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Go through the year, day by day, with the wit and wisdom of G.K. Chesterton! Compiled from the writings of 'G.K.C', both in verse and in prose, each day of the year is provided with a generally short quotation from one of his many works. Also includes a section apart for the moveable feasts. (Summary by Maria Therese)
 
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy, and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox." He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose studded with startling formulations. Chesterton wrote about 4000 essays on various subjects, and "Alarms and Discursions is one of his collections. (Summary adapted from Wikipedi ...
 
Orthodoxy is a book that has become a classic of Christian apologetics. In the book's preface Chesterton states the purpose is to "attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it." In it, Chesterton presents an original view of the Christian religion. He sees it as the answer to natural human needs, the "answer to a riddle" in his own words, and not simply as an arbitrary truth received from somewhere outside the bou ...
 
The Flying Inn is a novel first published in 1914 by G.K. Chesterton. It is set in a future England where a bizarre form of "Progressive" Islam has triumphed and largely dominates the political and social life of the country. Because of this, alcohol sales are effectively prohibited. The plot centers around the adventures of Humphrey Pump and Captain Patrick Dalroy, who roam the country in their cart with a barrel of rum in an attempt to evade Prohibition, exploiting loopholes in the law to ...
 
George Bernard Shaw goaded the already successful essayist and novelist Chesterton into trying his hand at a play, with this 1913 result. The play examines the powers and mysteries of faith, belief, religion, and of course, magic - a mixture that should be familiar from many of his Father Brown stories. The play's success convinced him to write a couple of other later plays. - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: The Duke: Anthony Doctor Grimthorpe: Ryyla Alder The Rev. Cyril Smith: TriciaG Morris C ...
 
Orthodoxy is a book that has become a classic of Christian apologetics. In the book's preface Chesterton states the purpose is to "attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it." In it, Chesterton presents an original view of the Christian religion. He sees it as the answer to natural human needs, the "answer to a riddle" in his own words, and not simply as an arbitrary truth received from somewhere outside the bou ...
 
Another delightful and sharply pointed excursion into the topics of the day, and of this day as well, with Gilbert Keith Chesterton. These reprinted magazine articles are filled with his good natured wit, his masterful use of paradox, and devastating ability to use reductio ad absurdum to destroy the popular myths that drive a society driving full-speed into secular humanism. You will come away with a whole new collection of wonderful quotes. (Ray Clare)
 
Three trees, known as the Peacock trees, are blamed by the peasants for the fever that has killed many. Squire Vane scoffs at this legend as superstition. To prove them wrong, once and for all, he takes a bet to spend the night in the trees. In the morning he has vanished. Is he dead, and if so who has killed him? The poet? The lawyer? The woodsman? The trees? (Summary by Maria Therese)
 
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) has been called the “prince of paradox.” Time magazine observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.” His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction. The title of Chesteron’s 1910 collection of essays was inspired by a title given to him two years earlie ...
 
The Ballad of the White Horse is a poem by G K Chesterton about the idealized exploits of the Saxon King Alfred the Great, published in 1911. Written in ballad form, the work is usually considered an epic poem. The poem narrates how Alfred was able to defeat the invading Danes at the Battle of Ethandun under the auspices of God working through the agency of the Virgin Mary. In addition to being a narration of Alfred's militaristic and political accomplishments, it is also considered a Cathol ...
 
The Author Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England on the 29th of May, 1874. Though he considered himself a mere “rollicking journalist,” he was actually a prolific and gifted writer in virtually every area of literature. A man of strong opinions and enormously talented at defending them, his exuberant personality nevertheless allowed him to maintain warm friendships with people–such as George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells–with whom he vehemently disagreed. Chesterton had no diff ...
 
In the freezing English countryside, Father Brown leads Flambeau to the many monuments and shrines of the great General St. Claire. "Sacred to the Memory of General Sir Arthur St. Clare, Hero and Martyr, who Always Vanquished his Enemies and Always Spared Them, and Was Treacherously Slain by Them At Last. May God in Whom he Trusted both Reward and Revenge him." is the inscription that they read on each of them. Flambeau knows nothing of him but listens to the story of this man as Father Brow ...
 
A Chief of Police hosts a dinner party for an American millionaire wishing to will his entire fortune to the Church of France. Jewels that have been stolen and recovered so many times that they're known colloquially by thieves as The Flying Stars. A murder committed by an invisible man. These and many others are the mysteries that are presented to the lovable, bumbling, stumpy Man of God, Father Brown. The Innocence of Father Brown, by G.K. Chesterton is a collection of eleven stories which ...
 
The Wisdom of Father Brown explores many characters and fascinating themes such as the following. An eminent criminologist is persuaded by the mild yet persistent Father Brown to sort out a family matter. Also, a Tuscan poet fancies himself as the King of Thieves. A famous French philosopher and atheist holds the key to a new invention called “Noiseless Powder.” A corpse is discovered in a dark passage backstage at London's Adelphi Theater. Finally there is Psychometric testing of criminals ...
 
Robbery, murder and treason. Strange happenings in quiet English villages. A book critic who happens to find a corpse with its head crushed, an Irish freedom fighter framed for a crime, the disappearance of a valuable coin, a strange dispute over a property claim and a host of other intriguing situations make up the contents of G K Chesterton's collection of short stories The Man Who Knew Too Much. For fans of Chesterton's immortal clerical sleuth, Father Brown, these stories are equally del ...
 
Two poets in a London park at sunset, debating on the attributes of poetry and whether it's really a metaphor for anarchy. A group that meets in secret, planning to overthrow the world order. Disguises and deceptions, ideals and ideology. A medley of themes and genres makes this a great read for anyone who's a fan of Chesterton and his iconic Father Brown. The Man Who Was Thursday includes Chesterton's favorite theme of Christianity with touches of delightful humor to enliven the twists and ...
 
This book draws together some of Jane Austen's earliest literary efforts. It includes "Love & Freindship" and "Lesley Castle" both told through the medium of letters written by the characters. It also contains her wonderful "History of England" and a "Collection of Letters" and lastly a chapter containing "Scraps". In these offerings, we may see the beginnings of Miss Austen's literary style. We may also discern traces of characters that we encounter in her later works. G. K. Chesterton in h ...
 
G. K. Chesterton said, "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried." Extreme Christianity, subtitled Christianity without Compromise, provides motivation to follow Jesus' teachings while residing in the world. It is written, narrated and produced by Vic Zarley. Chapter titles follow: 1. Memo from God 2. Christ's Party Platform 3. Can Christ Ascend in Us? 4. Why We Should Trust Each Other Completely 5. Suffering in Compliance or Suff ...
 
Is sleep a struggle for you in these stressful times? Do you lie awake at night, staring at the ceiling while overwhelmed with stress and anxiety? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and find that the return to sleep escapes you? Then try out Sleepy Times Tales. Let me tell you a story that will help distract your mind, to gently overcome the mental and emotional resistance to sleep that's the hallmark of insomnia. So if you, or someone you know, is suffering with insomnia, subscribe a ...
 
"I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree; A tree whose hungry mouth is presd against the sweet earth's flowing breast ...". Almost all of us, including myself of course, have heard and enjoyed those famous words which begin Kilmer's poem, Trees. There is even a National Forest in the United States named in honor of this poem. Here is a recording of the entire book of poems in which it was first published in 1914. Joyce Kilmer was an American writer and poet mainly remember ...
 
A collection of essays by Gilbert Keith Chesterton, "Defences" of things at best less appreciated than they ought to be. "... It becomes increasingly apparent, therefore, that the world is in a permanent danger of being misjudged. That this is no fanciful or mystical idea may be tested by simple examples. The two absolutely basic words 'good' and 'bad,' descriptive of two primal and inexplicable sensations, are not, and never have been, used properly. Things that are bad are not called good ...
 
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Will our wilful heroine fit in with ‘high’ society? Our protagonist Pauline is not fitting in with the expectations on her. But will introducing her to a potential suitor tame her? Probably not, and you won’t be sure If you’re asleep by then. Story (08:11) Find Love Works Wonders by Charlotte M. Brame https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33989 Supporti…
 
The lord of the manor has a new wife, but all is not as it seems in this sleep time story A young woman sees her life change, but she seems haunted by something as someone from her past is coming home to see her. What is the mystery that surrounds the new Lady Audley, and will it turn her life upside down? Will you be awake or will you be fast asle…
 
We return to the sad story of an orphan girl as she meets her extended family. But she’s a ferocious one, she will be fine. Lena and her Granny are packing up their lives to move to her Uncle’s home in the South and his forbidding wife. But first they need to get through the train ride unscathed. Story (8:53) Find Lena Rivers by Mary Jane Holmes ht…
 
Doodles sends his sick bird to a friendly vet, and the young woman who lives across the hallway finds her family. The story takes a sad turn, but stays sweet. We return to the story of Doodles with his positive attitude, despite the difficulties of his life. Some of those difficulties start to build up however, despite some joy in the building arou…
 
We return to the story of John Carter as he wakes up on Mars and meets the terrifying Green Martians The story really picks up as John Carter wakes up on Mars. He finds that the lower gravity gives him something like super powers which impresses the local who capture him and study him carefully. Story (7:30) Find A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Bu…
 
Back to the tales of high society young women, their loves and romances and a perfect recipe to help you sleep. We return again to the lives of young and wealthy young women as they prepare for love, marriage and romance. But a new man is in town and it looks like things may get complicated. Story (15:03) Find The Man Between: An International Roma…
 
A complete short story, a bit exciting being about crime and murder, but still boringly told so sleep won’t be a problem A story from G. K. Chesterton about a group of English Police officers trying to hunt a dangerous, wanted Irish man. Tragedy strikes and all is not as it seems. Story (13:53) Find The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton htt…
 
The bedtime story selected for your sleep is a Sleepy Time Tales original but followed up with a scholarly dissertation on the fae folk of Wales. We return to the enchanted forest of some of our earlier original tales in the first story for tonight. A gentle musing on the nature of fae folk at midwinter. And this is too short, so we learn a bit abo…
 
A try treatise of the perfect society from the perspective of the early 17th century is a perfect method to help you sleep. A fictionalised account of what the author considered a perfect society, Christian and noble, and better than his own corrupted society. Also not a particularly exciting story. Story (16:31) Find New Atlantis by Francis Bacon …
 
The classic tale of a man and his whale is the route to a sleepy night for you tonight. Our protagonist starts to feel his wanderlust so signs up as a whaler. But things get off to a bit of an aggravating start. But fret not, this is an ideal candidate for a bedtime story to get you to sleep. Story (16:08) Find Moby Dick by Herman Melville https://…
 
The time travelling classic sci fi is both interesting and a bit dry, so basically perfect for your bedtime needs. It starts at a dinner party with a man who has an impossible idea that he then demonstrates and ends thousands of years in the future. Yet somehow isn’t as exciting as it sounds. Story (15:13) Find The Time Machine by HG Wells https://…
 
We pick up where we left off a year ago, with Claus as a man The young child, Claus, has grown up and gone out into the world to bring joy to the hard lives of the humans. And he discovers his talent for carving wooden toys. Story (16:04) Find ‘The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus’ by L. Frank Baum on Project Gutenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/e…
 
A classic Christmas tale is this week’s trip to a restful night. Probably don’t need to tell you much about this story. The miserly Scrooge is rude to his nephew and an employee and gets visited by the ghost of his former business partner. But you know what’s happening, so it won’t keep you awake. Story (16:44) Find A Christmas Carol by Charles Dic…
 
It’s been a while since we left off this story, back to the true tale of a very intelligent horse. We pick up with the horse telling his own life story, it’s charming, sometimes funny, a little weird, but ultimately kind of boring. Story (15:00) Find The Story of Captain, the Horse with the Human Brain by George Wharton James https://www.gutenberg.…
 
Sleepy time comes with a fun and heartfelt reading from Little Women The march girls try find some joy in their financial struggles and attend a ball. We learn about the personalities of the sisters and what the older girls do to help their family make ends meet. Story (14:35) Find Little Women by Louisa May Alcott https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/…
 
Tonight’s Story is a Detective story from Charles Dickens. Quite exciting compared to his usual stuff, but it won’t keep you awake. Sometimes our first impressions of someone are the one’s we must trust. Our protagonist is an insurance agent with sharp instincts that pay off with a mysteriojus new visitor. But will the mystery be solved by the time…
 
Sleepy time stories of young socialite women exploring a country home and environment are a guarantee for a good night’s rest. We return to the country manor of Deephaven and learn about some more of the locals. A chatty older lady may be interesting for our protagonists, but you won’t really follow because you’ll be catching Z’s. Story (15:23) Fin…
 
Sleep time comes with the story of an Indian Village being raided by its neighbours. It’s action backed but I’ll still have you asleep. Full Show Notes: https://sleepytimetales.net/?p=1496 The raid on the village continues and the brave protagonists hold off, waiting for help to arrive. Will it come in time? Will you be awake when this question is …
 
We pick up where we left off before, with our protagonist hunting for a network of jewel thieves, but it’s somehow still a little dry and sleep inducing Ean Fabos takes over the telling of his story and details his plot to catch some dastardly thieves, but between me telling the story and the sometimes excessive and dry story I’m confident you’ll b…
 
The place of women in music in societies through history is pretty interesting, but won’t be fascinating enough to keep sleep away. Detailed Show Notes: https://sleepytimetales.net/?p=1475 Learn about women’s places in music through ancient times and the medieval age. Their roles through unequal societies shifted and changed, but they were often th…
 
Mistress Mary quite contrary starts to explore her new home, finding some joy as well as tragedy. Tonight fall asleep as Mary learns her way around her new home in England and how different her life will be. She finds the joy of a robin, but also the sadness of tragedy and why the lord of the house locked up his late wife’s favourite garden. Story …
 
We return to Tolstoy’s early work and learn about the culture of the Cossacks, which is pretty snooze inducing to be fair.. Detailed show notes: https://sleepytimetales.net/?p=1450 As the young nobleman of the previous episode on this topic continues travels we learn some interesting titbits of the origins of the Cossacks in Russian culture, and wh…
 
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