The arrival of books here is a weekly occurrence. Between Paperbackswap, Amazon and various smaller publishers, I have little Christmas moments throughout the year. I find myself frequenting my local library much less often because my personal library is alluring enough.
But two books arrived which are special. Special because they are intended to be ingested as a couple or family. As winter approaches we start reading a chapter after a meal. During the dark of the year, Curt and I enjoy reading aloud to each other before sleeping. The unspoken (but not unbroken) rule is that nobody reads ahead.
On the dock:
Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World
From the blurb:
In these sparkling chapters, Wilson gives an aesthetic examination of the ways in which humanity has tried to make sense of this overwhelming carnival ride of a world. He takes a whimsical, thought-provoking look at everything from the “magic” of quantum physics, to nature’s absurdities, to the problem of evil, evolution and hell. These frequently humorous, and uniquely beautiful portraits express reality unknown to many Christians-the reality of God’s story unfolding around and among us. As the author says, “Welcome to His poem. His play. His novel. His comedy. Let the pages flick your thumbs.”
This will not be the first N.D. Wilson book we’ve read aloud. We greatly enjoyed his young adult books 100 Cupboards and Leepike Ridge. There is not a hint of schmaltz with Wilson. I’m expecting an unpredictable, thought provoking, delightful read.
Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial may seem an unlikely choice for healthy people to read. But I have a problem with the funeral “industry” that exists today. When my friend told me that her family paid $2,000 to rent a coffin for her dad’s funeral (he was cremated after) I was fired up.
The adage “You’ll be told when you need to know” doesn’t hold water here. I want to bone up on our options before it is time to lay the body down. The opening quotation before the preface is Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
* We started in on Tilt-a-Whirl tonight. The first chapter was highly excellent. This is gonna be a ride! Here’s a sampler sentence. “There are various theories as to how and why this all happened [the universe], attempts at explaining the sheer number of creeping things in the world, the stars, the life cycle of frogs, the social behavior of fish, the meaning of love, life, and a really good hamburger.”