Summary: 15 years after Blessed Child ends, a woman named Rebecca Soloman is on a quest to find the Ark of the Covenant. Ismael is also on a quest to find the Ark, but with different intentions. One hopes to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, the other hopes to preserve the mosque that sits where the temple should be. They both need to find the child, now man, called Caleb in Ethiopia. But does Caleb know where the Ark of the Covenant is? And is he still the faithful boy we left at the end of Blessed Child? Go on an exciting adventure to find the answers in Ted Dekker and Bill Bright’s book, A Man Called Blessed.
Review: After reading Blessed Child I knew I had to finish the story of Caleb. It took me a bit longer to read A Man Called Blessed, that could be because of a number of reasons. Certainly not because it’s lacking in action though! A Man Called Blessed takes you from Jerusalem to the Ethiopian desert, through the Middle East and back again. Lots of camel chases (as opposed to car chases, this does take place in the desert afterall) and military-style gun slinging. But there’s still the message that Blessed Child had, that God is real and moving in people’s lives.
One of my favorite quotes is from Caleb. He was talking about growing up, both physically and spiritually, and he says that “…to grow up spiritually means to mature in spiritual ways, not to bring human maturity to spirituality.” Seriously, wow. I think that as adults we tend to bring human maturity into spirituality and that’s when we tend to lose the awe and wonder of God that we had when we were children. He’s still the same God, it isn’t Him that’s changed, it’s us. He’s still just as big and powerful and amazing and we need to remember that. There was also a lot of discussion about how a lot of people say they’re Christians but don’t live like it (James 1:19-27 ring a bell?) and I think it’s true. Myself included, more often than not, unfortunately.
I don’t know Dekker’s full intent when he wrote this book with Bill Bright, but I know that it’s changed me. The whole Caleb series has really started to “ruin” me, and that’s a good thing. I hope that both Blessed Child and A Man Called Blessed change the way you see things too. If you choose to read them, enjoy! And be blessed!
Disclaimer: I received an electronic version of this book for free through the BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.