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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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