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, Nonfiction, Christian, Philosophy, Christianity

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...
  • Roberto Vargas Jr.
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Jacob Rush
    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
    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
    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....
  • Hannah Jayne
    I love these words. I love this world. I love this life. And the Artist—the Artist is best of all.
  • Mark Jr.
    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
    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
    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 ...
  • Luiz
    Que livro!!! Nate é genial. Eu via as coisas na minha frente enquanto ele descrevia! Cada reflexão, cada estação, cada coisa apontada... Tudo se torna marcante!
  • 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...
  • Megan Lane
    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
    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
    first read: October 2014second: audio book, July 2018(also, only the second audio book ever that I finished and loved.)
  • marylyn
    the most beautiful book about God that I have ever read, besides the one he wrote about himself.
  • Aberdeen
    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 ...
  • Nicholas Zerangue
    Wildly poetic in the greatest of ways. If you ever stop pondering the world around you, this is the book to reintroduce yourself to God's spoken creation.
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  • 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.
  • Marcelo Tarocco Prevedel
    Que livro!!! Cada capítulo é um deleite, me trouxe uma nova visão do mundo. Gostei especialmente dos dois últimos capítulos, talvez porque foram os últimos que eu li... mas não por muito tempo...
  • 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...
  • Brandon Zaffini
    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...