"I've always loved the book of Genesis, where faith in the eternal, unchanging God of Abraham proves-paradoxically-to be more human than heroic. This is surely why I appreciate Ezra Byer's exploration of the life of Jacob, whose story provides a window for examining his own seasons of doubt and depression. Mercifully, Ezra strips us of the illusion that faith will always be the swift, steady, sure climb. He reminds that we might cling to God-and still feel his absence. This is a book for the trenches-a book for building gritty, honest, ultimately resilient faith."