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The Warrior: Caleb (Sons of Encouragement #2)

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Behind the men who shaped history are the heroes who forever changed it. In "The Warrior, " beloved author Francine Rivers illuminates the life of Caleb, a man whose faith and zeal for God helped lead God's people into the Promised Land. Discover a man full of passion, humility, and faith; a man who encouraged Joshua and stood strong in the face of sin. "The Warrior" also ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published January 24th 2005 by Tyndale House (first published 1998)
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Aug 10, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the details of a story I had previously read before, in a different light and from a different standpoint. The reality of the daily struggle of sin was depicted so well in the story of Caleb, and how a person with integrity and so many characteristics I admire, fought this struggle to not let sin take control.

"Sin crouches at the entrance of my heart waiting to devour me. I must fight against it. Oh, how I must fight the fire in my blood."

I realise how I had glossed over and mi
Feb 04, 2015 Sue rated it it was ok
A fictionalized accounting of the life of Caleb - one of the 12 spies sent by Moses to preview the Promised Land.
I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the previous one on Aaron. With that one, it was very easy to follow the storyline and the Scriptures. This one is much more subtle. As I think about it, I feel there is less known about Caleb so Francine Rivers may have been forced to fill in, in order to create a flowing story line. What touched me the most in reading this was thinking abo
Tanisca Wilson
Mar 08, 2015 Tanisca Wilson rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, mostly because Caleb is not a biblical character most writers bring to life, though he is one widely known. Rivers did a good job of giving Caleb personality, but sometimes he seemed too stubborn in faith. Although that's supposed to be a good thing, it sometimes seemed unrealistic. He was portrayed as the perfect believer, though he was belligerent at times. Also, I like the way Rivers portrayed Caleb as a support to Joshua, a man of experience who encouraged Joshua ...more
Randy Tramp
Feb 01, 2015 Randy Tramp rated it really liked it
The Book
The Warrior - Caleb by Francine Rivers is #2 book in her Biblical Men of Faith series - Son's of Encouragement. It follows the life of Caleb as he came out of Egypt and entered the Promise land.

My Thoughts
Caleb is an inspiring character and Francine did an amazing job in allowing me to walk in the Caleb's shoes. One thing that strikes me is the attitude that Caleb had after he had to turn back from the Promise Land. He was one of the spies that saw the fruit of the land. His excitement t
Reena Jacobs
Jul 12, 2012 Reena Jacobs rated it it was ok
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Expect my review on my website 9/27/2010 at

I’m not sure if it’s because I have a little writing under my belt or what, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as my other Francine River reads. The novella had a lot of information chunks thrown at me. This is alright for the bible, but not okay for a fictional story, even if it is based upon the bible. At least in my mind.

I also wasn’t very fond of Caleb. He had an air of superiority. No one could satisfy him,
Mandy J. Hoffman

The Warrior tells the story of a man whom we usually only remember for his service as a spy. In this mix of fiction and biblical fact we see the depth of this amazing man who followed after God.

I greatly appreciate the wonderful balance that Francine Rivers keeps in her writing. She stays true to the biblical account while adding just enough to make the story flow as she probes their thoughts and feelings. Caleb comes to life in a way each person can relate to in one way or the other.

Dec 31, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing
All I know of Caleb is the faithful stance he took beside Joshua after "spying" on the promised land. This book creates a plausible life experiences that lead up to that confident statement of faith. I never gave much thought to the Egyptians that left alongside the former-slave nation of Israel, nor did I realize Caleb was not part of Judah by blood. Although he longed for the peaceful life of a farmer, it seems Caleb was destined for war all his days. First struggling to temper his firey Edomi ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Micah rated it it was amazing
This book helped make scripture come alive for me. I am a much better reader of characters and fiction, so this book was wonderful for me and helped me contemplate what Caleb would have done during the 40 years in the wilderness. I have bought the other books in the series and will read very soon!
Nov 14, 2014 Veronica rated it it was amazing
Another powerful and moving book. This one reinforced the spiritual message I received from reading 'The Priest' which I realize was completely a God thing. A great read for anyone who loved the first book or would like a deeper look at the life of Caleb.
Jan 30, 2011 Sherri rated it it was amazing
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Sep 11, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as Rivers fleshed out a Biblical figure I studied last year in a Bible study on Joshua. Wonderful to be able to have the Biblical account provided in a way I could imagine more easily, but still faithful to the Word.
I think my rating is more like a 3.5, the reason being the events closer to the end of the book.

I really liked the first...oh, two-thirds to three-fourths of the book. But near the end, Rivers started portraying Caleb with sort of a grumpy attitude. I didn't like that at all. Before, Caleb was a warrior of no complaints, one of the spies who told the people not to fear going into Canaan and taking the land, for the Lord was with them. But near the end (to me, at least), it seemed like he was mor
Jan 10, 2016 Lizzy rated it liked it
Slow to get through, especially the latter half of the book...but a good overview of Caleb's role during the Israelites' journey to the promised land.
Jun 09, 2015 Annalize rated it liked it
I was excited for reading this book, and gaining insight into this story from the Bible. I think it's a great concept, and Francine Rivers did well in relaying the story of Caleb's life.
Dalaina May
Jan 16, 2013 Dalaina May rated it it was amazing
Let's just say that after reading this novella, my 4th son very nearly was named Caleb. What a fabulous explanation for a familiar story. There was so much that I learned about Hebrew history and genealogy. I couldn't believe that I hadn't heard all of it before and wondered if maybe it was embellished a great deal. Nope. After doing my own research, I realized that the author just did a killer job of making history, ancient culture, and biblical narrative come to life that is almost felt like a ...more
Anna Meyer
Aug 10, 2014 Anna Meyer rated it really liked it
Again, a new light on the Exodus, from Caleb's perspective. So interesting, and it led me right back to the word!
Feb 12, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
The sequel to book one was very good. This book convinced me to keep reading. The story of Caleb, was well written. Rivers did a lot of research on Caleb and the nuances of his story are simplly amazing. The story is well crafted inside the Biblical framework. Well done!! From this book forward, I was able to identify with the main characters and pray that my heart would be like theirs were. If you like Biblical history and want to have an understand of how the people could have felt, or why the ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Aurora rated it liked it
This one was good but the other one, the prince, by Francine Rivers was better.
Feb 20, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
This novella brought a fictional account of the Exodus to life. Quick read.
Aug 02, 2014 Terrie rated it liked it
From the Old Testament. Lots of war and fighting. Good message.
Royce Ratterman
Feb 10, 2016 Royce Ratterman rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read with the 'taste' of the era.
Jun 08, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I've read the Old Testament, and books about the Old Testament, many times. Both fact and fiction.

This book gives a fictional account of the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. The unique perspective of the novel is that of Caleb, an Egyptian who chose exile with the Israelites over staying in his own country. I thought the book was fantastic - I learned a lot looking at the situation as a whole from this perspective. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Christian Historical Fiction or just
Apr 24, 2015 Jerry rated it liked it
Good...but a bit short.
Angela Smith
Mar 25, 2015 Angela Smith rated it liked it
Enjoyable book!! Found it encouraged my faith.
Chris-ann Nunes
Dec 11, 2014 Chris-ann Nunes rated it it was amazing
My fave in the series
Goanga Andrei Daniel
Sep 18, 2015 Goanga Andrei Daniel rated it it was amazing
a good bock!
Aug 20, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it
The second book of five follows Caleb , contemporary of Joshua. The author notes in the beginning that she uses the story provided by the Bible as a skeleton/ outline/foundation and then fills in the rest with action, dialogue, internal motivations, and additional characters that she believes are consistent with the biblical record.

In both this book and the first book, the author attributes New Testament ideas to her characters, whether through internal motivations, or the visions of old men.
May 30, 2009 Katrina rated it liked it
Not excellent writing, but pretty good, and it definitely captured the passion Caleb must have had for his religion. I'm not sure that I agree completely on the author's portrayal of him, but she made me turn back to the Bible to remember what we actually know about Caleb. It's not much, but what the author didn't guess at, she got spot on. And it also gave me a slightly different perspective on the children of Israel (and therefore God's reasons for treating them as He did), which I appreciated ...more
Melody Rensberger
Aug 19, 2012 Melody Rensberger rated it liked it
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This is a book from the point of view of Caleb during the Old Testament exodus, leading up to the capture of Canaan, the promised land. Even though all of River's books are fiction, this one was less believable than others. Don't get me wrong, Caleb is a stud, but the background information changes my picture of him. But only 195 tiny pages, so its worth reading to experience the author's perspective of the story.

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Meadow Frisbie
Aug 26, 2010 Meadow Frisbie rated it really liked it
Behind the mightly Joshua, was a man of faith and sword: Caleb.

He strived to be accepted in the Judah clan, but was rejected due to his nationality, even though he was distantly related to them.

This was amazing!! It really moved me with how much the people constantly turned from God, making you determined to follow him all the time.
We will fail the the Israilites, but like then, he will always accept us when we come back to Him. But nothing goes unpunished.
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New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter ...more
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