Book Review: When Donkey’s Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity By Tyler Blanski

Posted: March 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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When Donkeys Talk A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity

By Tyler Blanski
Published by Zondervan

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Tired of church as you’ve known it? Thirsty for a fresh look at Christian faith?

American singer/songwriter and author Tyler Blanski was, too. So he set out on a Holy Pilgrimage to rediscover the saints, stars, and beauty of Christianity for the twenty-first century. Rich with deep application for living in the modern world, When Donkeys Talk is an invitation to become enchanted again with Christ and his world.

Tyler reminds us that God works in unexpected, unusual, and miraculous ways and that he inhabits and speaks through the wondrous world he has made. Blanski redefines “magical” to help us see that the world is guided by a hand greater than science and materialism. Using scripture, the wisdom of the church fathers, and respected theologians and Christian thinkers from centuries past, as well as a creative and humorous narrative, you will find the wonder of our ancient faith still alive and well.”

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.

3/5

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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