Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World
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 this place? Who approved it? Am I supposed to take it seriously?" What could such an outlandish, fantastical world say about its Creator?
In these sparkling...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
This is one of those books that's hard to rate because I read it over more than a year setting it down and picking it up. I think it was best read in small batches, actually, as the essays - and I use that term somewhat loosely - are based on the seasons as the earth - ahem "tilt-a-whirl" - revolves around the sun.
I like much -most- of what Wilson has to say about God (Father, Son, and Spirit), Creation, and the interplay with man. I like the way he holds things up in the culture, church, s ...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
"Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl focuses on a way of seeing. With this book [Death by Living], the focus is on a way of living, a way of receiving life" ( Death by Living xi). ...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
I didn't expect this to be the apologetic work that it was. I don't think Wilson intended it to be an apologetic in the traditional sense, but the way he reasons about things like morality and Hell are done so well ...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
Still amazing. Still exactly what I needed. (Will there be a time when these words are not relevant to life?) Still my favorite book.
2018: listened to an audiobook version this time, read by the author himself. Still love these words. A lot.
2018 2.0: I gave this to a friend of mine, and I started glancing through it to remind myself of pieces and then I was like, "Forget this, I'm reading the whole thing." So I did. For the second time in a year. And the 4th time overall, app ...more
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. ...more
Personally, when I read a book that tries to get me to rethink how I think about the world, I like it to put the seemingly random pieces of the puzzle toge ...more
This is a brave book. Brave, because he doesn't talk about God in ...more
While theology books certainly can help you discover God, there's one witness to the nature of God that many in our age do not listen to - that is, the witness of creation. N.D. Wilson masterfully supplies humans a perspective on what it is like to see God through the beauties, uglies ...more
Reread one of many, here we come. ...more