Due to what might be predominantly attributed to his wit, candor, and jovial tone, Chesterton's work is always enjoyable to read. It might be said that it is when he takes on an apologist's role to convey his convictions that Chesterton is at his best. He has been criticized, however, for being too confident in his own beliefs while intolerant with regard to the beliefs of others. Nonetheless, it is difficult to criticize a man for his confidence in what he perceives to be truth when he is so good at making it almost impossible to deny the truth that he writes of. This is what Chesterton does in The Catholic Church and Conversion; he presents that which is easy to ignore but hard to deny.
As a Protestant that has derived so much pleasure from the works of Chesterton I could not bring myself to overlook even one title, particularly one which I knew would correct the ignorance of any of my personal preconceived perceptions. In The Catholic Church and Conversion, Chesterton points out why it was inevitable that he and so many others have converted and will convert to Catholicism. Again, it is hard to deny the truths this author speaks of, especially when it is coupled with examples derived from common human experience. While Chesterton would probably respond that I only further justify his position by saying so, I must say that this work is not only true in terms of conversion to Catholicism but to Christianity in general. Chesterton's purpose, though, was not to defend all denominations of Christianity but to justify the legitimacy of the Catholic Church as Christianity, and does a magnificent job refuting common fallacies while presenting his case. So much so that one is forced to consider the legitimacy of their personal denomination if it is anything other than the Roman Catholic Church.
Ultimately, The Catholic Church and Conversion is yet another beautiful work of G.K. Chesterton that should be read by all. This might be particularly true of those that perceive Roman Catholicism to be something other than Christianity when compared to any denomination of Protestantism. At least give Chesterton, a passionate Roman Catholic convert, an opportunity to present why it is that he is so passionately so. It is a short, quick read and thoroughly enjoyable at that.