G.K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936) was a prolific writer having produced about 80 books, many hundred poems, thousands of essays, and more to boot. Orthodoxy is perhaps one of his best known works, and as highlighted at the Dawn Patrol blog it is available free on mp3 (as well as other formats) at the LibriVox website.
In his youth G.K. Chesterton was very interested in the occult, but he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922 at the age of 48. His writing style is renowned for being humorous whilst at the same time having powerful messages.
One famous submission to the Times was penned when several eminent authors were asked to write essays on “What’s Wrong with the World?” Chesterton’s wrote his as a letter and simply said:
G. K. Chesterton
It was a cunning use of wit to highlight that it is human sinfulness that it is the problem with the world.
G. K. Chesterton wrote Orthodoxy in 1908 and it has become a classic piece of Christian literature. Orthodoxy follows a curious persons intellectual journey to find the meaning of life. That journey of course ends in the realization that Christianity is the only thing that can fulfill a human’s life. The purpose of the book is to:
“attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian Faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it.”
The free mp3 (read by J A Carter) is split into several sections, as the running time is over six hours long! You can also subscribe toiTunes or RSS.