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
Release DateJun 29th, 2009
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreReligion, Theology, Christian, Christianity, Philosophy, Nonfiction, Faith

Reviews Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

  • Douglas Wilson
    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.
    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...
  • Banner
    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
    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.
  • Gwen Burrow
    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...
  • Barnabas Piper
    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.
  • Thiago Lima
    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....
  • Joel
    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...
  • Marcel
    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
    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 ...
  • Abrahamus
    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
    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...
  • Helena Sorensen
    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.
  • Andre Argolo
    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
    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...
  • Kris Irvin
    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
    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...
  • Kay
    take away:this seems like a morbid take-away but I relate to this perspective:It is hard knowing I will dieHe 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 stagewhen 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 ...
  • Sharon
    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
    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.
  • Suzannah
    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.
  • Hannah Jayne
    I love these words. I love this world. I love this life. And the Artist—the Artist is best of all.
  • Leandro Guimarães
    A romp!
  • marylyn
    the most beautiful book about God that I have ever read, besides the one he wrote about himself.
  • Omar
    In the preface to this book, Wilson writes, “What excuses can I possibly make for this book? ...I do not (to my knowledge) have a diseased brain…” Of course, as we later found out, Wilson was in fact suffering from a brain tumor. What bothers me is that I do not (to my knowledge) have a diseased brain, and so what excuses can I possibly make for enjoying this book so much? This is a very “abnormal” book dealing with the problems of evil...
  • D.C.
    One of the most unusual Christian books I’ve ever read, and at that, one of the most convincing. It’s hard to put into words the way this book digs into your heart and fills it with awareness and hope. The comparisons to Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, are, in my opinion, not accurate- Voskamp uses sentimental, poetic writing to an extreme and her theology is slightly unorthodox. Wilson writes in a sporadic style with words that pop out a...
  • Miles Smith
    Part literary memoir, part devotion, part autobiography, this little book is a true revelation in the sense that Wilson shamelessly and courageously captures the small wonders that fill the human condition, but are often seen as trite. He gives the Christian believer the license to find joy in both the serious and the trite. This work includes some of the more moving language pertaining to the most mundane facets of the human condition. The passa...
  • Chris Damant
    Life feels bigger, fuller and more wonderful now. I've not read anything quite like it: a reflective monologue bordering on poetic while also critiquing various philosophical and scientific views in a rather refreshing, if original, way. The infinite God of the universe cares about me, but really I am just one small part of the eternal play of history - the world doesn't revolve around me and that is one of the most liberating truths I've ever kn...
  • Denise
    So gifted with words... his prose is poetry. So gifted with words... his prose is poetry. I will have to re-read this one. He brings a welcome perspective and wit to how we can see God's work around us. I am also a fan of his 100 Cupboards series.