Even the World is Exposing Sarah Young's 'Jesus Calling'!

Note from Chris Lawson (SRN):

The following article is from the secular publication The Daily Beast. In this article writer Ruth Graham rightly and concisely shows just how far the Evangelical Church's 'Jesus Calling' delusion has gone. On a different note, it should be mentioned that numerous Christian apologetics ministries and individual discerning believers are warning about the great dangers of Sarah Young's New Age book. Unfortunately, countless Christian leaders continue to rush headlong into spiritual dangers as they buy, sell, promote and encourage others to read and glean from Jesus Calling. This just shows how biblically illiterate and undiscerning many church leaders are. When the world is more discerning than millions of "Christians" and "church leaders," you know something is seriously not right.  

  • http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/jesus-calling.html

The Strange Saga of ‘Jesus Calling,’ The Evangelical Bestseller You’ve Never Heard Of

A ten-year-old devotional written in the voice of God suddenly became a commercial juggernaut. Now, its publisher is trying to reconcile its New Age origins with evangelical orthodoxy.

By Ruth Graham (Posted on The Daily Beast 02/24/14)

The seventh-best selling book in America last year was a 10-year-old Christian devotional written by a woman who claims to have written down the words of God. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence sold more copies in 2013 than the much more buzzed-about titles Lean In, the latest Stephen King book, and 50 Shades of Grey, according to Nielsen BookScan. Overall, more than 10 million copies in 26 languages have been sold since the book’s inauspicious debut in 2004.

Jesus Calling is a devotional, a mainstay genre in Christian publishing and in the daily lives of many Christians. Best-selling devotionals like Our Daily Bread, My Utmost for His Highest, and The Purpose-Driven Life consist of short sections that are meant to be read each day for encouragement and contemplation. Christians who value the idea of nurturing a personal relationship with Jesus—or of the idea of spending time each day in quiet contemplation—often use devotionals as a tool to accompany prayer and Bible-reading.

What sets apart Jesus Calling is that it is written in the voice of Jesus Christ, presented as speaking directly to the reader. This Jesus who spouts feel-good mysticisms like, “As you walk along your life-path holding My hand, you are already in touch with the essence of heaven: nearness to Me.” The book’s soothing tone has made it wildly popular among believers, but its apparent claims to contain new revelation from God have also made it controversial.

  • http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/23/the-strange-saga-of-jesus-calling-the-evangelical-bestseller-you-ve-never-heard-of.html