Friday, October 11, 2013

Book Review: Ted Dekker and Bill Bright's Blessed Child

There were parts I enjoyed and others I found weakly written. Considering I've enjoyed Ted Dekker's solo work I'm going to attribute this to Bill Bright. There are just times the book reads a little lame as far as the dialogue. The bad guys seem like they have B movie scripts written for them, and it just takes away from the book. Plus, the non-Christians are smoking and hanging out at bars while the Christians never are described as doing anything like that. The two leads don't start out as Christians, but there most threatening thing is that they just don't believe.

Summary: Caleb is an abandoned boy left in an Ethiopian monastery. As the country is becoming more endangered, Jason agrees to take Caleb away from the country along with a nurse, Leiah. Not long after escaping the country though they find there is something special about Caleb, he can heal. When they arrive in America his ability will land him at the center of attention. What would be believed to be welcome to those who need help, is also resisted by many who fear the boy's power though.

Characters: The characters become more likable as the story continues on. Jason is the most likable of the group. He has has a severe loss in his life, and he has a lot of growth for a character that seems more real. Leiah isn't bad as a character as well, but I guess since this book was written by two men I never felt she was a real woman. Caleb is the center focus of the book, and honestly I think the weakest character of the ones features. Some like Donna had more substance. Caleb is a different type of kid, but at no point would I have picked up on the fact he is a child apart from his use of Dadda. How does a kid talk so intelligently and maturely as Caleb does but yet he can't say just Daddy?

Writing: The story line is fast paced and it has it's parts of action, but the dialogue really struggles. It reads like a B-movie at times. Especially the dialogue with Crandal and Robert who are the villains of the story. There are also parts where the characters are discussing aspects of what is happening with each other that just doesn't make for a realistic conversation. It would have been better explained in a narrative.

Plot: The plot though is unique and it doesn't bore at all. The authors have taken someone like Caleb, who could easily leave anyone like us confused, and made him a good guy who has people who don't only view his healing powers as a good thing, but instead maybe a sign of the anti-christ. That I could see as something really happening considering many people, even Christians, are skeptics nowadays of occurrences like this. The authors do a good job at exploring different views of Caleb, and ultimately summing up Caleb's approach to his power as one he realizes isn't something he can do himself, and he's not able to heal everyone.

Blessed Child isn't one from Ted Dekker I would recommend for anyone to go out to read, but the co-author help is a factor in that too. It lacks in some realistic character conversations, and I felt that only a few characters came off as people you could relate to. Plus, it felt like the authors thought everyone needed a severe problem to make them come across as someone you had empathy toward.

Rating 7 of 10.

This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review.

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