Reading #NotesFromTheTiltAWhirl. Laughing. Thinking.
Almost crying at times. Reading quotes aloud.
Underlining like a mad person.
Tweeted at 7:28 PM, on July 31, 2013.
When I get a book this good, I am always tempted to just pour quotes from it all over my blog and then add a sign at the bottom in bright red that says
JUST READ IT.
What else can I possibly say?
I wrote the words "Brilliant" and "This is Theology!" in the margin as I read.
N.D Wilson's writing gives us pictures: like his rushing descriptions of a stream on a winter day, when the snow is just beginning to melt and the water is running off the pine's needles, of a cold and moonlit night, with icicles growing off the eaves, the precious description of his beloved wife smiling as his children pile on him, daughters laughing, young son trying to flip him over, baby son wriggling and crawling up to him, his little head pressed against his father's.
Yes. This book is full of word-art, and that same wordcraft allows theological truth to be clearly presented, so that I began to grasp concepts that I hadn't understood much at all before.
I never would have imagined that a book with a title such as Notes from The Tilt A Whirl would be about death and resurrection and life and apologetics and joy and gratitude and "the problem of evil" and angels and all at the same time be about spring's loveliness turning to summer's ripeness and autumn's last hurrah of falling color, and children playing in the piles that we make out of the last leaves... but that is the sort of book this is. And it is fitting that this should be a surprising book, because it is about life which we begin to live on this earth and one word that fits life itself is Surprise.
God loves to Surprise us.
Thank you BookSneeze for sending me my copy to review!