If you've read here for any length of time you surely know that we are rather enamored of Chesterton around here. In fact Josiah was once rebuked by a professor for quoting Chesterton too often in his papers and such (he took up quoting Belloc instead). We have fond memories of a visit with a very famous and learned Chestertonian, and we once had a whole Chesterton themed tea-party in honor of Josiah's birthday. So it seems about time I join Sarah's Weekends with Chesterton link-up she hosts every Sunday.
Like some of our other favorite authors, Chesterton has naturally graced a couple of our handmade gifts which often have a literary theme. Above is a linen pillow case I gave Josiah with a quote from The Honour of Israel Gow, found in this collection of Father Brown mysteries.
"Sleep!" cried Father Brown. "Sleep. We have come to the end of the ways. Do you know what sleep is? Do you know that every man who sleeps believes in God? It is a sacrament, for it is an act of faith and it is a food." ~ G.K. Chesterton
(I also thought Sarah would appreciate this dear little quote on sleep, being the mother of a toddler along with infant twins she really thinks rather highly of the elusive, coveted stuff.)
Note that if you are new to Chesterton or are looking for a good way to introduce your kids to this writer, the Father Brown mysteries are an excellent place to start. His intellect, wit, and faith along with his brilliant writing in these classic detective stories are sure to whet one's appetite for more Chesterton.
And this is a gift I gave Anna when she took to drinking her cocoa out of a large white bowl after we read this line from Chesterton:
Every morning and evening an iron hatchway opened in his oblong cell, and a brown hairy hand or two thrust in a plate of perfectly cooked lentils and a big bowl of cocoa.
Can you identify what book that is from?
Don't forget to visit Sarah for more Gilbert Keith!