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A Man Called Blessed (The Caleb Books #2)

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One man holds the key to locating the Ark of the Covenant but he s hidden deep in the desert and no one has seen him since he was a boy.

In this explosive sequel to Blessed Child, Jewish soldier-turned-archaeologist Rebecca Soloman leads a team deep into the Ethiopian desert to find the one man who may know the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Such a discover...more
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Published May 14th 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published September 2nd 2002)
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Iola
David Ben Solomon has dedicated his life to searching for the Ark of the Covenant in order to restore it to Jerusalem and welcome the Messiah. He has been joined in his quest by his daughter, Rebecca, an archaeologist and assassin. They Raphael Hadane, a Falasha Jew from Ethiopia, who tells them the information they seek is hidden in the Debra Damarro monastery in Ethiopia.

Caleb is twenty-five and has lived almost his whole life in the Debra Damarro monastery, first in the care of Father Matthew...more
Christina
Ted Dekker is a big name in Christian fiction for a good reason. He has a captivating way of writing, with a carefully thought-out plot. Some books have too much fluff and move too slowly. Ted Dekker's talented story moves at an easy, although exciting pace. He used enough military and political jargon to give it depth and reality. There was a good amount of "spiritual talk" but he (and Bill Bright) says it with a new twist, showing God's presence in our hearts instead of in an artifact, such as...more
Terri
15 years after the events in Blessed Child, Rebecca is sent to Ethiopia on a mission to fins and recover The Ark of the Covenant. Palestinian forces follow and try to stop her. As the Jews focus on the need to rebuild the Temple on the Mount, Arabs are mobilizing to make war.

Caleb is at the monastery and is forced to flee into the desert with Rebecca following him - he is the key to ark's location. Ismael following her to kill her. In the desert they find truth and love. And Caleb finds his bele...more
Katie
In my opinion, A Man Called Blessed wasn't quite as good as Blessed Child, but it was still a wonderful read. In this book we get to see that even the most faithful of Christians can loose track of God and become focused on non-important things. But at the same time we get to see how they can recover their faith. We also get to see how similar belief and love are. These are only a few of the lessons that are embedded in this great story. This was just an, overall, fantastic book and left me want...more
Danielle
I somehow got the idea that Ted Dekker wrote all psychological thriller (scary) books! They are Christian speculative fiction and action, but they're not scary weird :) I guess the point of Christian speculative fiction is to speculate on how a situation might happen with God in charge; we just don't know! I loved how this book is current day but taught so much about history, religion, the Bible and geography! I really should get out an atlas and historical map and re-read the last few chapters....more
Bob Allen
There are credible clues about the secret location of the Ark of the Covenant —in the monastery that Caleb and parents have rebuilt. Caleb is the key. Both Jews and Arabs are trying to get to Caleb first. If the Jews find the Ark, they will have to destroy the mosque on the Dome of the Rock and rebuild the temple. The Arabs want to prevent that. Better than "Blessed Child", perhaps because Caleb is more mature. Characters were better developed and plot line flowed more smoothly. I still didn't c...more
Ann
I received A Man Called Blessed by Ted Dekker through a First Reads drawing. I thank both Mr. Dekker and GoodReads.

I was not familiar with this author's work. I wanted to read A Man Calld Blessed because its description sounded like an adventure story set in a part of the world which is intriguing and in the news. I deliberately did not look for other readers' opinions, so my impressions wouldn't be influenced or expectations be pre-established.

I was not disappointed in the plot. A Man Called Bl...more
Jeanette
Amazing story. I liked A Man Called Blessed even more than Bright and Dekker's Blessed Child. This story related the young adult years of Caleb, the orphan boy who was adopted by Jason and Leiah in the first book. Caleb is back at the rebuilt monastery in Ethiopia with his parents, struggling to find his way as he has lost his ability to connect with God. In the meantime, Israel and her Arab neighbors are embroiled in the ongoing hatred of each other that consumes them. Enter Rebecca Solomon, tr...more
Kristopher
I believe that this is a solid book. As with most Ted Dekker books, it is action-packed and captivating most of the way through. Even though it has a lot of it is action, there is plenty of good dialogue, and I specifically like Caleb’s time with Father Hadane in the desert. The story of Caleb is challenging and hopefully convicting for complacent Christianity that is so common in America today. As a 10 year old in Blessed Child, Caleb had an amazing faith and a pure heart for God, while at the...more
Deborah
Rebecca Solomon is a former Israeli soldier turned archaeologist. She is currently leading her team deep into the heart of the Ethiopian desert, desperately trying to find the remains of the Ark of the Covenant. Such a discovery would bring hope in the hearts of her people, and give them something to hold onto in the midst of their trials and suffering. It's discovery would show the Jewish people that He truly looks out for His Own, and truly cared about their well being and future. But Rebecca...more
Liz Terek

Best-selling authors, Ted Dekker & Bill Bright, are back with a sequel to their phenomenal, ‘Blessed Child’. We first met Caleb as a 10 year old with amazing healing abilities. He’s since grown into a twenty year old man, living back in Ethiopia, with guardians Jason & Leiah.
In this sequel, we are greeted by a host of new faces. David Solomon has spent his life looking for ways to unite Israel. A late night meeting with an elderly monk convinces him that the way to unite Israelis is t...more
Sally Ferguson
Modern day archeologists search through centuries-old clues in search of the Ark of the Covenant, the housing commissioned by God for storing The Ten Commandments and representative of His presence with the Israelites. But some people don’t want the Ark to be found, and have sent assassins to interrupt the search. Rebecca Soloman is in a race against time, to find the Ark and the man who holds the keys to its discovery.
The masterful weaving of details makes this story a fascinating read. The fas...more
Deb
In this sequel to A Child Called Blessed, the child is grown up now and living in the Ethopian desert with his parents and a bunch of monks. It would seem he's destined to live out his life in obscurity, but an Israeli group discovers that the place where he is living may be the secret hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant! So then of course there is an expedition that sets out to recover the ark, with a group of Arab militants right on their heels. Will the ark be restored to Israel, or will...more
Kevin Shorter
A Man Called Blessed picks up Caleb fifteen years after he left the world’s stage. He had grown up and became familiar with God. His familiarity led him to acknowledgment of devotion but inwardly removed from God. God was about to reawaken out desires with him.

Dekker and Bright succeed again producing another inspiring, page-turning story. This story will re-engage you to live as a child before God. Fall in love again and believe.
Rain
A sequel to "Blessed Child", it is a well written story about God's overwhelming love and and the fact that nothing is impossible for him. I could feel Caleb's confusion and loss of the relationship he had with God, and Rebecca's struggles with asserting herself as a leader in a male dominated field. What detracted from the story which was beautifully written by the way, was the manner which the Ark of the Covenant was... taken care of [I don't want to spoil the story.] As a Christian, I underst...more
Maria M. Elmvang
The sequel to "A Blessed Child", but not nearly as good. I had a hard time getting into this book. Once I did, I liked it well enough, but it didn't capture me and sweep me away as I like a book to do. I've found that's the case for many of Ted Dekker's books actually. With the exception of the Circle trilogy they've all been books I haven't had any problems putting down.

On the other hand, with the exception of "Thr3e" (which disappointed me) they've also all been books that fascinated me by wha...more
Paul Eddy
The Ark of the Covenant is it possible!!

This was a very exciting book full of unpredictable twists and turns right to the very end. You will not want to miss this book! I gave it a 5 star rating because the author kept you in the book and on point right up to the very end.
After reading this book, you will be drawn to other works by this author.
John
The remarkable story of child-like, Caleb for "Blessed Child", as a young man. The thing I loved most about this story is that it underscores that God's Holy of Holies is now within the hearts of those who believe. It is not about politics, nations, religion and power- it's about a relationship with God initiated through faith in His Son.
Jill Bratcher
I started this one, got about a third of the way through and for whatever reason stopped. When I picked it up again in this my "summer of reading", I realized it was a sequel and waited to get my hands on the first book. I'm glad I did. In fact, I think I liked the first book best, but not by a huge margin.

This book picks up the story of Caleb, an orphan raised for the first ten years of his life in almost total isolation in an Ethiopian monastery, 15 years later. He's a man now, not 10-year-old...more
Tina
I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads. A Man Called Blessed is the second in a series, but stands alone solidly. I have read several other books by Ted Dekker and once again, he does not fail to entertain. I would describe this novel, where others categorize it as a journey of Christianity, as a modern political thriller around a spiritual core. What would happen to the balance of power in the Middle East if the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jeruselam? And what would happen...more
Becky Giovagnoni
Dekker is a great writer. I enjoyed this sequel even better than the first book. There was a little bit of everything: history, intrigue, adventure, action, romance and of course a spiritual theme wound throughout the entire story. I especially enjoyed Rebecca, the new main character.

My one complaint is that after spending the entire book building up to a potentially explosive ending, it was all wrapped up so quickly and neatly. I anticipated an ending like that when I only had a few pages left...more
Sarah Gorman
This sequel to Blessed Child did not disappoint. It was a bit different from the first book but still great. I can never seem to get enough of Ted Dekker's writing!
N. Sherman
Let me just say right off the bat that I love me some Dekker, and I find his novels (and series) great. Okay, I didn't like this as much as the first book and I felt that some of the plot was predictable. I felt that Ishmael's death was an "um okay" moment which left me sad and craving for something better. Like everything that gives the protagonists trouble end up getting killed off by the end, which I guess is how Dekker likes to do it. With that said I thought it was an intriguing story, I es...more
Terra
I got this book as a first reads. I have read the first book about Caleb called Blessed Child. I didn't like this book as well. I wasn't that interested in the plot, but I learned quite a bit about different religions. It is interesting how three religions, with the same starting point, are so very different. I didn't feel as connected with the characters in this story as I did in the first story. I gave this book the rating that I did because it has spurred me on to learn more about other peopl...more
Mindi Rosser
Feb 01, 2011 Mindi Rosser rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Non-denominational Christians
Ted Dekker struck a chord within my heart through this journey. Bill Bright's input is evident in this work. Non-denominational Christianity is praised throughout the pages. If you are close-minded towards religion, this book may not benefit your beliefs. Instead, you will be challenged to think about God in a larger scope.

Who is God? How does He impact our lives in the modern-day world? How could my own life be touched by His Hand? Am I willing to allow Him to work unencumbered through me? Thes...more
Manoushka
I loved seeing Caleb grown and how different he is from the first book!
Taryn
Amazing conclusion to "Blessed Child."
Kristin
One of Ted Dekker's better books, imho.
Rob Selwitz
Spiritually uplifting and entertaining
Heather
I think it was good but not quite as good as the first book.
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