Jesus Calling: A 365-Day Journaling Devotional (2024)

Gail Welborn

609 reviews15 followers

January 7, 2012

Jesus Calling, a 365-day Journaling Devotional, by Sarah Young, Thomas Nelson, 2010, Hardcover, 400 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1404187856, $16.99

Sarah found truth and a greater intimacy with God while she studied with L’Abri, a Christian community in a “tiny” French village in the Alps. There, surrounded by God’s magnificent creation, Sarah opened “…her heart…” to her Lord and Creator in the “…panorama of unbroken beauty…” around her.

It was there she first uttered the words, “sweet Jesus,” an involuntary, personal response to the experience of what she came to call the “Presence of God.” In the coming years she learned the “…secret of the abiding presence…” and the blessings of …Full Review:


Rose Fairbaugh

11 reviews13 followers

April 12, 2012

This is a daily devotional book. I read it daily and find great comfort in the words written and the bible references that back up the reading. The daily devotion helps me get off to a great start in recognizing the day and the good things to come from that day only, never fretting about yesterday, just learning and moving on. As for tomorrow? I may have dreams, biut they can only be realized if I do what is best today without worries, and work on tomorrow tomorrow.
The morning prayers are a great help to me and others may find comfort in them as well. I believe sample readings are available before purchase on Amazon.

Christina Claypool

Author7 books129 followers

January 4, 2021

This was the second time I read "Jesus Calling" as my daily devotional for a calendar year. The first time was in 2016, when I experienced the unexpected and tragic death of a loved one. I am unsure how I would have survived with my faith intact without this spiritually uplifting book.
As I prepared to reread it in 2020, I decided to use the Journaling format. Going into the unprecedented year of the pandemic, I had no idea what a blessing this devotional would be to me for a second time.
Journaling about my thoughts, fears, spiritual insights, and prayer requests during the days of sheltering-in-place became a daily encouragement. This discipline gave me a semblance of normalcy and routine at time when life was very unpredictable and abnormal. While losing my own father to this hideous virus in November of 2020, the "Jesus Calling" devotionals and accompanying Scriptures ministered to me in an almost prophetic way during that painful season.
If you have never read this incredible devotional, I highly recommend the Journaling format. In many ways, I feel it helped me to "keep the faith" once again in a year of tremendous uncertainty, grief, and spiritual challenge.

Belinda Vlasbaard

3,327 reviews77 followers

September 1, 2022

4,5 stars- English Ebook


Charlean Croxton

4 reviews1 follower

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September 15, 2009

An excellent way to start your day. The daily devotional feels like God is speaking directly to me. One of the best I've every read.


4 reviews7 followers

January 22, 2011

i love it!Jesus is awesoeme and powerful!I ove how you can write in it!I use it!


86 reviews

May 7, 2016

Love, love, love this devotion given to me as a gift from a dear friend! Highly recommend in fact have given it as a gift numerous times.



235 reviews

December 31, 2013

This is the first time I've read a daily devotional from January 1 to December 31. Jesus Calling was a relatively easy, encouraging read, and it positively impacted my daily walk with Jesus.


Margo Berendsen

620 reviews83 followers

January 1, 2013

This book literally changed my life. I can't recommend it highly enough. It took me quite a while to get used to the format, but the insights kept drawing me back and the beauty. Oh, the beauty.

    2012-my-reads christian-growth wonderful-truth


598 reviews108 followers

September 6, 2017

I have been reading this devotional for about a year now. I've missed a few days here and there, but I've really enjoyed what I have read. I haven't really taken advantage of the journaling aspect of the book, but I don't typically write in books and this one was on loan to me from a friend. (I've since learned that she gave it to me, so YAY!) I think the first person pov is unique. It's as if God is speaking to you directly, and the short devotionals feel personal every time. I like this devotional for a quick read in the morning with whatever I'm currently reading in my Bible. It's short enough that I can still take time to read it when I'm in a hurry, but still packs a powerful enough punch that it sets my mornings right. I would recommend it to others. I'll probably keep it around for another year to get the days I missed and then come back to it again in a few years. Well-worth having on my shelf.


44 reviews


November 5, 2016

This is a very dangerous book that portrays Jesus as a needy, whiny God just waiting for us in a romantic and vapid mode. It prey's on women's emotion of need and self worth.

And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42) This is how you get a close relationship to God, prayer and reading God's Word, the Bible!

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12


8 reviews1 follower

July 29, 2019

This is a daily devotional journal which I will add to every year's reading challenge. The ability to journal our spiritual journey is the key to learning how God works in our lives. These daily bits of scripture-based wisdom & encouragement are timely and accurate every time I read them! The scriptures are a living body of works that are rooted in the Holy Spirit. They are always relevant.


10 reviews2 followers

August 26, 2014

This daily devotional book was given to me as a Door Prize at a ladies group meeting in March. I'm ministered to every time I read a day's reading. Love it and definitely recommend it to everyone, no exception....

Arlette Anderson

5 reviews

September 16, 2013

This is a daily devotional written as God speaking with you daily. As I kept my daily private time with my Father, I found each day's topic encouraging and timely. God inspired is how I label Sarah Young's work. This book is definitely a lifetime treasure. Those I've gifted it to have agreed.

Jeri Baker pierce

1 review2 followers

July 8, 2013

I LOVE THIS Book.. I use it daily i am on my 2nd year. There is scripture as well and Like always each time you read Gods word it speaks different to your spirit. I use it as a journal, I write the year and what it means to me.


317 reviews

May 15, 2016

A wonderful way to start my day for a year, in fact, I like it so much, I'm going to do it again. Making the morning commitment using a combination of devotion, Bible passage and journaling changes the way I approach my day.

Carl Dennis

1 review

August 23, 2019

Very helpful and accurate in it's spiritual guidance and it's accuracy in depicting daily events and situations. It advises well on how to handle these things by allowing God, through your personal relationship with Him, deal with them in own His Own Way, Time and Strength...


2 reviews1 follower

January 12, 2011

Great Devotional - short and provides scriptures for reflecting.

Sandra Hurlbert

46 reviews

May 17, 2011

Daily Devotionals written with Bible scripture as the base.


2 reviews

June 12, 2013

wonderful devotional!!!

Lisa Nelson

6 reviews

August 18, 2012

I read and then read it again. loved it.


4 reviews

January 4, 2013

Fabulous journaling Devotional... Love starting my day with this devotional.



8 reviews

November 21, 2013

Very inspirational to me. I will continue to read it everyday, every year.


30 reviews1 follower

July 2, 2014

Used these with my teaching staff and loved it.


548 reviews2 followers

January 1, 2016

An amazing book. I'm going back to the beginning and start it again. It really feels like Jesus is talking to you.

Deborah Johnson

Author3 books7 followers

December 24, 2016

I have read through this several timess and read it everymorning along with my Bible for inspiration for the day. LOVE it!


Robby Eckard

112 reviews2 followers

January 1, 2019

Very repetitive, also I don't think it's appropriate to put words in God's mouth that aren't written in the Bible

Rachel Crain

212 reviews2 followers

January 1, 2022

Really enjoyed this devotion this year! Highly recommend!

Mark Kemen

14 reviews

March 14, 2020

Beautiful story packaged and presented in a worrisome way. My orginal hope was it is that way because a publisher or someone ran away from the author's idea, but since more came out I guess not.

The best way to explain it is in it's own description, "Sarah Young decided to 'listen' to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her."

If this was continually presented as just that, an opportunity to see her experience in interpreting and filtering God for her own life, I would be a bit more comfortable with it. It is presented as God talking to the reader though. Then it has scripture references at the bottom of the page that give another false sense of security. She takes her own words and presents them in the voice of God and then references it with His Word even though it isn't.

To me it ended up reading more like a horoscope rather than anything from God. I am thankful for the bit of insight it gave me into her relationship with God, but also that I saw it plainly as that. I truly wish she explained more each day as to why she wrote what she did, maybe why a verse made her feel like writing what she did, what she was going though, or just simply started each day with something like, "today I felt..." to introduce it. Any of those would make for a great or readable book/devotional. It scares me that something other than His Word is being presented as His words and how that could mess with the minds of many...daily.


1,346 reviews4 followers

August 24, 2019

I appreciated the journal prompts and passages, but some of the devotionals could be a tad dogmatic for my taste. But then again, nothing replaces the Bible for devotions time.

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Jesus Calling: A 365-Day Journaling Devotional (2024)


What is the daily devotional message for today? ›

Lord, give us insight to follow your call to show love and mercy to our neighbors—both nearby and far away. Help us to find truly helpful ways to be a blessing to people in need. Amen.

How many Jesus Calling devotionals are there? ›

More than 35 million copies sold! By spending time in the presence of the Savior with the much-loved devotions in Jesus Calling, you will: With 365 devotions, this padded hardcover edition is a favorite for its small size and is a perfect fit on a nightstand or in a travel bag.

What to write in a devotional journal? ›

How to Start a Devotional Journal
  1. Write down Bible verses or phrases that stick out to you. Whether you choose to read Scripture or a daily devotional (such as Today), find words that capture your attention and write them down. ...
  2. Reflect, write, and apply. ...
  3. Write a prayer. ...
  4. Set spiritual goals. ...
  5. Get creative. ...
  6. Keep up with it.
Jul 26, 2016

Who wrote the Jesus Calling devotional? ›

Sarah Young, the author of the bestselling devotional Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, passed away on August 31. She was 77.

What is the powerful prayer for today? ›

Today's Daily Prayer

Grant us the light of your Spirit. Grant our hearts strength for life. Open for us the paths of life, that we may find joy and hope in spite of all the suffering we must go through on earth. Let all humankind be entrusted to your care.

What is an encouraging word for today? ›

"No matter what happens, you're strong enough to handle it." "You don't have to be perfect to be amazing." "Be positive, patient, and persistent." "Give yourself some credit for all you've done so far."

What denomination is Jesus calls? ›

Jesus Calls is a non-denominational ministry organization. We believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ God's only Son, and in the person of the Holy Spirit.

What religion is Jesus Calling? ›

Jesus Calling is more than a devotional book. It is also a Christian brand whose offerings include a quarterly magazine, TV show, podcast with over 7 million downloads, and daily inspiration over email and social media.

What is the difference between Jesus Calling and Jesus always? ›

Jesus Always is almost indistinguishable from Jesus Calling in its tone, its theme, and voice. The only difference is that Young did not include her claim that these messages originated with Jesus.

What do you write in a Jesus journal? ›

Here are some different ideas you could use to get started:
  • Dump your thoughts from the day so you can then focus on God's Voice in His Word.
  • Draw a picture of how you are currently feeling. ...
  • Ask God a question and then write or draw what you sense Him speaking to you.
May 23, 2022

What is Sarah Young's chronic illness? ›

She prayed for people. In fact, she prayed for the readers of her devotionals every single morning. Sarah struggled with pretty extreme health issues the entire time, from Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, vertigo.

Is the Jesus Calling app no longer free? ›

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is a paid app for Android published in the Other list of apps, part of Education. The company that develops Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is Nelson Media. The latest version released by its developer is 1.07. This app was rated by 10 users of our site and has an average rating of 3.1.

Do you have to pay for the Jesus Calling app? ›

The lite version is completely free and is designed to give you a feel for what the full, paid version of the app is like before you purchase. It contains only a sample of the full Jesus Calling devotional content.

What is the verse of God today? ›

Almighty God, you are master and creator of heaven, earth, and sea and all that is in them. Empower me to speak your message with boldness and to share what I have with those in need. God of wonder and miracles, I pray in the name of your Son Jesus. Amen.

What is the word of God for today from the Bible? ›

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

What is the morning prayer for Christians today? ›

Lord, thank You for this day. I ask that You would guide my path today and, more specifically, my thoughts, words and actions. Please be with me throughout the day and help me navigate whatever comes my way. Most importantly, help me to reflect and live out my life in a way that is honoring to You.

What is daily devotion to God? ›

Daily devotions or quiet times are time spent each day dedicated to relating with God. When people speak of daily devotions, they are usually referring to a time of reading their Bible, doing a Bible study, or reading a devotional book, accompanied by a time of prayer. Some may simply pray.


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