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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 Covenantubut heAEs 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 discove
ebook, 368 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published September 2nd 2002)
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Aug 17, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Heidi Williams
A great mystery
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
Aug 31, 2008 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Hammond-Hagberg
I didn't like this book as much as Blessed Child, which was great! Although the plot was interesting, it was hard to keep track of all the side stories and characters. A Man Called Blessed was too sappy and contained too much proselytizing.I honestly couldn't wait to finish it. Sorry Ted.
The reader is in for a thrilling ride joining a group of Israeli soldiers into the Ethiopian desert looking for the lost Ark of the Covenant. The Arabs are determined to stop them and the war to end all wars is inevitable. Into the turmoil comes Caleb who grew up in the monastery where the ark was hidden. He disappeared into the desert to seek Christ whom he ardently loved as a child. The power of the Nazarene is made manifest in this intense book.
This is the sequel to Blessed Child. I didn't like it so much, partially because in order to HAVE a story they had to take away everything from the main character that I liked so much in the first one, and partially because they didn't seem as willing to really push the freaky stuff going on. Heh. In the first book there was a whole mountain of fun, but in the second book all the scenes where interesting stuff was happening tended to get told through the eyes of someone who couldn't see what was ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paris Carter
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Before I begin I would like to thank Book Sneeze for providing me this book. Even though I’ve been provided this novel it won’t affect my scoring of this novel.

Rebecca is a Jew from Israel, who is after the Arc of the Covenant to bring back to Israel, then the Israelis will rebuild the Temple of Solomon as a Jewish landmark instead of a Mosque for the Muslims. But to find the Arc of the Covenant she must get Caleb to tell her the location, before the Islamic fu
Bob Allen
Oct 26, 2013 Bob Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Oct 03, 2009 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 24, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2013 Liz Terek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Sally Ferguson
Nov 04, 2013 Sally Ferguson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 04, 2007 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, suspense
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
Jul 04, 2014 Kevin Shorter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 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
Paul Eddy
Sep 03, 2014 Paul Eddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 06, 2015 Gloria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone; Christian contemporary thriller/miraculous
This is a sequel to Blessed Child.

This book explores the question: which is greater, the power of God in the heart, or the power of God in the Ark of the Covenant?

People who are trying to find the Ark of the Covenant follow a lead, taking them to Debra Demarro and Caleb. The manner of the Jewish expedition is spoiled when Caleb escapes, finding a tribe in the desert. The Jewish expedition is followed by Arabs - who threaten to kill everyone from the Jewish expedition as well as in the monastery
Sep 25, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2010 Jill Bratcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ted-dekker
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
Aug 07, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ted-dekker-i-own
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
Sep 28, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Oct 27, 2014 Geri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The suspense in this book is riveting! I truly believe Caleb has brought me closer to God. His humble nature has changed me and his forgiving nature..I pray to continue to develop and master 1 day.

May God bless Ted and Bill for this beautiful book.
Becky Giovagnoni
Jul 30, 2011 Becky Giovagnoni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Ted decker as an author but not this book. It took forever to read. I kept falling asleep while reading it. I don't know if the book was that boring or if I was that tired. It wasn't his best book & the ending was so anticlimactic that it was boring
Sarah Gorman
Jul 19, 2014 Sarah Gorman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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