Sarah Young’s Heart: In Her Own Words


Author Sarah Young is somewhat of an enigma to people unfamiliar with her name and her published work. She does not take part in many interviews and has little interest in technology, other than communicating with family and loved ones. However, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of her 365-day devotional Jesus Calling, Young found herself in the center of a media blitz she had not invited. In 2013, according to Nielsen BookScan, Jesus Calling outsold books by Stephen King and Sheryl Sandberg—and this Christian inspirational work even did better than E. L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey. For that feat alone, Young became the story. Young said she is grateful for the attention but prefers to remain out of the spotlight and to live a quiet, peaceful life with her husband, Steve, in Nashville, Tenn. Health issues related to Lyme disease and vertigo restrict Young’s physical activity, though she has credited those same struggles with drawing her closer to God.

In celebration of the best-selling author’s seminal work, Hope for Women would like to introduce you to Sarah Young, in her own words.

HFW: Where did you get the inspiration for Jesus Calling?SY: J. I. Packer's book Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight has been helpful to me. This book contains a wonderful quote from Martin Luther: “If the Holy Spirit should come and begin to preach to your heart, giving you rich and enlightened thoughts…be quiet and listen to him who can talk better than you; and note what he proclaims and write it down; so will you experience miracles as David says: ‘Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law’ (Psalm 119:18).”

HFW: What made you decide to write the yearlong devotional book as if it were written by God directly for the reader?SY: In the introductions to my books, I emphasize that the Bible is the only inspired Word of God; it is the unchanging standard by which I judge everything I write. When I first began listening and writing from Jesus’ perspective, it was solely for my personal benefit. However, in the midst of a spiritual retreat several years later, I felt strongly led to write for publication. I began compiling the messages into daily readings and sharing them with friends who shared them with others. It was many years later that Jesus Calling was actually published.

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