Reading with Joy — The Paradoxes of Christianity


Welcome to my summer book club, friends!

If you’re just joining us now, let me catch you up. This summer we’re reading Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, and this week we’re on chapter six, “The Paradoxes of Christianity.” This book is a collection of essays in which Chesterton, a socialist journalist, essayist, and mystery novelist at the turn of the twentieth century, explains how he came to believe in the Christian faith. It is a raucous intellectual adventure, an intellectual and spiritual autobiography which combines the style of Augustine’s Confessions with postmodern pastiche. One friend described reading the book as “doing intellectual push ups while chortling.” It will make you laugh, learn, and think.

This is how the book club works: each week you read the assigned chapter by Tuesday, I put out a podcast on said chapter, and then, the folllowing day, you engage in discussion on either my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

You can find the book for free on Project Gutenberg or at the link below.

This week, my friend Boze Herrington joined me to discuss chapter six.

You may know Boze for his excellent twitter profile the library haunter (@SketchesbyBoze). We both love Chesterton, so we had a lot of fun. Oh, and we also recorded a poetry podcast which we will post on both my Patreon and Boze’s Patreon soon. Patrons, keep your eyes peeled.

Oh, and friends. Meet G.P. Chesterton….

(Guinea Pig Chesterton)

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I met him on my visit to the Bruderhof community in New York, where the Plough Publishing house is located. I thought you all might get a kick out of him…

Friends, don’t forget!

Speaking with Joy is going on the road…


Joel and I are coming to North Carolina and Colorado to speak and sing about beauty and hope in a broken world! We'll be thinking about the importance of beauty in a broken world, sharing the stories, songs, and experiences that have shaped our hearts and minds, interweaving the events with live music (Two Benedictions unite!), dramatic readings, short talks, and Q&A.

We hope you will leave these events full souled, bright eyed, and ready to be a beauty bringer! I'd love to see you many of you there!

I would love to see you there. :)

Here are the event links:


August 8, 7:00-9:00pm
Speaking with Joy Live
An Evening of Goodness, Beauty, and Music
Colonial Baptist, Cary, North Carlonia

August 9, 10:00-12:00
Tea Time with Joy (and Joel!)
Brunch, Concert, and Conversation
Lynn's Custer's home (address on tickets)
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina


August 14,7:00pm – 8:30pm
Speaking with Joy Live
An Evening of Goodness, Beauty, and Music
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Colorado Springs

Much love, friends!

See you next week!

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