Recent Book Club Reads

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After years of waiting and wishing for someone to start a book club near me, I decided, sometime last summer, that the task was mine. So I sent an email, inviting a few friends to join me for a discussion of one of my favorite novels, Mr. Blue. It’s evolved into a few more ladies, and […]

Recent Reads: Books I Loved & One Not So Much

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In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton I’ve been meaning to read more Chesterton, and wow, is this ever a great way to do that! It’s a collection of 67 essays, ranging from the highly hilarious to the deeply thoughtful. It’s a sampling of Chesterton that whetted my appetite and made me […]

Government Pork

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In 1905, G.K. Chesterton wrote, in Heretics, People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are. Life may sometimes legitimately […]

Chesterton as the Blog-Father (updated)

I love Uncommon Sense. So much, in fact, that I try to contribute a Mary Minute for each show (been a big fail on that of late, though). On a recent episode, an interview with American Chesterton Society president Dale Ahlquist on Morning Air was included, and Ahlquist compared Chesterton’s prolific writing with blogging. He […]

Authority and the Adventurer (Thoughts on Orthodoxy)

Part of my Orthodoxy blogging – Find the entire series here Nine short chapters, according to my copy (though I didn’t blog about the introduction in this series), and here we are, at the final chapter. As I read it, I found myself wondering how Chesterton would wrap things up, tie up the ends that […]

The Romance of Orthodoxy (Thoughts on Orthodoxy)

Part of my Orthodoxy blogging – Find the entire series here This chapter had me from the very beginning: It is customary to complain of the bustle and strenuousness of our epoch. But in truth the chief mark of our epoch is a profound laziness and fatigue; and the fact is that hte real laziness […]

The Eternal Revolution (Thoughts on Orthodoxy)

Part of my Orthodoxy blogging – Find the entire series here With every passing chapter, I find myself loving Chesterton more and more. This chapter, in particular, made me consider what little I know about the political climate and, instead of my usual eyeroll response, gave me words for the response I long for. He […]

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