Critical Reviews: Jesus Calling|Sarah Young


Inspired by the New Age book God Calling, Sarah Young claims to be receiving messages from Jesus Christ which she compiled into what is now her best-selling book, Jesus Calling.

In 2004 Sarah Young published a book that quickly became a bestseller called Jesus Calling. This book is a popular book in churches across the nation. In Jesus Calling, Sarah Young claims that she “channeled” Jesus. She claims that this book essentially comes straight from Christ. And if Jesus really did dictate the book “Jesus Calling” to Sarah Young, then the direct quotes in the book could be considered as equal with scripture.

That’s a problem on a number of different levels. And “channelling” is not a new problem. Graham Cooke did the same thing, see here.

In spite of the popularity of her book, there have been numerous Christian critics, a number of whom have identified and documented discrepancies and Biblical doctrinal concerns. I have taken the liberty of providing a few of the links to their critiques for you below.

The fact that Sarah Young’s devotional books have sold over 30 million copies world wide provide a look into the magnitude of the deception that is spreading throughout our world. Biblical discernment is notably lacking.

One would do well to seriously consider the documented content in the links below.


  1. My sister, who seems to have always had one foot in the New Age Movement, gave me a copy of “Jesus Calling” so that we could read it “together,” even though we are many miles apart. One benefit has been that some of the daily readings are a springboard for discussion. However, what bothers me is the “feel good” approach that is taken each day, no matter who the reader is. The message was so often, “I’m with you, it’s going to be all right, don’t worry.” But this approach assumes that the reader has a relationship with Christ and is placing his/her trust in Him. That’s assuming a lot! If the reader is an unbeliever or blatantly disobeying the Lord, the message should be very different! There are a lot of daily messages about God’s love and care and little, if any, references to evil, sin, or repentance.

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    1. Hi Ann, yes, that was one of the observations (among numerous others). It’s how she obtained the messages and the numerous revisions of the words from Jesus (where doctrinal errors had been noted) in updated editions that also should raise red flags. Of course, without comparing it to earlier editions one would never know that. I call them “fluff” books because they are devoid of the Lordship of Jesus or any commitment or need for obedience. Some of the links I provided are quite detailed. But, like you said, if can provide opportunities but I surely wouldn’t recommend it. Blessings Ann and thank you for taking the time to comment. Always appreciated!

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  2. Happy New Year Bruce.
    I hope 2020 brings you and yours some physical healing and plenty of prosperity in all your endeavours.
    May God pour out His blessings upon you all.

    As for the book, the commercialism of religion bothers me more than the book. This lady wrote the book for one reason, financial gain and religious leaders have helped her.
    Promoting books from the pulpit doesn’t seem right to me.



      1. “Promoting books other than the bible from the pulpit, doesn’t seem right to me” is what I meant. Heck, I don’t even like some of the bibles they promote. Haha

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  3. Thank you, Bruce. There is much published today that is giving people misguided and deceptive assurance. I am reading this post from the Reader page. I have had trouble reading your blog because of the font color on the color of the page. Blessings.

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    1. Hi Fran, sorry about the problem with the font color, I changed the background color and it automatically changes the font color. I will see if I can modify that when I get home later. Blessings!

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      1. Hi Fran, I tried to modify the color of the font but it is preprogrammed into the template so it doesn’t give me that flexibility. I’ve been working for the last couple of days but I have four days off coming up. I will give it another shot and see if I can’t get a better font color with some tweaking. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. If you had difficulty, so would others. Grace and blessings!


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