A Modern-Day Challenge in the Tradition of Charles Sheldon's Classic
In His Steps
Published May 1st 2016
by Shiloh Run Press
Charles Sheldon’s WWJD? was a significant challenge in its time, but God calls us to do more than wait until we are facing a decision and then choose to do what we think Jesus would do. We are to incarnate Christ in our time, being conscious of the presence and power of God within us in all of our thoughts and actions. This is what pastor Steve Long wants his congregation to understand. When Long challenges his prominent but self-satisfied congregation to become a living force for Christ in their small North Georgia town, he is blindsided by personal trials. Responding to Christ’s command “As the Father has sent me, so I send you,” Pastor Long tackles these difficult situations—and more—over a tumultuous week of trials and testing and ultimately learns (as he leads) what it means to walk In His Place.
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What a wonderful story!!
How many times do you pray for your pastor and the difficult job he has to do?
After reading this book I began to question myself and have I prayed enough for Bro. Chad and the difficulties he faces leading our small church. I do pray for Bro. Chad and his family, but I find that maybe I only have a small understanding of the job that he does.
This story centers around Steve Long who lives in a small town in Georgia and pastors a relatively large church. When faced with the death of one of his church members he begins to question the role of a church member to his/her fellow members. It is laid upon his heart to address this in a sermon, but unfortunately this in not well received from the congregation. Suddenly his small town is shaken by a tragedy that touches almost every home and he faces a situation that forces him to make decisions that can test his very faith.
This is a very thought provoking story. I was pulled into the story from page one and with each page I turned I was more captivated. This story, to me, is denominational free and focused more at the core of Christianity. The author explores the very heart of the Christian. For me, this book made me take a long look at not only my own heart, but also my beliefs. I have always believed that actions speak louder that words. Do you have to reveal your faith or does the life you live reveal your faith? That's a big question and one that for some is hard to answer.
I have to tell you this is a book I would recommend for anyone to read. The message is one that anyone can relate to.
**I received this book from Barbour Publishing for a honest review without bias or outside influence. All thoughts and opinions are my own.