Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Product Description 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 chapters, Wilson gives an aesthetic examination of the ways in which human...


Details Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

TitleNotes From The Tilt-A-Whirl
ISBN9780849920073
Author
Release DateJun 29th, 2009
PublisherThomas Nelson
LanguageEnglish
GenreChristian, Religion, Theology, Christianity, Philosophy, Nonfiction, Faith, Christian Living
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Reviews Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

  • Douglas Wilson
    2009-06-21
    Stupendous. More to follow.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...
  • Jen H.
    2012-06-11
    So, on Saturday I was the lone woman sitting amongst a group of men when the subject of this book came up. I'd started to read it once before and hated it. Why? I didn't like the author. I've thought for years he was trying too hard to be like his father and never quite measuring up. Ugly, I know. But true. And I happen to think his father a right jolly old elf, with a bit of Lewis, Chesterton and Luther thrown in for good measure. Who wouldn't l...
  • Roberto Vargas Jr.
    2018-08-21
    O estilo de Wilson é extremamente fluido e agradável. Diria até que é “viciante”!E é difícil dizer mais algo sobre o livro sem encher este texto de spoilers. Farei, então, apenas dois breves comentários.O primeiro: Como é bom encontrar eco do que pensamos em palavras muito mais apropriadas e que jamais poderíamos usar, por nossa própria incompetência! (Aliás, Wilson usou magistralmente o mesmo argumento que usei em Sobre a autori...
  • Banner
    2016-07-06
    This was a refreshing, honest and very personal book about faith...from one man's perceptive. He doesn't seem to be trying to convince anyone about anything (well maybe in a couple of places...not totally sure). He just expressed how he saw the world through faith. 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 ...
  • Sydney Kirsch
    2017-05-30
    I didn't love it quite as much as Death by Living, but that doesn't really mean anything because it was still incredible and beautiful and sparkly.
  • Barnabas Piper
    2011-09-19
    The peaks of this book were higher than almost any book I have read in recent years. Wilson has a genuinely unique voice and a gift for seeing the world and the greatness of its minutiae. If you want an exploration of God's kingdom and reality in a fresh way, this is the book.
  • Joel
    2009-12-25
    N.D. Wilson's book is peculiar. I set out reading this not having a clue what to expect; and to the author's credit, I got a good handle on what I was in for after reading the introduction. Wilson's style is distinct. He is very self reflective and loooooves metaphors. This I do not mind. But it is also no guarantee of a good read.This book has problems. It is a compilation of random personal reflections capped off by one powerhouse chapter conce...
  • Jacob Rush
    2015-07-11
    The Wilson family probably share Chestertonian blood. In an insightful and poignant way, N.D. Wilson dismantles the academic skepticism of the secular, evolutionist by his sharp, sometimes crass, wit. Without God, without the Divine Storyteller, life is meaningless, we are a drift and alone in this vast cosmos. Wilson paints for us what it would look like to be amazed at the story that God is writing with our universe. This world and everything i...
  • G.M. Burrow
    2009-06-13
    Breathtaking. Hilarious. Scathing. Fiercely jolly. If you ever want to read about poetry, ants, creation, thunderstorms, evil, Hamlet, eternity, snow, hell, pain and death all rolled into one ecstatic ball, then read this book. It will sprawl you, wind you, pick you up, and push you on your way even as you hold out both arms to stop the world from rocking. It will blind you with beauty and insist that you see.I read this in one dizzy three-hour s...
  • Thiago Lima
    2018-01-04
    Fantástico! Genial!Esse livro é sobre cosmovisão. Isso, "cosmovisão" no singular. Não é um livro discutindo sobre as diversas cosmovisões existentes, embora ele fale superficialmente de algumas. Nesse livro Nathan, de forma magistral, nos apresenta uma cosmovisão singular, uma que enxerga esse mundo além de simples taxonomia e estações climáticas, que te deslumbra com a beleza desse mundo que, na verdade, é obra de um grande Artista....
  • Mark Jr.
    2011-09-19
    I succumbed to the buzz the year this came out; I read it, and I'm glad. It's not quite like any other book I've encountered. If it's a little too self-conscious at times of its witty uniqueness, it's equally full of insights and great little stories—like the toddler and the butterfly. The great John Frame says that theology should be written in many genres; Wilson seems almost to have created a new one. A good book to savor a bit at a time.
  • Suzannah
    2012-11-06
    Read October 16, 2011 and October 12, 2014.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.
  • Marcel
    2017-07-06
    Senhoras e senhores, que livraço! Foi divertidíssimo entrar na Xícara Maluca e ver a forma biruta de ND Wilson enxergar o mundo!Tem lugar pra mais um! Vamos?
  • Aaron Fox
    2017-10-16
    Hmm. This book is very interesting. I would recommend it to most people, but it did not have the same impact on me as it has had for others. This is a very mainstream Christian book that would probably land in most church and/or Christian bookstores but for the 1 swear word (kind of used in context...) and a couple misuses of the word "hell". Personally, when I read a book that tries to get me to rethink how I think about the world, I like it to ...
  • Lucas Bragança
    2018-08-07
    Lendo esse livro você aprenderá a olhar as coisas com outros olhos. A princípio parecerá pura loucura, mas você verá a grandiosidade de Deus até nas coisas mais insignificantes do mundo, e vai amá-lo muito mais desde as grandes até as suas menores criações. Leia esse livro e se deslumbre com o grande Criador e sua arte!
  • Abrahamus
    2009-09-15
    I resolved before I even began Page One that I was not going to like this book—at least not too much. I figure that I've read enough books by this guy's dad that I really don't need to become a cheerleader for two generations of Wilsons. Well, I'm sorry. Putting on my game face didn't work and, in spite of a heroic effort on my part, I really did love this book. It's quite a ride. A bit out there, to be sure, but as far as all that goes, really...
  • Crystal
    2010-06-19
    When this book was not what I was expecting, it was ok. I liked the wide-eyed wonder theme because I think we lose too much of that in our modern world. However, this book did seems to ramble and not have a clearly defined "purpose" or if it did, it was blurred into the background by the imagery and wonder. Which maybe that's what Wilson was headed for. I think maybe I set myself up expecting too much like he might write like Brennan Manning or s...
  • Megan Lane
    2016-02-04
    Review for 2nd read: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 se...
  • Helena Sorensen
    2013-09-13
    Wilson uses words in surprising and delightful ways. It's always a treat to read his stuff. And, besides, I don't think I've ever read anything so aggressively joyful.
  • Becky
    2014-05-23
    first read: October 2014second: audio book, July 2018(also, only the second audio book ever that I finished and loved.)
  • marylyn
    2013-08-06
    the most beautiful book about God that I have ever read, besides the one he wrote about himself.
  • Aberdeen
    2018-06-21
    I read this book slowly because I needed to stop often and ponder what I had just read. Like an actual tilt-a-whirl, this book takes you on a wild ride. It's not written in a conventional style with a conventional structure, I will warn you. I understand that the style is just not for some people, although I do urge you to get at least a few chapters in, because sometimes it simply takes time to get adjusted to his way of writing.This is a brave ...
  • Andre Argolo
    2017-10-07
    Certamente está entre os melhores que já li. Esse livro definitivamente te instigará a algo mais: uma visão diferente do mundo - uma visão na perspectiva do Criador.
  • Callie Glorioso-Mays
    2013-09-27
    I am very conflicted about this book - I'll do my best to explain why. When I read the summary, I thought I would love this book and I was thrilled to be reviewing it. But when it came and I actually started reading, I really labored over it. The first few chapters were mind-boggling. Each time I picked up the book, I literally got a headache and had to put it down within a few minutes. I was thrown off by Wilson's style and really struggled to k...
  • Brandon Zaffini
    2012-07-17
    This is a piece of art about a greater piece of art. It is a book of words about God's words, about the whole-wide world, and the universe too. It is about God's never-ending work of poetry. As N.D. Wilson explains it, the infinite God has revealed Himself in a finite cosmos, and the result is stunning, beautiful, scary and cute, with enough tension to make the final world, the final restoration of all things, that much more worth it. Understandi...
  • Kris Irvin
    2010-08-25
    I really wanted to like this book. But holy cow, reading it was like stabbing myself in the ear with a toothpick. 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....
  • Richard
    2009-08-12
    I gave it five stars with around 60 pages left. Having now finished, I wish I could give it six.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 motor...
  • Sharon
    2008-06-13
    It reminded me of Chesterton, "The greater and stronger a man is, the more he would be inclined to prostrate himself before a periwinkle."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.
  • Claire
    2008-07-07
    One of the best books I've ever read, never mind that it was written by a friend of ours. When it comes into print, I'll be buying it for everyone I know--especially anyone who is...well, someone I know.