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Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl (2011)

N.D. Wilson , Aaron Rench  |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: N.D. Wilson
  • Directors: Aaron Rench
  • Producers: N.D. Wilson, Aaron Rench, Caleb Applegate, Michael Ludlum
  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Beloved Independent, Gorilla Poet Productions
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00558B4P2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

An Idea Film. A Bookumentary.
A cinematic treatment of a worldview. A poet live in concert. A motion picture sermon. VH1 Storytellers meets Planet Earth. 60 Minutes meets Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. In this unusual but fascinating film sequence, best-selling author N.D. Wilson gives an emotional and intellectual tour of life in this world and the final chapter that is death. Everything before and after and in between is a series of miracles--some of which are encouraging, others disturbing and uncomfortable.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Your Place in the Story June 11, 2011
N.D. Wilson's love for the world that God has spoken comes through with the best kind of authenticity. This compelling film revels in Wilson's contention that "you can learn more from an anthill than from Heidegger". He is not afraid to raise the biggest of questions, and more importantly, to answer them, not just with speculations from a book filled room, but in the context of a life lived inside God's story. Wilson is no slouch as a thinker, but having stepped outside into a wild world, he fills out life's questions with answers that touch the whole person, head, heart, and hand. This is philosophy for real people: not dumbed down, but fleshed out. This world, and all of our experiences in it, are part of a story that is being told, and instead of grumbling about your lines, Wilson invites the viewer to meet the world with gratitude, because the story God is telling is a good one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Nick
Awesome. I don't normally review anything on here but since this is new and I know how heavily I rely on the ratings on Amazon for purchasing decisions I just have to get this out there. You will not be disappointed. Wilson hits heavy on a topic that I love from John Piper (who got it from CS Lewis) which Piper calls "The wakening wonder of what's really there." So buy this and start to wake up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars challenging & beautiful June 12, 2011
By brian k
This film is able to awe me when I'm complacent, confront me when I'm bored, and challenge me when I'm not asking the hard questions. It--scenes, discussions, people, humor and sorrow, settings, insects, you name it--is beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visualizing the Spoken World June 10, 2011
By J. Owen
Here's to a good start of a new genre: the bookumentary. A narrative walk through N.D. Wilson's Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl, this film captures the glory and impossibility of the created world, and the gratitude and laughter that we should respond with--all in under an hour. The scope of the spoken world is obviously enormous so anticipate quick sketches and fat brush strokes, "important" philosophers accounted for and swept aside, and a ride that feels a bit like the name. Get ready to tilt and whirl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Icing on the Cake May 4, 2012
The book is good, and the bookumentary is just icing on the cake. By which I mean it is sweet, flashy, and if you're not careful, gets everywhere.

N. D. Wilson's take on life, the universe, and everything is somewhat unique. Like a carnie, he introduces us to a world of flashing lights and moving parts, with a heap of bizarreness on every side. In under an hour he brings us through questions about God, the afterlife, and the problem of evil.

It is his treatment of the problem of evil that makes the whole thing worth watching. He takes us from grit and guts to fluffy kittens and every place in between, pulling no punches. If you want real answers, you have to look under every rock, and he does. Join him in his journey. Don't just ask the questions, find the answers. Watch it, read it, watch it again. It's worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe Inspiring June 10, 2011
By David
The greatest thing I took away from this film was the reminder how small we are, how big God is, and how much we take for granted. This is one of those films, just like N.D. Wilsons book of the same name, that benefits from re-watching multiple times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild ride May 4, 2012
By Redhead
NDW does a fantastic job at displaying the wonder of God's creation. He shows you that there is order, design, and purpose in everything. This DVD is unlike you have ever seen before, taking you on a wild ride through this world. I highly recommend this for anyone curious about this world, or unsure of its purpose. Watch and be amazed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting a Glimpse God's Story April 25, 2012
"We should be laughing, because God is laughing. We should be sacrificing ourselves, because God sacrifices His own Son."
"We were the ones who got to participate in this song, in this art, and at that very end we should now that living really makes dying worth it."
This film delivers a stunning blow to the complainers, the whiners, the Christians who live as atheists. There is a God up there and because we know that He is up there laughing, we are compelled to laugh.
It is well filmed and well argued. It is a film that will make you angry or it will make you laugh at yourself and make you realize how small you really are.
I would encourage you to buy it and show it to your friends and neighbors and family. It will be worth every penny you payed. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A Calvinist Attempt at an Age-Old Question. Comes Up Short
The author is giving his answer to the age-old question, "If God is all-powerful and God is good, why is there evil in the world? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
Excellent content, as always, from N. D. Wilson! He does a great job of connecting the head and the heart to give a powerful message that you don't want to miss.
Published 7 months ago by Matt Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Very deep but a bit frenetic
The Wilson's are deep thinkers and ND is a great communicator and very cool. This is great stuff, but it moves pretty fast. Read more
Published 9 months ago by F. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, fresh, fresh
What a great perspective on life, death, eternity, and the occasional glob of frozen spit. N.d. Wilson is delightful, but also challenges your faith and possibly strains some of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jane Booze
5.0 out of 5 stars Love folks who think outside of the box
I enjoyed this dvd a lot. It's a good reminder not to take anything for granted & to give thanks and appreciate all of those things we do tend to take for granted. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bebop7
5.0 out of 5 stars A "bookumentary" about anything and everything.
I work in the entertainment industry, and it isn't often that you see a Christian production of such high caliber. N.D. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Farsight
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth rewatching again and again
Intelligent, honest look at philosophy and contrasts it with real life via Christian viewpoint. Fast moving. I bought 4 to pass on to my kids
Published 18 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The product was exactly what it said it was in exactly the condition it was suppose to be. This DVD is awesome and mind-blowing. Such a blast to watch over and over.
Published 19 months ago by Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars World view
This was a good review of the World views that many have today, and how God has the answers for you.
Published 21 months ago by M. Welti
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I shared this with hundreds of students at our fall events and every time it blew their minds. I then suggested to groups that they buy a copy and go through it chapter by chapter... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dave W
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