In case you haven’t heard, Sarah Young’s book, Jesus Calling, is really taking off. People are buying this book in large numbers and it’s for good reason.
The book is a daily devotional that is written as if Jesus was speaking directly to the reader. The tone and content of this book are spot on and it’s really a great devotional.
Now, please don’t judge this book by it’s cover. I assume the publishers designed this cover to attract the elderly church lady market. I never would have picked this thing up because of it’s standard, churchy style cover but people kept recommending the book to me and once I started reading a sampler I knew why.
They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and this book might just be the poster child for that phrase.
What you do sense when you start reading this book is that it’s the real deal. You just know immediately that the author is sharing thoughts straight from her own time seeking the Lord and it has an authenticity to it that’s truly refreshing and motivating.
The author, Sarah Young, has a philosophy degree from Wellesley College, a counseling degree from Georgia State University, a Master’s degree from Tufts University, and studied with Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri Fellowship so she’s no slouch academically but the book doesn’t feel academic. It feels sincere and dynamic.
Young and her husband have traveled around the world planting churches and you get a strong sense that these devotions were born out of a life that’s truly dependent upon God.
Admittedly, this devotional might not be for everyone. I know some might feel that it’s mainly for women but I think that’s just because of the cover and page design. Once you get past that, the content is great. It’s encouraging and inspiring. It also helps you to truly focus on Jesus and His presence in your daily life.
When it comes to reading the book, you’ve got every option imagineable available to you. You can get a standard dead tree copy or a kindle version. What’s most interesting, however, is the Jesus Calling app.
The app works on both the iPad and the iPhone. (An android version is also available.) It allows you to share quotes via social media (twitter and facebook) as well as write your own notes and search for different topics.
It automatically jumps to the reading for the current day when you open the app too. That’s good in one way because it can save you some time but it’s bad if you ever miss a day.
You can even gift the app to someone else from within the app itself. (I’m not sure that’s a real feature to the reader but it’s kind of cool.)