Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World

by N. D. Wilson


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What is this World? What kind of place is it?

“The round kind. The spinning kind. The moist kind. The inhabited kind. The kind with flamingos (real and artificial). The kind where water in the sky turns into beautifully symmetrical crystal flakes sculpted by artists unable to stop themselves (in both design and quantity). The kind of place with tiny, powerfully jawed mites assigned to the carpets to eat my dead skin as it flakes off . . . The kind with people who kill and people who love and people who do both . . .

This world is beautiful but badly broken.

“I love it as it is, because it is a story, and it isn’t stuck in one place. It is full of conflict and darkness like every good story, a world of surprises and questions to explore. And there’s someone behind it; there are uncomfortable answers to the hows and whys and whats. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through Him were all things made . . .

Welcome to His poem. His play. His novel. Let the pages flick your thumbs.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780849964862
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,162,312
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

N. D. Wilson is a best-selling novelist, professional daydreamer, and occasional screenwriter. He enjoys hilltops, callouses, and the smell of rain on hot asphalt. He and his wife have five children, and he is currently a Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College, where he teaches freshmen how to play with words.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Welcome 1

Tickets, Please 9

Breathing Characters 27

Talking Rocks 37

Winter Hiatus: Breaking Teeth 65

Unwomb the world 61

The Problem of Evil and the Nonexistence of Shakespeare: A Paper by Hamlet, Prince of Denmark 91

Spring Hiatus: Butterfly Lies 117

Your Mother Was a Lizard 121

The Problem of Kittens: Cuteness and Beauty 139

Summer Hiatus: Sand Castles 161

Hell: The Final Conversation 165

The Story 185

Gratitude 199

About the Author 203

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