21 April

The Jesus Calling Podcast Celebrates 10 Million Downloads

(Nashville, Tenn.) —The Jesus Calling Podcast has officially surpassed ten million downloads, Thomas Nelson announced today. Today’s episode – the podcast’s 300th – features athlete, author, and broadcaster Tim Tebow, soul and gospel singer Merry Clayton, and actor Dean Cain. 

Tim Tebow is a former American professional baseball player, former professional football player, three-time New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, and ESPN sports broadcaster. The first player to win the Heisman Trophy as a college sophomore, Tim is also a two-time BCS National Champion. In the NFL, Tim played for the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

“As someone who respects the impact Jesus Calling has had all around the world through books and resources, I’m honored to appear on the 300th episode of the Jesus Calling Podcast,” said Tim Tebow.  “The podcast is an encouraging platform with stories of real people living out their God-given mission. From successes to setbacks, I believe listeners will be inspired by the people who are trying to make their life count.” 

The Jesus Calling Podcast was launched in 2016 to celebrate the deep connection readers feel to the content in the bestselling daily devotional Jesus Calling. Each weekly podcast episode features two guests — business leaders, actors, church leaders, musicians, authors, and everyday readers — who share personal stories of faith. Recent guests include Will Smith, Amy Grant, Patti LaBelle, Kristin Chenoweth, Reba McEntire, Kathie Lee Gifford, T.D. Jakes, Rita Wilson, and Melinda Gates.

“We’re humbled by the growth of the Jesus Calling podcast,” said Michael Aulisio, Vice President and Publisher of the Jesus Calling brand at Thomas Nelson. “It’s an honor to provide inspiration, faith, and hope to listeners, particularly in these trying times. While the true impact of Jesus Calling is impossible to quantify, these incredible download numbers do signify the tremendous and increasing reach of the Jesus Calling message.”   

The Jesus Calling Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart, Facebook, YouTube, and more. In addition to the weekly podcast, monthly bonus episodes feature multiple guests sharing thoughts on a single subject, such as “The Pursuit of Peace” and “Coping with Loss.” The podcast has expanded to include a quarterly print and digital Jesus Calling magazine and a weekly Jesus Calling:  Stories of Faith television program currently on the country lifestyle network Circle (reaching a monthly audience of nearly 150 million viewers).

Jesus Calling has sold more than 35 million units across more than 30 languages since its 2004 publication. The Jesus Calling brand includes children’s devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books, and an app available on both Apple and Android platforms. Jesus Calling for Moms (Thomas Nelson, March 29) is the newest book in the Jesus Calling line and features devotions celebrating mothers and their love, comfort, and strength. For additional information visit JesusCalling.com.   

Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

Contact: MacKenzie Collier

              Publicity Director, Gift Books

              [email protected] | 615-902-1645

15 June

Jesus Calling Brand Celebrates Major Sales Milestone and Announces New Book Release, Jesus Listens: Daily Devotional Prayers of Peace, Joy, and Hope

Jesus Calling devotional reaches 35 million units sold, and Jesus Listens debuts Oct. 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 15, 2021) – Today, Thomas Nelson announced that its Jesus Calling brand line has surpassed 35 million units sold. Adding to the popular line of life-changing devotionals, Thomas Nelson will once again be working with best-selling author and creator of Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, to release the next title Jesus Listens: Daily Devotional Prayers of Peace, Joy, and Hope on October 5, 2021.

Jesus Listens will offer readers a prayer for each day of the year, enriching their faith life with scripture at the end of each devotion to deepen their relationship with God. By praying through this daily devotional prayer book, readers will experience how God uses our prayers not only to change circumstances, but to change us.

“The devotional prayers in Jesus Listens are designed to draw readers into deeper, richer communication with God,” Young said. “My hope is that readers will not only read these devotions but make them their own. The prayers in Jesus Listens are meant to be a starting point for other prayers—helping readers bring all their concerns to Jesus and enjoy spending time with Him.”

In Jesus Listens, Young draws on that closeness with God to offer honest prayers for readers who

  • have been praying for years but long for renewed biblical insights
  • are looking for a  short devoted prayer time to provide support throughout the day
  • want to pray God’s promises straight from Scripture
  • are going through difficult times
  • are new to faith and not sure how to begin in prayer
  • have found spiritual rest in Jesus Calling and Jesus Always
  • are eager to start a meaningful new spiritual discipline

Since it was first published in 2004, Jesus Calling remains one of the most successful devotionals of all time and has expanded to include children’s devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books, and the ECPA 2018 Book of the Year, Jesus Always.

“It is remarkable to see how Jesus Calling has made an impact on so many lives,” said Laura Minchew, senior vice president, Children’s and Gift Group publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “This brand, that started as a single devotional, has expanded its reach into people’s hearts through a podcast, magazine and television program. We are so thankful for Sarah and her amazing faith that she so freely shares that has impacted millions of lives. She is changing God’s Kingdom.”

“I give God the glory for helping us reach this amazing milestone,” said Young. “I want to thank all the talented people at Thomas Nelson who work so diligently and effectively with the Jesus Callingbooks. Also, I’m grateful for the many wonderful faith stories that readers continue to share with us.”

Jesus Listens: Daily Devotional Prayers of Peace, Joy, and Hope” (ISBN# 9781400215584) releases on October 5, 2021 and now is available for pre-order everywhere books are sold. More information about the Jesus Calling brand can be found at www.jesuscalling.com.

Contact:            Natividad Lewis

Publicity Manager

931.698.9620 [email protected]

28 April

Jesus Calling: Stories Of Faith TV Show To Premiere Season 2 On Circle Network May 18

Country-Gospel Singer Susie McEntire-Eaton to Host

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 28, 2021) — Publisher Thomas Nelson announced today that Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, the bestselling devotional brand that has sold more than 30 million units, will premiere the second season of its inspirational TV show, Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. EST on Circle Network. Viewing options for the show are available at https://www.circleallaccess.com/watch, including over-the-air and streamers like Peacock, Roku, Samsung TV Plus, and more.

Based on the namesake book Jesus Calling® (Thomas Nelson), the series is produced in partnership with Four Eyes Media and will share more inspirational stories of success, loss, heartbreak, and redemption told by people of faith from all walks of life. Host Susie McEntire-Eaton kicks off the second season with country music superstar Sara Evans and gospel music sensation Kierra Sheard-Kelly, followed by an A-list roster of guests including NFL Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, pop star Ally Brooke, MLB star Darryl Strawberry, country music star and Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith Season 1 host Lauren Alaina, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, and many more.

Additionally, the season will feature an exclusive interview of Susie talking with her sister, country music superstar Reba McEntire. The sisters will share their experiences growing up in the McEntire family, and how their lives were impacted by ranching, rodeo, and faith.

“I’m so excited to host the new season of Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith,” said McEntire-Eaton. “I know how much Jesus Calling has meant to me in my own faith walk, and I’m thrilled to share stories from others who have seen their lives changed and hope restored through this book.”

“We are thrilled to have Susie hosting Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith,” said Michael Aulisio, Vice President of Marketing for the Children’s & Gift Books Group at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “Susie’s powerful story of resilience connected with countless viewers during our first season. Her warmth and sincerity will continue to inspire viewers all throughout this new season.”

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith is a part of Circle’s two-hour Faith Block, airing from 8 – 10 p.m. ET on Tuesdays and 2 – 4 p.m. ET on Sundays.

“The diverse stories and guests featured on the first season of Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith resonated with our Circle viewers in an organic way, so we are excited to partner with Thomas Nelson and Four Eyes Media for a second time on season two,” said Teresa George, Circle VP of Strategic Partnerships. “The show was inspired by various country artists and celebrities who were transformed by their faith in God. We’ve enjoyed helping to bring these real stories of heartache and success to life, and look forward to continuing to do so in the new episodes to come.”

Since it was first published in 2004, the Jesus Calling brand has grown to include children’s devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books, an app, two ECPA Book of the Year awards for Jesus Today and Jesus Always, a print and digital quarterly magazine, a podcast that recently exceeded 7 million downloads, and a TV show. Author of Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, continues to be inspired by how the brand touches lives in new ways, including the TV show.

“I am delighted that Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith is returning for a second season,” said Young. “It’s wonderful to be associated with people who are willing to share their powerful faith stories and tell us how God is at work in their lives and in the world today.”

The Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith programming schedule—airing from Tuesday, May 18 through Sunday, August 8—includes:

Tuesday, May 18 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, May 23 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 1:  Faith to Shine the Light

Main Guest:  Sara Evans, Country Music Star

Guest 2:  Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Gospel Singer

Tuesday, May 25 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, May 30 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 2:  Faith in Your Hour of Need

Main Guest:  Darryl Strawberry, MLB Star

Guest 2:  Kay Warren, author, wife of Pastor Rick Warren of The Purpose Driven Life

Tuesday, June 1 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, June 6 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 3:  Faith to Overcome Obstacles

Main Guest:  Kurt Warner, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback

Guest 2:  Kurt Angle, Olympic Gold Medalist and WWE Superstar

Tuesday, June 8 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, June 13 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 4:  Faith to Believe in Love

Main Guest:  Chris & Emily Norton, Motivational Speakers/Authors

Guest 2:  Ally Brooke, Pop Singer

Tuesday, June 15 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, June 20 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 5:  Faith to Be Restored

Main Guest:  Ryan Sheckler, Pro Skateboarder, Star of MTV’s Life of Ryan

Guest 2:  Russ Taff, Christian Musician

Tuesday, June 22 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, June 27 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 6:  Faith in Things Not Seen

Main Guest:  Lauren Alaina, Country Music Star

Guest 2:  Raleigh Keegan, Country Music Artist

Tuesday, June 29 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, July 4 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 7:  Faith Over Fear

Main Guest:  Nik Wallenda, Tightrope Walker

Guest 2:  Collin Raye, Country Music Star

Tuesday, July 6 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, July 11 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 8:  Faith to Become Who We’re Meant to Be

Main Guest:  Rashad Jennings, Former NFL Player, Dancing with the Stars winner

Guest 2:  Michael Franzese, Public Speaker, Former Mob Boss

Tuesday, July 13 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, July 18 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 9:  Faith to Be Different

Main Guest:  Lathan Warlick, Country Music Artist

Guest 2:  Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, Veteran POW, Hanoi Hilton Survivor

Tuesday, July 20 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, July 25 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 10:  Faith & Family First

Main Guest:  David Crowder, Christian Music Worship Artist

Guest 2:  High Valley, Country Music Duo

Tuesday, July 27 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, Aug. 1 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 11:  The Faith of Two Sisters

Main Guests:  Reba McEntire & Susie McEntire-Eaton, Country Music Singers

Tuesday, Aug. 3 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, Aug. 8 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 12:  Passing the Faith Along

Main Guest:  Tony Dungy, NFL Hall of Fame Coach

Guest 2:  Daryle Singletary Tribute (Country Music Artist) with wife Holly Singletary

ABOUT CIRCLE:

Circle is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. The network recently announced ad-support streaming distribution partnerships with Redbox, Peacock, The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, XUMO and VIZIO Free Channels, bringing its country lifestyle programming to millions more through TVs, smart phones and tablets. Named Digiday’s 2021Best Streaming TV Platform and Pollstar’s #1 Livestreamer for 2020, Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray Television.

ABOUT SUSIE MCENTIRE-EATON:

Susie McEntire-Eaton is the product of a third-generation ranching/rodeoing family from the hills of Southeastern Oklahoma. Raised in a house with four children who cut their teeth on ranch work, sports, singing, and rodeo, Susie says all of these activities helped mold her values and shape her character into the woman she is today. “My mama and daddy didn’t have a lot of money,” she says, “but they had determination and a great work ethic. They instilled that in us, and gave us lots of opportunities.”

Susie started singing in front of a crowd in 2nd grade, and appeared onstage with her brother and sister as “The Singing McEntires” in high school and toured with Reba from 1980–1982. She also appeared with Reba on The Opry, The Johnny Carson Show, and Hee Haw.

In 1984, Susie said yes to God to sing for a different purpose. She was on fire to share her message, and the world opened up as Susie and her young family traveled across the globe and Susie performed as a country gospel singer. In the meantime, she recorded 17 albums.

Since 2007, Susie has served as a co-host of Cowboy Church on RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel. A seasoned performer with an amazing story, Susie is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame who has a unique ability to connect with audiences everywhere and instantly make them feel like friends.

ABOUT THOMAS NELSON:

Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

Contacts:       

Circle

Teresa George, [email protected]

Sunshine Sachs, [email protected]

Susie McEntire-Eaton

Mark Eaton, [email protected]

Thomas Nelson

Natividad Lewis, [email protected]



02 October

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith TV Show Debuts Oct. 6 on Circle Network, Dives Deeper Into Readers’ Courage, Strength and Resolve in Difficult Circumstances

Platinum Singer/Songwriter Lauren Alaina to Host

(Nashville, Tenn.) Oct. 2, 2020—Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, the bestselling devotional that has surpassed 30 million units sold, will have its own TV show, Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith, Thomas Nelson announced today. The first show will air on Oct. 6 on Circle Network at 8:30 p.m. EST and other viewing options are available at https://www.circleallaccess.com/watch/.

The series, based off the namesake book Jesus Calling ® (Thomas Nelson), will reveal stories of success, loss, heartbreak, and redemption from people of faith from all walks of life that will inspire and encourage viewers. Host Lauren Alaina kicks off the series with actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, followed by an A-list roster of guests including country music star Hunter Hayes, CBS sportscaster James Brown, actress and producer Rita Wilson, disco legend Gloria Gaynor, and many more.

“I was honored to be asked to host the Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith TV show,” said Alaina. “There are a lot of things that are important to me in life, but Jesus is number one. There’s no better compliment than someone recognizing my faith and asking me to help share God’s word.”

“We are so excited to have Lauren as host of Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith,” said Michael Aulisio, Vice President of Marketing for the Children’s & Gift Books Group at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “Lauren’s vibrancy and personal connection to the devotional made her a natural for the show. We know that viewers will be encouraged by her words and the inspirational stories they see each week.”

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith is a part of Circle’s three-hour Faith Block, airing from 2 – 5 pm ET on Sundays and 8 – 11 PM ET on Tuesdays beginning in October.

“During these trying times that our world is currently facing, we at Circle are honored to be able to deliver uplifting content to hopefully inspire and encourage positivity,” said Drew Reifenberger, Circle Network general manager. “We couldn’t be happier with the talented hosts that make up this three-hour block and look forward to sharing their messages with our audience.”

Since it was first published in 2004, the Jesus Calling brand has expanded to include children’s devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books, an app, two ECPA book of the year awards for Jesus Today and Jesus Always, a magazine, a podcast that recently exceeded five million downloads, and now a TV show. Author of Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, continues to be surprised by the ways the book has grown over the years.

“I feel very blessed to watch all of the ways that God uses Jesus Calling, even so many years after its initial publication,” said author Sarah Young. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how many people’s hearts and lives it would touch. This new project with Circle TV is an avenue of reaching even more people, and I’m excited about it. Just as I pray for readers of all my books, I’ll be praying for viewers of Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith.”

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to showcase the Jesus Calling devotional that has touched the lives of more than 30 million people,” said Laura Minchew, senior vice president and group publisher of the Children’s & Gift Book Group at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “The impact of this book is remarkable because it reaches people right where they are in such an intimate way. I think the television show will be a must-watch with some of our favorite people sharing their personal stories of hope, overcoming, pain and peace.”

The Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith programming schedule – airing from Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 27 – includes:

Tuesday, October 6 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, October 11 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 1: Faith Through Adversity

Main Guest: Kristin Chenoweth, actress & singer

Guest 2: Tammie Jo Shults,heroic airline pilot

Tuesday, October 13 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, October 18 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 2: Faith to See Our Value

Main Guest: Hunter Hayes, country music star

Guest 2: Zach Williams, Christian music artist

Tuesday, October 20 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, October 25 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 3: Faith to Love Others

Main Guest: Linsey Davis, ABC news reporter

Guest 2: Mattie Jackson Selecmen, storyteller/ daughter of Alan Jackson

Tuesday, October 27 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Friday, 10/30 @ 6:00 PM ET)

Episode 4: Faith to Live Out Our Dreams

Main Guest: Kathie Lee Gifford, former TODAY host

Guest 2: Darryl Worley, country musician

Tuesday, November 3 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, November 8 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 5: Faith Through Our Darkest Moments

Main Guest: Craig Morgan, country musician

Guest 2: Chonda Pierce, Christian comedian & author

Tuesday, November 10 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, November 15 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 6: When Our Faith is Tested

Main Guest: The Beathards, NFL players/ musician brothers & their father

Guest 2: Gloria Gaynor, musician

Tuesday, November 17 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, November 22 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 7: Faith to Carry Us Through It All

Main Guest: Jay DeMarcus, country music star and member of Rascal Flatts

Guest 2: Sandi Patty, GRAMMY-winning Christian music artist

Tuesday, November 24 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, November 29 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 8: Living on a Foundation of Faith

Main Guest: James Brown, CBS sportscaster

Guest 2: Aaron Watson, Texas country music star

Tuesday, December 1 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, December 6 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 9: Faith to Never Give Up

Main Guest: Jim Kelly & Jill Kelly, former NFL player & his wife

Guest 2: Susie McEntire & Mark Eaton, country gospel music ministers

Tuesday, December 8 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, December 13 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 10: Faith to Persevere

Main Guest: Rita Wilson, actress & producer

Guest 2: Cynotia Brown, public figure

Tuesday, December 15 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, December 20 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 11: Faith to Find Our Purpose

Main Guest: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, former host of The View

Guest 2: Anthony Lucia, professional roper & TV host

Tuesday, December 22 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, December 27 @ 2:00 PM ET)

Episode 12: Faith to Achieve the Impossible

Main Guests: Randy Travis & Mary Travis, country superstar & his wife

Guest 2: Charlie Daniels Tribute Feature

Check CirclePlus.com for complete programming information for Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith.

ABOUT CIRCLE: Circle Media, LLC is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.

For more details and to find out if Circle is available in your market, please visit www.CircleAllAccess.com

ABOUT LAUREN ALAINA: Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina’s current EP, Getting Over Him, includes six songs that feature her signature powerhouse vocals including “Run,” which addresses the rat race of life we are all on, the feisty and clever “If I Was A Beer,” the emboldened “Bar Back,” the thought-provoking sentimental “Seen You In Your Hometown,” as well as, for the first time on one of her projects, two duets including the title track “Getting Over Him” featuring Jon Pardi and the emotionally difficult “What Do You Think Of?” featuring international pop sensation Lukas Graham.

Getting Over Him and the previous Getting Good EP (March 2020) are evidence of Lauren’s evolution as a songwriter and as an artist as she wrote each of the songs on both EPs. The pair of EPs follow her No. 1 smash “Road Less Traveled” from the 2017 most-streamed album of the year for a female country artist, Road Less Traveled.

Lauren’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, Road Less Traveled, landed on multiple “Best Of” lists including BillboardRolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of 2017. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 smash, “Road Less Traveled,” “Doin’ Fine,” and the inspiring, “Three.” 

The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride and Jason Aldean, and sold out her own, first-ever headlining, That Girl Was Me Tour.

Lauren has received multiple nominations for ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Radio Disney Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Awards include 2017 ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year for her “Road Less Traveled,” and CMT Collaborative Video of the Year for “What Ifs,” the 5x Platinum-selling No. 1 hit with childhood friend, Kane Brown. 

The Georgia native has played on some of the highest-profile stages in the world including national television performances on PBS’s A Capitol Fourth, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, TODAYABC’s Good Morning AmericaThe Ellen Degeneres Show, Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC’s CMA Fest specials, CMA and ACM Awards and more including a performance at the White House for President Obama for a PBS special.

For more information and tour dates, please visit http://laurenalainaofficial.com/ and follow Lauren at @Lauren_Alaina on Twitter, @laurenalaina on Instagram and on Facebook. For videos go to her YouTube (@LaurenAlainaAIVEVO)

ABOUT THOMAS NELSON: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Thomas Nelson | Stefanie Schroeder, [email protected]

Circle | Teresa George, [email protected] & Sunshine Sachs, [email protected]

Lauren Alaina | Jessie Schmidt, [email protected] & Dixie Owen, [email protected]

25 August

The Jesus Calling Podcast Celebrates 5 Million Downloads with Special Guest, Philanthropist and Author, Lauren Akins

(Nashville, Tenn.) Aug. 25, 2020—The Jesus Calling Podcast has officially surpassed five million downloads, Thomas Nelson announced today. Lauren Akins, philanthropist, author, mother and wife of multi-platinum entertainer Thomas Rhett, will appear as the special guest to commemorate the milestone. Her episode will air Sept. 17.

Akins is the author of the recently released book, Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes. In it, she shows readers what it takes to live in love, stay in love, and grow together. Akins has been reading Jesus Calling for many years and has used it to navigate the busy moments of her life to strengthen her faith and prayer life.

“I love Jesus Calling,” Akins said. “It has been something that I have been reading for at least 10 years. I got my first Jesus Calling, just like a little pocket book, and I carried it with me everywhere I went. And if I was having a busy day or just needed to have a quick moment with the Lord…having that nearby would always jump start whatever conversation I was wanting to have, or just to have a little God wink in my day and just a conversation starter with Him.”

The Jesus Calling Podcast, which originally debuted in 2016, has seen continuous growth in downloads since it launched. Originally launched as an audio-only podcast, it has since expanded to include video podcasts and special series on social media, including Jesus Calling: Peace for Everyday Life, featuring high-caliber guests from various backgrounds. From WWE wrestlers and Olympic gymnasts, to pastors, musicians, and everyday readers, recent guests have included Rev Run, ABC News’ Linsey Davis, Evander Holyfield, Cyntoia Brown-Long, Colton Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, and many others.  

“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone,” said Michael Aulisio, Vice President of Marketing for the Children’s & Gift Books Group at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “As the Jesus Calling team finds new ways to communicate with our audience, especially during our unpredictable times, we strive to deliver inspirational content to new and established readers. People need faith and hope more than ever, and we are glad that the podcast can help bring some peace and encouragement to listeners.”

The Jesus Calling podcast was created as a result of the success of the bestselling daily devotional, Jesus Calling, which has sold more than 30 million units since it was published in 2004. The podcast, available on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms, features stories from readers of Jesus Calling and illustrates how spending time with the devotional has made a difference in their lives.

Nik Wallenda, acrobat, aerialist, skydiver, and the man who crossed Times Square and the Grand Canyon on a tightrope without a safety net, is also featured on the episode. In the interview, he talks about his new book, Facing Fear: Step Out in Faith and Rise Above What’s Holding You Back (Thomas Nelson, Sept. 15, 2020). Facing Fear centers on Wallenda’s experiences as a member of his family’s circus act, The Flying Wallendas, and touches on how everyone can face and overcome the fears and anxieties that hold us back.

Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiples formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com

Contact:    Stefanie Schroeder

                  Publicity Director, Gift Books

                  tel:     615.902.1722

                  web:   [email protected]

12 November

The Jesus Calling Brand Celebrates 30 Million Units Sold

Devotional continues to grow year-over-year, more than 15 years post-release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2019) – Today, Thomas Nelson announced that the Jesus Calling brand by Sarah Young has surpassed 30 million units sold since it was first published in October 2004. It remains one of the most successful devotionals of all time.

Since it was first published, this 365 devotional has expanded to include children’s devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books, as well as other devotionals including ECPA book of the year Jesus Always. Its strong sales history, product diversity, and customer loyalty are unlike any other devotional on the market. It has been 15 years since publication and sales continue to grow year-over-year. In fact, from 2018-2019, sales increased five percent. But, this milestone represents a great deal more than sales alone.

“I’ve never seen a book connect with so many people in such a deeply personal way,” said Laura Minchew, senior vice president and publisher of Gift books and Tommy Nelson Children’s Books at Thomas Nelson. “Aside from the sales numbers—which are, of course, remarkable—what we value are the tens of millions of lives that have been impacted by Sarah’s work. Through her writing, study of the Bible, and prayers, people from all walks of life, all over the world, experience a closer, more intimate relationship with Jesus. Helping people develop a stronger faith is a benefit that is impossible to measure.”

The deep connection that readers feel to the content in Jesus Calling is evident across its various social media accounts, which total more than 1.5 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Readers regularly share their experiences with Jesus Calling on social media, and those experiences led to the creation of the Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith Podcast, which recently surpassed 3 million downloads.

The podcast, available on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and other podcasting platforms, features stories from readers of Jesus Calling and illustrates how spending time with the devotional has made a difference in their lives. Guests on the podcast range from everyday readers to celebrities like Kathie Lee Gifford, T.D. Jakes, Reba McEntire, Rita Wilson, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels and Melinda Gates. And, there were so many stories that the podcast expanded to include video episodes as well, which have been viewed more than 8 million times.

To author Sarah Young, there is one word that comes to mind when she thinks of the success of the book.

“I consider this 30 million milestone miraculous!” Young said. “I can remember sitting at my desk in Perth, Australia—daydreaming about reaching the 100,000 milestone. It seemed like just a pipe dream at the time . . . The Lord has done great things for us.”

But, regardless of the various milestones, one factor that remains the same is that Young will continue to pray for her readers on a daily basis.

“I pray daily for readers of all my books, and I long for them to really grasp that there’s no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus,” she shared. “Also, I want readers to remember that Jesus is with us always and nothing can separate us from His Love!”

More information is available at www.jesuscalling.com.

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About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

Contact:         

Stefanie Schroeder

Publicity Manager

615.902.1722

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29 May

The Jesus Calling Podcast surpasses one million downloads

Guests’ personal stories and diverse backgrounds continue to drive the podcast’s success

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 29, 2018) – Today, Thomas Nelson announced that the Jesus Calling Podcast has surpassed one million downloads since it launched in February 2016. The podcast was created as a result of the success of the bestselling daily devotional, Jesus Calling, which has sold more than 22 million units since it was published in 2004. The weekly podcast, available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms, features stories from readers of Jesus Calling and illustrates how spending time with the devotional has made a difference in their lives.

“On a daily basis, we receive stories via email and social media about how Jesus Calling has touched a reader’s life,” said Michael Aulisio, vice president of marketing for gift books, Tommy Nelson children’s books and new media at Thomas Nelson. “The podcast has become a revolutionary platform that connects people around the world in one location to hear amazing stories from fellow readers as well as a diverse group of thought leaders – from music to sports to business.  We are thrilled this power of personal storytelling combined with these impactful devotionals is impacting people’s lives and faith.”

Recently, the podcast expanded to include video episodes from individuals such as Kathie Lee Gifford, Emily Ley, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, country star Collin Raye, and Lysa TerKeurst. Those episodes are also available via the podcasting platforms, Facebook, and the Jesus Calling YouTube channel, providing readers and listeners with an additional way to experience the content.

Future episodes will feature incredible personal stories from many other Jesus Calling readers around the world—readers whose lives have been transformed. Upcoming episodes include conversations with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jeff Hostetler, NFL and Dancing with Stars champion Rashad Jennings, bestselling authors Rachel Hollis and Lisa Harper, and country groups Shenandoah and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Since it was published in 2004, Jesus Calling has expanded to encompass a line of products that includes adult devotionals, coloring books, children’s books, a Bible storybook, custom versions, and many other products. More information is available at www.jesuscalling.com.

Contact:          Stefanie Schroeder

Publicity Manager

615.902.1722

[email protected]

About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.