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Mud and Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred Paperback – September 6, 2010
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Musician and new author Blanski is on a mission to shake up Christianity. The themes he addresses are not new, but his edgy and hip prose breathe new life into them. Being a Christian, Blanski contends, is not about pursuing angelic purity and removing soul stains--it is a messy endeavor. Within the mess, however, God is present, laboring in human lives, and nothing in life is off limits. He draws from a wide variety of sources from within, and outside, the Christian tradition. Most impressive is the author's articulation of his own ongoing journey toward a good life. He doesn't subscribe to the popular notion of conversion as immediate and final; rather, his sense of it is much more gradual, lasting throughout life. Some may find a touch of naïveté in this work, especially the passages regarding marriage. But young adults could benefit greatly, especially those with a sense that they should not have to completely change who they are in order to pursue religious faith. (Sept.) (c)
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If only Saint Augustine had grown up blogging, he too could have written this book. Either way, though, I m pretty sure the good Augustine would resonate with Tyler Blanksi s 21st-century confessions. --Phyllis Tickle, Author and Lecturer
Mud and Poetry is a bold first work packed with earthy honesty and passionate longing. Tyler Blanski proves he s not only a singer; he can also write. And what he says in these pages by turns zesty, grave, funny, airy, and frank is well worth listening to and learning from. Here are the notes of Christian hope. --Michael Ward, Author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis
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I've read a lot of books on dating, sex and the like, and after a while all of them bored me because nothing they said was new. But Blanski's book I could hardly put down. Getting lost in in this book's pages is like getting lost in a meandering, honest conversation with its author. In that conversation, he explores the gorgeous mess of relationships and how everyday life is connected with the spiritual.
Blanski's simple yet poetic prose wraps the reader in his perspective, which is simultaneously fresh and informed by an impressive bibliography spanning history from the ancients to today. It is by turns gritty and sparkling.
He speaks with an endearing combination of boyish humility and sage wisdom, and his ardor has an impressive capacity to inspire all of us to higher thought and action. On every page is a quotable line or a memorable anecdote that allows you to experience just how real Blanski is and how pervasive is his pursuit of the divine. (A note about the quotables: I shared several of them on my Facebook status while reading the book, and those quotes alone inspired several of my friends to order the book on their own.)
Read it. I promise you will be better for it -- or at least want to be. I'm giving a copy to almost everyone on my Christmas list this year.
We were created with all the faculties God intended for us to have. We should not discount any of the parts which make us who we are. We should not ask God to take any of those pieces from us. We should not condemn them or allow them to be condemned by others. We were meant to be whole. I've been a Christian for 23 years, and this was the first book I ever read that challenged me to celebrate the wholeness of who I am in Christ. Read it, keep and open mind, and learn something new.
His prose is memorizing and I often set the book down in order to let his insights, descriptions, and stories sink in. Buy this book. Do it. Especially if you're a single Christian guy without a clue on how to connect your heart to your mind regarding a Christ-like perception of dating, engagement, and marriage, and ultimately love.
If I go to Minneapolis I want to have a burger and a beer with Tyler Blanski.
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