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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, 384 pages
Published October 10th 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 2003)
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Jack Hansen Directly from the front on this book, "Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations used in this book are from The Holy Bible, New International Versi…moreDirectly from the front on this book, "Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations used in this book are from The Holy Bible, New International Version," circa "1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society, Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers." It then goes on to list all the other sources, of which the KJV is one.(less)

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Jason Brubaker
Dec 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
I think Tim Challies' review sums up my thoughts perfectly: http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/...

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
Melody Cox
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Lynette Karg
Jan 09, 2014 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
Mar 04, 2012 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
J. W. Garrett
1-1-21 ~ 12-31-21
Reread: I have turned to my Bible and daily devotional for comfort during a difficult year. I am now in mourning as my dear husband of 50-years quietly passed away in August. My God and my Bible have been my strength and comfort through the rough days. Blessings during the Holiday Season in the manner in which you celebrate and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

1-1-20 ~ 12-31-20
Reread: 2020 will live in the memory of every single person on this planet. What a Year!! We conti
Jun 29, 2010 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
Dawn Paoletta
Jan 10, 2012 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
Mar 01, 2013 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.
Mar 06, 2013 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 - http://www.challies.com/articles/10-s...

There are other great reviews that explain the serious problems with this book but Challies is succint.
Mary Ahlborn
Jul 03, 2013 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 (scriptur ...more
Kimberly Dawn
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, rereading
This book is so beautiful. It transforms my outlook every time.

I return again and again to this book to find comfort and guidance and the love of Jesus.

I absolutely love this book!


I, Kim, believe in EPIC miracles,
awe-inspiring miracles.

I believe in life’s everyday miracles.

I believe there is room for science and faith in God.

I believe life on earth is a miracle and exists only due to intelligent design by an intelligent Creator.

I believe God is my Father, Jesus is my savior, a
Sep 07, 2010 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
Apr 30, 2015 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
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This devotional Journal by Sarah Young, has been a great spiritual experience for me ..
It's written as if Jesus would speak directly to you!!!
Very comforting with lots of Scriptures verses and portions, all of them carefully selected to give you strenght, peace, and comfort!!!

Also you have plenty of room for write your own thoughts and emotions, also prayers..
It will transform to a very personal and unique journey during the year, and increase the fellowship with the Savior..
I must confess that
Anne Calvert
Jul 02, 2013 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,
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Justin Hoke
Aug 13, 2013 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
Dec 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is nothing more than automatic handwriting. I am appalled the Church has embraced this book.
Dec 12, 2011 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,
May 06, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
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
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this devotional. Young created a genuine piece of work. I have read it nearly everyday for the past year, but I still find peace from it even now. Beautiful and comforting.
Dec 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful daily devotionals that are wonderful for reading first thing in the morning.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was given to me a couple of years ago - I usually avoid books that are so wildly popular, especially (apparent) Christian ones. I haven't read it all the way through, just a few of the devotions here and there. It bothered me a little that it's written in first-person, from Jesus, but I could overlook that as a gimmick. I didn't read it consistently because it was too feel-good, fluffy, happy-clappy for me. I prefer a devotional that is meatier, more challenging.

Recently I've seen some acc
For years, I have encountered people who read and loved this book. Yet every time I pick it up, I cannot tolerate it. I think it keeps company with The Shack, another book many Christian's claim that I think is off base.

Just this past month, author Randy Alcorn summarized his problems with Sarah Young's writing, including comparison to Paul Young's "The Shack." I found it interesting how much my hesitations about this book and those that have followed it, coincide with Alcorn. I also found it in
Jul 04, 2011 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
Gail Welborn
Dec 28, 2011 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: http://tinyurl.com/cddqxtb

Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't emphasize enough how instrumental this daily devotional book has been in my life over the past few years. I absolutely love the way that it brings my mind back from the places that it goes, such as trying to figure things out and maintain control over my circumstances, to where it needs to be: recognizing that God is the only one who can oversee all the varied aspects of my life. My part is simply to stay connected to Him, receiving His guidance, direction, and strength for each day. ...more
Feb 22, 2014 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!
Apr 08, 2012 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. ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually have sat down and read this from cover to cover, or at least I'll finish it on the 31st. I've been reading this book along with two other books each day this year: Praying with Psalms and 365 Pocket Prayers.

Out of the three, this is my least favorite. I just found myself disconnecting from it at points. Maybe it was because Sarah Young wrote it as if she were Jesus talking. I get that she's referencing different verses while writing this, but for some reason, some just left me feelin
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Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals.

With sales of more than 30 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Listens, J

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