The book An Immovable Feast is wonderful spiritual nourishment, served up with a heaping amount of delectable prose. Author Tyler Blanski is a truly gifted writer who describes his amazing spiritual journey with wit and elegance.
A self-proclaimed member of that age cohort born during the Reagan-and-Rubik’s Cube era, Blanski paints for his readers a vivid portrait of his climb up the mountain of Catholicism. In the course of his journey, he writes of his “obsession” with the Blessed Mother, his acceptance of Purgatory, and even his appreciation of mom bloggers.
Woven within the pages of this work is also his romance with the woman he would eventually give his heart to. It is a romance for the ages because, in the end, their love for each other blossoms into an enhanced love for Christ.
While Blanski’s book is written from a male perspective, I believe that Catholic mothers in particular who read this work will draw much insight into the obstacles that face those who “cross the Tiber” from Protestantism to Catholicism. Even though I will readily admit that apologetics is not my strong point, I found it fascinating how Blanski came to grips with one Catholic truth after another.
As someone who has had a life-long love affair with words, I especially appreciated Blanski’s phenomenal gift in crafting phrases and metaphors into a true work of art. Consider this passage:
And if this book could have sound, it would have the high, pealing sound of bells calling the faithful. It would have the clicking sound of mothers and their rosaries and the piercing screams of babies, the hushed sound of the altar boys lighting candles, and the angelic sound of the choir.
Or consider the following summation of the book’s important message:
…this is the heart of the matter: Christ and his Church, the marriage of heaven and earth, an immortal match, an immovable feast.
If you are a fan of St. Augustine’s Confessions or Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain, or even if you’ve never been exposed to those works and are interested in a spiritual work that truly satiates, An Immovable Feast is a tantalizing treat for your eyes, your mind, and, most of all, your soul.
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Copyright 2018 Maria V. Gallagher