Brandon Vogt

G.K. Chesterton Book Collection Giveaway

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.


 
Chesterton Book Giveaway
 
Today marks the 77th anniversary of the death of G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), a giant of faith whose girth was eclipsed only by his brilliance. He was one of the greatest writers, thinkers, and apologists of the twentieth century and remains popular today. His books and essays still appear on bestseller lists and he’s perhaps the most quoted Catholic of all time.

Thanks to the good folks at Ignatius Press, the primary publisher of Chesterton’s works today, I’m devoting this week’s giveaway to the life and legacy of G.K. Chesterton. One reader will receive FIVE books by and about the Apostle of Common Sense, including:

 

Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith

by G.K. Chesterton

Ignatius Press, 168 pages, paperback
Released on July 1, 1995

OrthodoxyIf 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 Catholicism 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.
 

The Everlasting Man

by G.K. Chesterton

Ignatius Press, 275 pages, paperback
Released on April 1, 1993

Everlasting ManWhat, if anything, is it that makes the human uniquely human? This, in part, is the question that G.K. Chesterton starts with in this classic exploration of human history. Responding to the evolutionary materialism of his contemporary (and antagonist) H.G. Wells, Chesterton in this work affirms human uniqueness and the unique message of the Christian faith. Writing in a time when social Darwinism was rampant, Chesterton instead argued that the idea that society has been steadily progressing from a state of primitivism and barbarity towards civilization is simply and flatly inaccurate. “Barbarism and civilization were not successive stages in the progress of the world,” he affirms, with arguments drawn from the histories of both Egypt and Babylon.

As always with Chesterton, there is in this analysis something (as he said of Blake) “very plain and emphatic.” He sees in Christianity a rare blending of philosophy and mythology, or reason and story, which satisfies both the mind and the heart. On both levels it rings true. As he puts it, “in answer to the historical query of why it was accepted, and is accepted, I answer for millions of others in my reply; because it fits the lock; because it is like life.” Here, as so often in Chesterton, we sense a lived, awakened faith. All that he writes derives from a keen intellect guided by the heart’s own knowledge.
 

Manalive: A Novel

by G.K. Chesterton

Ignatius Press, 192 pages, paperback
Released on March 1, 2011

ManaliveThis classic novel by the brilliant G. K. Chesterton tells the rollicking tale of Innocent Smith, a man who may be crazy—or possibly the most sane man of all. Arriving at a dreary London boarding house accompanied by a windstorm, Smith is an exuberant, eccentric and sweet-natured man. Smith has a positive effect on the house– he creates his own court, brings a few couples together, and falls in love with a paid companion next door. All seems to be well with the world.

Then the unexpected happens: Smith shoots at one of the tenants, and two doctors arrive to arrest him, claiming that he’s a bigamist, an attempted murderer, and a thief. But cynical writer Moon insists that the case be tried there– and they explore Smith’s past history, revealing startling truths about what he does. Is he the wickedest man in Britain, or is he “blameless as a buttercup?”

Beautifully written, mixing the ridiculous with the profound, full of hilarious dialogue, and lushly detailed writing, Chesterton’s main character Innocent Smith somehow manages to restore joy to all the dull and cynical lives around him. In this delightfully strange mystery, Chesterton demonstrates why life is worth living, and that sometimes we need a little madness just to know we are alive.
 

In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton

edited by Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce, and Aidan Mackey

Ignatius Press, 405 pages, paperback
Released on October 18, 2011

In Defense of SanityG.K. Chesterton was a master essayist. But reading his essays is not just an exercise in studying a literary form at its finest, it is an encounter with timeless truths that jump off the page as fresh and powerful as the day they were written.

The only problem with Chesterton’s essays is that there are too many of them—over five thousand! For most readers it is not even possible to know where to start or how to begin to approach them.

So three of the world’s leading authorities on Chesterton—Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce, Aidan Mackey—have joined together to select the “best” Chesterton essays, a collection that will be appreciated by both the newcomer and the seasoned student of this great 20th century man of letters.

The variety of topics are astounding: barbarians, architects, mystics, ghosts, fireworks, rain, juries, gargoyles and much more. Plus a look at Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen, George MacDonald, T.S. Eliot, and the Bible. All in that inimitable, formidable but always quotable style of G.K. Chesterton. Even more astounding than the variety is the continuity of Chesterton’s thought that ties everything together. A veritable feast for the mind and heart.

While some of the essays in this volume may be familiar, many of them are collected here for the first time, making their first appearance in over a century.
 

G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense

by Dale Ahlquist

Ignatius Press, 200 pages, paperback
Released on February 1, 2003

Apostle of Common SenseG. K. Chesterton was one of the most well-known and beloved writers of his time. Yet he has been strangely neglected today. This book is the perfect introduction to Chesterton. Ahlquist is an able guide who takes the reader through twelve of Chesterton’s most important books as well as the famous Father Brown stories.

One of the problems with approaching Chesterton is that he was so prolific that the reader is simply overwhelmed. But Ahlquist makes the literary giant accessible, highlighting Chesterton’s amazing reach, keen insight, and marvelous wit. Each chapter is liberally spiced with Chesterton’s striking quotations.

There is something special that runs throughout Chesterton’s books that sets him apart from the confusing philosophies of the modern world. That common thread in Chesterton’s writings is common sense. It is instantly recognizable and utterly refreshing.
 
 
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  • Britteny Shepard

    There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.

  • Carmel Chapline

    Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

  • Paul

    As requested by the raffle thing, I am leaving a comment. My favorite Chesterton book is Orthodoxy, but I don’t have my own copy of it, so I would love to win one. 🙂

  • JoeWetterling

    So many great ones… How about: “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

  • Josh

    “I had always believed
    that the world involved magic: now I thought that perhaps it involved a magician… I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.”
    -G. K. Chesterton in the Ethics of Elfland

  • Ryan

    I love Chesterton’s book “Orthodoxy,” as a young Catholic, it is one of my favorites!

  • Dave

    “If there is one fact we really can prove, from the history that we really do know, it is that despotism can be a development, often a late development and very often indeed the end of societies that have been highly democratic. A despotism may almost be defined as a tired democracy. As fatigue falls on a community, the citizens are less inclined for that eternal vigilance which has truly been called the price of liberty; and they prefer to arm only one single sentinel to watch the city while they sleep.” ~ GKC

  • Lagniappe

    Heretics

  • michelle

    I honestly haven’t read anything by Chesterton yet, but I hope I win these books so I can, he was a great man. with a great sense of humor

  • Beth Walsh

    “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

  • Michael

    This is the best giveaway yet! I love Chesterton!

  • Jonathan Quist

    Modern women defend their office with all the
    fierceness of domesticity. They fight for desk and typewriter as for hearth and
    home, and develop a sort of wolfish wifehood on behalf of the invisible head of
    the firm. That is why they do office work so well; and that is why they ought
    not to do it.

  • Judy

    What a blessing you are to the faith Brandon. I haven’t a favorite quote yet, as I have yet to read a Chesterton book; but have heard his name and writings referred to so often in Catholic media. There’s no time like the present to start!

  • caroline suratno

    what a generous heart you have, sharing the blessing to other people 😀

  • Dave O

    Great idea! Thanks Brandon and Ignatius

  • Angela Cuba

    Favorite quote: “We have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we” -Orthodoxy

  • Joseph Dickan

    This is THE giveaway.

    As Belloc would say, “the only man I regularly read.”

  • Lyle

    I would love to dive deeper into the the brilliance of Chesterton.

  • Patrick D Gamble

    “Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.”
    —G.K. Chesterton

  • kayamom

    I’ve been told Chesterton is a good read and challenging. I’d love to find out if that’s true. I could use some spiritual growth.

  • Jean Pergande

    Mine is “Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.

  • Jeff

    love some quote of Chesterton, but never know who he is.
    i grew up in Indonesia, where the catholic book is not so many.
    i’m try to find in religious bookstore, but there aren’t any.
    thank you for participating

  • Madeleine Peckham

    One my favorite quotes, from Chesterton’s literary biography of Dickens: “”The facts are quite the other way to what you suppose. This life of grey studies and half-tones, the absence of which you regret in Dickens, is only life as it is looked at. This life of heroes and villains is life as it is lived. The life a man knows best is exactly the life he finds most full of fierce certainties and battles between good and ill — his own. Oh yes, the life we do not care about may easily be a psychological comedy. Other people’s lives may easily be human documents. But a man’s own life is always a melodrama.”

  • Ana Alexandra

    My favourite Chesterton book is the Everlasting Man!

  • Charlotte

    “The Church that Christ founded…was always alive; it was not a survival…No, the faith was always new, and even a threat. It was as though the Church grew younger as the world grew old; and this,” said Chesterton, “… is the last proof of the miracle…It has endured for nearly two thousand years; and the world within it has been more lucid, more level-headed, more reasonable in its hopes, more healthy in its instincts, more humorous and cheerful in the face of fate and death, than all the world outside. For it was the soul of Christendom that came forth from the incredible Christ; and the soul of it was common sense.” The Everlasting Man

  • Danny

    I’d love to read these.

  • Adam DeBacker

    Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies by becoming fashions.

  • D.Bach

    The opening of the mind ought to be done as the opening of the mouth, with the intent of closing it on something solid.

  • Gina Salerno Drost

    “The most astonishing about Miracles is that they happen”

  • Sean Robertson

    I’d have to go with the Ballad of the White Horse, although the Man Who Was Thursday is also really good.

  • Jeffrey Fitzpatrick

    I would really like those books!!

  • Jessica Ricci

    My favorite Chesterton essays, off the top of my head, are “The Furrows” and “On Gargoyles”…

  • Brenna Alyssa Mahn

    Giveaways are cool.. 🙂 I love G.K. Cheston but don’t actually own any of his books, sadly.

  • Jared Clark


    Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons
    exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell
    children the dragons can be killed.”

  • Allie

    My favorite Chesterton book is “Orthodoxy”.

    Favorite quote, though it’s hard to choose: “I am the fool in this story, and no rebel shall hurl me from my throne.”

  • Adrian

    Forget the lottery, this is worth WAY more!

  • Dallas

    I only have listened to Orthodoxy, but hope to be reading more Chesterton soon!

  • Micah Cobb

    I hope I win this giveaway! As of right now, my favorite book by Chesterton is *Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox*

  • Tritchka

    A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.G. K. Chesterton

  • Jill L

    A stiff apology is a second insult… The injured party does not want to
    be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed
    because he has been hurt.

  • TJPW

    The Man Who Was Thursday!

  • Howell Wolfriht

    Tremendous Trifles

  • Christina Thompson Dyer

    “Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in your garage makes you a car.”

  • Avel

    Gk Chesterton baptized my intellect. His wonder and joy brought me back to our Holy Catholic Church.

  • billy

    my favorite gilbert book is, so far, heretics

  • Maria-Clara Menezes

    The Apostle of Common Sense

  • Jim McGlone

    “The worship of will is the negation of will… If Mr. Bernard Shaw comes up to me and says, ‘Will something’, that is tantamount to saying, ‘I do not mind what you will’, and that is tantamount to saying, ‘I have no will in the matter.’ You cannot admire will in general, because the essence of will is that it is particular.”

  • Peggy Bowes

    I’ve always wanted to read Chesterton’s books, so this would be a great opportunity. Thanks!

  • Jackie

    “Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”

  • HMC

    “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”

  • “Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.”

  • AnnieElf

    My itty bitty Chesterton library needs to grow! Thanks for the chance.

  • Deanna Hebert

    I watched the Chesterfield series EWTN for quite a while. His story is interesting and thought provoking whether you are Catholic or not.

  • girvyt

    If dig deep, reed these books!

  • Lorraine Skrinak

    I teach 5th grade catechism at St. Michael’s and would love to have one (or two) of these books to give to my “kids”

  • Dennis Cowles

    “Materialists and madmen never have doubts.”

  • Jim

    Heretics: “…a man with a definite belief always appears bizarre, because he does not change with the world…”

  • Benjamin Paczak

    “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

  • Jean Heimann

    My favorite Chesterton quote: “Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind.”
    ~ G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

  • Rob O

    I’m just getting into Chesterton. But I love the above quote from Orthodoxy: “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.”

  • Glenn Davis

    Orthodoxy is my favorite book.

  • Julie F (@jfount)

    I haven’t actually read enough Chesterton to have a favorite but I like his image of a gate, where if we don’t know why it’s there we should find out before tearing it down.

  • Taylor Brown

    Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried

  • Mathieu

    My Chesterton favourite is Saint Thomas Aquinas.
    “I have pointed out that mere modern free-thought has left everything
    in a fog, including itself. The assertion that thought is free led
    first to the denial that will is free; but even about that there was
    no real determination among the Determinists. In practice, they told
    men that they must treat their will as free though it was not free.
    In other words, Man must live a double life; which is exactly the old
    heresy of Siger of Brabant.”

  • Melanie

    “The men of the East may spell the stars, and times and triumphs mark. But the men signed of the cross of Christ, go gaily in the dark.”

  • erh

    Way too many quotable lines to choose from, so I’ll just post my favorite Chesterton quote of the day:

    “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

  • Paul Corrigan

    All
    the great groups that stood about the Cross represent in one way or another the
    great historical truth of the time; that the world could not save itself. Man
    could do no more. – The Everlasting Man.

  • Elaine

    This is the best giveaway ever, thanks for the chance to win!!! It is impossible to choose one quote, everything he says is brilliant, but I get a big kick out of this one:

    “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
    G.K. Chesterton in Alarms and Discursions

  • Ian

    Favorite quote “And the more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order
    was to give room for good things to run wild.”

  • Beka

    Orthodoxy!
    “A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

  • “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

  • Christy Isinger

    I love GK in all forms. These are such great books!

  • MiguelCruzº

    “Alone of all creeds, Christianity has added courage to the virtues of the Creator. For the only courage worth calling courage must necessarily mean that the soul passes a breaking point and does not break.” – Orthodoxy

  • Alexandra

    I’ve enjoyed his Fr. Brown books. Thank you for the giveaway Brandon.

  • Tim Lawrence

    Orthodoxy is my favorite

  • Jennie Hantzmon

    What a fantastic collection of books!

  • Elizabeth B

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    “I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

  • Nicholas Michieli

    “Orthodoxy” is my favorite G.K. book. You can re-read it a thousand times and still find new knowledge.

  • Michelle Forbes

    I gave a copy of Orthodoxy to a graduating senior – its my favorite Chesterton book, and someday when he reads it I hope it will have as great an impact on his faith as it had on mine.

  • Cindy Ellis

    Awesome. Great giveaway. Thanks.

  • Alejandra

    I learned about G.K. Chesterton on the Apostle of Common Sense on EWTN. My favorite quote, well there is one paragraph, not in a book, but in his play: THE SURPRISE. The character Maria is speaking to the Princess. It is absolutely incredible: “Obedience, the most thrilling word in the world, a very thunderclap of a word. Why do these fools fancy that the soul is only free when it disagrees with the common command? Even the mobs who rise to burn and destroy owe all their anger and terror and sort of authority not to their anger, but to their agreement. Why must mere disagreement make us feel free? I know you are fond of dancing. Do you want to dance to a different tune than your partners? You have called me a nun. I am not a nun. I am not good enough to be a nun…but do you suppose them to be unhappy? I never see them pass silent, hooded through their quiet cloisters, but I have a vision, a vast vision of: Amazons wilder than any heathen Valkyries, riders rushing into battle, a charge of chivalry going all one way and every rider as free a Joan of Arc galloping, galloping to God. That is the real vision of Obedience.” It struck a chord with me because I was discerning a call to the cloistered contemplative life.

  • Nicholas Silva

    My favorite quote is: “The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar”

  • Jason

    “Living the Christian life is not difficult, it is only humanly impossible”

  • RuffieBear

    Favourite quote? Probably would have to be “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”

  • Courtney F.

    “When we step into the family, by the act of being born, we do step into a
    world which is incalculable, into a world which has its own strange
    laws, into a world which could do without us, into a world that we have
    not made. In other words, when we step into the family we step into a
    fairy-tale.”

  • Kevin Cary

    There is no contradiction between a pipe, a pint, and a pew.

  • Such a great motivation!

  • Chris O’Hara

    Love Chesterton’s Father Brown series!

  • Linda

    G. K. ChestertonThe Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

  • Karen

    My favorite book is “The Everlasting Man.” What’s not to believe?

  • Roxane B. Salonen

    Orthodoxy is the only one of these I’ve read but I’ve been hungering for more. I’ll give away my extra copy if I’m the lucky recipient. In the meantime, please feed this poor waif. 🙂

  • Nate

    The Everlasting Man

  • Marie A. Nicely

    I am unsure.

  • LH

    I would love to win these books. Thank you for this chance.

  • Mario Pineda, Jr

    I have never Read a Chesterton book, but I always hear about him in Catholic circles.

  • Kasey

    Right now im reading “a year with gk chesterton” for daily scripture and writings!

  • Reuben Slife

    Asking me to identify my favorite Chesterton quote is like asking to identify the best article of the Summa Theologiae. Quite impossible!

    But it’s probably from “What’s Wrong with the World”: “[I]f a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” That truth has gotten me through a great many places where I knew I was insufficient.

    My favorite book is probably “The Napoleon of Notting Hill”–though that question is just as impossible as the other!

  • Carissa Knowd

    “Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pockets. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.”

  • Timothy Black

    “Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.”

  • Andre Bahar

    My fav Chestertone quote: “a dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it”

  • Buddha22

    I am reading the Father Brown mysteries, about 1000 pages. So good!

  • Bemused_in_Washington_DC

    “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”
    — GKC, Illustrated London News, 4/19/24

  • Del

    “I am always serious, and never more so than when I am joking.”

  • kpjackson

    Hands down Orthodoxy is my favorite book, although The Man Who Was Thursday is a very, very close second.

  • Isaiah

    “I don’t need a Church to tell me I’m wrong where I already know I’m wrong; I need a Church to tell me I’m wrong where I think I’m right.”

  • Annette

    Ooh! I may have packed my books, but I will make room if I “win” this!

  • Casey Smith

    Favorite quote: “Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell. Mercy does not mean not being cruel, or sparing people revenge or punishment; it means a plain and positive thing like the sun, which one has either seen or not seen.Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.” (From ‘A Piece of Chalk’)

  • Jordan McDaniel

    My favorite Chesterton book by far is The Man Who Was Thursday. As for quote: hmm… “Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly”

  • HammerDoc

    My Favorite Chestertonian Quote:

    “He sought to cut down, as with a sword of simplicity, the new and nameless enormity of finance; and he must have known, as by a lightning flash, that the people were behind him, because all the politicians were against him. The end of that struggle is not yet; but if the bank is stronger than the sword or the sceptre of popular sovereignty, the end will be the end of democracy. It will have to choose between accepting an acknowledged dictator and accepting dictation which it dare not acknowledge. The process will have begun by giving power to people and refusing to give them their titles; and it will have ended by giving the power to people who refuse to give us their names.”

    G.K. Chesterton, from “What I saw in America”

  • Bradford Jouty

    We must hate something enough to change it. But still love something enough to actually want to change it.

  • Greg Cook

    I have had a hard time coming to appreciate Chesterton; however, I recently read his bios of Aquinas and Francis and those books gave me more appreciation for Gilbert Keith.

  • Jennifer Waechter

    Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
    G.K. Chesterton in Alarms and Discursions

  • steeephforpeace

    Chesterton’s “St. Francis” is one I go back to time and time again. One of the few authors who really gives justice to one of the greatest Saints in our Church.

  • Nathan

    A friend of mine told me about G. K. Chesterton and I immediately knew I wanted to read his works. This would be a great addition to my collection.

    G.K. Chesterton
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  • David

    Thank you very much for this giveaway.

    “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”

  • Caleb

    My favorite book is Orthodoxy, but I do love the Father Brown stories too!

  • Jodi Phillips

    “And all roads point at last to an ultimate inn, where we shall meet Dickens and all his characters: and when we drink again it shall be from the great flagons in the tavern at the end of the world.”

  • Nico Zarate

    Orthodoxy. Can there be another?

  • Wesley

    “The State has no tool delicate enough to deracinate the rooted habits and tangled affections of the family; the two sexes, whether happy or unhappy, are glued together too tightly for us to get the blade of a legal penknife in between them. The man and the woman are one flesh–yes, even when they are not one spirit. Man is a quadruped.” — What’s Wrong with the World

  • Folk lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe [p. 98] is wild and full of marvels. Realism means that the world is dull and full of routine, but that the soul is sick and screaming.

  • Joel Dougherty

    “We are perhaps permitted tragedy as a sort of merciful comedy: because the frantic energy of divine things would knock us down like a drunken farce. We can take our own tears more lightly than we could take the tremendous levities of the angels. So we sit perhaps in a starry chamber of silence, while the laughter of the heavens is too loud for us to hear.”

    ― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

  • IAmBrianBoru

    Irish as the name implies, I’m going to be tapping into the ‘ol Irish luck hoping to win 😀

  • Calvan

    Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

  • Josh Ramsey

    What’s this? Free GKC books? Yes, please! My favourite book of his thus far is Orthodoxy; however, I haven’t been able to read him as often as I would like.

  • Greg Tucker

    Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

  • Cindy Costello

    My favorite Chesterton work is “In Defense of Baby Worship”, introduced to me by a wonderful teacher, at the Theology of the Body Institute.

  • Love ‘Orthodoxy’

  • Jennifer

    “MEN
    in England are ruled, at this minute by the clock, by brutes who refuse
    them bread, by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot
    govern, and therefore wish to enslave.”

    ~G.K. Chesterton: “Utopia of Usurers.”

  • James Duchesneau

    I’ve only read ‘Orthodoxy’ so far, and look forward to reading more!

  • I just won the Pope Francis giveaway, so I’m seeing if I’m still lucky 🙂

  • stephvan

    “Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us”
    This one always resonates with me.

  • Rebecca Freeh Thornburg

    The Man Who Was Thursday! One of my favorites, and my favorite to recommend!

    • Donovan

      Oh I love that one,
      Reading the Father Brown series now

  • Monica

    My favorite G.K. Chesterton quote is: Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

  • F Barber Jr

    I’ve been wanting to read in Defense of Sanity for so long now, but law school has taken up too much time – now that its over, I’m hoping to get on reading more of Chesterton’s works

  • There are so many. The one that comes to mind right now is “At the four corners of a child’s bed stand Perseus and Roland, Sigurd and St. George. If you withdraw the guard of heroes you are not making him rational; you are only leaving him to fight the devils alone. For the devils, alas, we have always believed in. The hopeful element in the universe has in modern times continually been denied and reasserted; but the hopeless element has never for a moment been denied.”

  • Walter Pugh

    “One see great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.”

  • tumbi

    favorite book: in defense of sanity

  • Suellen Ann Brewster

    “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”

  • Edward Blessing

    Orthodoxy is the best – I convinced a group of Protestant friends to read it for a book club once.

  • Mark Robert B Baldo

    “Thus when Mr. H. G. Wells says (as he did somewhere), ‘All chairs are quite different’, he utters not merely a misstatement, but a contradiction in terms. If all chairs were quite different, you could not call them ‘all chairs’.”–Orthodoxy.

    Another favorite of mine.

  • Andrew

    I am prepared to be yelled at.

  • rob_pah

    Lepanto is possibly my favorite work by Chesterton, but I don’t know if it qualifies as a ‘book’. My favorite book if Lepanto doesn’t qualify is Orthodoxy, that rugged rock.

  • Pedro

    “The point of the story of Satan is not that he revolted against being in hell, but that he revolted against being in heaven. The point about Adam is not that he was discontented with the conditions of this earth, but that he was discontented with the conditions of paradise.” ~ GK Chesterton

  • BabyMal

    Have not read Chesterton…but would like to! 🙂

  • Rob Corzine

    “We are always being asked to accept this or that as science; but we already know that it is as easy to tell lies in scientific language as in literary language. And most of us know that the danger is already present in the very thing Mr. Wells invokes; the new study of psycho-analysis. For one man who adopts it to help mankind, there may be three who adopt it to make money, and three more who adopt it as a sexual anarchy allowing them to do anything, and three more who only take it up as another new stick to beat the old dog of Christian doctrine.”

  • Jenna

    Great giveaway! I was recently led to GK by way of Tolkien and Lewis. I’ve scoured my library but have come up sadly wanting–one book in the whole system, The Man Who was Thursday, which was so…meaty! I loved it. I’m glad to know that Ignatius has so much GK in print, especially his essays as that’s what I most wish to read. Thanks for fhe chance to win this great set of books!

  • Margaret O’Connor Flanigan

    I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

  • Alex R Hey

    Big fan of the Fr. Brown stories…..favorite quote? “The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject cheese”

  • Humberto ‘Beto’ Carmona Calder

    Its so hard to pick a book (or a quote), but I must go with Everlasting Man.

  • Nicolas Burbach

    “The comedy of man survives the tragedy of man.”

  • Dan

    There is much too many quotes that I love from him. Here’s one though.

    “Have you,” he cried in a dreadful voice, “have you ever suffered?”

    As he gazed, the great face grew to an awful size, grew larger than the colossal mask of Memnon, which had made him scream as a child. It grew larger and larger, filling the whole sky; then everything went black. Only in the blackness before it entirely destroyed his brain he seemed to hear a distant voice saying a commonplace text that he had heard somewhere, “Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of?”

  • Shannon

    I don’t have one yet! I have been hearing so much about this man in the last few years and really want to start reading his books!

  • Maryelizzz

    Orthodoxy is my favorite book.

  • Luke T. Harrington

    “Time and again, the Faith has to all appearances gone to the dogs…each time, it was the dog that died.”

  • Alex T

    The Everlasting Man is an absolutely amazing book – I’m reading “What’s Wrong With The World” currently.

  • Tim

    Many thanks…

  • Mark Robert B Baldo

    “Every one on this earth should believe, amid whatever madness or moral failure, that his life and temperament have some object on the earth. Every one on the earth should believe that he has something to give to the world which cannot otherwise be given.”–G.K. Chesterton

    This for me caught the Thomistic understanding that everyone and everything has a reason, a purpose, or as the Greeks had it, a telos. And that the greatest failure is to fulfill that purpose.

    I hope I win this giveaway since it’s extremely difficult to get hold of Chesterton books here in the Philippines. I would be willing to pay for shipping cost! 🙂

  • Craig V.

    Don’t have a favorite book, hoping to win so that can change.

  • Anna Romens

    “Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

  • Mary Katherine

    “The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.”

  • Rangel

    “I am going to hold a pistol to the head of the Modern Man. But I shall not use it to kill him–only to bring him to life.” Manalive!

  • Everarda

    Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.

  • Athelstane

    “The French Revolution was a riot that broke up the very formal funeral of Christianity; and was followed by various other complications, including the corpse coming to life.” – A Short History of England, which is, at times, my favorite Chesterton work.

  • CleoQc

    I forgot to enter the twitter URL : https://twitter.com/Cleo_Qc/status/345556831923486721

    and while I am Canadian, I will provide you with a US address for shipping. I hope that’s all right.

    (Im having problems identifying with Disqus today)
    Cleo Qc

  • Matt Rauert

    Conversion & the Catholic Church, by GKC

  • Melanie

    Thanks for hosting an internet event like this! Such a fabulous idea!

    • Melanie

      PS I live in Australia and I’m more than happy covering shipping costs and donating (if you do that). You got my email, so just flick me a message if needed!

  • Jorge Escala

    “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.” – GK Chesterton

  • Sarah

    Favorite quote of mine 🙂 “To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.” – GK

  • Pat

    I heard a lot of praise of “Orthodoxy,” so I checked it out. And it is great and definitely my favorite!

  • Wulfric de Glastonbury

    The Man Who Was Thursday.

  • Monica Collits

    “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly” – GKC

  • Michelle

    Orthodoxy is my favorite. I actually have that one already, but I can always pass it to a friend.

  • crnugent

    The Innocence of Father Brown

  • Zach

    Hope to win! 🙂

  • ladycygnus

    Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit
    fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged.
    They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it
    again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong
    enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough
    to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning,
    “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon.
    It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike;
    it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired
    of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy;
    for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

  • Kim

    WWould love to win this one!! Love GK Chesterton!K

  • Kimberly

    GK Chesterton is a staple in the diet of many students of philosophy where I did my undergraduate studies. I am one of many converts to the Catholic faith coming out of that program, and this apostle of common sense is one of the reasons we’re flooding in! I would love to have this collection!

  • Ashley-Veronika Zappe

    “The ill-tempered agnostic… already weary of hearing what he has never heard.”
    ― G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

  • Nicholas Hardesty

    Btw, I got an “Aww shucks, we didn’t get your entry” message on all 6 options. Just wanted you to know that I tried them all but they didn’t work.

  • Nicholas Hardesty

    My favorite Chesterton quote: “Art, like morality, consists in drawing a line somewhere”

  • Fav

    “We might fancy some children playing on the flat grassy top of some tall
    island in the sea. So long as there was a wall round the cliff’s edge
    they could fling themselves into every frantic game and make the place
    the noisiest of nurseries. But the walls were knocked down, leaving the
    naked peril of the precipice. They did not fall over; but when their
    friends returned to them they were all huddled in terror in the centre
    of the island; and their song had ceased.” (Orthodoxy, somewhere in chapter 9)

    My Favourite passage from Orthodoxy.

  • Will Edmonson

    Catholicism is the only thing that frees a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age.

  • Julie

    One of my favorite Chesterton quotes: “The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.”

  • Biff

    Everlasting Man caught my attention in college and I’ve become a huge GK fan since.

  • FarmGirl

    Catholic Meme’s brought me here, but now I’m staying 😀
    Neat blog, I’m going to be on my computer reading for a long..time 🙂

  • Ajude

    “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”

  • Angela

    I’d love to read “In Defense of Sanity”! I bought “Orthodoxy” ten years ago for our then thirteen-year-old son, and we are fans!!

  • Christopher Yurasko

    Great stuff, hope I win.

  • kat

    Haven’t read any Chesterton yet, so this would be the perfect giveaway for me.

  • Melissa Zayas

    Very excited to see this, I have been wanting many of these books for a while 🙂 My favorite is Orthodoxy.

  • Jessica T

    Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been difficult and not tried.

    ^ Definitely my favorite quote!

  • Nedra Davis

    Orthodoxy … the Common Sense book good too…

  • Elizabeth Swift

    Orthodoxy is my favorite, the Church reeling but erect while the dull heresies fall to the side is my favorite quote.

  • anon

    “The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say.”

  • CJ

    I’ve wanted to read Orthodoxy for ages.

  • Aaron Taylor

    My favourite book is probably ‘The Everlasting Man’

  • Kathleen Schmitz

    GK Chesterton is a major reason why I’m now studying theology at university! I wish I could give a favorite quote, but there are too many. His “Ballad of the White Horse” is close to my heart. The best way to read it is outloud. Dear Gilbert’s poetry gallops and prances with linguistic grace and profound insight–just like a noble steed!

  • ThereWasADream

    I’ve read Orthodoxy…looking forward to reading ALL the rest!

  • Mountainman Sam

    Ha, I totally miss read the question and posted one of my favorite books in general. 😛 Here’s one of my favorite Chesterton quotes out of many; “By a curios confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.”

  • Rosebud320

    Favorite Chesterton work…. “The Blue Cross”, a Fr. Brown mystery story. I also enjoyed The Everlasting Man and The Man who was Thursday.

  • Margo

    “Insisting that God is inside man, man is always inside himself. By insisting that God has transcended man, man has transcended himself.”

  • Chuck Bienvenu

    “A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”

  • Peter Nelson

    The Man Who Was Thursday:
    “I confess that I should feel a bit afraid of asking Sunday who he really is.”
    “Why,” asked the Secretary, “for fear of bombs?”
    “No,” said the Professor, “for fear he might tell me.”

  • Laura

    “A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.”

  • Tim Canny

    I need to win this so I can distribute these books amongst my kids and their cousins.

  • Sarah O

    “Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell
    us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be
    beaten.”

  • Spencer Kash

    The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.

  • Christi

    A room without books is like a body without a soul.

  • Erin

    “It Is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.”

  • Maggie

    The purpose of an open mind, like that of an open mouth, is to close it on something solid.
    -G.K. Chesterton

  • Lynda Durrett Hedges

    The people who are the most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all.

  • Johnfrancis

    TRIOLET
    I wish I were a jelly fish
    That cannot fall downstairs;
    Of all the things I wish to wish
    I wish I were a jellyfish
    That hasn’t any cares
    And doesn’t even have to wish
    ‘I wish I were a jellyfish
    That cannot fall downstairs.’

  • Matthew Gifford

    “Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

  • Leslie

    Super giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Tim

    “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”

  • Siobhan Finke

    Actually, I haven’t read Chesterton, but a good friend of mine adores his works and is always sharing snippets from him. It’s piqued my curiosity,

  • Jeffery Bialek

    “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”

  • Aquinasbot

    “Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere” – G.K. Chesterton

  • Mountainman Sam

    One of my all time favorite books is “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. Every time I read it it amazes me how many of the situations that the tempter Wormwood and Screwtape try to make their subject fall seem to happen on a somewhat regular bases. Also one of the books that led me to decide to go to seminary to discern if I have a call to the Priesthood.

  • kate

    It is always simple to fall; there are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands

  • Catarina

    In defense of Sanity is probably my favourit 🙂 If I won I will be really grateful

  • Angela Richard

    I am studying “Catholic Studies” at St. Thomas and have yet to read Chesterton outside of class! I would LOVE to win one of these books!

  • Mead

    Sent over here by CatholicMemes, They’ve shown some good Chesterton memes before. I like his style. As a revert, I’d like to read some good apologetics. I hope I win. Thanks for the chance.

  • Matt Kososki

    My favorite Chesterton book is “Orthodoxy”. It’s one of many reasons why I’m still Catholic.

  • Ryan

    “A change of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man.”

  • Mary

    Oh my goodness. If there were one giveaway I would want to win, it would be this one!

  • Anthony Gentile

    Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

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