In His Steps is a best-selling book written by Charles Monroe Sheldon. First published in 1896, the fictional book has sold more than 30,000,000 copies, which ranks as the 39th best-selling book of all time, along with Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls. The full title of the book is: ''In His Steps: "What Would Jesus Do?".
Though variations of the secondary title "What would Jesus do" have been used by Christians for centuries as a form of imitatio dei, the imitation of God, it gained much greater currency following Charles Sheldon's 1896 book.
Chicago Advance, the original publisher, failed to register the copyright in the proper form. Other publishers took advantage of this fact publishing the book without paying the author any royalties. Thus lower prices and multiple publishers led to larger sales,
ISBN 0-8007-8608-4 (paperback)
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