Blessed Child

by Ted Dekker

Paperback, 2001



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Thomas Nelson (2001), 368 pages

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The young orphaned boy was abandoned 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 is hardly ready for a boy like Caleb. When relief expert Jason Marker agrees to take Caleb from the monastery, he unwittingly opens humanity's doors to an incredible journey filled with intrigue and peril. Together with Leiah, the French Canadian nurse who escapes to America with them, Jason discovers Caleb's stunning power. But so do the boy's enemies, who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Jason and Leiah fight for the boy's survival while the world erupts into debate over the source of the boy's power. In the end nothing can prepare them for what they will find.… (more)


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LibraryThing member debs4jc
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts
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
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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 amounts of money for admission. There is also a plot spearheaded by a presidential candidate to kill the boy, who seems to know too much about some shady activities the candidate was involved in in Ethiopia. Jason and Leiah are determined to save Caleb--but what of the power of God?

Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.
Fast paced, a few plot holes here and there, a powerful message about the power of faith and miracles, and the problem of suffering. The scene of Caleb meeting with a prominent evangelist is especially telling (a Bright cameo?). This message may be a bit to heavy handed for some. Jason and Leiah aren't the deepest of characters, and their romance is pretty predictable (though Jason's acceptance of her scars is a nice touch).

How Good is it?
Solid suspense read, affirming for Christians but probably not too appealing for the non-Christian.
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LibraryThing member LorettaR
It was okay. Found it predictable for the most part. Just one of those books that I could not get into. I kept reading it hoping it would draw me in more, but it didn't. But I read it to the end because once I start a book I like to finish it.
LibraryThing member cablebox999
Great Book.

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