Review: A Year with G.K.Chesterton, 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder, edited by Kevin Belmonte

October 17, 2012

I recently had the chance to read A Year with G.K.Chesterton, edited by Kevin Belmonte (subtitle: 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder). This nonfiction book was published this October by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

“A Year with G. K. Chesterton daily brings truth to life. And we are heir to the winsome, arresting, utterly original outpouring of Chesterton’s reasons for hope. During his lifetime, a host of perspectives clamored for his attention, but he saw nothing as vital and alive as Christianity. Readers of this book will find their faith strengthened and enriched, even as they see the many reasons why George Bernard Shaw called Chesterton “a colossal genius.”

A true anthology, the best of Chesterton’s many works are presented in concise, memorable selections. From New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve, each page contains a passage of Scripture and myriad moments for reflection, appreciation, and laughter.”

Final Verdict:

I was first introduced to G.K. Chesterton my my husband, the theology geek, and I’ve gotten his input for this review. Chesterton has been very important in the lives of many influential people, from C.S. Lewis to John Piper (who in this article says Chesterton’s Orthodoxy is the only book he’s read more than twice.)

This book is organized by date, and for each day you’ll get a verse of Scripture, a paragraph of Chesterton’s insight, and a list of important events (involving Chesterton) that happened on that date. Many -but not all- days also have an additional passage or quote of Chesterton’s or a passage from someone else writing about Chesterton. My husband says that a British Roman Catholic man who lived a hundred years ago might not seem like an obvious reading choice for those of you who are contemporary Protestant Evangelicals, but truly, he is a treasure trove of orthodox belief, wit, and insight.

My only complaint about this book is that I would have liked to see citations from each of Chesterton’s quotes so I would know what work it was taken from; my husband and I both had some initial confusion about whether some of the passages might have been written by the editor, Kevin Belmonte, who is a Chesterton scholar, since they were not attributed, when other passages were listed as quotes from Chesterton. We figured out that everything not attributed to someone else was written by Chesterton, but I wasn’t completely sure at first.

I have not read through all of the 365 daily passages, although I look forward to doing so. However, from the scanning I did, plus the week of daily readings from the past 7 days in October, I can tell this book is going to be a great addition to my daily quiet time. I look forward to getting to know Chesterton better.

If you’d like to check out A Year with G.K.Chesterton it is currently on sale for $10.36 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $16.99) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $11.35. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® 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.”

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