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You can make your reading experience richer and more rewarding by being a member of a reading group and meeting others who are interested in sharing their reading experience. The Blessed Child Rosie Goodwin. Now he must flee those walls or die. But the world beyond is hardly ready for a boy like Caleb. When relief worker Ja Whoever said that a straightened hand was more dramatic than a healed heart anyway? 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.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 21st by Thomas Nelson first published April 4th More Details Original Title. The Caleb Books 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blessed Child , please sign up. Lists with This Book.

Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 05, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-thriller , series-in-progress , upcoming-challenge , next-challenge , christian-fiction , next-month. 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 cl Well done ted Dekker and Bill Bright!

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. 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.

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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. This is an excellent book. It was recommended to me by a big Ted Dekker fan after I complained about feeling "cheated" at the end of Dekker's book Thr3e. This book is about a young boy named Caleb, who is raised by an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian monk. He spends all ten years of his life in a monastery, sheltered from the world at large, before be This is an excellent book.

He spends all ten years of his life in a monastery, sheltered from the world at large, before being abruptly wrenched from his adopted father and home to flee for his life in a violent and heart-stopping escape. They become very aware of his unique gifting, and they attempt to make the right decisions, all the while struggling with their own personal journeys of loss and grief. It, perhaps, goes without saying that this book is well-crafted. The characters are compelling, and the reader can quickly empathize with them in their thought processes.

I have said before that I believe that Christian fiction can impact readers in a deeper way for God's Kingdom than many inspirational or nonfiction works do. This book illustrates this view in the way that Dekker and Bright envision what "walking in the Kingdom" might look like here on earth. The miracles that Caleb performs and the ultimate experiences of Jason and Leiah help the reader to fully imagine for him or herself what could be. The book's illustrations help us to see what we otherwise might miss when our eyes are focused too much on the harsh realities of this world. Blessed Child reconnects the reader with wonder, joy, true sorrow, repentance, and childlike glee.

If there were one complaint I would make about this story, it would be that I wished for more story. The story is broken up by days passed between episodes. Had the story been written as a series, more interepisodic stories could have been added. Obviously this was not the intent of the authors. However, I would have liked to get to know the characters a bit more, slowing down with them as humans a bit more, rather than pursuing them in the frantic pacing of chaotic and tragic events.

Having stated that, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a glimpse of our future home as Christians as well as anyone else who has wondered about the discrepancy between what God calls us to and what we as Christians deliver.

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View 1 comment. Sep 28, Bethany Reinstedt rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a splendid, powerful, and challenging novel. Definitely five stars—no complaints whatsoever! The plot of Blessed Child follows an orphan boy who was raised in an Ethiopian monastery his whole life. He had never been outside it except for when he was a very young baby but he is forced to flee the monastery when enemies boldly attack.

Relief expert Jason Marker and French Canadian nurse Leiah help him escape but don't realize Caleb's special power until later. As the world falls in love wi This was a splendid, powerful, and challenging novel. As the world falls in love with Caleb, his enemies have to stop him before he destroys them entirely. The plot intrigued me to no end.

At the same time that I was at the edge of my seat, I wanted to cry. Caleb's personality is so. It actually made me examine all the things that I might watch, read, or say that I don't think anything about. It amazed me how much of this is not necessarily bad, but it certainly is not innocent. It also made me look at my faith and compare it to this amazing boy's. It challenged me at the same time that it thrilled me. The characters are well developed and the plot was fabulous.

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You must read this. I know that you will thoroughly enjoy it. Ted Dekker and Bill Bright seemed like an unlikely writing team, but this story captured my attention from Page 1. Like other readers who reviewed this book, I fell in love with the child and found myself wishing we could all be like him. The supernatural power of prayer seemed "fictional" to this 21st century American, but the words of Bill Bright at the end reminded me that the skepticism of Americans is a Western characteristic.

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Missionaries and Christians in other parts of the world have see Ted Dekker and Bill Bright seemed like an unlikely writing team, but this story captured my attention from Page 1. Missionaries and Christians in other parts of the world have seen plenty of miracles, and this book opens up the question - what if we were to trust God - REALLY trust Him - the way Caleb did? I found the story pretty believable from the other characters - skeptical, confused, self-centered, greedy, and manipulative.

Unfortunately most of us are more like these. Blessed Child not only tells a great story, it gives us a lot to think about and a goal to aim for. Towards the middle, I was getting annoyed with how little unpredictability there was. I was ready for a big ending. TD and BB delivered beautifully. No one is punished for the crime of the book and the "mark" it leaves on the girls is really not that serious - not as serious as their reflections about their father.

In fact it is not clear that they are marked at all. The other sad and shameful thing that happens in the book is of the same ilk; the baiting of the stranger. In scenes from middle sister Laura's present life, "old man Paahp", whose sole crime is to give young girls bracelets, has an angry crowd at his door trying to do God knows what to him. Kindly Laura comforts him, in atonement perhaps for what occurred that summer. The book is not humourless; indeed, there are flourishes of great warmth in the rapport between the sisters, particularly Laura's sweet-natured mothering of Molly, who at five remains oblivious to the events on the beach during the summer of Ullmann has a real gift for conveying childhood and the cosiest moments lie in those lovely passages.

But the unravelling of the story disappoints us inevitably because Ullmann insists that growing up, life itself, is disappointing. Her images of childhood are vivid and affecting and communal, but after that, she suggests, you're on your own in a dislocated world inhabited by indifferent folk with mutable morals. As to who the "Blessed Child" of the title might be, I hope it is not Ragnar. I rather think it must be Molly who, because she loses her mother at an early age, must be fairly inured to the common or garden suffering that so tires her sisters by the time she grows up.

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