Friday, December 6, 2013

Blessed Child by Ted Dekker and Bill Bright (review)

Blessed Child 
Caleb Books:  Blessed Child (1) by Ted Dekker and Bill Bright

Genre: Suspense, Christian Fiction
Published May 2013
Pages: 358
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Buy Blessed Child (The Caleb Books Series) or View on Goodreads.

 Summary: ""Whoever said that a straightened hand was more dramatic than a healed heart anyway?"

A young orphaned boy was abandoned in the midst of an invasion and raised in an Ethiopian monastery. He has never seen outside its walls--at least, not the way most people see. Now he must flee those walls or die.

But the world beyond is hardly ready for a boy like Caleb.

When relief worker Jason Marker agrees to take Caleb from the monastery, he unwittingly opens humanity's doors to an incredible journey filled with political intrigue and peril. Jason and Leiah--the French-Canadian nurse who escapes the monastery with him--quickly realize Caleb's supernatural power to heal. But so do the boy's enemies, who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Jason and Leiah fight for Caleb's survival while the world erupts in debate over the source of his power.

In the end nothing can prepare them for what they discover."

Review:  Well done ted Dekker and Bill Bright! This was an amazing, inspirational and very moving story! This book had me grinning from ear-to-ear in one chapter and eyes nearly welling up with tears in another.

This book focuses on young Caleb. A boy rescued from a monastary that is under attack in Ethiopia. He is brought to the United States by Jason and Leiah who quickly come to witness something miraculous about the boy. He has the power to heal! Trust into a new world, with religious leaders all claiming Caleb followers their God, and scientists saying he has psychic powers, the people latch on the the story quickly and Caleb finds himself a celebrity.

Yet another aspect to the story is that of Crandal who Caleb refers to as "Tempest." Crandel wants the boy dead. He fears the boys knows too much and with him running for president (and winning) he will let nothing stand in his way.

So this book is part political thriller but mostly raises a lot of questions for faith and belief. You have Jason who lost his son at the ago of four who is hurting and hateful toward any God that may or may not exist. Leiah, who is heavily scarred for head to toe and feels alone and ashamed of her body. Lots of healing is in store for these two characters and many others. Caleb is such a cute, amazing, innocent and intelligent boy. His character really wowed me. His caretaker, the Greek Pastor, I disliked intently. Greedy, selfish, lost man he is.

While this book does have heavy religious tones to it, and some great messages, this book can also be read as just a really good novel. Although I highly encourage readers to look deeper and such their hearts for other meanings in the book. There are several. Some moral, some on faith, others belief.

Overall, a fantastic read! These two authors make a great team! The story is riveting for the most part. the characters so very believable and evoking strong feelings from the reader. Enjoy!


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