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Sarah Young (March 15, 1946 - August 31, 2023) was an American Christian author known for her contributions to Christian literature, particularly for her book Jesus Calling. Her books have sold over 45 million units worldwide. She has been described as one of the most successful Christian authors in history. Life Sarah Jane Kelly was born on March 15, 1946, in Nashville, Tennessee to parents Douglass (Levine) Kelly and Tom Kelly, both educators. She graduated from E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia. Young pursued her higher education at Wellesley College, earning a degree in philosophy in 1968, and later obtained a master's degree in child development from Tufts University in 1974.While in graduate school, Young, a lapsed Christian, encountered the work of evangelical theologian Francis Schaeffer. She later reported that Schaeffer's work profoundly impacted her spiritual journey. She visited L'Abri, an evangelical center in Switzerland, where she had a spiritual encounter and converted to Christianity. She decided to become a Christian counselor, and enrolled at Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur, Missouri, where she met her husband, Stephen Young, a third-generation missionary. They married in 1977, and served as Presbyterian missionaries near Yokkaichi, Japan for eight years. While in Japan, Young gave birth to her two children.After living in Japan, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Young earned a master's degree in counseling from Georgia State University.In 1991, the couple moved to Melbourne, Australia. There, Young started a Christian counseling practice for women who had been sexually or spiritually abused. While meditating on God’s protection, visualizing those she cared for encircled by the Holly Spirit, Young had a mystical experience where she was enveloped by light and overcome by peace.In 2001, they moved to Perth. In the following years, Young's chronic health conditions, including Lyme disease, melanoma, and vertigo, often left her housebound.In 2013, the couple moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Young died on August 31, 2023 from leukemia, at her home in Brentwood, Tennessee, aged 77. Writing career Young began maintaining a devotional journal in 1992. She practiced "listening prayers," writing down what she thought God was saying to her, rather than what she wanted to say to God. This journal eventually formed the basis of her most famous work, Jesus Calling. Young prepared a manuscript but was Initially rejected by publishers, and gave up on publishing in 2001. However, her writings eventually caught the attention of an executive at Integrity (later part of Thomas Nelson), who offered her a contract.Jesus Calling, published in 2004, started modestly but surged in popularity following a renewed marketing effort by Thomas Nelson. The devotional book, composed of daily spiritual readings purportedly written in the voice of Jesus Christ, became a bestseller in the Christian literary world. The success of Jesus Calling led to the release of sequels, including Jesus Always and Jesus Today, along with various related products such as calendars, journals, and children's editions. Additionally, the Jesus Calling brand expanded into podcasts, an app, a magazine, and a television show, collectively selling over 45 million units as of August 2023.Jesus Calling also faced criticism from some who accused Young of blasphemy for writing in the voice of Jesus. Personal life Young was known as an intensely private individual who preferred to avoid public appearances and gave interviews only by email. She remained dedicated to her faith, her family, and her writing throughout her life. In 2009, Young traveled to the United States for six months to receive treatment for her Lyme disease, but saw little improvement.Young was survived by her husband, Stephen Young, their two children Stephanie van der Westhuizen and Eric Young, who live in the United States, her three siblings, and six grandchildren. References External links Jesus Calling: Sarah Young. Discover the Sarah Young popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Sarah Young books.

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  • Shug synopsis, comments


    Jenny Han

    Annemarie “Shug” Wilcox is clever and brave and true (on the inside anyway). And she’s about to become your new best friend in this enchanting middle grade novel from the New York ...

  • Jesus Calling synopsis, comments

    Jesus Calling

    Sarah Young

    A devotional and journal in one that encourages a close relationship with Jesus every day of the year.In this bestselling devotional, readers will receive words of hope, encouragem...

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    Second Chance Summer

    Morgan Matson

    From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour comes a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak. Taylor Edwards’s family might not be the closestknitevery...

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    Ash Princess

    Laura Sebastian

    The first book in the New York Times bestselling series "made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir" (Bustle), Ash Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly sto...

  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes synopsis, comments

    Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

    Chris Crutcher

    Called a “masterpiece” in a starred review from School Library Journal, awardwinning author Chris Crutcher’s acclaimed Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is an enduring classic.This best...

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    Realm Breaker

    Victoria Aveyard

    Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! “A true fantasy masterpiece." Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling authorThe Queen of Fantasy strikes agai...

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    Between Here and Forever

    Elizabeth Scott

    A heartbreaking and romantic comingofage novel from the author of Perfect You and Living Dead Girl.“I miss her, but not like I should. I want her to wake up so I don't have to be t...

  • Sarah, Plain and Tall synopsis, comments

    Sarah, Plain and Tall

    Patricia MacLachlan

    This beloved Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting family.Set in the late nineteenth century and told...

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    Lauren Roberts

    Set during the time of the New York Times bestseller Powerless, fan favorite Adena gets a story all her own in this captivating novella as she attempts to survive on the streets of...

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    Tamora Pierce

    A girl disguises herself as a boy to train as a knight in this first book in Tamora Pierce’s Margaret A. Edwards Award–winning young adult seriesnow with a new look!From now on, I’...

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    Dark Breaks the Dawn

    Sara B. Larson

    A warrior princess must defend her throne is this haunting and romantic YA duology packed with action and romance from critically acclaimed author of the Defy trilogy, Sara B. Lars...

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    Sorcery of Thorns

    Margaret Rogerson

    A New York Times bestseller!“A bewitching gem...I absolutely loved every moment of this story.” Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series “If you...

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    How to Murder Your Life

    Cat Marnell

    From the New York Times bestselling author and former beauty editor Cat Marnell, a “vivid, maddening, heartbreaking, very funny, chaotic” (The New York Times) memoir of prescriptio...

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    In the Hand of the Goddess

    Tamora Pierce

    Alanna must protect her best friend, the prince, from an evil sorcerer in this second book in Tamora Pierce’s Margaret A. Edwards Award–winning young adult seriesnow with a new loo...

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    Storm Siren

    Mary Weber

    The awardwinning novel that started it all.“A riveting tale from start to finish. Between the simmering romance, the rich and inventive fantasy world, and one seriously jawdropping...

  • Bloom synopsis, comments


    Elizabeth Scott

    There's a difference between falling and letting go. Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl lusts after. So why is she so unhappy? It ...

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    Sarah Ockler

    From the author of Twenty Boy Summer, a teen pushes the limits to follow her dreamsand learns there’s a fine line between bitter and sweet....Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly ...

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    Twenty Boy Summer

    Sarah Ockler

    For fans of A Thousand Boy Kisses and You've Reached Sam, don't miss this emotional and beautiful novel about love, grief, and making the most of every moment."Don't worry, Anna. I...

  • Going Too Far synopsis, comments

    Going Too Far

    Jennifer Echols

    HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO? All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her impriso...

  • Changeling synopsis, comments


    Philippa Gregory

    Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a fourbook teen series from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.The year is 1...

  • All-of-a-Kind Family synopsis, comments

    All-of-a-Kind Family

    Sydney Taylor

    Meet the AllofaKind  Family Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.Together they share advent...

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    Jessi Kirby

    Sarah Dessen says this “incredible first novel” is “fresh and wise, all at once.”I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother ...

  • Reckless synopsis, comments


    Lauren Roberts

    Paedyn and Kai battle with duty and desire in this highly anticipated second installment in the sizzling and epic romantic fantasy trilogy that’s packed with spicy tension and edge...

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    Jesus Today, with Full Scriptures

    Sarah Young

    Do you need hope for your discouragement and healing for your hurts? Written from Jesus' perspective Jesus Today ® assures you that He is in control, that He is good, and...

  • The Unwritten Rule synopsis, comments

    The Unwritten Rule

    Elizabeth Scott

    Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it's always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she's not sur...

  • Stay synopsis, comments


    Deb Caletti

    A dark, romantic novel of love and obsession from Printz Honor medal winner and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti.Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the sta...

  • Jesus Always, with Scripture References, with Bonus Content synopsis, comments

    Jesus Always, with Scripture References, with Bonus Content

    Sarah Young

    This ebook includes the full text of the book plus three exclusive 14day topical readings from Sarah Young not found in the hardcover!Life today is full of difficultiesloss, sadnes...

  • The Woman Who Rides Like a Man synopsis, comments

    The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

    Tamora Pierce

    Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert at the edge of Tortall in this third book in Tamora Pierce’s Margaret A. Edwards Award–winning young adult seri...

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    Saint Anything

    Sarah Dessen

    A New York Times bestsellerA TIME Magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015 "Saint Anything is a poignant, honest story about how we might suffer the misfortune of som...

  • Jesus Calling, with Scripture References synopsis, comments

    Jesus Calling, with Scripture References

    Sarah Young

    Experience a deeper relationship with Jesus as you savor the presence of the One who understands you perfectly and loves you forever. With Scripture and personal reflections, New Y...

  • The Red Scrolls of Magic synopsis, comments

    The Red Scrolls of Magic

    Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

    A #1 New York Times bestseller!“A riproaring adventure merged with satisfying romance.” Entertainment Weekly “[A] swashbuckling launch to the Eldest Curses series.” Publishers Week...

  • Powerless synopsis, comments


    Lauren Roberts

    A New York Times bestseller!This sparkling edition includes a special case stamping, bonus content, and a teaser to book two in this heartpounding series! Perfect for fans of Sarah...

  • These Is My Words synopsis, comments

    These Is My Words

    Nancy E. Turner

    A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and rem...

  • Sixteenth Summer synopsis, comments

    Sixteenth Summer

    Michelle Dalton

    This sweet summer romance about “the floaty happiness of first love” (BCCB) between a girl living in a beachside island town and a city boy is perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Mor...

  • Legendborn synopsis, comments


    Tracy Deonn

    An Instant New York Times Bestseller! Winner of the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe for New Talent Author AwardFilled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deo...

  • Something, Maybe synopsis, comments

    Something, Maybe

    Elizabeth Scott

    I wonder what it would be like to do high school things. To go out on the weekends. To kiss a guy. To have a normal life. A real one. Everyone thinks their parents are embarras...

  • Once and for All synopsis, comments

    Once and for All

    Sarah Dessen

    From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!...

  • Blade Breaker synopsis, comments

    Blade Breaker

    Victoria Aveyard

    Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! “A true fantasy masterpiece." Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling authorSince Victoria Aveyard launched t...