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Blessed Child (The Caleb Books Series) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, April 2, 2006
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BLESSED CHILD is basically a thriller with supernatural elements and romantic overtones. It takes you on a journey from the wilderness of Ethiopia all the way to Pasadena, California. In the process we meet and begin to love a little boy who exudes innocence, the love of God, and great manifestations of His power. We never question that this power comes from God (as some in the story do) because we are allowed glimpses of his heart, so the real conflict lies in how this power is accepted by the world around him. The road is an exciting one and Dekker does an admirable job of making sure that he paints the trip in vivid spiritual colors.
This is another one of those rare novels that works on two levels -- it's a good read and it will challenge you in your Christian walk. Bill Bright's afterward notes that he believes a good novel on biblical themes can reach many more people than a normal theological work (similar to how Jesus' use of parables was so outstanding). BLESSED CHILD is a good example of how that can be true. FOUR STARS.
Little Caleb's battle with the "brine" in the oil of his heart and his struggle to "walk in the kingdom" reminded me of my first days as a Christian and how much I earnestly desired Christ and His kingdom as the pearl of great price, worthy of surrendering everything in my life for.
That the book caused me to evaluate my desire for Christ and whether He was still my first love was this book's success for me, not the fiction. The story dragged in places for me and the constant use of the phrase "The Greek" to describe the priest threw me for some reason. In some ways, all the good characters seemed the same and all the bad characters seemed the same. Only Caleb and the dying man really stood out, but perhaps that was intentional. After the last page, I was on my knees, so the book did its job. :)This is my second Dekker title. It won't be the last.
Take one part supernatural thriller, one part poignant love story, one part slam-bang action tale and you've got the most addictive cocktail of a book to come along in many a moon.
I don't want to go too much into the story; it's always better to encounter a great book with fresh eyes. But let me just say that it involves a kid with miraculous powers, a black-hearted priest, a clueless Peace Corps worker, a beautiful but emotionally and physically scarred nurse, and a ruthless politician who'll stop at nothing--including murder and mayhem--to keep his dirty past under lock and key. The action's cranked nearly beyond the breaking point, there's a killer love story, it plants a big wet spiritual kiss smack on your heart--what more could you want?
Midway into the novel I realized that Bright and Dekker had written a parable and that I was reading words were obviously inspired beyond the norm. While the plot is fictional, I found the message in BLESSED CHILD clear and personally direct.
The plot and dialogue are somewhat weak in spots, but I found myself dismissing these faults as of little consequence. The Joy and Spirit developed in Caleb's character more than made up for any literary inadequacies. Leiah and Jason's characters are more shallowly developed, but as the protagonist is obviously young Caleb, the adults are but background for his story of Love and Belief.
Without giving the entire work a complete reading, it would be too easy to dismiss its value. The plot is a good read without the message. Give it a chance.
This book was an experience in literature and personal reaction with which I am still dealing.
One of the strongest messages that I received from this book is to be aware of what and who we surround ourselves with. After reading this book, I felt really good inside. It made me think of another book also, "Redeeming Love," by Francine Rivers and the other three books by Ted Dekker. When we surround ourselves with good things, loving and spiritual things, they lift our spirits and make us more whole. When we surround ourselves with bad things, they have a way of penetrating our spirit and bringing us down...We must surround ourselves with goodness and light, love and life. These things in turn will fill our heart and our soul.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite books of all times! Two very different authors come together to write an amazing book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by GrandmaD
Good book. Held my attention . I couldn't put the book down. Liked it very much. Will buy more from this Arthur.Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Jakab
Love fiction books with bible basis. I liked this one but felt it could be better. But overall would recommendPublished 1 month ago by Sarah Tuggle
The story line made the book easy to read and hard to put down. Uplifting and introspective. A glory to God!Published 2 months ago by Wendy L. DeVuyst
Absolutely amazing. Captured me from the first page to the last! A must read...Published 2 months ago by Teresa McCarthy
This book is sweetly written and an total nail biter. Dekker did a fantastic job of developing these characters and weaving their story of redemption for the two characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura Lefevre