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Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  47,193 ratings  ·  1,211 reviews
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 o
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Hardcover, 400 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 Version,"…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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Chris Hyde
Jul 18, 2009 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.
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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 get something more from person
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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 di
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Susan
Oct 03, 2011 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
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
Rita
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
These meditations help get me through the day. I believe that it's time for me to move on.

Started reading again on 3/25/2018
Kboe
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
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ij
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 messa
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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
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Patrick
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.
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!

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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
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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 (scri ...more
Amy
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 pan
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Jennifer
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
Sarah
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.
Amy
Jan 01, 2014 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.
Dean
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 th
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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,
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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
J. W. Garrett
Reread 2018: It has become second nature to get up, start my coffee and read my morning devotional. Many times it has been quite profound as it helped me through an, especially difficult time. I have appreciated this not instead of my Bible, but along with my Bible. Blessing to my friends for the New Year.

Reread 2017: Peace and blessings to all my GoodReads friends and I wish for each of you a very Happy New Year.

Reread 2016
I read this devotional through every year. It has bec
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Deb
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
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Barb
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.
Suzyberry
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
Shannon
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
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


Aimee
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! ...more
Devin
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.
Beth
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.
Naomi
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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Zacaro Caro
Oct 27, 2013 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 distract
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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 20 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Today™, Jesus L
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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.” 48 likes
“You can have as much of Me and My Peace as you want, through thousands of correct choices each day. The most persistent choice you face is whether to trust Me or to worry. You will never run out of things to worry about, but you can choose to trust Me no matter what. I am an ever-present help in trouble. Trust Me, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” 27 likes
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