Terry Goetz’s The Surrender of Ethan Moses features an angel named Levi who comes to earth to do God’s work. Levi runs into many different hardships as he goes about the work of God on Earth. In Scripture it says that everyone should follow God no matter what, and that is exactly what Levi tries to do. One major challenge is that the church he builds burns to the ground. By the end of the book, Levi realizes why God allowed all the things to occur that seem to be setbacks and roadblocks. By the time Levi is ready to return to heaven, he has learned much about humans, about God, and about the relationship between heaven and earth.
This book has an underlining romantic theme, which adds to the story. Levi, in the form of Ethan Moses, has to find his soul mate after he has already lost her once. When he figures out who his soul mate is, the moment is unforgettable and all romantics are bound to love it.
The most monumental experience in the book comes in the last chapter. This is because everything – the work, the sacrifices, the planning, the praying, each success, each failure – finally makes sense. The writing and plotting are outstanding here. The author describes Jesus’ eyes, saying they are a blue that no one has ever seen before and they are like two worlds spinning. Also, in this chapter Jesus talks to “E,” and what he says to him is peaceful and heartfelt. This book has a very satisfying ending and doesn’t leave the reader with unanswered questions.
This book is for adults who want to read an interesting and inspirational story about an angel who helps God do his will in an odd but interesting way. Terry Goetz does a great job of describing all the events that happen, and he makes the reader feel as though he or she is experiencing the events personally. – Annette Rusler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
My name is Levi. I am an angel prince sent to Earth to protect the fold, ensure God's Providences, retaliate against God's foes, and do God's bidding for the redeemed in Christ. This is the story of one of my charges as he endeavors to glorify God and humbly serve man.
Ethan Moses does not live the typical sedentary Christian life. In his quest to serve God, Ethan meets with many obstacles. He builds a church only to see it burn to the ground. He encounters racism and bigotry of the worst kind. He struggles to find his soul mate after losing her once before. But through all this, Ethan never loses sight of God's wonderful ability to turn what seems disastrous into a marvelous blessing.
The Surrender of Ethan Moses, in a story that spans almost a century, follows Ethan through mysterious rendezvous in Venice, bait and switch scams in Chicago, and even a few chance meetings with the angel Levi himself. Even when Ethan finally settles into his golden years, there is still adventure ahead as he mentors energetic young pastor Hudson Taylor. Hudson discovers, just as you will, that there is much more to this old pastor than meets the eye.
The Surrender of Ethan Moses is a truly inspirational story, told by one of God's angels about one of God's humble servants. It offers a compelling, intriguing account of how all of us should endeavor to live our lives as Christians.