A twenty-two-year-old, frustrated Eli Poole is about to break free from a Christian home where he clearly doesn’t belong. He can imagine the freedom. Free at last! No more disapproving looks from his father. No more incessant attempts by his mother to evangelize her wayward son. No more clingy, snot-nosed little brother to put up with. In 3 days, Eli will finally escape Hicksville and enter a brave, new world, full of bright lights and great expectations.
Eli’s journey will take him into a wilderness of trials and temptations and a valley that is deep, dark, and full of danger. But he might also meet some strange and interesting people along the way. Who knows? He might even find some romance—if his greatest adversary allows it, that is.
Eli believes that it’s Eli vs. the world. He’s about to find out that it’s not the world he has to worry about—it’s the world’s creator—the LORD God, Almighty. Eli is in for the fight of his life. A fight to the death. Join Eli on his journey. You might just see a little bit of Eli in you.
The title "Eli vs God" suggests a battle of epic, unreachable proportions. "You have to let me live my own life!" is the battle but the story is certainly not out of reach. Instead what we get is an authentic, personal, gripping, and delightfully familiar story of a life journey that every pastor, Christian and seeker can delight in. The delight comes because it sounds like it could be our story. The prose draws you in because it is familiar and the power of God warms you because it is ever-present from page to page. It turns out the imagined battle is actually an epic friendship. A great first book for author John Moelker.