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Book Review : Notes from the Tilt-a-whirl

September 16, 2009

If one listens to an overseas speaker it can take a short while to grow accustom to their accent. I had the same feeling when I began reading, Notes from the tilt-a-whirl by N. D. Wilson (Thomas Nelson, 2009). It took me a couple of chapters to grow accustom to Wilson’s tone and style but it was worth the effort.

Wilson addresses topics that are normally presented in an academic way—topics like creation, the Sovereignty of God, the problem of suffering—but he does it as if he was painting a picture rather than explaining theological subjects. He explores these topics by drawing examples from nature, the animal kingdom, and his own family. Furthermore this book is very well researched. Wilson quotes from various philosophers, authors, speakers, and his illustrations based on the insect world are amazing.

While reading Notes from the Tilt-A-World I felt like Wilson was constantly drawing me to the creative side of my brain by creating remarkable pictures. He teased my imagination with mind boggling questions that would never have occurred to me. Wilson has a way of developing his ideas that is unusual but delightful.

While it is an uplifting book it makes you feel small, yet grateful, in the presence of an awesome God.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith