Monday, June 17, 2013

When Donkeys Talk A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity

Writer and musician Tyler Blanski takes the reader on a journey to discover what Scripture is tells us.  Is Scripture and Christianity just a collection of nice stories we break out on religious holidays or pithy sayings for bumper sticker or a Christian t-shirt with no real thought or care as to what we just heard or read? That is the issue Blanski addresses in his book, the necessity to recapture the fundamental element of Christianity, the reality of a relationship with God and a passion for His revealed word.

That is take the religion seriously even if sometimes using a down to earth approach.  It’s about exploring the world of Biblical imagery and narrative where donkeys can talk in a world dominated by science and logic and reason that donkeys cannot speak. Blanski may claim to be a humble 29-year-old house painter, but there’s no hiding his academic labors in medieval studies, and so he looks at Christianity through the lens of how people in ancient times understood science and how they understood and practiced faith.

The characters in Blanski’s personal stories  make you say "I feel I know these people." And how can a book which seems so casual — almost random — in its approach to faith also be such a valuable snapshot of church history? As in other cases, the appearance of casual takes work.  Don't be fooled.  He does a good job here. 

* I received this book free from Book Sneeze in return for a review but the content is my own freely posed.