Dan Phillips’ book, The World-Tilting Gospel, like N. D. Wilson’s Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl, brings to mind the first line of the refrain in “Fireflies” by Adam Young of Owl City:
“I’d like to make myself believe
That planet earth turns slowly . . .”
Though we don’t perceive its rapid progress, the earth isn’t moving slowly, and even if we don’t realize it, the gospel turns the world upside down.
Here’s the blurb I wrote for The World-Tilting Gospel:
“Who would have thought that tilting the world would set it right? With humor, creativity, and insightful surprises, Dan Phillips captures all the beauty and freshness of the gospel. The gospel turns us rightside up, and this book uses sound teaching to cure worldly vertigo.”
Dan Phillips is a great writer. You can get a taste of his prose on his blog and at Pyromaniacs. He once described a drummer as having
“a slinky, sharp, creative groove that was all his own. It was impossible to hear and not respond, not to nod or tap or move. It was worth listening to the songs just to pick out his beat and catch his fills.”
He also has what could be the best self-description in all of blogdom:
People that write like this are worth reading; how much more when the theology is sound, the backbone strong, and the word of truth rightly divided?
I commend The World-Tilting Gospel to you. Straight gospel truth, and I think it would serve well in book club groups or in one on one discipleship settings. Buy it. Read it. Give it to someone who needs it.
The gospel is God’s power for salvation (Rom 1:16). We all need to be tilted by it till we’re rightside up.
I agree wholeheartedly about Dan’s writing (and this book).Dan’s humor is the real deal and it’s infectious (making even my 15-year-old daughter giggle). It’s a great gift to have as a writer. TWTG has helped clarified my thinking and also given me ideas on how to speak to other people about the gospel and its truths.
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