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.
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, Chaplain, St. Peter’s College, Oxford
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 Blanski’s twenty-first-century confessions.
—Phyllis Tickle, Author and Lecturer
Tyler Blanski is a fresh voice in faith and spirituality. He is a friend and well worth listening to.
—Doug Pagitt, Author of Church in the Inventive Age
Mud and Poetry is a humble meditation on things that matter by a young man who writes honestly about his ventures into life and faith, and his is a voice we should listen to.
—Tony Jones, Author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier
Blanski’s book, told in gritty, lyrical language, welcomes you to delve into the messy and wonderful expressions of Christian sex and marriage. He shows that a Christian single’s walk of faith can be a purposeful journey into a deeper communion with Christ. Blanski understands that the through-thick-and-thin promise is fulfilled in moments of joys, trials, everydayness, and grace. As one happily married for thirty-plus years, I can say he got it right. He beautifully illustrates the duality of humanness, that we are both mud and poetry: needy biology and a spiritual, creative reflection of our Creator.
—Megan DiMaria, Author of Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands
Can a young single Christian guy write a great book about sex and marriage? Tyler Blanski has done it! This book is fun but practical, very well-written, with a wonderful lyrical rhythm. Even an old fart like me, married for thirty-two years, found it helpful.
—Nate Larkin, Founder of the Samson Society and author of Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood