Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson


Phenomenal. There’s a word to describe Wilson’s examination of who we are and why we are here in Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl. Every single page of this book captivated me with whirring thought-provoking questions, stirring commentary on nature and poignant expressions of our role on this tilt-a-whirl (aka: the globe).

In his book, a witty Wilson inspires laugh out loud moments, pokes at well-known philosophers, and illustrates poetic observations and unique impressions of the play we all have a part in. The stream of consciousness style complements the ever-changing simple then convoluted subject matter addressed in the book. Wilson injects the reader into changing seasons and is unafraid to challenge readers to take a closer look at the surrounding world.

I found this book to be refreshing. At many places in the book I felt as if Wilson and I had momentarily traded seats on the “Tilt-A-Whirl” and I could visually imagine the points he was making. His thoughts resemble so many of my thoughts. Notes is a wonderfully satisfying portrayal of a markedly studied humanity. Simply put, Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl is now on the top of my list of favorites.

It’s a ride not to be missed. It was an honor to read this book as a Thomas Nelson book reviewer.

To quote Wilson, “I fill my lungs with the world, with this life, with this gift beyond containing. There is only one thing I can say.
Thank you. And I must say it with my life. Through my life.
To the end of my life
And after."

8 comments:

  1. Wendy: I knew this book was a winner when Mike Hyatt posted about it. Now your stunning review makes me want it even more! (Don't tell Mike, but your review holds more weight with me than his!)

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  2. Excellent review! I've just written this title on my list of those to read. Thanks.

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  3. It's sitting about halfway down on my shelf in my "to read" pile. I'm thinking I need to bump it up to the top! Great review!

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  4. Gosh, I'm going to check it out. I love the title, too.

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  5. You did a great job with this review! I love the title of this book--whomever picked it really was clever.

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  6. Oooo! I LOVE that quote. Makes me want to read the book. Great review! Thanks, Wendy. :)

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  7. Wow, that is quite a recommendation. And to think I didn't even have this book on my to read list! Well, that will be changing right now. thanks :)

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  8. Jeanette, did you see the interview? Excellent. Wow to the comment about my heavy review! :D

    Janna, I think you'll enjoy it. Expect the unexpected.

    Beth, it's a great one to let soak in chapter by chapter.

    T. Anne, did you just write gosh? :D Catchy title for sure. He explains why he chose it early on and I even loved the explanation.

    Terri, Wilson was witty through and through in this book. Thanks for the compliment.

    Katie, that quote sang to me!

    Tess, I hope you look into reading it. My book is underlined on just about every page. He thinks like me.

    It's so much fun to be acquainted w/ people who enjoyed reading as much as I do. Your blogs continue to blow me away. I'm blessed to be in communication with you.

    I had coffee today so my mind is still jumping. Makes for a productive day w/ the MS.

    See you tomorrow. Feel free to take a mint. They're free.

    :D
    ~ Wendy

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