Ron’s #24: Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by N. D. Wilson

I had this book for about a year. It looked interesting, especially with the subtitle, “Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World.” It looked like a resulting work from the popularity of Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller. As I read it, I discovered that I was right. This felt like the same tone and genre as Miller’s book, and that isn’t a bad thing. Like Miller, Wilson is a great writer, crafting clever and original sentences about everyday things. As like Miller, Wilson thrusts his pondering and wondering as the main protagonists of the book.

A couple of aspects that I didn’t like: it was too stream-of-consciousness-y for my liking. It had a self-awareness that felt almost contrived, even in the midst of excellent prose.  Also, I question why authors use only their initials. It is clear from the story that N. D. does not go by N. D. in real life, so why do it on the book’s cover? Are you trying to make yourself sound mightier and more Lewis-esque for your audience? Your book is good, but not that good.

There’s a trailer for a documentary about the book just released. It looks great, and we will probably use it in an upcoming Faith & Film night. This short clip will give you a feeling of the book.


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I teach English and government in Okinawa, Japan. I love reading theology and fiction, and helps keep me accountable. Reading with three kids under 5 is a bit of a challenge, but I keep trying to find ways to read more. My favorites writers are C. S. Lewis, Flannery O’ Connor, and Raymond Carver.

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