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ABCs of the Christian Life: The Ultimate Anthology of the Prince of Paradox

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ISBN: 9780870613104


Aside from C. S. Lewis, no other Christian writer of the twentieth century has had more influence on faith and understanding than the enigmatic, larger-than-life G. K. Chesterton. This anthology combines twenty-six of the most essential passages from his works—from “A” for asceticism to “Z” for Zion—offering an unprecedented roundup of Chesterton’s ideas on the Christian life.

Why does it make good sense to be Catholic in the modern world?

How might a Christian balance the feasts of saints with Christ’s call to asceticism?

What is useful about holy foolishness?

What’s dangerous about "comparative religion"?

Chesterton, whose enduring legacy is as a Christian thinker and apologist, offers his thoughts on these topics and more in this unique anthology of his work. Chesterton converted to Catholicism midway through his career of writing some of his century’s most important spiritual and theological works, including Orthodoxy, Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox, and Saint Francis of Assisi. He is known for having written many memorable sentences—he was a master of witty one-liners—but as this book demonstrates for the first time, Chesterton also penned some of the best long passages of Christian literature in the history of the faith.

After reading ABCs of the Christian Life, you will come away with a better understanding not only of Chesterton, but of the Christian faith as well.

Key Features

  • Surveys promiment themes and theologians
  • Combines twenty-six of the most essential passages from his works
  • Addresses common theological and practical questions


  • Asceticism
  • Bethlehem
  • Catholicism
  • Charles Dickens
  • Ephemera
  • St. Francis
  • Gospel
  • Heretics
  • Insanity
  • St. Joan
  • Kensington High Street
  • Lying in Bed
  • Miracles
  • Negativity
  • Orthodoxy
  • Primitive Revelation
  • Questing
  • Religions Compared
  • Suicidal Thinking
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Upon This Rock
  • Queen Victoria
  • Words
  • Sex
  • Yes
  • Zion

Praise for the Print Edition

This carefully edited volume is just the thing to introduce the wit, verbal dexterity, and deep Christian insight of G. K. Chesterton. Readers who do not know Chesterton will find a compelling introduction; veterans will once again experience Chesterton’s ability to render the familiar exceptional, explain the inexplicable, and illuminate the otherwise obscure. It presents a feast equally to soul, mind, and spirit.

—Mark Noll, Retired Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

Someone said that G. K. Chesterton’s sayings are like potato chips: it’s impossible to eat just one. They are gloriously addictive. GKC is a gold mine, and here are some gold potato chips.

—Peter Kreeft, Catholic author and philosophy professor, Boston College

Just as an alphabet creates ways of communication, these alphabetically arranged excerpts of G. K. Chesterton open up mysteries of life, love, and belief so as to critique, refresh, and challenge any reader.

—Rev. Kevin G. Grove, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame

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G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) was an English author of various works, including his famous Orthodoxy. He worked at the Redway and T. Fisher Unwin publishing house until 1902, when he began writing regularly. His weekly columns appeared for decades in the Daily News and The Illustrated London News. In all, he wrote more than 80 books, hundreds of poems, 200 short stories, and 4,000 essays.

Among his other writings are biographies of St. Aquinas, the Father Brown detective stories, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, and The Man Who Was Thursday. His famous Orthodoxy and several other titles including Heretics can be found in the G. K. Chesterton Collection (11 vols.).

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