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One man holds the key to finding the Ark of the Covenant. In this explosive sequel to Blessed Child, Rebecca Soloman leads a team deep into the Ethiopian desert to hunt the one man who may know the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. But Islamic extremists fear that the Ark's discovery will compel Israel to rebuild Solomon's temple on the very site of their own One man holds the key to finding the Ark of the Covenant. In this explosive sequel to Blessed Child, Rebecca Soloman leads a team deep into the Ethiopian desert to hunt the one man who may know the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. But Islamic extremists fear that the Ark's discovery will compel Israel to rebuild Solomon's temple on the very site of their own holy mosque in Jerusalem. They immediately dispatch Ismael, their most accomplished assassin, to pursue the same man. But the one in their sights is no ordinary man. His name is Caleb, and he is also on a quest--to find again the love he embraced as a child.


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One man holds the key to finding the Ark of the Covenant. In this explosive sequel to Blessed Child, Rebecca Soloman leads a team deep into the Ethiopian desert to hunt the one man who may know the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. But Islamic extremists fear that the Ark's discovery will compel Israel to rebuild Solomon's temple on the very site of their own One man holds the key to finding the Ark of the Covenant. In this explosive sequel to Blessed Child, Rebecca Soloman leads a team deep into the Ethiopian desert to hunt the one man who may know the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. But Islamic extremists fear that the Ark's discovery will compel Israel to rebuild Solomon's temple on the very site of their own holy mosque in Jerusalem. They immediately dispatch Ismael, their most accomplished assassin, to pursue the same man. But the one in their sights is no ordinary man. His name is Caleb, and he is also on a quest--to find again the love he embraced as a child.

30 review for A Man Called Blessed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    The conclusion was just as amazing as the beginning!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    David Ben Solomon has dedicated his life to searching for the Ark of the Covenant in order to restore it to Jerusalem and welcome the Messiah. He has been joined in his quest by his daughter, Rebecca, an archaeologist and assassin. They Raphael Hadane, a Falasha Jew from Ethiopia, who tells them the information they seek is hidden in the Debra Damarro monastery in Ethiopia. Caleb is twenty-five and has lived almost his whole life in the Debra Damarro monastery, first in the care of Father Matthew David Ben Solomon has dedicated his life to searching for the Ark of the Covenant in order to restore it to Jerusalem and welcome the Messiah. He has been joined in his quest by his daughter, Rebecca, an archaeologist and assassin. They Raphael Hadane, a Falasha Jew from Ethiopia, who tells them the information they seek is hidden in the Debra Damarro monastery in Ethiopia. Caleb is twenty-five and has lived almost his whole life in the Debra Damarro monastery, first in the care of Father Matthew, now with his adoptive parents. He, apparently, holds the key to the location of the Ark. But not everyone wants the Ark found, and one man in particular is determined to stop Rebecca and Caleb … A Man Called Blessed is the second in the Caleb Books series by Ted Dekker and Bill Bright. Dekker is famous for his suspense, and that came through in the novel. Bill Bright is famous for his non-fiction books on spiritual maturity, and that came through as well, with quotes such as these: “You say that you may not be living up to your beliefs, but by definition, this is impossible. We always live up or down to our beliefs. Beliefs are the rails which govern our lives.” “In reality, most people who call themselves Christians do not believe in Christ at all. Their train is not on his rails. They do not live what they say they believe, because in reality they don’t believe it.” Thought-provoking. What didn’t come through so well, for me, were likeable characters I could believe in and relate to. We didn’t see much of Caleb in the beginning, and it seemed as though he had a personality transplant when he arrived in the desert. It didn’t quite ring true. Equally, Rebecca seemed to morph from a military assassin into a stereotypical brash American tourist when she left the monastery. Neither transformation rang true to the characters as they had been established in this book (although the character of Caleb might have been consistent with the previous book, which I haven’t read). And I had issues with the plot. Some aspects were incomprehensible (how to you build a crate around an object without ever touching said object?). Others felt contrived. Fiction uses a story to demonstrate truth. But one of the issues with fiction, especially Christian fiction, is that we don’t accept miracles in our novels, even though we know we serve a God of miracles. If you must have a miracle as a key plot point, that miracle must be foreshadowed—it must be signalled from the very beginning. It can’t just come out of nowhere. Otherwise it breaks one of the biggest ‘rules’ of fiction: the injunction against using deus ex machina to solve plot problems. I also had issues with the writing, particularly the overuse of adverbs and exclamation marks, and the developing relationship between Rebecca and Caleb. I continually felt I was being told how they felt about each other—I never saw it. On a more practical level, it was interesting to gain insight into the minds of the modern Jew and Muslim, especially Palestinian Muslims. There are serious problems in the Middle East, and A Man Called Blessed illustrated them well. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze® for providing a free ebook for review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Ted Dekker is a big name in Christian fiction for a good reason. He has a captivating way of writing, with a carefully thought-out plot. Some books have too much fluff and move too slowly. Ted Dekker's talented story moves at an easy, although exciting pace. He used enough military and political jargon to give it depth and reality. There was a good amount of "spiritual talk" but he (and Bill Bright) says it with a new twist, showing God's presence in our hearts instead of in an artifact, such as Ted Dekker is a big name in Christian fiction for a good reason. He has a captivating way of writing, with a carefully thought-out plot. Some books have too much fluff and move too slowly. Ted Dekker's talented story moves at an easy, although exciting pace. He used enough military and political jargon to give it depth and reality. There was a good amount of "spiritual talk" but he (and Bill Bright) says it with a new twist, showing God's presence in our hearts instead of in an artifact, such as the Ark of the Convenant. What can draw a beautiful assassin and a peaceful man of God together? What one thing can first make a person confused and sorrowful, and next, bring relief and joy? How can a newly discovered relic such as the Ark of the Covenant NOT bring a major war? Read this novel to find out! While the ending moves too fast for my taste, I did like how there was closure with the Ark. I kept wondering how it could possibly end. But I thought the ending was true to the story and the characters. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read Christian fiction. And I would expand that audience to those interested in archaeology. It's a modern story with a historical twist.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    15 years after the events in Blessed Child, Rebecca is sent to Ethiopia on a mission to fins and recover The Ark of the Covenant. Palestinian forces follow and try to stop her. As the Jews focus on the need to rebuild the Temple on the Mount, Arabs are mobilizing to make war. Caleb is at the monastery and is forced to flee into the desert with Rebecca following him - he is the key to ark's location. Ismael following her to kill her. In the desert they find truth and love. And Caleb finds his bele 15 years after the events in Blessed Child, Rebecca is sent to Ethiopia on a mission to fins and recover The Ark of the Covenant. Palestinian forces follow and try to stop her. As the Jews focus on the need to rebuild the Temple on the Mount, Arabs are mobilizing to make war. Caleb is at the monastery and is forced to flee into the desert with Rebecca following him - he is the key to ark's location. Ismael following her to kill her. In the desert they find truth and love. And Caleb finds his beleif again. There are betrayals and violence as the Ark makes it way to Jerusalum. Caleb and Rebecca following. Caleb forces all - Jews, Christians and Muslims to face the reality of God and true faith. Really enjoyable story

  5. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    The reader is in for a thrilling ride joining a group of Israeli soldiers into the Ethiopian desert looking for the lost Ark of the Covenant. The Arabs are determined to stop them and the war to end all wars is inevitable. Into the turmoil comes Caleb who grew up in the monastery where the ark was hidden. He disappeared into the desert to seek Christ whom he ardently loved as a child. The power of the Nazarene is made manifest in this intense book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy Hammond-Hagberg

    I didn't like this book as much as Blessed Child, which was great! Although the plot was interesting, it was hard to keep track of all the side stories and characters. A Man Called Blessed was too sappy and contained too much proselytizing.I honestly couldn't wait to finish it. Sorry Ted.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gilsheyla

    Amazing story. I liked A Man Called Blessed even more than Bright and Dekker's Blessed Child. This story related the young adult years of Caleb, the orphan boy who was adopted by Jason and Leiah in the first book. Caleb is back at the rebuilt monastery in Ethiopia with his parents, struggling to find his way as he has lost his ability to connect with God. In the meantime, Israel and her Arab neighbors are embroiled in the ongoing hatred of each other that consumes them. Enter Rebecca Solomon, tr Amazing story. I liked A Man Called Blessed even more than Bright and Dekker's Blessed Child. This story related the young adult years of Caleb, the orphan boy who was adopted by Jason and Leiah in the first book. Caleb is back at the rebuilt monastery in Ethiopia with his parents, struggling to find his way as he has lost his ability to connect with God. In the meantime, Israel and her Arab neighbors are embroiled in the ongoing hatred of each other that consumes them. Enter Rebecca Solomon, trained Israeli soldier, who is on a mission to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. In a race against time, neighbor hostility, and bloodshed, Rebecca and Caleb find themselves on exhilarating and surprising journeys that draw each of them into the arms of God. I was blown away by this story. Although the violence and killing in this book was probably the worst that I had read in any Christian book, they all seemed to serve the purpose of the story by not sanitizing the Middle Eastern conflict for our American "sensibilities." My only complaint about this story is that Jason and Leiah's fate is never resolved, with the exception of a brief reference at the end to their continued existence. They drop out of the story halfway through. Other than that, I highly recommend this book (and its predecessor) to anyone who wants a glimpse of God's power and purpose in His children's lives as well as in the direction of the world. As Caleb says, "Do you want to walk off a cliff?"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet Johnson

    I put off reading this book because I didn't see how it could possibly be as great as "Blessed Child." Surprisingly, it's just as good. When Rebecca Solomon and her father discover the Ark of the Covenant is hidden in Ethiopia, Rebecca and her team are dispatched immediately. Unbeknownst to her, an assassin with a grudge sets out after her with his own team. Not only are they supposed to stop Rebecca from bringing the Ark to Jerusalem, Ismael wants to make certain she doesn't return at all. Then I put off reading this book because I didn't see how it could possibly be as great as "Blessed Child." Surprisingly, it's just as good. When Rebecca Solomon and her father discover the Ark of the Covenant is hidden in Ethiopia, Rebecca and her team are dispatched immediately. Unbeknownst to her, an assassin with a grudge sets out after her with his own team. Not only are they supposed to stop Rebecca from bringing the Ark to Jerusalem, Ismael wants to make certain she doesn't return at all. Then there is Caleb, the Blessed Child who has grown into a man. He doesn't carry a gun like the people heading his way. How can he possibly stop them from tearing down his home in their pursuit of the Ark? This magnificent novel is action-packed, with scenes that leave you breathless. I cared so much about Caleb and his parents, and I hated to think what was going to happen when these people reached their home. Amazingly, I cared about Rebecca as well. Her team was strictly forbidden to take lives. They were supposed to complete their mission without leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. Too bad someone on her team had his own agenda... I highly recommend this novel. It's as good as books get.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Gerhart

    "A Man Called Blessed" is a sequel to "Blessed Child", which was a story about a child named Caleb who grew up in a monastery in Ethiopia after being left there as an infant. He had special powers from Heaven and he tries to use them to make the world a better place. "A Man Called Blessed" is this child as a grown man and he's lost his faith and power, but due to a band of Jewish people looking for the Ark of the Covenant thought to be in his monastery, he finds his faith and power again, and al "A Man Called Blessed" is a sequel to "Blessed Child", which was a story about a child named Caleb who grew up in a monastery in Ethiopia after being left there as an infant. He had special powers from Heaven and he tries to use them to make the world a better place. "A Man Called Blessed" is this child as a grown man and he's lost his faith and power, but due to a band of Jewish people looking for the Ark of the Covenant thought to be in his monastery, he finds his faith and power again, and also finds love in one of the Jewish people looking for the Ark, a woman named Rebecca. Caleb once again uses his powers to try to save the world once again. It's a very beautiful story with plenty of romance and action to keep everyone who reads it entertained. I recommend reading "Blessed Child' before "A Man Called Blessed", although each story can stand on it's own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wade Woodbury

    This book was written by bill bright and Decker. I loved Bright’s theology (until the end), disliked Decker’s love story. The premise that stuck with me was taking God at his word and jump off our cliff of unbelief. God wants to do as he said to those that came before us. I loved the Jewish factor except for the main female character. She was a drag that was obsessed with having a husband and babies. The love story SUCKED! Without it this would be maybe in the top up till the end. Caleb ends up This book was written by bill bright and Decker. I loved Bright’s theology (until the end), disliked Decker’s love story. The premise that stuck with me was taking God at his word and jump off our cliff of unbelief. God wants to do as he said to those that came before us. I loved the Jewish factor except for the main female character. She was a drag that was obsessed with having a husband and babies. The love story SUCKED! Without it this would be maybe in the top up till the end. Caleb ends up melting the ark and what’s inside, the point being we are the ark of the covenant now, which I love. I want to be the ark, but I disliked the way they came about it. I feel like Israel was kind of kicked out in this book. I would recommend with a warning.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    Wow! I just finished this book after reading the first in the series many years ago. ( it was first published in 2001). If you desire a closer walk with Jesus or want of glimpse of what it looks like to walk with God I highly recommend both this book and the first one called “Blessed Child”. There is just so much wisdom and life in these books! Ted Dekker co-wrote this book with Bill Bright, who was the man who God used to start Campus Crusade for Christ ( now call CRU) so you have the exceptio Wow! I just finished this book after reading the first in the series many years ago. ( it was first published in 2001). If you desire a closer walk with Jesus or want of glimpse of what it looks like to walk with God I highly recommend both this book and the first one called “Blessed Child”. There is just so much wisdom and life in these books! Ted Dekker co-wrote this book with Bill Bright, who was the man who God used to start Campus Crusade for Christ ( now call CRU) so you have the exceptional writing of Ted Dekker commingled with the wisdom that Bill Bright gained from walking by faith with God for many years. A rare combination.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Lesner

    I didn't finish the book. I found myself forcing myself to read it for your sake to finish it. Overall the sorry is good. Finding the Ark of the Covenant gives an Indiana Jones feel to the story. What prevented me from continuing was the lack of realism. The military tactics and jargon seemed fake. I do not believe that Isralie militants would take the way the characters talked or thought, along with the Muslim antagonist. I like Ted Dekker as an author. However, I would have liked to have seen I didn't finish the book. I found myself forcing myself to read it for your sake to finish it. Overall the sorry is good. Finding the Ark of the Covenant gives an Indiana Jones feel to the story. What prevented me from continuing was the lack of realism. The military tactics and jargon seemed fake. I do not believe that Isralie militants would take the way the characters talked or thought, along with the Muslim antagonist. I like Ted Dekker as an author. However, I would have liked to have seen more research on the part of the military.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marlo

    I read Blessed Child years ago, and I think it probably had more impact on me than this book. First of all, I did appreciate the setting. I also enjoyed the challenge to how I think about faith and God’s power. There were some good, thought-provoking questions to chew on and a reminder that faith is supposed to be living and evident. On the other hand, it just fell a little flat for me — a bit cheesy and the characters felt off. It’s just not my typical genre, and I appreciate more character dev I read Blessed Child years ago, and I think it probably had more impact on me than this book. First of all, I did appreciate the setting. I also enjoyed the challenge to how I think about faith and God’s power. There were some good, thought-provoking questions to chew on and a reminder that faith is supposed to be living and evident. On the other hand, it just fell a little flat for me — a bit cheesy and the characters felt off. It’s just not my typical genre, and I appreciate more character development.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Phil Deschler

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A Israeli women, soldier in search of the Lost Ark of the Covenant. If she finds the Ark Israel0 can rebuild the Temple. She is pursed by Islamic fundamentalists set on stopping her. They all want to find Caleb who as a boy possed great faith in God but as a man lost that faith. He is in search of his lost faith. They all think he knows where the Ark is located. It is a story of suspence & betrayal. But the center of the story is Caleb and his finding his faith. This a story of the power & actio A Israeli women, soldier in search of the Lost Ark of the Covenant. If she finds the Ark Israel0 can rebuild the Temple. She is pursed by Islamic fundamentalists set on stopping her. They all want to find Caleb who as a boy possed great faith in God but as a man lost that faith. He is in search of his lost faith. They all think he knows where the Ark is located. It is a story of suspence & betrayal. But the center of the story is Caleb and his finding his faith. This a story of the power & action of faith in God and God working through Caleb's faith. The book is also a deep love story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chuka

    It's awesome how Ted Dekker is able to use a fast-paced, action-filled plot to challenge one's faith, and make one long for deep fellowship with God. He achieved this with Book 1 of this series, and I really loomed forward to reading this; I wasn't disappointed. There's a mix of everything in this book- action, thriller, romance, drama, the works, and at the core of it all, faith- a jumping-off-the-cliff kinda faith. Love it! Will definitely read it again next year.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mudibu Rita Nsumbu

    Good sequel A Man Called Blessed is a pretty good sequel to A Child Called Blessed but I think I’m partial to former. I enjoyed the story as I always do with Ted’s books and was moved by the message of reclaiming your faith. It’s a beautiful reminder of the new covenant. I didn’t love the ending though. A bit anticlimactic for me. Plus I am still unclear about what happened to Ismael. Is he dead? Did Rebecca just knock him out? Not my favorite but still a good read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tara L.

    This book continues the story of Caleb, the boy who the Holy Spirit moved through, from the book Blessed Child. It asks the question where does our faith come from and how do we find it once we’ve lost sight of it? Rebecca Soloman is seeking the Ark of the Covenant and Caleb is seeking God. How will they both find what they are after?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emmanuel Onimisi

    This was the first Ted Dekker novel I read, back in 2004. I was attracted by the plot surrounding the Ark of the Covenant and the geopolitical implications, but I was also moved by its portrayal of what faith in God is like. With mysterious but interesting characters and a resounding message, A Man Called Blessed holds a dear place in my heart.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it felt to me like a cheesy romance novel. The core story was promising but it seemed to veer off into the made for TV movie realm where everything comes together and wraps up neatly in the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I liked book one better. There was a lot of action and it kept my attention but I thought there was too much of the side stories that fed into the main story. I also felt there was not enough about Caleb in this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Drseals

    Great conversation starter about faitg I loved both of these books, so much! The mystery and faith elements were well laid and just beautifully written. I can't wait for my next Dekker book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Compared to the first book, I was actually a little disappointed by the storyline but it was still well done.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Lancia

    A man called blessed Well worth the time to read, this falls in line with THE WAY, which is in Jesse Christ. I loved it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Amazing

  25. 5 out of 5

    Babylegs

    Enlightening Very encouraging and enlightening! Good read, i enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend The blessed child series to anyone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christina Hopp

    Rebecca🗣 is🗣 his 🗣best 🗣female 🗣character🗣

  27. 5 out of 5

    dianne gilson

    A wondrous journey Wonderfully thought out. Intreaging and thought provoking. Entertainment and history all wrapped in one. Thank you Mr. Dekker for another thrilling ride.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine Jackman

    Beautiful I recommend this book for any and all who need encouragement in their faith. Those who need the Lord to breathe on their hearts again........ Return to your first love.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    What a great ending to the series. Great story telling from Ted Dekker as usual.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hays

    I liked this book, but it seemed to have too many crazy turns that really didn’t make sense. Other than that, great characters and atmosphere!

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