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If G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith is, as he called it, a "slovenly autobiography," then we need more slobs in the world. This quirky, slender book describes how Chesterton came to view orthodox Catholic Christianity as the way to satisfy his personal emotional needs, in a way that would also allow him to live happily in society. Chesterton argues that people in western society need a life of "practical romance, the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. We need so to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome." Drawing on such figures as Fra Angelico, George Bernard Shaw, and St. Paul to make his points, Chesterton argues that submission to ecclesiastical authority is the way to achieve a good and balanced life. The whole book is written in a style that is as majestic and down-to-earth as C.S. Lewis at his best. The final chapter, called "Authority and the Adventurer," is especially persuasive. It's hard to imagine a reader who will not close the book believing, at least for the moment, that the Church will make you free. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Whenever I feel my faith going dry again, I wander to a shelf and pick up a book by G. K. Chesterton." ---Philip Yancey --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Im on my 4th or 5th time through, and still can't get enough. I've never encountered a mind like Chesterton's, he was simply amazing, and incredibly accessible. Read morePublished 10 days ago by jamiet
This book has not been out of print since first published in 1908. It is slow reading because it has much that is thought provoking, and important to understand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Burke
I have been re reading this book regularly since the 1970's, when a copy "jumped" off a library shelf at me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by zymurgy