Yet it is a deeply troubling book. I am going to point out 10 serious problems with Jesus Calling in the hope that you will consider and heed. Jesus Calling book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. After many years of writing her own words in her prayer journal, m. Answer: Jesus Calling, written by Sarah Young, has become an exceedingly popular book since its first release in Readers have been encouraged to live.
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Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from “I've given this beautiful book to so many people I love, and I've come back to it myself . Find peace in His presence with the New York Times bestselling daily devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. See new resources: media, book guides. Book Title Image. Experience Peace in the Presence of the Savior Who Is Always with You. The #1 bestselling daily devotional Jesus Calling has impacted over.
I had seen the book as a fixture on the Christian bestselling lists, but had never taken a look at it. The first thing I learned is that it has over reviews on site where it is holding down a 5-star average, something that is no small accomplishment. I downloaded it to my Kindle and began to read. Sarah Young is the wife of a third-generation missionary to Japan who has earned post-graduate degrees from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, a Presbyterian seminary. But it has one major, all-important twist.
Consider the following words from her writings that claim to be from Jesus Rather than planning and evaluating, practice trusting and thanking Me continually. This is a paradigm shift that will revolutionize your life. Have no fear, for perfect Love decimates fear. Look at other people through lenses of Love; see them from My perspective. This is how you walk in the Light, and it pleases Me. I am nearer than you dare believe, closer than the air you breathe.
If My children could only recognize My Presence, they would never feel lonely again. After reading about 70 of her devotionals in the book, all I found was a series of comforting messages written in a God-is-all-about-love-and-support style reminiscent of New Age thought.
Generically warm readings that purport to be from Jesus can lull a person into believing that the Scriptures themselves aren't as beneficial as time spent alone with God with pen in hand waiting for something to come to mind.
A note of caution She says that the messages are written as though they are from Jesus.
We should let Jesus speak for himself and not be so presumptuous as to put words into his mouth. This is a serious issue and should not be dismissed. Is Sarah Young not satisfied with God's inerrant, inspired Word and has to receive feel-good messages while in prayer?
Isn't the Bible sufficient? Yes it is and we are not to trust subjective, experience based, so-called revelations from Jesus and fed to us as his words. It opens us up to the possibility of self deception and a false Jesus. Furthermore, her methodology is dangerous because it can invite others to close the Bible, close their eyes, and sit with pen in hand, waiting to be fed from the spiritual realm instead of from God's word.
It does not encourage learning from God's inspired word It risks putting subjective experience on the same level of Scripture It can encourage reliance on feelings as the means of learning what God wants from you instead of Scripture.
Again, I have to say that this is extremely dangerous and must be avoided. Consider what God says in Genesis 3. I recommend this book to any Christian as part of their daily time with God.
One of the things that I did not like of the book is that Young often switched Bible versions in her Scripture references. Mar 01, Patrick rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. Jul 03, Mary Ahlborn rated it did not like it. 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. It reads as a horoscope message.
It approaches scriptures eisegesis personal experiences instead of exogesis scri 1 John 2: It approaches scriptures eisegesis personal experiences instead of exogesis scriptural context which is always dangerous. I was distracted from hearing God's voice by depending on Sarah Young's comforts which offered a quick fix for spiritual guidance. At times her circumstance became mine- "one day she mentions being sick". I became sick that day too. There are many substitutes that come to distract a believer from knowing God's Word and guidance.
I believe this is one of those substitutes. I believe the Lord allowed me to experience the consequence of listening to the words of Sarah rather than to His words through the Holy Spirit's discernment.
Hearing the voice of God comes through accepting first Jesus Christ as one's personal Savior in response to the gospel message. Sarah Young does not mention having a relationship with Jesus Christ as a pre-requisite for coming into a personal relationship with God and receiving His guidance.
She offers guidance by using what she believes was Jesus' words in the 1st person. This is dangerous since what she writes is not what everyone is to hear from God on a given day. Jesus said that His sheep will know His voice and follow John Only the Holy Spirit who is in a believer's heart can speak to the heart and give guidance.
Discernment comes from the study of God's Word. Sarah places scripture at the end of her daily devotion, as a footnote to what she says. There is only one mediator and His name is Jesus Christ 1 Timothy 2: He is the Word John 1: He may speak to a believer thru another believer, but not in the guise of being the exact words of Jesus. God's word says to let His word richly dwell within you, then you can discern whether or not it is God speaking or someone else. I believe Sarah Young's devotional written in the 1st person as Jesus' Words, is in error as it leads readers to believe that He is speaking directly to them in their own circumstance on that particular day.
A devotional that is based on God's Word will extract scripture using the examples given in the Bible to reveal application but not as Jesus' words but through interpretation. Sarah Young places words she believes have come directly from Jesus speaking as a basis for application to anyone reading her devotional. Only the Holy Spirit can discern the heart of a believer and give personal, individual guidance based on God's Word.
Even though she says that the Word is the only authority, she presents her words as coming from Jesus as authoritative. Therefore, it is liken to a daily horoscope. I suffered a great painful disappointment by listening to Sarah's words instead of hearing God's Word for myself. Please pray, read God's Word and ask Him to reveal the truth of this matter to you.
It's important that you go to Him yourself, instead of trusting what I say.
We receive His guidance through a "personal" relationship with Him through His Word and Holy Spirit,not through a third party on a daily basis through someone else's circumstance. It starts with accepting Him as your personal Savior and his death on the cross for the remission of your sins, and belief in His resurrection Ephesians 2: May your eyes be enlightend to the truth, and your ears hear the voice of God through His Word and Holy Spirit in the 1st person of Jesus Christ and not the 3rd person of anyone else.
I am praying that God will give believers and non- believers discernment concerning this. He is faithful to reveal His truth when we ask. I recommend reading God's Word on a daily basis so that He can meet your individual personal needs and speak directly to you through the Holy Spirit's discernment. Also, Charles Stanley has an excellent guide based on scripure: How to Listen to God.
Also, He has a teaching on his radio message that will help you identify the voice of God: Identifying the Voice of God View all 10 comments. Sep 07, Amy rated it it was amazing. The new deluxe edition is encased in a lovely leather cover, which adds to the appeal of this 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 Jesus Calling: This book massaged my weary heart and panicked spirit into rightful submission to a loving God.
What makes this book so wonderful?
The simply meditations are daily reminders that God is with us, for us, and above all, He is still God and He is still on His throne. Our lives are filled with worry, depression, disbelief, and unfaithfulness.
Jesus Calling fights our human tendencies to stray from God and brings to mind His intent to have a relationship with His creation. Another thing I love about Jesus Calling is that it is easy to add a reading into daily devotions.
But a quick read right after the lunch hour at work or while the children are down for their afternoon naps can also energize a weary believer. Really, this is an any-time book—any time we need to remember who we are in Christ which for me, is quite often! I love this book and know it will be a popular gift item for my loved ones in the future. If you want a devotion that will rip apart your pride and bring you face-to-face with a God who loves you, then Jesus Calling is for you.
Apr 30, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: A good friend gave me this book back in the fall of 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 A good friend gave me this book back in the fall of The only reason I bother writing a review for this books is to warn friends who may decide to read this.
Hopefully they see my review and reconsider. Please read Warren B. Smith's "Another Jesus Calling" if you have read Sarah young's "Jesus calling", or are considering reading it. See my review on 'Another Jesus Calling'. Jul 09, Sarah 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. View all 3 comments. Jan 01, Amy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one.
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. 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 This devotional Journal by Sarah Young, has been a great spiritual experience for me.. I must confess that I have indeed been blessed again and again enormously by these readings!!!
So, if you are looking for a devotional Journal for the year , don't hesitate to choose this one.. You also will be blessed, I have no doubt about that! Jul 02, 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, Nothing I can write about this book can express the impact it has had on my life.
It shows the loving, merciful, grace giving God that not only has a plan for our lives, but a desire for our closeness to Him. I very much recommend this book. They are very short, but powerful devotionals with a few accompanying scripture per day.
This is not the Bible and does not claim to be, just God speaking through a person willing to be receptive to His words and willing to share them. Must have book for those seeking more of Him. View all 9 comments. Aug 13, 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 If you are going to write on behalf of Jesus you had better be sure that you are saying what He would say.
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 celebrates its plunderers. Aug 24, J. Reread 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 I read this devotional through every year. It has become a staple that Reread It has become a staple that I depend on for a daily time of devotion, reflection, and guidance.
I like this version best of any of the editions that I have seen. I'm glad GR has adopted a way to shows rereads. As I complete this on the last day of this year, I want to wish everyone a blessed Happy New Year and peace to all who want it. Revised Original posting from This has been the best devotional that I have ever found and it comes in several versions.
The first one I had was a small book so that I could have it at work. On each day's devotional, it would list the Bible verses that went with the daily reading. When convenient, I could look up the verses and reflect on the devotion. Then, I found a larger book, that I could have at home.
In that one, it had the verses written out for each daily reading. I would have it by my bed so I could read it in the morning or before going to bed. This has been a most excellent daily devotional. Blessings to all who choose to read it. I hope you enjoy it. View all 18 comments. Dec 12, Deb rated it really liked it. 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, what a great find. I have found countless topics to discuss with my child, and my husband, and we have truly found a way to become closer in our walk with God. I am honored to have this as my copy of the bible and know this time I will be successful in my attempt to get through the bible in it's completion.
In addition I was excited to find the author has a kid's version of a devotional, a cd of songs to go along with this, a journal to side by side with this bible and some additional books that I look very forward to reading. I recommend this bible, this author, and this inspiration for anyone who seeks to journey closer to God. It hit home with me and I am so glad that I chose it.
Dec 07, Barb rated it did not like it. This is nothing more than automatic handwriting. I am appalled the Church has embraced this book. Jul 04, Suzyberry rated it it was amazing Shelves: A dear friend gave me this book during a difficult time in her life, as well as mine. This book is unbelievably remarkable because no matter what is pressing down on you, niggling at your heart or just making life seem unbearable A short daily meditational readi A dear friend gave me this book during a difficult time in her life, as well as mine.
Keep it close by and don't forget to tuck it in your purse or briefcase There are a lot of daily meditation books Simple, straight to your hurts and your hearts words May 06, Shannon marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: 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 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.
The Holy Spirit does speak to those who listen, but human error is almost always present when we receive messages and then restate them.
More than once my husband has corrected me when I told someone what I mistakenly thought he'd said out loud; how much more room is there for error when I'm trying to understand and repeat what God is speaking to my heart?
Dec 28, Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the perfect daily devotional for me.. This is my 2nd time reading this devotional I love it! Mar 07, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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, Kimberly Dawn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 08, 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. 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 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 I actually have sat down and read this from cover to cover, or at least I'll finish it on the 31st.
I get that she's referencing different verses while writing this, but for some reason, some just left me feeling weird? I don't know how to explain it, but I preferred the other two book's style.
Saying a prayer and then referencing a verse or psalm. In all though I still think this is a good book and I'll still reference it. I would still recommend it too, I'd probably just recommend pocket prayers first because I enjoyed it the most. I actually use this when I'm having a bad day. I simply open the book up randomly and 9 times out of 10, I find exactly what I needed on that page. I used this book a lot last year, especially when I finally decided to leave my new job I'd only been at for nine months.
Long story short, it was not what I thought it would be and I was doing at least three other coworkers' jobs due to their laziness.