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G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense

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The English author G.K. Chesterton was one of the most well-known and beloved writers of his time. Yet he has been strangely neglected today. Dale Ahlquist's television series, The Apostle of Common Sense, introduced Chesterton to a new generation, and re-introduced him to a generation that had forgotten him. This new book now compliments this highly acclaimed series, and ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Ignatius Press
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Mar 16, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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This book made me want to stop my life and read all of Chesterton's works. Of course, that's not likely to happen anytime soon, so I value even more Dale Ahlquist's expert summarizing of some of Chesterton's most important work. His chapters are easy to read and whet the appetite for more. I find myself referring back to what I've read here when I read one of Chesterton's books.

This book serves as both an indispensable reference and a work of great writing in its own right. Ahlquist has done a s
Corey Landon Wozniak
GK Chesterton is probably the most entertaining thinker-writer to ever defend the Christian faith. I've often chosen him as my answer to the oft-posed dinnertime conversation starter, "If you could meet and dine with any person, dead or alive..."

This book was a good-enough introduction to 12-or-so of Chesterton's most popular works. It is not written from a dispassionate or objective point of view; it is written from the perspective of a devoted follower of Chesterton, Dale Ahlquist. It's hard t
Jul 26, 2013 booklady rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to understand Chesterton
Although I failed to record the exact dates I started and completed this book (sometime between the Spring and Summer of 2004) I did write about the strong impression the book made on me ... as if that would be necessary.

Ahlquist is the quintessential Chesterton expert. He's made it his life's work to study, know and explain G.K. to the rest of us who occasionally (often?!) find him rather enigmatic and his examples remote from our time.

Reading this book I caught the author's enthusiasm for th
Feb 08, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read Chesterton! Good introduction to further reading.
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Jul 21, 2016 Jacob Lines rated it really liked it
This is a hard book to explain, simply because its topic is so big – G.K. Chesterton, the man whose words inspired C.S. Lewis to become a Christian, Michael Collins to fight for Irish independence, and Gandhi to lead the movement for Indian independence; the man who published 15 million words.

This book is a short survey of Chesterton’s works with an introduction about his life and character. It is remarkable because the man and his writing were so remarkable.

This book is limited by its nature –
Aug 05, 2016 Hazel rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful introduction to G.K. Chesterton, giving a great overview of his works. What an amazing man he was, and how prescient! So many of his insights into society, politics, and religion are right on target now; hard to believe his sentiments are almost 100 years old.
This book is a companion to a television series, which I will hope I can find online and watch sometime. The focus is on Chesterton's religious writings, 12 books from his vast collection of books, essays, novels,
Jun 28, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing
I had heard of G.K.Chesterton only in the broadest terms before reading this introduction to his works. It brings glimpses into his voluminous library of fiction and nonfiction through commentary and quotes. The fact that he lived early in the 20th Century makes his insights into today's world almost unbelievable. Yet, his wisdom on such varied topics and government, materialism, eugenics, fiction, mechanization, religion, etc., ring especially true today. I found this book fascinating, interest ...more
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Feb 01, 2015 Greg Reed rated it it was amazing
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This book is an easy to read introduction to one of the most prolific thinkers of the early 20th century; G.K Chesterton. Dale Alquist has written this book as an invitation to read and study Chesterton. Using 12 of his most famous writings with quotes interspaced throughout Alquist challenges you to think about what Chesterton wrote. He also makes understanding Chesterton something that can be done. Chesterton wrote about so many subject matters it is probably not possible to read and study it ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
Chesterton is one of those writers I often see quoted but I've never actually read any of his works. This book is not really a biography but a series of reviews of twelve of Chesterton's more well known works. It's full of quotations from Chesterton and you can certainly see why he is so quotable. It's a good starting place for deciding what works you actually want to read. My only criticism (one that the author acknowledges himself) is that there is so much that is not even touched upon here. T ...more
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Nov 11, 2013 Rick Fishbune rated it really liked it
This book was a great introduction into the works of G. K. Chesterton, and it provides several tidbits of his works which makes me want to read some of his books directly. His clearness of mind and thought, his ability to net out the truth, and his uncanny ability to foresee things which may happen if our value system is not changed is quite amazing. I enjoyed the authors way of writing and his interleaving of some of the direct work of Chesterton along with the author's narrative helped to prov ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Emmy rated it really liked it
A wonderful introduction to Chesterton; hightly informative. Ahlquist's style is pleasant and easy to read. Highly recommended for anyone who desires to learn more about the brilliant writer GK Chesterton.
Mar 09, 2008 Jon rated it it was amazing
I just started reading this book as a book that is not one of my required texts. I went to a conference and heard the author speak about Chesterton and I knew I wanted to learn more. I have only read the intro so far, but even that was enlightening on the life of this great man!
Sep 07, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction into the prolific and important work of one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. So much wisdom from this Catholic convert that is still highly relevant in our current age!
Sep 07, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
this books is a summary of chesterton's work, with a lot of commentary on chesterton himself. I found it extremely helpful. It also gave me the impetus I needed to finish reading "The Dumb Ox". Nothing to keep me from heading Aquinas himself, except now the desire to read even more Chesterton!
A terrific introduction to Chesterton, this volume is a brief biography with an overview of twelve of his most important books,
Jul 16, 2008 Bethany rated it it was amazing
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GREAT introduction to GK Chesterton, easily one of the most brilliant men of the 20th century... Just read it for the 2nd time.
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One of the most respected G.K. Chesterton scholars in the world, Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society, and publisher of its flagship publication, GILBERT. Dale is also the creator and host of the popular EWTN series The Apostle of Common Sense, and he is the author of three books on Chesterton including G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, Common Sense 101: Lesson ...more
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