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In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
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Sep 04, 2010

it was ok

I hated giving this one a low review, but I had to. First of all, my copy appears to be a first edition. I could be wrong, but I can't imagine an older edition of it still in existence. It's a little pocket-sized thing with a cameo on the cover (which has nothing to do with the contents of the book--I think it was purely an aesthetic nuance). I was surprised by how easily it read. The book was old enough to be late-Victorian era, when prose was especially flowery and would no longer pass muster with modern audiences. Instead, this one, except for a few cultural and technological aspects of the narrative, could pass as modern fiction. Having said all that, I ultimately had to quit reading it because it became little more than temperance literature. "The real problem is alcohol and bars!" Jesus never said that. Ever. I get sick of churches focusing even the smallest modicum of doctrine on alcohol abstinence. It comes from good intentions, but the job of the church becomes all about prohibition on the whims of a few fanatics and then you have covenants to sign and things to swear off, and it's not Biblical in the slightest. No thank you.
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message 1: by Diana (new)

Diana Nelson I know how much you were enjoying that little old book. Too bad it didn't finish as well as it started.

Linda Thanks for the perspective; I have the book but haven't read it yet. I had a feeling it would be presenting a legalistic gospel, with a list of do's and don'ts, and there is much more to the life and accomplishments of Jesus than his moral lifestyle.

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