Gilbert Morris returns to his Lions of Judah series with the story of patriarch Jacob, who tricks his brother, Esau, out of his birthright and their father's blessing. Fearing retaliation, he flees to his Uncle Laban's household, where he is treated to trickery in return. Hard labor, difficult family relationships and trials of love and loss begin to mold a new man. To this unlikely hero, God speaks on several occasions, even revealing to him THE GATES OF HEAVEN (4). Each divine encounter draws Jacob closer to the fateful moment when the Lord can change his name to Israel—prince of God. Morris brings history to life with slants on biblical events that challenge assumptions and expand faith. (Feb., 320 pp., $12.99)
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Jill Elizabeth Nelson