Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton (Google eBook)

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Jan 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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You may be aware that G. K. Chesterton authored influential Christian biographies and apologetics. But you may not know the larger-than-life Gilbert Keith Chesterton himself—not yet. Equally versed in poetry, novels, literary criticism, and journalism, he addressed politics, culture, and religion with a towering intellect and a soaring wit.

Chesterton engaged his world through the written word. He carried on lively, public discussions with the social commentators of his day, continually challenging them with civility, humility, erudition, and his ever-sharp sense of humor. Today’s reader can find the same treasures, for as Chesterton said, “What a man can believe depends upon his philosophy, not upon the clock or the century.”

In Kevin Belmonte’s fresh new biography, you’ll get to know the real G. K. Chesterton and his literary and cultured accomplishments. A giant of his time, Chesterton continues to live large in the imaginations of twenty-first-century readers.

Endorsements:

“Chesterton’s explanation of Christianity makes absolute sense of the world. He reminds us that, free of our comforting delusions, reality is a tragic adventure in which we get to participate.” —DONALD MILLER, author of the New York Times bestsellers A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Blue Like Jazz

“Bravo to Kevin Belmonte for turning his caring attention to the incomparably hilarious and brilliant genius that is G.K. Chesterton!” —ERIC METAXAS, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

“There’s a great new biography about one of the Christian giants of the 20th Century. And I mean that literally. To read Kevin Belmonte's recent book Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G. K. Chesterton, is to feel a powerful sense of longing . . . because there is such a longing, a great need for advocates like Chesterton in our day. . . . But let's be grateful we still have the works of that great man to study and learn from. . . And we also have for you have Belmonte's vibrant new biography -- a wonderful reminder of the magnificent example Chesterton has set for us.”—CHUCK COLSON(http://patriotpost.us/opinion/chuck-colson/2012/01/26/defiant-joy-why-we-still-need-chesterton/)

  

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Review: Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of GK Chesterton

User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

This biography by Kevin Belmonte gives a good overview of the life of GK Chesterton and the times in which he wrote. After giving an overview of his childhood life and the joys and pains found therein ... Read full review

Review: Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of GK Chesterton

User Review  - Mark Glidden - Goodreads

A short, accessible biography of one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century, and in my opinion, of all time. Tends to be a bit shallow in some areas, but on the whole, a great starting point from which to leap into all things Chesterton. Read full review

Contents

1 My Earliest Path
1
2 From Childhood to Boyhood
11
3 A Perfect Storm
21
4 And Now for a Career
29
5 An Artist in Words
40
6 Eternal Ideas
48
7 Varied Types
61
8 The Tower That Strikes the Stars
73
17 Mr Shaws Insistent Demand
179
18 The Toast of London
192
19 A Near Closing of the Curtain
201
20 What I Saw in America
207
21 Saint Francis
214
22 Over to You Mr Wells
224
23 Chaucer
236
24 The Pillar of the Apennines
246

9 Heretics and First Things
81
10 No Definite Image of Good
86
11 Mr Dickenss Champion
97
12 Why Orthodoxy Matters
110
13 A Melodramatic Sort of Moonshine
124
14 Chesterton Mencken and Shaw
141
15 The Advent of Father Brown
153
16 The Great Ballad
163
25 Men Must Endure Their Going Hence
256
A Near View of the Man as He Was
268
Acknowledgments
279
A Chesterton Timeline
283
Notes
287
Bibliography
317
About the Author
318
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About the author (2011)

Kevin Belmonte holds a BA in English Literature and two MA?s?one in Church History, another in American and New England Studies. He is the author of several books, including William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity, winner of the prestigious John Pollock Award for Christian Biography.

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