In this memoir, Nicholas Wolterstorff offers a series of vignettes describing his humble beginnings in rural Minnesota, his education at Calvin College and Harvard, and various phases in his illustrious career as a philosophy professor, chiefly at Calvin and Yale. His journey reveals a grace-filled life committed to the “disinterested love of understanding.”
This attitude has led Wolterstorff to engage in groundbreaking work in an astonishing range of fields, including education, religion, art, liturgy, and justice. In This World of Wonders underscores his commitment to the social application of his philosophical thought, particularly in his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement and the defense of Palestinians. Wolterstorff also provides an engaging portrait of his parents and voices his continued sorrow over the loss of his eldest son.
While this memoir will be of particular interest to Christian Reformed readers and anyone associated with Calvin College, it is written for a broad audience, presenting a Reformed worldview and complex philosophical concepts with great clarity. We may all be thankful for Nicholas Wolterstorff’s personal embodiment of shalom—a flourishing life dedicated to God, church, and community. (Eerdmans)
About the Author
Otto Selles teaches French at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and attends Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.