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The Tumbler of God: Chesterton as Mystic

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We need a new kind of mystic, writes Fr. Robert Wild; and in The Tumbler of God, he presents a spiritual portrait of G.K. Chesterton that convincingly shows why he is precisely the kind of new mystic we need. Chesterton's mysticism was grounded in an experiential knowledge that existence is a gift from God, and that the only response is a spirituality of gratitude and prai ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 12th 2013 by Angelico Press
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Sep 02, 2013 Stuart rated it it was amazing
When one thinks of great mystics of the Catholic faith, we think of people like St. Padre Pio, St. Bernadette of Lourdes, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux to name a few. Gilbert Keith Chesterton is probably far from people's minds, but Fr. Robert Wild looks to add him to the list of mystics with his book The Tumbler of God. For those who find the title unusual, I refer you to Chesterton's work on St. Francis or just reading Chapter 6 of this book.

The book starts off by explaining who Chesterton was an
Dec 29, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Being a Protestant, this book was very fascinating as it introduced me to the idea that there are people who the Church considers "mystics" ... there must be a criteria for making that distinction. The author makes the case throughout the book for Chesterton being a true "mystic" as the Catholic Church sees a mystic.
Chesterton's own use of the word "mysticism" or "mystical" is centered on the idea these words refer to "...a teaching that points to another world, while being enmeshed very much
Feb 05, 2015 John rated it really liked it
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Great book for those of us who love Chesterton. The author argues that GKC is a mystic and may be a saint. Chesterton looked at the mundane stuff with wonder. He views existence as mysterious and miraculous. Because of that viewpoint he was happy. If you haven't read GKC this may be a good introduction.
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