When Donkeys Talk

For Booksneeze (they gave me the book and I give my opinion):

Tyler Blanski’s new book, When Donkeys Talk, is indeed a “Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity.”  In fact, it might be a little too mysterious for some people.  The title references the story of Balaam’s talking donkey in Numbers 22, and is a call to those of us who are willing to believe that God spoke through a donkey – and that He could do it again.  Blanski uses Greek words, quotes medieval mystics and gives support to the ancient practice of astrology (not current astrology – that’s a whole other book).  Any of those things might be off-putting for certain readers.  I, on the other hand, hear about ancient Greek and wacky mystics on a daily basis.  I was right at home!

Tyler Blanski’s style is conversational but intelligent, and you just know the friends he mentions read Nietzsche for fun.  He brings challenging questions, but doesn’t give a list of answers.  Instead, he throws a bunch of ideas on the table, reflects a little and moves on.  For some people, this book will seem disjointed and unsatisfying.  For others, it will open up a world of ideas.  I rest somewhere in the middle.  I like closure, but I appreciate not being told the “right answer” in a tidy summary paragraph.  Outside of school, most people don’t get to hear about some of these people and ideas; for that reason alone, you might want to pick up this book.

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~ by Jen on April 28, 2013.

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