A Charlois Book Review

Friday, July 8th, 2022

In the late 1800’s, a Congregational minister by the name of Charles Sheldon disguised himself and walked the streets of Kansas City as an out of work printer.  He later produced a series of stories, based 0n his experiences, that he read at his Sunday evening church services.  Those stories were so popular that they were eventually published as the best-selling book, In His Steps.

This story is about a small town, Raymond, and one of its churches.  After an extraordinary occurrence at one of the Sunday morning services, the pastor, Rev. Henry Maxwell, challenges the members of his congregation to not do anything without first asking of themselves, what would Jesus do? then act accordingly, regardless of the outcome.

The book is broken down into two sections.  The first section tells how things unfold in Raymond itself.  This section has 20 chapters and covers one year, the length of the initial challenge.

Part two, which has 11 chapters, covers the story as it moves from Raymond to the city of Chicago.  It is here that it becomes more than just a fad in an out-of-the-way place.  And because of its popularity, it continues to spark movements to this day.

Although fictional, the characters and events in this story begin to take on a very real life that moves many people to make pledges of their own.  But don’t take my word for it; this is a book that is best experienced.  

Buy it, read it, live it, and may God bless.

Robert A. Charlois III

2 thoughts on “A Charlois Book Review”

  1. “In His Steps” is one of the best books to learn about WWJD. It doesn’t spout chapter and verse from the Bible, but biblical concepts are the ground for decision-making. I think it could be special to other religions.

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