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Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

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After many years of writing her own words in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to be more attentive to the Savior's voice and begin listening for what He was saying. So with pen in hand, she embarked on a journey that forever changed her—and many others around the world.

In these powerful pages are the words and Scriptures Jesus lovingly laid on her heart.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 10th 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2004)
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Chris Hyde
Jul 18, 2009 Chris Hyde rated it it was amazing
I must admit, I’m usually not one to like devotional books. I’ve read many over the years and hate the “fluff” that is found in many devotionals. I find that what is given to the reader is a few short paragraphs that amount to “Christianity Lite” and I find I’m always looking for more. As a reviewer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, though, I decided to give this devotional a try.

This devotional book, with a reading for each day of the year, is the most unique devotional I’ve ever read. The author,
Jason Brubaker
Dec 14, 2013 Jason Brubaker rated it did not like it
I think Tim Challies' review sums up my thoughts perfectly:

I have a friend who knows Sarah Young and confirmed that she does, in fact, hold a high view of the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Sadly the reader is left with this published book and there is no way one can leave this book believing Young believes in sola scriptura. The introduction is particularly troubling where she writes "I was seeking something deeper" in reference to her desire to
Mar 28, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
I love to "start" traditions, but I am not very good at keeping them -- except when they are bad habits, but that's another story. But reading this book has become a tradition I'd like to keep doing for a very long time. Every day, when I sit down for my evening meal, I light a candle and read from Sarah Young's Jesus Calling. The entries are simple, direct encouragement in the first person voice of Jesus Christ and are, more often than not, spot on. If we are to be close to God, walking step by ...more
Melody Cox
Jan 27, 2013 Melody Cox rated it did not like it
Shelves: religious
This book was disturbing to me and here is why. I am troubled that the author writes her words as if it was Jesus speaking. My fourteen and fifteen year old Sons were also given a book and before I voiced my opinion, they told me they didn't feel comfortable reading something as though it was Jesus' words when those words came from a human being.

I believe that if Jesus had something to say he is more than capable of saying it instead of someone speaking for him.

It just did not sit well with us.
Jun 29, 2010 Kboe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just got the book Jesus Calling in the mail today. It's a 365 daily devotional book. I normally do not like these books as most of them are very trite and do not make the reader dive deep into Scripture and your own walk with God. They tend to deal with surface issues. Sarah Young has opened up her life to us in this work of hers.

She gives a background of how she came about to write this and I'm absolutely amazed at what the Lord has brought her through. She took time every morning to listen t
Sep 29, 2015 Ij rated it really liked it
Title: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

Author: Sarah Young

Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Year: 2004

ISBN: 978-1-5914-5188-4

This book is a daily devotional, with one page for each day of the year (including February 29). Each page includes a daily reading, written by the author, and related Scripture references.

The themes of the reading include love, thankfulness, prayer, etc. Most of the readings include the message of establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ.

For me it was more i
Jan 13, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I felt led to share my thoughts with all of you on a very popular devotional book of our day written by Sarah Young and published by Thomas Nelson.

I did not come easily to the place of receptivity with this book, initially. You see, although I periodically perused it a number of times at the local bookstore, included it on my "wish list" on Amazon and even came close to buying it outright on more than one occasion, I held back... for almost 4 years. Why, would a bookaholic hold back on buying
Lynette Karg
Oct 09, 2015 Lynette Karg rated it did not like it
This book is full of subtle error, which is why it is so dangerous. The author claims to have received these messages from Jesus, and she writes as if he is speaking. Yet her jesus twists Scripture, misinterprets it, undermines spiritual disciplines, undermines the sufficiency of Scripture (she wants more), and elevates a form of quiet and meditation that is more akin to eastern religions than Christianity. That in itself should be reason to put this book down and read the Bible which is actuall ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson) is a masterpiece! The new deluxe edition is encased in a lovely leather cover, which adds to the appeal of this 365 day devotional. Unlike other devotionals, Young records thoughts she receives from God in a personal format, so each devotional is like a little message from God that aims directly for the heart.

After reading just a few entries of Jesus Calling, I wept. This book massaged my weary heart and panicked spirit
Nov 11, 2015 Jason rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
I wish I could give this book 0 stars. I do not recommend it.

Here'a a great breakdown from Tim Challies -

There are other great reviews that explain the serious problems with this book but Challies is succint.
Dec 12, 2011 Tru rated it really liked it
what a great find. I have searched and searched for a bible that I identified with! The little devotions by every day people inspire me and bring me peace. They interspersed throughout the bible and at interval that makes sense and relates to each topic as they come.

Reading the bible has never been easy for me, but this little gem of a bible makes it easier, and makes God's word make sense in relation to the world I live in. I have found countless topics to discuss with my child, and my husband,
Anne Calvert
Jul 05, 2013 Anne Calvert rated it it was amazing
Nothing I can write about this book can express the impact it has had on my life. It is a devotional, so I read it daily and have not finished it. What I can say is it has been completely on the mark for what I need and when I need it. Sarah Young was in tune with God on this book. I recommend it to everyone who desires more in their walk with God.

This book makes God real to me, to the individual reading it. It shows the loving, merciful, grace giving God that not only has a plan for our lives,
Apr 14, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I am spending my second year with Sarah Young's insights. I am usually very leery of books that speak in the voice of Jesus, but after receiving this book no fewer than three times as a gift, I decided to give it a chance. I have yet to find a single sentence that bothers me. This little treasure is absolutely grounded in the scriptures! I find just the right tidbit waiting for me to sample every day.
Mary Ahlborn
Jul 03, 2013 Mary Ahlborn rated it did not like it
1 John 2: 27 & John 14:26)This devotional is based on receiving messages from God while in meditation. It is a New Age approach to hearing God's voice. Sarah Young uses Jesus' words as spoken to her as a daily guide for those wanting to hear God's voice. I found this to be a substitute for hearing God's voice through His Word and Holy Spirit through salvation in Christ Jesus . It reads as a horoscope message. It approaches scriptures eisegesis (personal experiences) instead of exogesis (scri ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Suzyberry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith-based
A dear friend gave me this book during a difficult time in her life, as well as mine. Bless her heart, she remembered how I LOVE leather covers and ribbon markers in books...and gave me that version. This book is unbelievably remarkable because no matter what is pressing down on you, niggling at your heart or just making life seem unbearable...well, THAT day you will read it and it will speak to you as though the Lord truly prepared it just for you...never fails. A short daily meditational readi ...more
Justin Hoke
Aug 13, 2013 Justin Hoke rated it did not like it
If you are going to write on behalf of Jesus you had better be sure that you are saying what He would say. This book often contradicts the clear sayings of Jesus to present an American fuzzy Jesus whose always on your side even when you're in sin. It is very shocking that more Christians do not speak out against this sort of fuzzy false teaching. The Bible says that we are to be on guard against such things but sadly we living in a day in which the church in America shoots its watchmen and celeb ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Aimee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect daily devotional for me.. It always seems to relate to things going on in my life & to be exactly the words or wisdom I needed to hear. This is my 2nd time reading this devotional... I love it! It helps me to be more positive and keeps my heart turning to Jesus in every situation, knowing he is with me always! ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Patrick rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This book frustrates me. The author's goal seems to be good. Much of what is said is true. Some of it is not. Even though the author denies it, the way in which everything is presented - as the very words of Jesus - completely contradicts and mocks the authority, infallibility and sufficiency of Scripture.
Not recommended.
Jun 05, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Jesus Calling is a daily devotional written to speak directly to your heart and soul.

Sarah Young felt Christ inspire her to write down what He said during her quiet time with Him. In these messages He showed her who He is and who she is in Him. Each day He gave her a down to earth, easy to understand, personal message. She then passed those messages to us in the form of a daily devotional.

I have been searching for a daily devotional for years. I have longed for one that would help me see Chris
Zacaro Caro
Jan 09, 2014 Zacaro Caro rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, advice
This book is written in a first person letter form, it's supposed to be directly from Jesus to the reader.

Where this book excels: Some days really speak directly to me, this book has had a few days that really were great. I've enjoyed the scripture references when I've taken the time to look them up. Most days though I haven't bothered to look up the Bible passages.

Where this book falls short: Some days are a bit, uh, fluffy, or too "modernly" written, and it seems a little distracting from the
Apr 30, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
A good friend gave me this book back in the fall of 2011. As I read it, I was unsettled in my spirit. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it just felt wrong. After awhile, I realized that it was the fact that the author wrote as if Jesus was speaking, and that bothered me. Further research revealed that she contradicts scripture multiple times and bases her technique on occult writings (God Calling). The only reason I bother writing a review for this books is to warn friends who may decide ...more
The message that we need to trust God and enjoy His presence more is an important one, but the way the author used first person to denote God speaking made me too uncomfortable to finish the book. She did point out in the introduction that the book is not inspired in the same way Scripture is, but speaking in first person on behalf of God still seemed presumptuous. The Holy Spirit does speak to those who listen, but human error is almost always present when we receive messages and then restate t ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Devin rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a daily devotional, this one is special. I'm a huge fan of Oswald Chambers, but needed a new voice of encouragement. This was the right one for me.
Jen Frost
Jul 30, 2013 Jen Frost rated it it was amazing
For my birthday, I received a daily devotions book from a sweet friend. I hadn't never had one before, so it was a lovely surprise!

The book, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young, provides 365 days of short readings followed by scriptural references which you can follow for additional information. Sarah's inspiration for this book came from an experience she had while reading God Calling, a book by two anonymous "listeners" who patiently waited quietly in God's presence an
Gail Welborn
Dec 28, 2011 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, by Sarah Young, Thomas Nelson, 2004, 400 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1591451884, $14.99

Sarah encourages intimacy with Christ when she writes in the voice of Jesus, although some challenge her for doing so. I’m one that doesn’t. Reading Sarah’s devotions affords me an immediacy and intimacy with the Lord I’ve only found…Full Review:

Jun 08, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: stopped-reading
I stopped reading this book. I tried to continue, but every time I read a page I felt something in the pit of my stomach. I've never liked when authors speak in the first person as Jesus or God. I certainly didn't like it this time. Additionally, I felt portions were dangerously close to crossing a line. Finally, redundant doesn't begin to describe the daily writings. I gave up. Not recommended.
Sally Chambers
Jul 02, 2015 Sally Chambers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Year two of reading Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence. I love how Sarah Young points to the Word every day and gently turns me to listen to Him and learn and grow. The Holy Spirit's fruit of Peace has increased in my life, and Jesus Calling, along with Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest will continue to be part of my morning devotions.
Nov 14, 2011 Kat rated it it was amazing
I'm a teen and my mom got this as a gift from a friend of hers. She left it on her bed, I picked it up, sat down with my Bible, and started reading. This is a wonderful and powerful devotional. I fell in love with it the first few sentences I read. They are short and quick to the point; making anyone that is short on time feel refreshed. I love this devotional!<3
Aug 01, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it
My new favorite daily devotional. Sarah writes this as the voice of Jesus talking to you. A few daily Scripture verses and then a paragraph or two of what Jesus "said" to her about them. Easy enough that I can do it every single day, yet thought-provoking enough that I have something to meditate on after the book is put down and "quiet time" is over.
Dec 26, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got this as a Christmas present just a couple days ago and I already LOVE It. I am 20 something and single and this is so appropriate for my age and it's gorgeous. My sister got the kids version and my stepmom got the regular one. This is gonna be a keeper for sure.
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Sarah Young is quietly leading millions of men and women worldwide on a journey of intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband have traveled around the world planting churches and counseling. They currently are ministering to a Japanese-speaking community in Australia.

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“Sometimes My blessings come to you in mysterious ways: through pain and trouble. At such times you can know My goodness only through your trust in Me. Understanding will fail you, but trust will keep you close to Me.” 30 likes
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