Death by Living: A Review
N.D. Wilson’s book Death by Living takes a while to pick up speed, for me anyway, and it’s not because I don’t resonate with the author. I actually think we’d get along fine and find myself thinking, ‘I’d like to hang out with this guy’ as I read it. But, the book is held together by themes and threads and these either keep things together or unravel. I believe Wilson keeps them together, but more concrete thinkers will not appreciate it as much.
For example, on pgs. 70-76, there is a valuable section on story and how we not only live within stories, but we must act within a story and this interplay is an important theme and thread, but can get tucked away behind poetic anecdotes and seeming tangents elsewhere in the book. At one point, Wilson unpacks a bit of travel experience with family in Europe and anyone who has ever traveled with children will resonate with the story, but like our own stories, Wilson seems to leave us with a ‘to be continued….’ idea and while the imagery is compelling and at times, emotional (found myself thinking of how I miss my grandfather), the prose, like a good novel, must be followed and bought in to….In other words, this makes some solid points, is an enjoyable read, drives home the importance of story and characters and our place with and in them, but this will not please everyone. And if you don’t like it, that’s probably ok, Wilson isn’t finished writing either.
(note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review in conjunction with the Booksneeze program and the parameters therein)
Another visit to Bo’s Cafe….
do we trust God or are we trying to do enough to be trusted ourselves? This video touches on some key points that are potentially controversial, but ultimately helpful and liberating. A transforming message….