Original Novel #11:
The Stranger's Message


"What would Jesus do...?" In an instant, the stranger's words died as he crumpled to the floor.


When a stranger arrives in Odyssey looking for work, a preoccupied Whit turns him away. But when the man unexpectedly shows up at Whit's End that evening and interrupts the kids' Bible Quiz contest, the unimaginable happens - he suddenly collapses from a heart attack!


The next morning in church, Whit wonders how he, as a Christian, should have responded to this hurting, needy person. Then, he challenges everyone to pledge that they will evaluate every decision they face by first asking, "What would Jesus do?"


But God's will is not always easy to determine, as Karen, Lucy, Oscar, Matt, and Jack (even Whit!) soon discover. What would you do if you found a school official accepting bribes? Or learned that the town bullies had just stolen your friend's lunch money - again? After all, the Bible doesn't include special verses on dealing with issues like these, or does it?


Based on the 1987 Charles Sheldon classic, "In His Steps."



About the Author

Paul McCusker is the creative content director for Focus on the Family. He has been a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and drama since 1979. His work includes over forty published novels, full-length plays, dramatic sketch collections, and song lyrics. For the Adventures in Odyssey series alone, he has written over 200 half-hour radio episodes, eighteen novels, and two screenplays for the best-selling animated videos. He has dramatized many classics for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, including A Christmas Carol and Jan Karon's At Home in Mitford. He also wrote and directed the Peabody Award–winning Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom and created the highly acclaimed Father Gilbert Mysteries series. Paul lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children.


About the Series

Fans of the long-running audio series Adventures in Odyssey can hardly remember a time when there wasn't a Connie or a Eugene--or an Imagination Station. But there was. Now step back in time as these exciting novels whisk you away to the days before the popular radio show. Set in a time before the radio show, these stories often reference the beginnings of inventions like the Imagination Station, familiar characters like the Barclays coming to town, and other AIO references that fans enjoy.


Book Details

This novel is no longer available, however, this book has been re-released in a new multivolume edition,
Point of No Return.



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