Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl
Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World
By N. D. Wilson
N.D. Wilson is the authour of 100 Cupboards. (my kids loved that book)
He brings that same imagination and inquisitive mind to this book on apologetics. He takes you on a journey where you have to ask questions and look for answers, and recognize G-d's ART. Ex nihilo is Latin phrase "out of nothing". Used as in creatio ex nihilo, meaning "creation out of Nothing". This place, this earth, this "Tilt-A-Whirl" we call earth is G-d's Art. You can not just read this book, You need to watch N.D.'s videos as well. The passion and brilliance leap off the page and into those videos.
This book is billed as "post-modern apologetics" and I think that sells it a bit short and puts it in a box. There is so much more to this book. I am glad I actually "picked it up" which really means "clicked on it" and read it. (ebook) N.D. has the soul of an artist, a vibrant imagination, and a brilliant mind. I look forward to seeing more from him.
"Words. Magic words. Words spoken by the Infinite, words so potent, spoken by One so potent that they have weight and mass and flavor. They are real. They have taken on flesh and dwelt among us. They are us. In the Christian story, the material world came into the existence at the point of speech, and that speech was ex nihilo, from nothing. God did not look around for some cosmic goo to sculpt, or another god to dice and recycle. He sang a song, composed a poem, began a novel so enormous that even the Russians are dwarved by its heaped up pages…
Kick a stone. There are no tricks here. There are no props, no prefabbed white rabbits. The magic is real, and I stand blinking on the stage because of it. I’m real. I’m heavy. I’m matter. Cut me and I’ll bleed. But I’m not made out of anything, and if the Magician, the Poet, the Word, if the Singer were to stop His voice, I would simply cease to be.” (pp. 23-24)"
Video Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpd2AY4wV2I
I can't link it, but watch it!
"Most of my time is spent on the tilt-a-whirl and occasionally in the squirrel cages."
"We were the ones who got to participate in this Song, in this Art, and in the end we should know that living makes dying worth it."
"The only proper response to the fact that God has created you (from nothing!) is deep gratitude to the Author and Sustainer of life."
"Thinking about the world as a story helps us to understand the problem of evil because we know that all of our favorite books and movies have evil and pain in them, and we don’t think that the authors are evil or weak. And we certainly don’t think that the authors don’t exist! Evil exists so that Good can conquer it. God ordained evil so that it could be nailed to his Son on the cross and utterly defeated."
SAMPLE CHAPTER and a FREE Study guide
Interview with the authour:
Authour's website: http://www.notesfromthetiltawhirl.com/
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/notesfromthetilt?feature=watch