In 1871, Jacob Demetri and his 17-year-old granddaughter flee Russia for America just before a massacre of Jews occurs. They meet a devout Christian man, Sam Hill, who leads Jacob to the Lord--leaving Reisa feeling alone. Reisa meets Ben Driver, who was just released from prison, and they become business partners who eventually fall in love. Ben vows to regain his honor and become a man worthy of having Reisa.
"The army makes a man hard sometimes. I remember a young girl no more than ten who gave me a glass of buttermilk just outside of Chancellorsville. I still remember that. I guess thats all my life is. Some pictures fading out behind me, and theres not much before me." Reisa listened as he spoke. She knew that he was a man who longed for goodness, and longed for friends, and perhaps even a wife and family. Finally she said, "I hope you find your way, Ben. God is real, and love is real." Fleeing a bloody pogrom that threatens their tiny Russian village, Reisa Dimitri and her grandfather, Jacob, sail the ocean to a new life in America. They are swiftly embraced by New Yorks Jewish community. But God has other plans that will call them far from the familiar warmth and ways of their culture. Accompanied by their huge, gentle friend, Dov, Reisa and Jacob set out to make their living as traveling merchants in the post-Civil-War South. There, as new and unexpected friendships unfold, the aged Jacob searches for answers concerning the nature of the Messiah he has spent a lifetime looking and longing for. And there, the beautiful Reisa finds herself strangely drawn to Ben Driver--a man with a checkered past, a painful present, and a deadly enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Fast-paced and tender by turn, Jacobs Way is a heartwarming novel about human love, divine faithfulness, and the restoration of things that had seemed broken beyond repair.
Gilbert Morris is one of todays best-known Christian novelists, specializing in historical fiction. His best-selling works include Edge of Honor (winner of a Christy Award in 2001), Jacobs Way, The Spider Catcher, the House of Winslow series, the Appomattox series, and The Wakefield Saga. He lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama with his wife, Johnnie.
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