Monday, July 26, 2010

e – Chesterton, the Quotable Catholic

I was recently given a Barnes & Noble nook ebook reader. The thing’s awesome and is likely to suck up a huge amount of my time. I was very glad to see the impressive selection of Catholic books offered in ebook format. I may actually get a chance to read some now!

While pursuing the selections of ebooks available I noticed Orthodoxy by a fellow named G. K. Chesterton. If you haven’t heard of him, Chesterton was a writer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was raised Anglican and converted to Catholicism (he’s obviously very clever) and, most notably for his writing style, is English. His writings tend to be witty, emotional, and have that peculiar English subtlety that makes me have to re-read entire paragraphs before I really get it.

The ebook was a whopping $2.99 and I was also given a gift card so I bought it. Then I realized another ebook (for $2.46) contained over 350 of his writings (including Orthodoxy). Oops (for the record, I bought that, too).

Anyway, the point of this rambling post is that the only reason I’ve heard of G. K. Chesterton (Gilbert Keith, if you’re wondering) is radio ads put out by The American Chesterton Society. Yes, an American society for a long dead English writer. Don’t ask me. The ads were dubbed “Chesterton Minutes” and included a reading of a quote from Chesterton; always funny, ironic, and true.

Thanks to those minutes, my awareness and curiosity were piqued enough to dive into his writings. I’m glad I did; he brings a new dimension to my understanding my Catholic faith. So many writers (like me) focus on the facts while Chesterton largely focuses on the feelings. It’s a novel point of view for me and so far I’m enjoying it.

Thought I’d share!

Find out more about G. K. Chesterton at The American Chesterton Society’s website.

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