Book Review: Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World


In Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World, author, N. D. Wilson takes readers on a seemingly random journey of exploring snapshots of the world while making theological observations and discovering timeless truths along the way.  This is a book that is unlike almost anything that I have ever read.  The randomness of the topics addressed and the lack of transitions between the concept being portrayed and the illustration to make the concept come to life makes this book a difficult read.  It is difficult in that the reader has a hard time following what N. D. Wilson is trying to communicate.  The interesting and insightful part of this book was the author’s ability to bring different individuals’ perspectives to the table when an issue was being addressed.  This skill shows that the author was well read and knew well the theological stances and positions on age old apologetics issues such as the problem of evil.  This book does a brief job of addressing these issues drawing short conclusions with little to no backing and no scriptural support.  I think in reading this book that I may have missed the point.  One thing, however, that I know for sure is that this book was not written for people who think and learn best through logic and reasoning because the artistic transitions and themes in this book are likely to lose you like they lost me.