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Overview This classic presents people seeking to change their community by pledging themselves to experiment for a whole year with the question, "What would Jesus do?"
Publishers Description The penetrating and provocative question 'What would Jesus do?' in all of life's complex situations, is the central theme of this book. It is the soul-stirring novel of men and women torn between their faith and the demands, compulsions, and temptations of life. Dr. Henry Maxwell, respected pastor of the First Church of Raymond, struggled with the idea that Christian discipleship demanded more than mental assent. He vowed to preface every attitude and action of his own life with the question: What would Jesus do in this situation if He were me? Electrifying his congregation with the same challenge, people responded with agreement to try it for one year. This book is the moving, dramatic story of a handful of Americans--a newspaper editor, a college president, a railroad executive, a pastor, a singer, a writer, a wealthy philanthropist--who pledge to walk in 'the steps of Jesus.' At each turning point in their daily lives, they must ask: 'What would Jesus do?' For decades, readers have been gripped by this narrative and have been challenged by its implications for their own lives. In His Steps is a convincing testimony to the worth and influence of Christian witness in all of life. A Christian classic every Christian should read!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.12" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1984
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310327512 ISBN13 9780310327516 UPC 025986327514
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More About Charles Monroe Sheldon
Charles M. Sheldon (1857-1946) is best remembered for his 1896 masterwork "In His Steps," the multi-million copy best-selling Christian novel that continues to challenge readers today. But he was more than a best-selling author: At the turn of the twentieth century, Sheldon was perhaps the best-known clergyman in America, a preacher whose avid support of social reforms grew out of his understanding of the Christian's responsibility to his fellowman.
Charles Monroe Sheldon was born in 1857 and died in 1944.
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Reviews - What do customers think about In His Steps?
FAVORITE BOOK Jan 31, 2007
This is the second time I'm reading this book because it's just that good.
What Would Jesus Do... Really... Aug 23, 2006
This book was first written as a series of unusual sermons that was a continued story, one chapter to be given out each week about what happened in the lives of various persons with different backgrounds and vocations, but all applied WWJD to every decision they made. Charles Sheldon was the author, and he was the pastor of Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, and this series began in June 1896.
One of the amazing things about this book is that despite it being written over 100 years ago, the story still applies to this very day. As you read it, you will find not so much that you travel back to 1896, but it feels like it was written for today. What would Jesus do if He were you?
This book challenges the reader to consider the question "What Would Jesus Do?" in every decision in life. It tells of different persons who after taking an oath to do that began to bear their cross as a Christian, but at the same time experience the Spirit's work in their lives and through their lives. Though it is a story written by Sheldon, it could very well have been a real life story as well.
Challenging Story Dec 10, 2005
This is the book that started the whole WWJD craze of the late 1990's. After asking "What would Jesus do?" before every decision, the members of Henry Maxwell's church realized how far from true Christian living they were, which called for major changes in their lifestyles. Today, the WWJD movement is strongly criticized by some Church people, often citing reasons similar to the opponents of the movement depicted in the novel itself. Hmm...sounds like the novel had some prophetic quality.
I highly recommend this book in its original form. There's no need in butchering the story as is done by the modern retelling that was more recently published.
Total letdown Nov 26, 2005
I was very hesitant to write this review, particularly given the fact that "In His Steps" seems universally loved. But I felt it was important to warn others about Sheldon's lack of depth as an author.
Let me first preface my review by saying I have been reading a lot of C.S. Lewis lately. Going from Lewis to "In His Steps" is like transferring from MIT to kindergarten. I say this with no disrespect intended. And while some people may find this book helpful and inspiring, I simply found it prosaic and shallow. In my estimation, Sheldon's characters are either completely stupid or he is a shallow thinker, in either case the book holds no appeal for me.
The crux of my problem is this: the characters are one-dimensional. We have no insight into their internal or subconscious struggles. The weight of their decision to follow Jesus' example is undermined by the lack of attention paid to the emotional and mental conflict that accompanies any attempt to do so. There is more struggle going on within a Christian than Sheldon remotely implies. (Bunyan emphasizes this perfectly in "Pilgrim's Progrss" which I highly recommend.) The transformation of the characters when they commit to their decision is also contrived. It was as if all sin vanished in Sheldon's idyllic world when once a Christian really committed himself to following Christ. Given St. Paul's treatment of his own struggle with sin in Romans, I find Sheldon's romanticized ideal a little hard to swallow.
The question is a good one for all Christians, what would Jesus do. And from that standpoint, Sheldon really tries to flesh out the implications of such a question in our daily lives. Unfortunately however, in my amateur opinion, his efforts fall short of the objective and leave the reader with an uncomfortable sense that only a fraction of the story has been told.
Here's my advice. If you like C.S. Lewis, that type of depth and psychological insight, then don't bother with "In His Steps" because you will be disappointed. If however, you find Lewis a little confusing and amibiguous, you might enjoy the book. In the end I think it depends upon how familiar you are with the innerworkings of the human psyche or how familiar you wish to become. Hope this helps.
A Timeless Classic Aug 11, 2004
First published In 1896, this book stands alone as one of the simplest, yet most life-changing works of fiction ever written.
The question posed in the book has launched several generations of reechoing "What Would Jesus Do?" In the re-write by great-grandson, Garrett Sheldon, the story remains true to the original and just as life-changing.
The very simplicity of the story has blinded some to the depth of the message, but after more than 107 years and 50,000,000 copies, it continues to rank among the best books ever written.
A true Classic that has stood the test of time by any criteria.