When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity - eBook
A pilgrimage to where?
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.
April 2, 2013
When Donkeys Talk by Tyler Blanski
When Donkeys Talk by Tyler Blanski.
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 GodÃ¢ÂÂs 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 GodÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
This book was provided by Booksneeze for this review
April 14, 2013
Not your Grandmother's Religion
This certainly isnÃ¢ÂÂt my GrandmotherÃ¢ÂÂs type of Christianity. When DonkeyÃ¢ÂÂs 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 Ã¢ÂÂIf I were to tell you that i had a talking donkey, you would probably chuckle and pour another drinkÃ¢ÂÂ¦nothing ruins a good party like a story about a miracleÃ¢ÂÂ
I didnÃ¢ÂÂt 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 Ã¢ÂÂtrueÃ¢ÂÂ 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 canÃ¢ÂÂt judge a book by itÃ¢ÂÂs cover and this is the case with When DonkeyÃ¢ÂÂs Talk. It was an interesting read and I learned some interesting things, but it didnÃ¢ÂÂt enchant my faith. IÃ¢ÂÂd leave it up to the individual to decide on this one.
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March 18, 2013
Miracles are all around us
When Donkeys Talk by Tyler Blanski
The author writes in a friendly style, exploring how science misses out on the miracles around us. He writes Ã¢ÂÂIs it any wonder we moderns donÃ¢ÂÂt believe BalaamÃ¢ÂÂs donkey could talk? Our cult of facts and laws leaves no room for mystery or magic, no room for God.Ã¢ÂÂ
Sometimes modern people think that creativity comes from within rather than without or God-inspired. Blanski confides here that at times he was blind to the miracles of God around him, forgetting that the cherubim and seraphim and demons and God himself are everywhere. His book contains some memoir and some theology, and is easy to read and understand. Blanski is a musician and pursuing holy orders in the Anglican church, and writes with a touch of humor about serious topics.
Yes, Scripture tells us that God made a donkey talk and that God continues to make miracles and is active in our world today. The author calls on us to become students of Jesus, fed by passages of Scripture, and to get out of the way or become a way for God to heal and love broken people.
Thank you to the Booksneeze program for giving me this book to review.
March 11, 2013