I just finished reading Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte, a biography laying out the life of arguably one of the greatest apologists for the Christian faith. Ever. The author takes the reader from a thanatophobic childhood and a teenage dabbling in the occult through Chesterton’s life to his ultimate impact on some of the most well-known Christian authors of our time, including C.S. Lewis and Philip Yancey. To quote Yancey’s own words about Chesterton: “G.K. Chesterton propounded the Christian faith with great wit — and sheer intellectual force.” The impact that Chesterton has made on modern Christian ideology and philosophy is indisputable.
Anytime I read a biography of a great leader – Christian or secular – it inspires me. The story of Chesterton is one that inspires me to grow and mature in my faith and understanding, honestly, to the best of my ability. Philosophy, as our author points out, is not limited to one individual or worldview. It is eternal. Chesterton dug into the nitty-gritty of philosophy and shed a new light on it. While Belmonte does a fantastic job of outlining Chesterton’s life, there are some parts (as with any biography) that tend to become dry reading. But if you can work through that, there is an abundance of good material that will challenge and inspire you to grow in your faith, theology, philosophy, etc.
If you’ve read Chesterton’s works, then by all means I recommend this book to you. It gives great background on the man whose works made such an impact in this world, and to so many people. If you haven’t read Chesterton yet, this may be a good way to get you intrigued and see just what he has to say.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”