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I received this devotional by Sarah Young as a gift from my mom earlier in the year and it has turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  Whether you’re looking for meaningful Christmas gift or a new daily devotional to start out the new year, do yourself a favor and check this one out!

Jesus Calling

The readings are short and simple.  I love that each day’s message reads more like a prayer than a textbook.  Many times I’ve come across devotionals that prove to be too much to tackle.  Either the readings are too in-depth for a daily devotion, or too lengthy to allot enough time to fully absorb them.  While I would love to have the time to sit and read a chapter or two – and I’m sure many of you would agree – I have to speed read through the books to the point where the message gets dilluted in my rush to finish.  This devotional give an uplifting message every day that’s not overwhelming or complex.  If you do get this book I promise it will be a welcome part of your morning routine rather than a chore you feel you have to get done.  For me personally, this makes it much more meaningful that I can be fully engaged for a few minutes and call to mind the devotion throughout the day.

Jesus Calling provides daily thoughts on God in our lives that are rarely more than a couple of paragraphs.  They’re brief enough that I can do the reading for that day while I have my morning coffee.  I also enjoy the simple nature of Young’s prayer-like writings on God and how we interact with him.  Many of the readings address simple truths about our faith that we often take for granted.  This book is a refreshing way to start each morning and a great reminder that everyday is a gift from God.