When Donkeys Talk Endorsements

Blanski’s work is Anglican popularizing Christendom at its best.

—WORLD Magazine

Blanski is on a mission to shake up Christianity…his edgy and hip prose breathe new life.

—Publishers Weekly

Tyler Blanski adores Jesus and downright loves Christianity, the historical kind. He holds his faith up like a flaming torch in the face of scientism and secularism. His book is a wild and joyous ride.

—Fernando Ortega, musician and speaker

“Blanski’s creative style and well-reasoned points make rediscovering God’s glory an enchanting adventure.”

—Worship Leader

In a bizarre text from the book of Numbers, God spoke to a guy named Balaam through his donkey.  In this book, Tyler reminds us that God spoke to Balaam through his ass, and God’s been speaking through asses ever since.  It’s an invitation to let God blow your mind, confound your logic, shatter your boxes, and leave you marveling at how small our imaginations are and how big our God is.

—Shane Claiborne, Author and Activist

Tyler Blanski has written an imaginative and persuasive apology for a Christianity in which God is not an afterthought, Christ is the indispensable key to creation, and the unexamined metaphors of modern secularism are never allowed to drown out the radical language of the Gospel.

—David C. Steinmetz, Kearns Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Duke Divinity School

Deep, sometimes disturbing, always delightful, Blanski’s journey into God’s miraculous world leads to a moving encounter with the most astounding miracle of all, the Christ.  This is a compelling Pilgrim’s Progress for today, uncovering divine truth in a way that will challenge modern readers, but also invite them into a landscape of powerful beauty they have secretly been longing to inhabit.  A book to savor and to share.

–Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto

Tyler Blanski’s crazy-ass story of the ancient-future faith reconnoiters the old-growth forests of Middle Age Christendom and discovers there that the holy lurks in every corner.  Funny, insightful, and compelling, When Donkeys Talk is a faithful guide into a world of miracles, mystery, and Eucharist, leading a new generation toward a holy renaissance of the saints of yore.

–Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College

As rich in insight as it is in wit, When Donkeys Talk is a deadly serious and God-drenched romp through some of our faith’s most tangled and most enchanted theological forests. A real tour d’ force!

–Phyllis Tickle, Author, Emergence Christianity

Tyler Blanski beckons us to a ‘holy renaissance’ in When Donkeys Talk. He weaves together a many threaded tapestry that calls us back to the ‘deep magic’ of a earthy, deeply abiding, and living faith where donkeys talk, the universe is filled with God, stars proclaim the birth of a King, and Jesus gives himself to us in creation through water, bread, and wine. He calls us to step out of the materialism of ‘atomland’ and experience a sacramental universe filled by God and one wherein God dwells in us and we dwell in him.

–The Rev. T. L Holtzen, Ph.D., Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Nashotah House

What would it sound like if Balaam’s Ass channeled G. K. Chesterton for hipster Christians and cool skeptics? It would sound something like Tyler Blanski in When Donkeys Talk. If sound philosophy in a breezy, chatty style is your cup of tea, you will want to drink deeply from this book.

–Donald T. Williams, Phd, author of Stars Through the Clouds, Reflections from Plato’s Cave, and Inklings of Reality (Lantern Hollow Press)

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

We are living under a spell, says Tyler Blanski, a spell called atomland, the land of appearances, where all the mystery, miracle and magic have been drained out of life. In his When Donkey’s Talk, Tyler introduces us to another spell, a spell of deeper magic that has the power to wake us from our slumber, freeing us to experience a more profound and captivating reality than anything we have experienced before. Take the enchanted journey with him; you may never be the same again.

–Jim Belcher, author of Deep Church

It takes a gifted writer like Tyler Blanski not only to get away with using a talking donkey as invitation to a ‘holy renaissance,’ but also to make it seem like the best invitation you’ve gotten in years.

–Amy Lyles Wilson, Earlhalm School of Religion

When Donkeys Talk is a call for a new Reformation from one of a generation falling in love again with Classical Christianity. Witty, winsome, unapologetically faithful, Tyler Blanski offers a new turn on Christian Apologetics.

–The Rev’d Steven A. Peay, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Church History, Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Who knew that you could present powerful Christian apologetics with tongue firmly in cheek?  Tyler Blanski’s book does just what St. Augustine says our rhetoric should do: he informs, he persuades, and he delights.

–David Bartlett, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School

Tyler Blanski’s book aims to challenge anyone whose God is too safe and too small, which includes me. He dares us to be so bold as to countenance miracles.

–Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor

In equal measure charming and mischievous, When Donkeys Talk invites us to engage a Christian world more real than our constructs of it, and Tyler Blanski shows himself a winsome voice yearning hopefully for a Christian renaissance.

–Garwood P. Anderson, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Honest, whimsical, deeply theological, at times even comical and very accessible. Tyler  is a contemporary apologist of an unusual sort, in an era that claims that apologetics are dead. Not so!  In the light of the Gospel he helps us think about and call to account many issues at play in today’s culture; casting a vision for a different God-filled way of living.

–The Rev. Jack Gabig PhD, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Nashoatah House Theological Seminary. Chair of the Catechesis Task Force, Anglican Church in North America

When Donkeys Talk: Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity (Zondervan, 2013)

When Donkeys Talk


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