Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World
From Publishers Weekly
This theological ride thrills with a colorful whir of profound and profoundly amusing meditations on creation, existence and God.
A visual, poetic exploration of the narrative nature of the world and the personality of the Poet behind it all.
When Nate Wilson looks at the world around him, he asks "What is this place? Why is...more
I had read Notes from the Tilt a Whirl before in its various manifestations. But when it arrived in its final printed form, I was happy to sit down and go through it again, left to right. What a good book this is.
The conceit for the book is that the solar system is a ride at a carnival, with circular motions inside circular motion. Not only do we have the carnival-like motions, we have a carnival-like environment, gaudy colors and situations included. The book works th ...more
So when talk about thi ...more
His style was kind of like reading Robin Williams teaching Sunday School or maybe talking with his fellow theologians down at the pub. It took a page or two to get into, but I enjoyed the style.
This is not one of those get pumped up, ...more
I read this in one dizzy three-hour sitting in June 2009, then again (much slower) in M ...more
This book has problems. It is a compilation of random personal reflections capped off by one powerhouse chapter concerning hell towards the end of the book. The writin ...more
There were a few lines and paragraphs I enjoyed. I loved the entire chapter on Hell. But the rest of the book I found painful. It reminded me of "one thousand gifts" by Ann Voskamp, another very flowery, Christian book that goes on and on without ever coming to a point.
Actually, Wilson does make a point in his book. He makes several. But I found him condescending, repetitive, and ir ...more
What I consider the major theme of the book from page 70:
Are we on a world kick-started by a god who doesn't know how to drive? Is this god embarrassed? Did he not know that snowflakes would come with avalanches as well as the quaint village scenes they ruin?
Of course He did. This God is big, bigger than the world. Faith is hard on the back of a motorcycle, it is hard when the Tilt-A-Whirl reverse ...more
this seems like a morbid take-away but I relate to this perspective:
It is hard knowing I will die
He has the authority to choose my end.
He has the authority to sever my soul from my body and call it to another part of the stage
when I die...wherever or whenever...there will be other characters in the story with me...but God will be there too...closing a chapter...smiling.
To His eyes, I never leave the stage...I do not cease to exist...it is a chapter.
Look to Him...walk to Him
when my body ...more
This book contains meditations about the world, reflecting on God's unmistakable hand in all of it. It is thought-provoking and well writte ...more
I'd like to read it again, but I'm going to be patient and wait for the finished draft. I have to agree with Elise, if they take anything out it's going to annoy me.
Maybe it's something about Octobers. Even richer and more perceptive than I remember it being the first time. This is a volume of literary criticism on the biggest Art of all. I particularly recommend it to writers.
I read a review this morning talking about Francis Chan's book "Erasing Hell." Chan's book is a response to Rob Bell's controversial "Love Wins." The reviewer said of Chan's attempt, "right time, wrong book."
The style is poetic throughout, but if you're not much of a poet like myself don't let that put you off. 'Unusual' in this case is good. Very good in fact. Wilson has a wonderful grasp of language and communicates in a way that I found very engaging.
The author takes a look at the world (which he refers to as a 'tilt-a-whirl' from a fareground) - and reflects on what he sees. He looks at nature, the seasons, insects, his own family experie ...more
What is the best of all possible Art? That which reveals, captures, and communicates as many facets of that Being as is possible in a finite frame.
Wilson, N. D. (2009-06-25). Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World (p. 8). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not pr ...more
My Mom died a year ago when her mitral valve suddenly collapsed. It was c ...more
I also fully believe that "He [God] is the rock He can't lift. He is the Infinite struggling to capture Himself, to reveal every faced of His Infinite Self in the limitations of tiny space" (188) and I also ...more