From time to time people have asked me to review books. I read many for research, and wish I had the time to write reviews that would be worthy of helping someone glean insight. I am glad that there are talented writers with discernment who can help people decide if they want to delve into a book that might introduce ideas that are slightly off the narrow path of biblical doctrine. Over at Steak And Bible, Julia has sent me an excellent review of the very popular book, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. There are some serious concerns to share.
Christians, especially women, are eating this up. As of six months ago the book has sold nearly 3 million copies. There is also a Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids , Jesus Calling – Teen Edition and the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible under the same franchise, and those are selling like ice cubes in July as well. Here is an excerpt from Julia’s blog. Make sure you read the entire review here:
…Young writes that “One morning as I prayed, I visualized God protecting each of us. I pictured first our daughter, then our son, and then Steve encircles by God’s protective Presence, which looked like golden light. When I prayed for myself, I was suddenly enveloped in brilliant light and profound peace…”
This sounds very similar to New Age and Occult accounts. Visualization is a popular occult practice because practitioners believe that they can create reality by imagining it into existence. Let Us Reason Ministries and others have warned about the “Christianization” of such practices. Slapping a “Christian” label on a pagan practice does not make it acceptable to God. The Bible actually warns against divination, witchcraft (Deut. 18:10-12) and adopting pagan religious practices (Matt. 6:7 “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”)
- Is Deception Calling? A review of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (steakandabible.com)
- What Do You Do When You Ask Jesus Into Your Heart But He Doesn’t Stick Around? (defendingcontending.com)
- Why Jesus Isn’t Your Boyfriend: A Critique of Dating God (christianitytoday.com)
- Agree to Disagree: 4 Ways to Know its Time to End Discussions (thecripplegate.com)