When Donkeys Talk subtitled A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity is a deep dive into the lost sense of wonder of close fellowship with God, His Creation and His children? American singer/songwriter Tyler Blanski took the story in Numbers 22 of Balaam‘s talking donkey as a starter. How many simply reason this away? A donkey can’t talk, let alone God’s prophecy that man refuses to speak. Period. Welcome to what Blanski calls Atomland. I think therefore I am. What I can’t reason, doesn’t exist. Old-fashioned religion, especially Middle Age / Dark Ages faith is an opiate. Science speaks truth and nothing but the truth. And the truth shall set men free. Ever wondered why the Church of the 20th/21st century has become a dull place? Thirsty for a fresh look at Christian faith?
Tyler reminds us through poetry, Bible verses, history, stories and intermezzos that God works in unexpected, unusual, and miraculous ways and that he inhabits and speaks through the wondrous world he has made. Blanski studied Medieval and Rennaissance, so no wonder he finds much inspiration from the God-inspired Church fathers, Cathedral builders and fellow believers that still met God in nature, instead of reading Nature, celebrated festivals to honour life, light and love, instead of money, lust and well-being. The author unearths the magic and mystery in biblical concepts like Christmas, the Star of Bethlehem, hosts of angels, Eucharist, Baptism, and the Communion of believers. Nothing spooky or far-far-away, but the place where heaven and earth collide, the Middle Age of our faith, looking back to old sinful life and expecting a new heaven and earth, where every tear will be washed away and sin, death and sickness are no more. That’s where Christianity comes alive, the Living God will indwell our hearts and lives. Where miracles happen every day, God talks and we listen.
About the author
Tyler Blanski is a writer, blogger and musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hillsdale College. Tyler is the author of four previous books, including Mud & Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred.