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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blessed Child

Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.
Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.
After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study Philosophy and Religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.
In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.
He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel was published.
Dekker’s novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.
You must visit Dekker's's quite amazing!  You can find it HERE.
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.

My Thoughts:
I've been hearing so much about Ted Dekker lately.  So, some months back I connected with him on Facebook.  I kept thinking, "I've really got to read something by this guy!"  Blessed Child is my first Ted Dekker book to read and it WILL NOT be my last!  I now have a goal to read everything he has written and collect those books on my keeper shelf.  His character development and plot construction is superb.  Hear from Ted and Bill Bright (co-writer of Blessed Child) from "a note from the authors"..."We set out to honor the Holy Spirit with an unapologetic rendering of His power, to draw a grand portrait of out God across the canvas of our world, an offering for His pleasure, rather than one for the pleasure of man."  And this..."We would both like to thank the many friends who encouraged us to write from our hearts rather than from good political senses."  They do both and do both very well! You won't be the same after reading this one!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze Blogger Review program.

Happy Reading,