In 1896 Charles M. Sheldon wrote In His Steps. It proved very popular and sold millions of copies all over the world. Because of copyright problems he only received royalties on a tiny percentage of them. People thought he was rolling in money, and many wrote to him asking for financial help he was totally unable to provide. Despite the fact that he produced a great deal of written material he wrote very little of a personal nature.
Almost ten years later, in 1905, he published The Heart Of The World. It is the story of Rev. Frederick Stanton, D.D. who writes “The Christian Socialist”, a book eerily similar to In His Steps. Stanton, unlike the married Sheldon, is single when the tale begins, but like Sheldon his life is disrupted by the turmoil that results from the publication of the book once it becomes known he is the author. I enjoyed The Heart of the World for its message of the love and redemption that can come from God and for the possibility that the problems and travails of Stanton from “The Christian Socialist” were a reflection of Sheldon’s own turmoil as a result of “In His Steps”.
The Heart Of The World is available from KincaidBooks.com as a free download in both a mobi version, HeartOfWorld.mobi and an epub version HeartOfWorld.epub. I’d be quite pleased to sell a few of the print version available on Amazon but hope you enjoy The Heart Of The World. as much as I did whether you read it an an ebook or in print.