Charles Monroe Sheldon was author of “IN HIS STEPS”; Sold over 30,000,000 copies.

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Charles Sheldon

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A 1913 photograph of Sheldon


Charles Monroe Sheldon (February 26, 1857 in Wellsville, New York – February 24, 1946) was an Americanminister in the Congregational churches and leader of the Social Gospel movement. His novel, In His Steps, introduced the principle of "What Would Jesus Do?" which articulated an approach to Christian theology that became popular at the turn of the 20th Century and had a revival almost one hundred years later. The stretch of US-24 on

the north side of Topeka, Kansas between US-75 and K-4 is named the Charles Sheldon Memorial Highway in his honor.


Charles Monroe Sheldon


United States




Christian novel


Chicago Advance[1]

Publication date


Media type

Print (hardback & paperback)






In His Steps is a best-selling religious fiction novel written by Charles Monroe Sheldon. First published in 1896, the book has sold more than 30,000,000 copies, and ranks as one of the best-selling books of all time. The full title of the book is In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?.

Though variations of the subtitle "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 publication of the book.

Chicago Advance, the original publisher, failed to register the copyright in the proper form. Other publishers took advantage of this, publishing the book without paying the author royalties. Thus lower prices and multiple publishers led to larger sales.