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."


  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!)

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

  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!

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

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

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

  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 :)

  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.

    ~ Wendy


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