Sarah Young’s devotional brand is one of the most successful devotionals of all time
Thomas Nelson announced today that the Jesus Calling brand by Sarah Young has surpassed 45 million units sold. Originally published in October 2004, the 365-day devotional Jesus Calling has expanded to include children’s devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books, as well as the new bestselling prayer devotional Jesus Listens, published in October 2021. Over the past nineteen years, the sales and inspirational reach of Jesus Calling brand have grown steadily. With more than 45 million units sold, the Jesus Calling brand is one of the most successful devotionals of all time.
“Jesus Calling has connected with people from all walks of life in an extremely unique and truly unparalleled way,” said Michael Aulisio, Vice President and Publisher of the Jesus Calling brand at Thomas Nelson. “While the inspiration, faith, and hope that Jesus Calling delivers is impossible to measure, these massive sales figures confirm the tremendous impact of the Jesus Calling message.”
“Publishing Jesus Calling was a long, prayer-filled journey,” said Sarah Young. “Ever since its publication, I’ve prayed daily for people who are reading Jesus Calling or any of my subsequent books. I consider it an amazing privilege and a God-given responsibility to pray for readers.”
This fall Thomas Nelson will add Jesus Listens for Advent & Christmas (on sale October 3, 2023) to the popular line of life-changing devotional books.
The Jesus Calling brand has also inspired the television show Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith, which sharesinspiring and encouraging stories of success, loss, heartbreak, and redemption told by people of faith from all walks of life. Grammy-winner Chris Tomlin hosts the third season of guests including Amy Grant, Rev. Run & Justine Simmons, Tim Tebow, Tabitha Brown, and Walker Hayes. All three seasons of Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith are available on UP Faith & Family, the leading streaming service in uplifting entertainment.
The Jesus Calling Podcast has been downloaded nearly 15 million times since its 2016 launch. 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 have included Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Kristin Chenoweth, Reba McEntire, Kathie Lee Gifford, T.D. Jakes, Rita Wilson, and Melinda Gates.
The Jesus Calling app is packed with digital versions of Jesus Calling, Jesus Listens, and other products available on-the-go along with special features like the ability to take notes, share messages with a friend, and search by keyword, date, or Bible verse. This summer a special compilation called Living Hope: 365 Devotions to Know Jesus Is Always with You will be available exclusively in the app and features devotions from Jesus Calling, Jesus Always, Jesus Today, plus some brand-new devotions. Living Hope was specifically compiled by Sarah Young to speak to the real needs of those who are battling anxiety, depression, and hopelessness – and let them know Jesus is always close beside us and they are not alone. The Jesus Calling app is available on Apple and Android platforms.
The Jesus Calling Magazine is published digitally and in print quarterly. The Summer 2023 issue features actress Tamera Mowry-Housley on the cover and highlights stories of people who have stepped out in faith like country star Aaron Tippin, MLS player Walker Zimmerman, and everyday people like Bill Magnusson, whose gift of a piano changed an eleven-year-old autistic child’s life. The print magazine is available at Books-A-Million, Mardel Christian bookstores, and select independent Christian bookstores.
Jesus Calling has sold more than 45 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 a quarterly print and digital Jesus Calling magazine, the Jesus Calling Podcast, the Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television program, and an app available on both Apple and Android platforms. 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
Director of Publicity, Thomas Nelson Gift