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'Jesus Calling' Author Pens a Second 365-Day Devotional
Manager of marketing for Bible Gateway
After a dozen years, Sarah Young's books have
achieved an unprecedented run on the Christian book
charts. Their staying power at the top of the
booksellers list has been nothing short of incredible.
Peruse through this month's list and you'll find her
three times in the top 10 and six in the Top 50.
Move over to
the Christian Living best sellers and you'll find her
books in five of the Top 50, three of them in the top
Christian Books and other Charts
Sarah holds graduate
degrees in psychology / counseling from Tufts, Georgia
State, and Covenant Seminary. She also has a degree in
philosophy from Wellesley.
2004's "Jesus Calling" (Thomas Nelson) which has
sold over 17 million copies across all formats to date,
is offering readers another 365-day devotional in
"Jesus Always" (Thomas Nelson). As Thomas Nelson's
biggest book of the year, the title had an initial print
run of one million copies - the largest in history for the
HarperCollins Christian Gift division. While sales of
"Jesus Always" are expected to match the success of
"Jesus Calling," Young remains outside of the
"It has not been too hard - I lived halfway around the world until
recently, and I've battled chronic health issues for
years," said Young, who with her husband Stephen
recently moved to the Nashville area from Western
One thing that has
changed for Young since the release of "Jesus
Calling" is the publishing process. The first book
came out of years of prayer journaling, and she
struggled to find a publisher. This time, HarperCollins
helped choose joy as the theme and offered a contract
before a word was written. For Young, the genesis of the
books may have been different, but the writing was the
"I always begin with a time of prayer and a desire to connect with
Jesus," said Young. "I write in the morning, the time of
day when I'm most alert, and I always work in solitude."
She has also written "Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His
Presence" (2012), "Dear Jesus: Seeking His Light
in Your Life" (2007) and "Jesus Lives: Seeing His
Love in Your Life" (2009), among others. All best
"My books tend to speak to different people in different ways," said
Young. "My other books have been well received, but
people have been clamoring for another 365-day
devotional. Finally I can offer them that."
HarperCollins Christian Publishing's publicity campaign "has been immense
and covers all forms of media ranging from print
advertising to podcasts to television to social media,"
said Laura Minchew, senior v-p & publisher of
gift books, children's books and new media at Thomas
Nelson. Efforts will focus on both Christian and secular
"We plan a full family of products for "Jesus Always," including a large
deluxe edition with bigger type and Scripture written
out, other formats of the devotional, a devotional
journal, and books for children," said Minchew.
Meanwhile, sales for "Jesus Calling" continue to skyrocket.
Minchew cited a five percent sales growth between
2015-16, and a "slight shift in 'Jesus Calling'
sales surrounding the release of 'Jesus Always,'"
she said. "Jesus Always" is currently #1 on the
Christian Booksellers' Top 50 list.
The beloved #1 bestselling devotional Jesus Calling
is now available in a morning and evening edition,
allowing you to meditate on the hope and peace of Jesus
throughout each day and as the evening draws to a close.
Each morning entry is from Jesus Calling and each
evening includes powerful and poignant excerpts from
Sarah's bestselling books, written-out Scriptures, and a
guided thought for you to focus on just before you turn
out the light.
Based on Scripture and written as if Jesus himself is speaking directly
to you - words of encouragement, comfort, and reassurance
of his unending love - you will find peace even in the
midst of busy days. Begin and end each day in the
presence of the Savior who is always with you and loves
Bible Gateway interviewed Sarah Young (@Jesus_Calling) about her book,
"Jesus Calling - Morning & Evening Devotional" (Thomas
Calling has sold more than 17 million copies, and its
popularity continues to grow. Why do you think that so
with the message?
My books tend to speak to different people in different
ways, meeting them right where they are. I think that's
because the books help people connect with Jesus, and He
meets us right where we are.
Since I became a Christian in 1973, I've received excellent biblical
teaching at the churches I've belonged to and the
seminary I attended. My books reflect the richness of
this wonderful Christ-centered teaching. They are
designed to help people connect not only with Jesus, the
living Word, but also with the Bible, the written Word.
You've talked about the importance of listening
prayer. How do you go about deepening your relationship
Jesus through prayer?
A rich relationship with Jesus is so much more than
presenting Him with a list of requests.
Jesus speaks to my heart when I spend ample time with Him. Of course, we
don't have audible conversation. It's a quiet and
personal time of praying, Bible reading, and seeking the
guidance of the Holy Spirit.
By reading my Bible and spending time quietly with the Lord - listening and
then writing what I feel He is placing on my heart - I
grow closer to Him.
I have an active mind; in fact, my husband has
commented - with some consternation - that I never stop
thinking. When I have a pen in my hand and paper in
front of me, I can think more clearly and stay focused
on Jesus more continually. I like to take notes at
church during the sermon for the same reason. It keeps
How do you use the
Bible in your daily prayer and quiet time with Jesus?
The Bible is the standard by which I judge everything I
write. I actually spend a good deal of time memorizing
Scripture and reviewing it in my mind - day and night.
One of my favorite verses, 'Be still and know that I am God' (Ps. 46:10),
provided a foundation for my listening/writing
adventure. But the verse that continues to challenge me
daily is: 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do
not lean on your own understanding' (Prov. 3:5).
How would you describe the role of
Jesus Calling is for devotional reading, and it
points readers to the Bible. The Scripture readings
provided for each day are an integral part of the
devotional. Many people have told me they read not only
the verses I include with each entry but also a chapter
or more around the verses I specified. I'm always happy
to hear this from readers.
Could you describe the practice of writing
from the perspective of Jesus speaking
to the reader?
the introductions to my books, I emphasize that the Bible is the
only inspired Word of God; it's the unchanging standard by which I
judge everything I write. When I first began listening and writing
from Jesus' perspective, it was solely for my personal benefit.
However, in the midst of a spiritual retreat several years later, I
felt strongly led to write for publication. I began compiling the
messages into daily readings and sharing them with friends who
shared them with others. It was many years later that Jesus
Calling was actually published.
J.I. Packer's book, Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to
Delight, has been helpful to me. This book contains a wonderful
quote from Martin Luther: "If the Holy Spirit should come and begin
to preach to your heart, giving you rich and enlightened thoughts, .
. . be quiet and listen to him who can talk better than you; and
note what he proclaims and write it down; so will you experience
miracles as David says: 'Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous
things out of thy law' (Ps. 119:18)."
previous interviews, you've talked about how your health struggles
influenced your writing. How have those health issues changed your
lifestyle, and how do you cope with those issues today?
I have struggled with extremely challenging health issues for 12
years. I've been diagnosed with two co-infections of Lyme disease,
and I've had quite a bit of treatment for those. In October 2008,
the day after I finished writing Jesus Lives: Seeing His Love in
Your Life I had a severe attack of vertigo. Since that time,
I've had a milder, chronic form of dizziness that has never gone
away. I continue to be weak and to struggle with various symptoms.
However, my energy level has been improving in recent weeks, and
I've been able to do more than I'd done for years.
the perspective of a healthy person, my life may seem quite limited.
I have many dietary restrictions and allergies; I need much more
rest and sleep than most adults. However, after living in one room
in our home in Perth, Australia for about 20 hours a day, my current
life feels amazingly free to me. I hope that my health will continue
to improve, but I know there are no guarantees in this life. I also
know that God has used my hardest times for good. I could not have
written Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence if
I had been healthier. The writing of this book helped me grasp in
the depths of my being that Jesus is my hope, and he is sufficient.
you share a few books that have made an impact on you
Escape from Reason by
Francis Schaeffer. During my philosophy studies at Wellesley
College, I'd concluded that my questions about truth and the meaning
of life were unanswerable. In Schaeffer's book I was amazed to
discover answers to many of these questions; this set me on a
journey that led to L'Abri, where I became a Christian.
Joy Unspeakable by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Lloyd-Jones' book
gave me a taste of what it means to rejoice in Jesus with "joy
unspeakable and full of glory." This book whet my appetite to pursue
God wholeheartedly; thus began my quest to experience Him in His
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. Tozer's book taught me
how to thirst for and find a deeper, more satisfying relationship
with God. It encouraged me to long for Him intensely and to listen
for "His speaking Voice."
The Believer's Secret of the Abiding Presence by Andrew Murray.
Murray's book emphasized the importance of developing awareness of
Jesus' continual presence through spending time alone with Him. As I
pondered the readings in this devotional book, I began to delight in
spending more time with God at the beginning of each day.
The Joy of Listening to God by Joyce Huggett. In Huggett's
book she interwove her personal journey with a wealth of practical
teaching about how to listen to God. She emphasized the importance
of listening to Him while testing everything by the yardstick of His
Heaven by Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni's book kindled my
longing for heaven and helped me connect this longing with my desire
for intimacy with Jesus. Heaven became increasingly real and
precious to me through this book - helping me see my difficulties in
the light of eternity.
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 14 million books worldwide,
Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.
Sarah's writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today Jesus
Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling
Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence - each encouraging
readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her
husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.
They currently live back in the United States.
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