Title: Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl
Author: N.D. Wilson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Have you ever tried to use your sense of smell to describe how a fresh bowl of fruit looks?
What about sight to describe the sound of a two-year-old happily playing in her room?
If so, you understand a little more about the challenge N.D. Wilson faced writing Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl.
This book is downright peculiar. But it’s peculiar in all the right ways. You see, Wilson’s trying to describe the indescribable: God speaking Creation into being, ex nihilo (out of nothing).
Wilson frequently writes in an almost stream-of-consciousness style that, while can be a bit distracting at times, is quite entertaining. His illustrations are hilariously (and appropriately) absurd. And his pace is quick and lively.
Wilson spends a great deal of time deconstructing the absurdity of the idea that our world, in all of it’s beauty and bizarreness happened on a fluke. A random act of chance. But it’s in its seeming randomness, that we see the complexity and intricacy of how this world has been created. And he finds philosophers arguments to the contrary ridiculous, an excuse to sell more books. And that includes, Nietzsche, who Wilson describes as “the only philosopher to ever make me laugh out loud” (p. 199). High praise indeed. [Read more…] about Book Review: Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl