The Tumbler of God is a wonderful book that is a revelation as well as an inspiration. Scholar, retreat master, priest, and certainly a mystic himself, Fr. Wild is ideally suited to make this study of Chesterton’s mysticism. Contains great insights from a variety of Chesterton’s writings.
“We need a new kind of mystic,” writes Fr. Robert Wild; and in The Tumbler of God, he presents a spiritual portrait of G.K. Chesterton that convincingly shows why he is precisely the kind of new mystic we need. Chesterton’s mysticism was grounded in an experiential knowledge that existence is a gift from God, and that the only response is a spirituality of gratitude and praise for the unveiled beauty of creation. Franz Kafka said of Chesterton, “He is so happy one might almost think he had discovered God.” And Fr. Wild adds that “indeed he had, and he was doing his best to live in the light of that discovery. What was his ‘secret’? It was to love the splendor of the real, and to live in adulthood the innocence and wonder of the child who sees everything for the first time. The Gospel tells us we must become again like little children in order to enter the kingdom. Chesterton shows us how.”