Book Review: Notes from a Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D. Wilson

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken WorldNotes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World by N.D. Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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, science, philosophy, natural world, and history and twists and turns them around and upside down. He is not only on a tilt-a-whirl, but acting as a tilt-a-whirl looking for the facets on the gemstone. I sometimes tire of the this-close-to-pretentious “know it all” tone. There are places, too, where it felt like trying too hard to make the observations fit the observed.

I can understand why some readers love this book and why some readers don’t. I’m in the mostly really, really enjoyed and profited from it, thus 4 stars.

I’ve recently decided to have a “Sunday” book – this was the first that I just dedicated to being read on Sundays as time allowed. It was a good one to challenge me to think about both the immensity of God and the immediacy of God.

View all my reviews

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *