Fiction as self-help: In His Steps

April 1, 2021

Up for reblogging today is one of my very favorite books that I first read… oh, about 30 years ago. It’s not my first copy – there’s a story about that, you know there is! – and even this, my second copy, is tattered and worn.

This is a book I hold gently in my heart.

No jokes on this April 1st 🙂

The Self-Help Whisperer®

Originally published in 1897, In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldonhas an underlying storyline that is just as timely today as it was when written. Oh sure, some of the old-fashioned-ness is gone… but the question of”WWJD?” (What would Jesus do?) remains. And yes, WWJD may have been a fad in the 1990’s but people were asking the question long before then.

You will notice the book (in the accompanying photo) is creased, cracked, and basically falling apart. That’s because I’ve read it at least a dozen times. I am not afraid or embarrassed to say it is my favorite fiction book of all time.

I must stop here and say: I am a gentle Christian. I won’t preach and I don’t broadcast from rooftops. I do my level best not to judge or condemn people. I believe that Jesus was a person of peace and love…

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