Aside from C. S. Lewis, no other Christian writer of the twentieth century has had more influence on faith and understanding than the enigmatic, larger-than-life G. K. Chesterton. This anthology combines twenty-six of the most essential passages from his works—from "A" for asceticism to "Z" for Zion—offering an unprecedented roundup of Chesterton’s ideas on the Christian life.
Why does it make good sense to be Catholic in the modern world?
How might a Christian balance the feasts of saints with Christ’s call to asceticism?
What is useful about holy foolishness?
What’s dangerous about "comparative religion"?
Chesterton, whose enduring legacy is as a Christian thinker and apologist, offers his thoughts on these topics and more in this unique anthology of his work. Chesterton converted to Catholicism midway through his career of writing some of his century’s most important spiritual and theological works, including Orthodoxy, Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox, and Saint Francis of Assisi. He is known for having written many memorable sentences—he was a master of witty one-liners—but as this book demonstrates for the first time, Chesterton also penned some of the best long passages of Christian literature in the history of the faith.
After reading ABCs of the Christian Life, you will come away with a better understanding not only of Chesterton, but of the Christian faith as well.
" I’m ready for a couple hundred more of these!"
"A pleasing packaging of the ever-reliable, ever-relevant, ever-resourceful, and everlasting G. K. Chesterton. I’m ready for a couple hundred more of these!"
President of the American Chesterton Society
"A feast to soul, mind, and spirit."
"This carefully edited volume is just the thing to introduce the wit, verbal dexterity, and deep Christian insight of G. K. Chesterton. Readers who do not know Chesterton will find a compelling introduction; veterans will once again experience Chesterton’s ability to render the familiar exceptional, explain the inexplicable, and illuminate the otherwise obscure. It presents a feast equally to soul, mind, and spirit."
Retired Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame
"Opens up mysteries of life, love, and belief."
"Just as an alphabet creates ways of communication, these alphabetically arranged excerpts of G. K. Chesterton open up mysteries of life, love, and belief so as to critique, refresh, and challenge any reader."
Rev. Kevin G. Grove, C.S.C.
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Notre Dame