Wednesday, August 12, 2009
From the opening pages of the preface of Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl, N.D. Wilson is disarming. As disarming as the title of the book itself. Humor, self-deprecation, “non-religious” jargon. I instantly want to like this book, its author, and the content within.
And like it I did. This poetic nonfiction work feels as much like journaling, if not entering the very mind of the author. Wilson takes us through the four seasons of earth’s rotation, using scenes of nature to bring to life scenes of spirituality. From the baptism and rebirth of spring and summer to the slow death and grave of fall and winter, Wilson will cause you to look at “God’s spoken world” as never before. You will have a newfound appreciation for even the tiniest of creatures and their complex intricacies. You will see the living metaphor of the changing seasons in a new way.
Also, you’ll appreciate Wilson’s take on the problem of evil, the fall, heaven and hell, and other major philosophical debates. All of these “high and mighty” subjects are enjoyed without taking them too seriously. However, there is still major food for thought on these great discussions.
Fans of Donald Miller and Anne Lamott will eat this book up, and place it in a similar category. Those who don’t care for such conversational, questioning, wrestling faith should steer clear. But if you steer clear, you’ll be missing something wonderful!