When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity
By Tyler Blanski / Zondervan
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 pilgrimmage 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.
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Blanski brings reflection to the perception of church, being a Christian, and the belief and faith of Jesus. He provides, what he sees as, the majority’s view; then talks to the reader about another perspective which he sees.
I enjoyed reading about the past history and what went on during that time and era. It was very enjoyable to see how life was so many years ago and the different beliefs which were formed at that time.
I did not find this to be an easy read. Starting out, it was hard to digest all that Blanski was offering up. This truly was not a page-turner for me. In addition, I did not feel drawn in by the words of Blanski, rather I felt distanced by them. I am not sure that I completely agree with all of Blanski’s perceptions and beliefs. (Something just did not feel right with me while I was reading it.) There were many areas where it was hard for me to see where he was headed.
In Blanski’s writings, he mentions being a part of an Anglican church. Through the online source of Wikipedia (not such a reliable source, but an easy to understand source) I found the definition of Anglicanism.
Anglicanism, in its structures, theology and forms of worship, is commonly understood as a distinct Christian tradition representing a middle ground between what are perceived to be the extremes of the claims of 16th century Roman Catholicism and theLutheran and Reformed varieties of Protestantism of that era. As such, it is often referred to as being a via media (or “middle way”) between these traditions. The faith of Anglicans is founded in the Scriptures and the Gospels, the traditions of theApostolic Church, the historical episcopate, the first seven ecumenical councils and the early Church Fathers. Anglicans understand the Old and New Testaments as “containing all things necessary for salvation” and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith. Anglicans understand the Apostles’ Creed as the baptismal symbol and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
Anglicans believe the catholic and apostolic faith is revealed in Holy Scripture and the Catholic creeds and interpret these in light of the Christian tradition of the historic church, scholarship, reason and experience.
Anglicans celebrate the traditional sacraments, with special emphasis being given to the Holy Eucharist, also called Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper or the Mass. The Eucharist is central to worship for most Anglicans as a communal offering of prayer and praise in which the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are proclaimed through prayer, reading of the Bible, singing, giving God thanks over the breadand wine for the innumerable benefits obtained through the passion of Christ, the breaking of the bread, and reception of the bread and wine as representing the body and blood of Christ as instituted at the Last Supper. While many Anglicans celebrate the Eucharist in similar ways to the predominant western Catholic tradition, a considerable degree of liturgical freedom is permitted, and worship styles range from the simple to elaborate.
Unique to Anglicanism is the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), the collection of services that worshippers in most Anglican churches used for centuries. It was called common prayer originally because it was intended for use in all Church of England churches which had previously followed differing local liturgies. The term was kept when the church became international because all Anglicans used to share in its use around the world. In 1549, the first Book of Common Prayer was compiled by Thomas Cranmer, who was then Archbishop of Canterbury. While it has since undergone many revisions and Anglican churches in different countries have developed other service books, the Prayer Book is still acknowledged as one of the ties that bind the Anglican Communion together – (Anglicanism, n.d.).
This is not a book that I feel compelled to recommend. I would say it is completely up to the individual on this one.
Anglicanism.(n.d.)Definition.Wikipedia:The Free Encyclopedia.Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglicanism