I have to admit that I have mixed feelings concerning this book. I always enjoy Christian books that take a somewhat less traditional view, and this book certainly lives up to that sentiment. The story of Balaam and his donkey always brings a smile to my face. The author took this idea and ran with it, and sometimes I found myself quite interested in what he had to say. Being challenged to think through my Christian walk in a bit different way is a hallmark of this book, and so sometimes I enjoyed this book immensely.
However, this book does come across a bit too off-beat and somewhat out there. I found myself rolling my eyes way too often. Part of the problem is that the author comes from a mainline denominational viewpoint. I am of more an evangelical persuasion, so our theology differs. I'm not saying this isn't a Christian book. I never questioned the author's faith. In addition to all of this, I would have preferred a little less use of the Biblical word used for a donkey. I felt that the author took advantage of this figure of speech several times too many.
The best thing about the book is the brevity of the chapters. I say this because this was a book that I could look forward to reading as a semi-devotional at the end of a long, hard day. I can't say I would choose to read this author again, but he was easy to read and often quite humorous to read.
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"When Donkeys Talk" by Tyler Blanski is definitely a different kind of book. I must say it took me several chapters to be able to start really getting into it. In the beginning, I couldn't understand his view points. I knew this was suppose to be about Christianity, but he was spending way too much time talkng about what scientists believed and their perception. To me that is not an ideal way to help someone gain insight to true Christianity and God's Word.
I love a book full of God's Word, a book where you read something and can go right to God's Word and look it up. While I finally got into this book and was able to get through it, I didn't really care for it.
I guess I am just an old fashioned "One God, Apostolic, tongue talking Holy Ghost filled, Christian" who likes learning about God in a straight forward manner according to the Scriptures the way it was, the way it is and the way it will Always be.
As far as recommending this book, I am "on the fence". If you are a new Christian, or someone who is not sure of what you believe, I would not recommend this book because it's style is confusing. He has too much of the "scientific" opinions in there and if you aren't careful, you can misread and get confused as to whether he is "pro science" or pro Christian (although, more scientists are believing in God nowadays because of irrifutable evidence that events in the Bible are facts).
If you are a "mature Christian, or someone who has studied the Bible and are secure in your beliefs, and recognize the scriptures as he gives them, then after a time, this book MIGHT entertaining to you. I say entertaining because I found it hard to take it seriously because of the way he wrote.
Tyler Blanski is an American Singer-songwriter and author who was thirsty for a fresh look at his Christian faith and wanted to look back into the lives of the saints, the stars (constellations) and see the beauty of Christianity. He wants us to again believe that miracles can and will happen in the life of the Christian. He wants us to expect that God will work in our life in miraculous ways and for us to look again at the world that God has created for us to live in and experience as creatures of His creation. The writer also wants us to again look at the why we as a group find it so hard to believe in God's miracles but we willingly listen to the science and chaos that the modern culture would have us to believe. Mr. Blanski uses scripture, history and works of the thinkers of our Christian church to states his case for belief in God's miracles and faith in His love for us.
I struggled through this book. It is written in a flighty way and uses a lot of the modern fantasy writings that I was not familiar. It makes the reader think though outside of the box which is what Jesus also did in order to bring in the masses to Him. I hope that this book will do much the same with new readers who love reading of fantasy and would be drawn to accept that Jesus was born died and resurrected for all.
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The author sets "out on a Holy Pilgrimage to rediscover the saints, stars, and beauty of Christianity for the twenty-first century". He looks for enchantment, anything that might reconnect us, post-modern Christians with the mystical from the ages gone of Christianity.
The end result is something of a desert wandering, drifting from one interesting dune to another. The book feels like a pilgrimage that never really gets going. There are lots of anecdotes and stories, that all point towards what the author is trying to achieve, but in the end I think the style trumps the substance of this book. It just doesn't do it for me.
This certainly isn't my Grandmother's type of Christianity. When Donkey's Talk takes at first a lighthearted approach to a serious topic. How do we have a deeper faith? How do we start talking to one another about faith? And can we re-energise our faith. His first few sentences had me a little hooked "If I were to tell you that i had a talking donkey, you would probably chuckle and pour another drink_nothing ruins a good party like a story about a miracle"
I didn't expect to take this book seriously. I saw the cover and though, hmm, might be a light read. I however was proven wrong a few pages in. How often do we take our Bible Stories seriously? I come from a perspective that likes to examine the scripture and find the "true" meaning, as the literal cannot be true. The author invites us to go back into the story and see it for the first time.
Blanski does his research into history of Christianity and of certain scriptural people/references. I did find at times it was difficult to retain all the information the author has offered. He has done his research based on the pages of references at the end of the book.
You can't judge a book by it's cover and this is the case with When Donkey's Talk. It was an interesting read and I learned some interesting things, but it didn't enchant my faith. I'd leave it up to the individual to decide on this one.
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