Monday, May 25, 2009

Book Review: Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, a missionary with a unique story to tell, is a one-year daily devotional with a thought-provoking twist. Young writes to readers as if Jesus is the one delivering the message. She has Him quote Scripture throughout to subtly show these are things He truly would say. Yet her insights are deep. Jesus speaks in gentle, yet firm tones, calling us to an ever deepening relationship with Him.

The devotionals came from Young’s personal quiet time as she began to journal what she believed Jesus was saying to her through Scripture instead of what she personally thought about the Scripture she read. She shares this change of perspective with readers in a powerful way.

Themes presented throughout the book include practicing Christ’s presence, trust, refusal to worry or fear, letting God manage our time—schedule our day, perseverance and trials—and Jesus’ faithfulness through it all. The book begins with a brief biography of Sarah Young, giving her testimony and telling how she came to write these devotionals. Following each message is a list of references to Scripture used.

I’ve truly enjoyed reading this book. Many times Jesus seemed to be saying just what I needed to hear. I plan to read the book again very soon, this time journaling along with it and taking extra time to study the Scriptures in context. I highly recommend Jesus Calling as a gift for a growing Christian friend or for personal prayer time use.