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Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

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Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year.

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After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God.

Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus' point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah's fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

"If Jesus Calling has become a cash cow for its author and publisher, it has also, it’s fair to surmise, become something of a headache. Though many evangelicals talk of listening for God’s voice and experiencing his presence, the notion of speaking publicly in the voice of God is questionable at best, heretical at worst. Young’s book has prompted objections from within the mainstream evangelical community, from people who say the book is misleading, or even dangerous. 'She puts her thoughts into the first person and then presents that person as the resurrected Lord,' David Crump, professor of religion at evangelical Calvin College, told Christianity Today. 'I’m tempted to call this blasphemy.'

Thomas Nelson specifically requested I not use the word 'channeling' to describe Young’s first-person writing in the voice of Jesus—the word has New Age connotations—but it’s hard to avoid it in describing the book’s rhetorical approach. And on the edges of evangelicalism, where alertness to 'New Age' influence runs high, concern has bloomed into outrage. Writer Warren B. Smith, who calls himself an 'ex-New Ager,' wrote a 2013 book called Another Jesus Calling, devoted entirely to dismantling Young’s claims to orthodoxy. In it, he calls the book 'an obvious attempt by our spiritual Adversary to get an even further foothold inside the Christian church.'

Thomas Nelson has clearly heard the complaints that Jesus Calling is heretical; the introduction to recent editions of the book includes subtle but significant changes. In early editions, Young’s introduction pays specific respect to a book called God Calling, a 1932 devotional edited by British writer A.J. Russell, who claimed not to have written the book himself. He said the book was written by two anonymous female 'listeners' who wrote down what they thought were messages from God. The Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, a guidebook published by evangelical Harvest House, says God Calling is 'replete with denials of biblical teaching.'

Young’s original introduction said that God Calling 'became a treasure to me,' and that it 'dovetailed remarkably well with my longing to live in Jesus’ Presence.' The year after reading it, 'I began to wonder if I, too, could receive messages during my times of communing with God.' In this version of her introduction, Young uses the word 'messages' over and over, strongly implying that she is receiving direct communication with God. 'Soon, messages began to flow more freely, and I bought a special notebook to record these words... I have continued to receive personal messages from God as I meditate on Him,' and so on. 'The Bible is, of course, the only inerrant Word of God,' she acknowledges. But the casual reader would be forgiven for conflating Young’s 'messages' with direct revelations from God.

The latest edition of Jesus Calling includes some important changes. The paragraph about God Calling has been deleted, and references to received 'messages' have been changed to the less mystically inflected 'writings' and 'devotions.' In a passage in which Young recounts her early attempts to write down what God told her, the new version characterizes this as 'focusing on Jesus and His Word, while asking Him to guide my thoughts.'

Thomas Nelson refers to the book as 'Sarah’s prayer journal,' emphasizing that Young is not claiming to speaking for Jesus. A skeptical reader, comparing the two introductions, would see an effort by a publisher to bring an increasingly controversial but lucrative best-seller into line with mainstream evangelical orthodoxy."       ~The Daily Beast

January 6

"I am able to do far beyond all that you ask or imagine. Come to Me with positive expectations, knowing that there is no limit to what I can accomplish. Ask My Spirit to control your mind, so that you can think great thoughts of Me. Do not be discouraged by the fact that many of your prayers are yet unanswered. Time is a trainer, teaching you to wait upon Me, to trust Me in the dark. The more extreme your circumstances, the more likely you are to see My Power and Glory at work in the situation. Instead of letting difficulties draw you into worrying, try to view them as setting the scene for My glorious intervention. Keep your eyes and your mind wide open to all that I am doing in your life."        ~Ephesians 3:20-21; Romans 8:6; Isaiah 40:30-31 (NKJV); Revelation 5:13

Author Young, Sarah
Book Type Hardcover
Page Count 400 pp.
Publisher Thomas Nelson 2004
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