, providing a critique of Nietzsche and determinism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthette | 5/7/2011

    " I immensely enjoyed this feast of logic and love. Well done, Mr. Chesterton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arie-jan | 4/28/2011

    " One of the best books ever on the chrsitian faith as such "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 4/28/2011

    " One of the most life changing books I've ever read, Orthodoxy is the telling of Chesterton's philosophical search for truth,which led him to Christ in the end. I love his wit, paradoxical writing style, and his sense of wonder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 4/27/2011

    " Though I agree with Chesterton's point of view, I did not find Orthodoxy to be an enjoyable read. This book moves at a snail pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abe | 4/7/2011

    " Splendid! Chesteron's flair for thought-provoking and delightful prose is on full display here. More than worthy of its reputation as a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 4/4/2011

    " Although Chesterton included many references to his contemporaries and to the issues of his day, most of them now obscure, the clarity of his writing and the force of his argument made this an interesting and surprising read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/2/2011

    " Outstanding. I use a pc and Kindle for PC to read ebooks. It is wonderful to click on a word and get a good definition and pronunciation. Also another click with get you to google or wiki. I needed it in this book! I need to read and study it more. This man is deep! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 4/1/2011

    " I read about 4/5ths of this book. It starts off with profound thoughts then just peters out. I couldn't get behind his support of Fairyland versus Modernity. In fact, I didn't understand his grips against modernity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/29/2011

    " Love this author also. On a par with C. S. Lewis. "

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