Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

2014 Edition

Reviewed by Tom Kennedy

This 10th Anniversary Edition of Sarah Young’s devotional book is a new, slightly expanded edition of her 2004 book with the same title.  This anniversary book is number 5 on the ECPA Christian book bestseller list.  It has been on the bestseller’s list for a long time.  The anniversary edition includes an additional introduction into how the original book profoundly altered lives of some of those who read it between 2004 and 2014. 

There is a powerful, separate devotion for each day of the year.  The devotions have not changed from the 2004 edition.  The format of the devotion begins as if God is talking to you.  In a paragraph or two you are challenged, blessed, or humbled at the feet of God.  Below that you will find two to more scriptures that reinforce the lesson/devotion. The anniversary edition is different with the addition of 150 new scriptures and all scriptures written out, not just referenced.  Young presents us with devotions and scriptures that minister in a loving, firm, and redemptive way. 

Young and her husband are former missionaries. She also has a counseling degree and as such she is familiar with the many problems of those who will read her book as well as the “normal” spiritual problems of us all (btw, the Bible has a lot of good counseling advice in it).  If you have not found a devotional guide for this year, get this one as soon as you can.  If you have the 2004 edition, buying the newer edition is not necessary.  The devotions are the same.  Click here to order the 2014 devotional guide.

Note: all emphases and errors in the quoted material below are from the book.

Quotes from the book that I liked:

  • Do not expect an easy path as you journey hand in hand with Me, but do remember that I, your very-present Helper, am omnipotent, p. 10.
  • Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god, p. 31.
  • Your future looks uncertain and feels flimsy—even precarious. That is how it should be.  Secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret things, p. 59.
  • A person who is open to My Presence is exceedingly precious to me, p. 99.
  • Do not long for the absence of problems in your life….Begin each day anticipating problems, asking Me to equip you for whatever difficulties you will encounter, p. 135.
  • The battle for the control of your mind is fierce, and years of worry have made you vulnerable to the enemy, p. 170.
  • Self-pity is a slimy, bottomless pit. Once you fall in, you tend to go deeper and deeper into the mire.  As you slide down those slippery walls, you are well on your way to depression, and the darkness is profound, p. 207.
  • Others, like you, have received the humble gift of frailty. Your fragility is not a punishment, nor does it indicate lack of faith, p. 254.
  • Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me.  So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me, p. 304.
  • Living close to Me requires making Me your First Love—your highest priority. As you seek My Presence above all else, you experience Peace and Joy in full measure, p. 367.
  • Kennedy: this is a great devotional book.

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