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It's one thing to ask WWJD? It's another to try to be Jesus' hands and feet in our world. When Pastor Long challenges his prominent-but-smug Georgia church to rise to the challenge, that quickly becomes clear! Blindsided by personal trials and congregational backlash, will he learn what it means to walk in Christ's place? 288 pages, softcover from Shiloh Run.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1634097661
ISBN-13: 9781634097666

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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.

Author Bio

Harry C. Griffith is an attorney by education, graduating from the University of Mississippi Law School as Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal and winner of the Phi Delta Phi Award as Outstanding Law Graduate.  After serving in the Army JAG Corps, he became a corporate attorney and then executive, rising to the position of Vice President-Administration, before accepting God's call into fulltime Christian work as a lay person.
 
He founded the Bible Reading Fellowship in the United States in 1971 and served as its President for 27 years.  He was also Executive Director of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer for eleven years and Executive Officer during the formation years of the Anglican Mission in America.  He was a co-founder of Faith Alive, a lay witnessing ministry, and Adventures in Ministry, a lay ministry organization.
 
He has had more than 20 books published on a wide range of subjects: prayer, Bible study, evangelism, lay ministry and marriage.  His publishers include Tyndale, Zondervan, Eerdmans, and A. R. Mowbray (England).
 
Harry has been called a Christian entrepreneur because of his varied and creative ministries over the years.  He is a speaker, writer, teacher, poet, lawyer, business executive, husband, father, grandfather and founder of several Christian and business organizations.  He has also held a wide range of positions in civic, service, business and political organizations.

Editorial Reviews

"Griffith pulls you in right from the beginning of this eye-opening, realistic novel about a pastor who chooses to shine the love of Christ into the darkest crevices of tragedy, prejudice, and intolerance in his town in spite of the personal risk to his ministry. In His Place is a must-read for ministers and their congregations. You will remember this one long after you finish the last page." 
--Multi-published, award-winning Christian author, Julie B Cosgrove

"On one occasion, while driving through my hometown in the Atlanta suburbs, I felt a strong inner urge—no, a push—to stop and offer a ride to man with a briefcase. He got in and told me where he was heading. I noted it was a long way to walk. He said it was, but he had Parkinson's and could not drive. On arrival, he got out and said, 'You just did for me what Jesus would have done.' An unforgettable moment! This book's premise is just that—If we live 'in Him' life will be remarkable and so fulfilling. I encourage you to read it."  
--Victor Oliver

"Along with justification by grace through faith, the indwelling Christ was Paul's core understanding of the Christian faith and way. Living a life IN CHRIST is the nature of Christian discipleship. That means we are primarily responsible not TO Christ, but FOR Christ. We are to live as Christ in the world. In this attention gripping novel, In His Place, Harry Griffith provides an exciting picture of one man seeking to live "in His place." If you will read the first few pages, you will not want to put it down; but more important, reading on, the core meaning of Christian discipleship will become crystal clear."
--Maxie Dunnam, Former President, Asbury Theological Seminary and former World Editor of The Upper Room

"There are a number of surprises in this first novel by Harry Griffith. First the positive and honest portrait of a sincere, but very human, pastor. One sees that so seldom in the media and modern literature. Next crisis after crisis suddenly appear and take both the pastor and the reader by surprise and move the plot along with increasing tempo. Lastly, mixed in throughout the book, we find theology and practical challenge for both the individual Christian reader and for any Christian congregation. By all means give this book a read and take the challenge."
--Rt. Rev. John H. Rodgers Jr. (Retired), Dean/President Emeritus Trinity School for Ministry

"Incarnation is a fancy theological word. But what does it really mean? In In His Place, Harry C. Griffith puts flesh and bones to a truth that is central to the Gospel. This novel isn’t just entertaining; it’s motivational. Read it and be inspired."
--Robert Whitlow, Bestselling author of A House Divided

"Through masterful character development, tight writing, and a fast-paced narrative, Harry Griffith packs the pages of In His Place with complexity, poignancy, and truth.  The reader weeps to consider the failure of the Church to incarnate Jesus for a lonely old man and then watches as the Body of Christ finds it faith, its feet, and its courage. That Christlike courage is contagious and transformative, but it doesn’t happen in the 15 days recorded in the novel. It happened over 15 years of invested ministry by a pastor who came to understand the truth that to live is Christ and to die is gain."
--Carmen Fowler LaBerge, President, Presbyterian Lay Committee
Chairman, Common Ground Christian Network

"In His Place is a must-read for every church member! It is a captivating story which challenges and inspires, and calls to you from the heart of God." 
--The Most Rev'd Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
Bishop, Anglican Diocese of the South


"I highly recommend In His Place, first as a novel with vivid human interactions by (mostly) likable characters who are thrown into situations that test their Christian commitment. Aside from enjoying the novel, however, I have been unable to shake the question raised by an atheist friend of the pastor. When a lonely member of the parish takes his own life, the atheist wants to know how anyone who belongs to a church can be so alone. In His Place poses a challenge for all church-going Christians. Are we really acting in His place?"
--Charlotte Hays, coauthor of Being Dead Is No Excuse, frequent contributor to the National Catholic Register

Griffith (­Discovering My Ministry) offers a contemporary update to Charles Sheldon’s 1898 classic In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? Readers will share Pastor Steve’s self-doubt, his desire to educate, and his love of the Lord. Recommended for church book groups.

Wow. Never before has a book grabbed me so tightly from the start, and not let go until the very last page. Griffith lays it all out in the beginning, holding nothing back. The subject matter is something we all have seen at some point in our churches, but rarely is it talked about or discussed. In His Place is a moving novel that is sure to inspire readers to reevaluate how they view others within their own church (and outside of the church as well).

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  1. Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought Provoking and Inspirational
    June 8, 2016
    Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
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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.
  2. rhondaryser
    North Carolina
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Relevant for today
    May 22, 2016
    rhondaryser
    North Carolina
    Age: 45-54
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    In His Place is a face paced book that is based on todays church and family. It has church and family dynamics that many face today in our electronic age. I think many people can relate to the situations that arouse in the book to situations they may be going through. I would recommend this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Kay Prosise
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great!
    May 21, 2016
    Kay Prosise
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    Although this book is a work of fiction, it is very real. This book made me stop and think: "Have I ever acted toward others as some of the Christian brethren did? Could I have helped someone with just a kind word of encouragement? Have I been guilty of too much judgment of some people?" Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. This is a book that every Christian, clergy and non- Christian should read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing Company in exchange for my honest review.
  4. D. Chatley
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    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Prepare to be challenged, entertained and educated
    May 20, 2016
    D. Chatley
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
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    In His Place is one of those books that are an easy read but so powerful, I was hooked from the first couple of pages as the reader is transported right into the life of a pastor who has just received some bad news that causes him to rethink his life and the impact he is having on his congregation and the world. This pastor wrestles with some tough issues starting with the suicide of a friend and church member which triggers him to both seek God and ask some thought provoking questions. During this time of introspective, the pastor feels called to make a lasting impact with his life and shares that challenge with his congregation only to be met with opposition, disdain, and complacency. The story gives us a clear view of this pastor struggling with understanding the congregations reactions and beginning to doubt himself; but he cant shake the feeling that he has been sent by God to reach the world around him. Then when everyone including his son seems to be against him, we seem his life impacted by another traumatic event that causes everyone in the town to feel like their world is falling apart there is a shooting at the local school. This pastor is soon involved in an even deeper controversy when he seeks to help a lost soul and finds himself on the wrong side of the powers that be in his congregation. Now suddenly he finds himself wondering about his job and his future. He brings to ponder what God has planned for him? Can he survive the consequences of his choices to challenge his congregation and help a lost soul?

    I particularly like this story because it so realistic and you as the reader are seeing the world through the pastors eyes and experiencing the confusion, pain, hurt, frustration and conflicting emotions that the pastor is feeling. We get to see him wrestle with real world issues such as suicide, desire for revenge, cremation, school shooting, evil in the world, teenage children, and much more. And as he faces each of these life challenges the book includes life lessons and training on dealing with these issues in the examples of the lives in the book. Therefore, I highly recommend this book, it will entertain you, challenge you, and educate you. Also, it is a very light read, I completed the book in 2 hours. Once I started reading I didnt want to put it down.

    I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  5. knit4snow
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great thought provoking book
    May 20, 2016
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    This book had me at page one. How can someone be a member of your church, yet die of loneliness? What are we doing here if we don't reach out to people? Very powerful message as to what we should be doing as Christians. Loved this book and I look forward to Harry C. Griffith next novel.
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