Nate has had a good couple of days. First there was this review of his forthcoming book Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl in Publishers’ Weekly. For what it’s worth, I agree with the review. I have linked it to the Thomas Nelson page, but the book should be up at Amazon any day now. Here’s the review.
Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl:Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World
N.D. Wilson. Thomas Nelson, $14.99 paper (224p) ISBN 978-0-7852-2884-4
Hold your breath and throw your hands in the air! This theological ride thrills with a colorful whir of profound and profoundly amusing meditations on creation, existence and God. Influenced by his evangelical Christian faith, Wilson (Leepike Ridge) uses an engaging, casual style in this personal notebook of spiritual thought as he offers readers a peek into his world of unapologetic wonder. Spinning through the pages, reflections on philosophers, theologians, leeches and kittens offer dazzling new perspective on the bright lights and dark corners of our carnival-like existence. Wilson’s most striking achievement in all his whirling musings is an ever-present insistence on optimism. Even when contemplating death, he cheerfully concludes that he will then have admission to “go on the gnarly rides” of immortality. Indeed, Wilson excels in his elegantly intricate arguments for hope: even a naked mole rat matters. Yes, the prose often jolts and reels on its paper track. It can be an unsettling ride. But that is the poetry of a tilt-a-whirl—the poetry of living. (June)
And then this interview with him ran in The Washington Post, with most of that time taken up with cupboards, exploring houses as a child, dandelion fires, and writing. Sorry about the teeny picture, but that’s what I had on this computer. We’re in a recession. Times are hard. Can’t afford enough ones and zeros.