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Blessed Child (The Caleb Books #1)

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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 Ja
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 4th 2001)
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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
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. He said that if I were only going to read one Dekker book, it should be Blessed Child, written with Bill Bright (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ).

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
Denae Christine
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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.
Caleb kept getting popular and healing over and over at first, then he started losing it, was poisoned, shot, abducted, and shot. I loved how innocent and joyful he was, though. He never wanted to show off, just wanted people to see the truth of God's kingdom. He jumped and praised the Lord every time his prayers were answered! (And Caleb's prayers w
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Missionaries and Christians in other parts of the world have see ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is quite simply one of the absolute best books I have ever read. Five stars doesn't do it justice. I was a little skeptical going into it; I had just finished another Ted Dekker book that pretty much soured my expectation of what his books should be (this is my 20th book of his, and that last one was the worst). But THIS...this is just phenomenal. I don't want to give too much away, but just READ IT!! Seriously; you won't be the same afterwards. It really, really makes you think; and it rea ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Stunning. Couldn't put it down. I cried and laughed and my heart is aching.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wall-of-shame
This book was written by two authors, so I really don't know who to aim my fury at. When I pay money for a book, I do not expect to get an info-mercial for the author's religion! This review does come from my non-Christian perspective. Stop. I didn't say from my athiest perspective, now did I? But enough about me.

The first part of this book kept me reading like it was my job. It had a fabulous supernatural mystery, good against evil theme, a sweet romance, and lots of adventure and suspense. I w
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caleb is an ordinary child with miraculous power,who is envied by people. Jason Marker takes a risk in taking Caleb from a monastery, aware of the consequences that will follow. Although he knows that taking him will come with great responsibility, he is willing to do all what it takes. Getting to know Caleb is harder then it seems for most people because for the most part he is mute. Speaking out with bring up the painful past and shocking revelations at what he chooses to reveal. There are man ...more
5+⭐ this is one of the best books I ever read!!! I suggest you listen to the audio book...oh, was it amazing! I was there with them,I felt the power they felt...My heart was leaping when they rejoiced. This is exactly what I want a book to do to me when I read or listen to it! I highly recommend it. ...more
Sam Arnold
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I tried the author on a recommendation from
one of my book friends. I had always wanted to try some Christian fiction and he was recommended as a good choice.

The book was well written and the characters OK although I never really bonded with them. I have to say that Christian fiction was not for me although I am pleased I tried it.

This book was simply not for me.
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Ted Dekker! I love the Christian message coupled with some good drama - and a touch of romance. It was also very inspirational and kindled my passion to walk in the Kingdom while living here on earth.
Norma Escobar
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
probably my favorite Ted Dekker book. . .
Sherrie Hardy
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the Character Caleb in this story. He reminded me of myself after I accepted Christ, innocent and full of the light of the spirit.
Josh Anderson
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm learning that I am simply not a fan of Ted Dekker. Not because I disagree with his beliefs or anything, but because I find his writing to be a bit simple and his characters one-dimensional. (Ex. He uses colloquialisms outside of character dialogue. Also, in this book anyway, he refers to microphones as "mikes" - maybe this is shame on the editors too, but the term is short for microphone and should be "mic", etc.) Originally I thought he was an improved Frank Peretti - a Christian writer who ...more
Kathie Davis
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story was good. It kept moving. The ending was great.
Shawn Mullin
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerfully moving tale...

This is a powerful and moving tale about a child who has extraordinary gifts. It's about love, grace and mercy on display.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good story, interesting ending, but a good message... Well worth a read
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads

It's this book! Oh my, no words can express how I was so touched and inspired by this!
I recommend it to Christians and especially non-believers, who are always questioning God's power in anyone's life. You must read this besides the Bible! The story is very interesting because of the protagonist's mysterious characteristic. Caleb, is a blessed child truly, as he have the Holy Spirit within him and that's what makes him blessed and can perform miracles beyond human understanding
This was an interesting book. After having let it sit unread on my shelf for many years, I decided to [finally] read it. I would say it seeks to answer the question of what it might be like if Christians followed/believed/loved God with all of their hearts, souls, minds, and strength. It also questions why God's power is not revealed and we do not see Christians doing 'greater things than Jesus' that Jesus promised would happen in Scripture. It is divided into three parts; at the start of the se ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good! Not at all what I expected
Liz Terek
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘Blessed Child’: Ted Dekker & Bill Bright
New York Times best-selling author, Ted Dekker, has teamed up with Bill Bright to deliver yet another dynamic novel to Christian fiction fans. ‘Blessed Child’ begins in Ethiopia.
Jason, a Peace Corps worker, only planned on honoring the request of a friend. Asked to rescue an orphan from a monastery, he works his way through a war zone to find the boy. Father Matthew, the child’s caretaker, not only delivers the child, but also a Red Cross nurse- Le
Gary Sedivy
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I have read several Ted Dekker novels, and will say that the writing quality is inconsistent. Some have been less than good, some have been excellent. This one falls in the okay-to-good category. I will admit the writing held my attention. The action and drama were mostly compelling - I stayed up until 2:00 AM reading the other evening. That's a good sign it had my attention.
Dekker's novels almost always deal with spiritual issues, spiritual battles. I think trying to adequately describe a pers
Sarah Jamison
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blessed Child by (mostly) Ted Dekker and (a little) Bill Bright is a refreshing change of pace for Christian fiction. It's got adventure and a semi-plausible mystery, as well as good guys that aren't perfect and bad-guys that aren't mustache-twirling characters.

The child in question in an Ethiopian orphan of undetermined parentage, raised in an Orthodox Christian monastery in the desert. For the first 10 years of his life, he knows nothing but the love of his earthly Dadda, a monk, and his Heav
This book was written in 2001. This story follows Jason, Leiah, and Caleb over the short span of 5 weeks. It begins in Ethiopia and ties presidential candidate Crandal to using warfare in Ethiopia to search for the Ark of the Covenant. The boy Caleb is the lone survivor of an attack and the man who found the baby confessed. So Crandal is determined to assassinate Caleb or deport him from America and then kill him. However, Caleb has the gift of Healing; God will honor his request to heal someone ...more
Jonathan Prins
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted Dekker and Bill Bright have teamed up to write one of my all time favorite books. It’s a story that everyone should read and admire. Blessed Child follows the epic journey of an innocent child that has become the worlds healer. This amazing story has a miraculous ending that will surprise everyone.
Jason had been in Ethiopia for many years working for the peace corp, after his son died and wife left him, to escape his troubles. One day he finds himself in a war zone picking up a Canadian nur
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again, favorites
One of the underlying arguments throughout the book was where Caleb's power came from (psychic, God, devil) which led back to whether there is a god and if there is whether he would give people power like Caleb's. In the book even within the Christian community there was conflicting beliefs about where his power came from. Some people thought it was god, others like Caleb's legal guardian Father Nikolaus believed that it was psychic power from his mind. In this book there were also a lot of inte ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, first-reads
Blessed Child
by Ted Dekker
A First-Reads AR
3 out of 5 stars

It may be difficult to get a clear rating from me. This was not my normal genre of book, and I do not always read deeply religious books. With that being said, the plot really intrigued me, the cover was lovely, and I have a soft spot deep in my heart for magic and political intrigue!
Blessed Child opened with a chapter that made most of the book feel partially unfulfilled. That first few paragraphs really were riveting. The car chase, the
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Blessed Child
By Ted Dekker and Bill Bright

Jason Marker is about to flee Ethiopia when war spreads south into the country. But a favor to to his interpreter has Jason heading to the Ethiopian Orthodox monastery known as Debra Damarro. But the EPFL is just minutes away and Jason has even less time to get Caleb, a young orphan and Leiah, a Red Cross nurse out of the monastery.

What happens during their escape is something that Jason and Leiah are totally unprepared for. A soldier whom they beli
Sep 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, suspense
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]The story starts with the rescue of a 10 year old boy named Caleb from an Ethiopian monastary. Jason and Leiah, the rescuers, take him to America. They want to continue to look after him, but he soon becomes virtually imprisoned by Father Nikolous at his Orphanage. When it is discoverd that Caleb has special healing powers, Father Nikolous begins booking public appearances for Caleb, and charging exorbitant ...more
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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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“That’s it?” Jason asked. “You spent an hour talking about how lucky you were to be dying?”
No, not dying, Son. Living.”
“Remember, Caleb, words are weak instruments of love. They can do many things, but they do not carry the truth like your hands do. People need to be shown, not told.” 0 likes
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