Upon its publication, the book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young quickly became a bestselling sensation among professing Christians. Since its initial release and in spite of concerns raised by men such as Tim Challies, who noted that it was “a very dangerous book,” there nevertheless has grown a sort of Jesus Calling empire, with additional books, children’s books, and even a study bible.
Michael Horton of The White Horse Inn offers his own thoughts on this devotional book. He concludes:
Reading Jesus Calling, I was reminded of the confusing message of my Christian youth. Longing for “something more,” I pored over my mother’s bookshelf: Thomas a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, D. L. Moody, Bill Bright, and Andrew Murray. Only with the discovery of the Reformers and various Puritan writers was I offered a liberating alternative that drew me out of myself to cling to Christ. While looking to this Reformation stream for a cluster of doctrines, many in the history of pietism have looked for “something more” elsewhere. Luther and Calvin may be great guides on understanding salvation, but we find our spirituality in medieval and modern alternatives. Yet Reformation piety directs us to the Word, always to the Word, where Christ speaks to us every time it is preached and his sacraments are administered in his name. When we come to this Word, in public and in private, we never need something more.