Series: The Caleb Books #1
Published by Thomas Nelson on April 2001
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense
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Dekker’s early works are no less pulse pounding than his most recent. From the very start, Dekker explored deep themes, wrote compelling characters, and left readers thinking long after they closed the final pages.
Jason Marker had no idea what he was getting into. As a relief worker, he was used to going to some dangerous situations, but he’d never encountered anything like the attack on the monastery that left him fleeing with a French-Canadian nurse named Leiah and an enigmatic child named Caleb.
Jason and Leiah safely escape with Caleb in tow, but that’s when the story really begins. First, Caleb has enemies that will stop at nothing to see him silenced. He’s in possession of some secret knowledge—exactly what, I shall not say—that threatens a certain prominent political candidate. Second, Caleb has supernatural abilities that make him an instant media sensation. But enemies lurk there, as well, when his legal guardian in the States chooses to exploit him for his miraculous talents.
Coauthored with Campus Crusade for Christ founder Bill Bright, Blessed Child carries with it a heavy and poignant theological theme, but one the story bears well. I cannot capture the sentiment better than the story already does, so I’ll leave it at this line from the novel:
“Whoever said a straightened hand was more dramatic than a healed heart anyway?”
Once Caleb’s abilities are discovered, thousands flock to him for healing. But the message that shines through is that while a physical healing is more noticeable, what really matters is a healed heart. Dekker and Bright manage to hit on a whole host of topics, such as God and suffering, the existence of the miraculous, the prevalence of so-called faith healers, and more. But that’s not the only quotable from the book:
“Maybe if we believed what they believed, we could achieve what they achieved.”
Caleb’s world is one of naïve innocence, where the supernatural is simply natural because he lives in such close communication with God. Didn’t God promise that his disciples would do greater works than him? Then why are the healings of this day and age often a sham? Dekker and Bright challenge readers in their faith, to become as a child—a blessed child—in order to live in the kingdom.
But don’t think the novel is good only for its message. Dekker weaves a compelling and emotional story that’ll keep the pages turning until the story is through. When an author releases three books a year, it’s hard to keep up with their current releases, but in the case of the Caleb Books, their certainly worth a dive into Dekker’s backlist.
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