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

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We do not need another revival. We need a Holy Renaissance. We are in a Holy Renaissance. A revival without a renaissance makes only converts. A renaissance, however, invites us to become life-long students of Jesus, to become Christ-like. 

A renaissance is when new vision and vitality rush into old truths and traditions. People see themselves as part of something bigger and more beautiful. They start to care, really care, about God and what it means to be human. People wake up. Minds and hearts come alive. History is changed.

American singer/songwriter and author Tyler Blanski believes that we are on the cusp of another renaissance, but a God Renaissance, a Holy Renaissance. We do not need to obsess over what is new, or how to "reach the culture." Renaissances don't happen that way. Renaissances happen when people look back to what is good, true, and truly beautiful, and then live it in the present-tense, live it in their own unique way.

The Holy Spirit is stirring a hunger in Christians today for orthodoxy, tradition, and spaces where they can become disciples of Jesus. They want to serve the poor, tend the sick, care for the earth, and they want to do so in community. God's activity on earth, "ever old, and ever new," is a continuous stream of one salvation story after another, and we can be a part of it.

So Tyler Blanski has 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.

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Tyler Blanski is a housepainter, writer and musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hillsdale College. He is currently pursuing holy orders at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Tyler is the author of four previous books, including the creative non-fiction Mud & Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred. Visit Tyler's website: tylerblanski.com.

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"An invitation to let God blow your mind, confound your logic, shatter your boxes, and leave you marveling."  
--Shane Claiborne, author and activist
 
"An imaginative and persuasive apology."
--David C. Steinmetz, Kearns Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Duke Divinity School
 
"A compelling Pilgrim's Progress for today." 
 --Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto
 
"A real tour d' force!"
 --Phyllis Tickle, Author, Emergence Christianity


"Funny, insightful, and compelling, When Donkeys Talk is a faithful guide into a world of miracles"
--Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College
 
"Blanski's book does just what St. Augustine says our rhetoric should do."
--David Bartlett, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School
 
"Tyler Blanski here works a deep magic in bringing to vivid life the riches of the sacramental vision."
--Rodney Clapp, author of Tortured Wonders: Spirituality for People, Not Angels

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