Modern day archeologists search through centuries-old clues in search of the Ark of the Covenant, the housing commissioned by God for storing The Ten Commandments and representative of His presence with the Israelites. But some people don’t want the
The masterful weaving of details makes this story a fascinating read. The fast-paced suspense keeps the pages turning, while wrapping the quest with surprising twists.
I felt the desperation of thirst. “The heat felt like it had weight. Hot enough to dry the tongue if you happened to open your mouth. He ran his tongue along the rough edges of his lips without managing to wet them.” (p. 78 )
I learned about the intricacies of a dig. “He tapped lightly on the hard stonelike surface, listening to the tone of the echo. He often told his students that the greatest finds were exposed by the last hair on the brush in an inadvertent sweep.” (p. 79)
I felt the sway of the camel as they lumbered across the desert. “The beasts plodded on soft hoofs, rocking with each step. Their tan hides twitched with the occasional fly, and they blinked against ever-present gnats eager to feed at the moisture in their eyes. They smelled of hay and dung, but perched so high on the hump, Rebecca caught a full whiff only occasionally.” (p. 83)
The authors also bring questions of faith to the table. What does it mean to give up your life for God? What is true poverty, that of living without things, or, of needing God? Are the beliefs you’re anchored to the ones that govern your life? Can you truly surrender yourself, if you never really possessed yourself? Is the quest of your heart seeking your moorings? Are you enthralled with the mind that blinked you into existence?
The reader is pulled into the struggle without ever feeling blindsided by a “religious” dilemma. The quest is a natural part of the progression toward resolution. First, faith must be tested, and then affirmed. Caleb is told, “Be bold. Cowardice keeps man double minded, hesitating between two worlds. True faith abandons one option for the other. Hesitation is the death of faith.” (p. 189)
A Man Called Blessed challenges the reader to think outside of the box and is a great read. The story line is carried well with dialogue and character development. I look forward to more from Dekker, a master storyteller.
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