Jesus Calling Devotional

Book
Rating
4.9 (43.6K)
Size
52.6 MB
Age rating
4+
Current version
8.0.5
Price
Free
Seller
HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.
Last update
3 months ago
Version OS
12.0 or later
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User Reviews for Jesus Calling Devotional

4.88 out of 5
43.6K Ratings
5 months ago, Mi Bee
Disappointed
I am so grateful that God has blessed those who can share devotion with his word that God gives us freely. I paid for this app when it first came out and now I can’t enjoy it because now I have to sign up to pay a monthly fee even the Bible project and you version is free, and they take one offerings of donations. Even the daughters of the king is free, and here you have a woman who I watched and listen to her reasoning for writing this book, her purpose, but I didn’t know God had put it in her to revamp it to make more money a different kind of way off his word that God ABBA Father gives freely. I am so disappointed. I wasted 10 bucks on this when it first came out and now I got to pay a fee, if you are a person who believes in God and you know, God will supply all your needs and you don’t have to make money off of what God gives to us freely. I’m disappointed in the creators of Jesus Calling for doing this. I don’t see where Jesus and God is in this I see that is the hand of man very disappointing. I truly enjoyed having this devotion and now, when I go to download it back on my other devices, I’m seeing I have to pay a fee for something I paid for already. This is sad. This is not of God. This is a man.
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3 months ago, DRH Oregon
Long time reader
This devotional is not consistently available to Legacy users. We have appreciated Jesus Calling digital devotional for years. Sold as a once in a lifetime purchase we have enjoyed and purchased it as a gift for many others. Now we can’t use it. I am baffled that Harper Collins is unable to treat the Legacy users consistently. The app will work as promised for short periods of time at the end of which the demand for additional subscription is made to continue use. Then miraculously the app will work again for a while. This sequence recently repeated, working well for the last half of the month of April 2024 until May 1, now their is a demand for subscription to continue. If it is Harper Collins intention to squeeze all legacy users to abandon their app purchase and get on board with the new subscription model I wish they would state that. This inconsistent treatment makes them look incompetent and leaves us legacy folks frustrated. I have attempted to get resolution from Harper Collins both by email and phone calls. If I receive a response the promise of help or callbacks drifts down a black hole somewhere, follow through is not an attribute of their customer service teams. I gave a rating of 3 stars as an average of my experience, 5 stars for the content of the product and 1 star for the effectiveness of communication and follow through of Harper Collins. My wife and I are in our 70’s and desire to use the Jesus Calling app we purchased so long ago.
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1 year ago, Bodey14
God talking
My wife and I read Jesus Calling together almost every evening before we retire. We love the way the thoughts are directed as from Jesus himself. We have faced many difficulties in the last six months. It is usually before bed that we discuss our conundrums, trying to make sense of them and find some hope. I cannot tell you how many times after we discuss these problems and finding no solution, the old frustration races it’s ugly head and steals our peace. It is then that I usually open up Jesus Calling and read it out loud. God often directly answers or addresses our conversation, foolish doubt, and unbelief. He speaks straight to our dilemma as and tells us what we need to hear. The scriptures included with the devotion, almost without fail, confirm what God has said to us through the devotion. We were particularly seeking God’s peace at the start of this new year. So many times God addressed that topic in incredibly relevant ways, confirming what he had been teaching us. Almost every evening we can’t wait to open it up again and see how the Lord speaks to us that day. I can’t recommend it enough. Craig Bodenschatz
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5 months ago, dacs72
Updates have ruined the app for me
Jesus Calling has brought me peace and calm over the years. I’ve enjoyed reading the daily devotionals every morning. Up until the forcing of premium into readers. After purchasing the app, which is the same 365 readings every year, I thought the procurement was finished. Fast forward several years and now Premium seems to be the only way to move around to different readings. I used to be able to revisit “favorites” and readings that moved me. Now, after a slew of updates, I can’t get past January 1st without having to purchase the recurring premium package. There have been many updates since the release of the premium option. Each update has had a different impact. The most recent says “to make the daily reading button more intuitive” and yet when you hit it your taken to 1 January and no way to get to the current day. It’s unfortunate that what started out as something to bring peace and joy in people’s lives through the reflections of daily passages, has now become more about increasing bottom line revenue. Before premium this would have been 5 stars. Now I give it 2. If it hadn’t been for the impact the readings have had over the years I’d make it a 1 due to all the glitches from the updates and the forcing of premium on those who just want to enjoy all the readings
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3 months ago, AnchoredinJoy1122!
I love this book but I am disappointed
I bought this app years ago when it first came out and loved it. Every devotional was timely. In this season, it is timely as well, but now I can no longer access the original Jesus Calling like I used to without having to go back to January 1st. So, I deleted the app and redownloaded it but now I lost all of my notes, my favorites and I can no longer access the content. It only shows the 1st seven days. This saddens me because when Sarah Young was alive, this was not the case, but after she passed away, the book in the form of an app became a platform for all books with a subscription. Which is great to access other content if you want, but I simply wanted to access my devotional without so much trouble. As silly as that sounds, I paid for the app years ago and I am not paying monthly for something that required a one time payment. I emailed about this the other day, was given j structuring to follow to correct the issue and it has not changed. I still haven’t heard back, so bought the actual book because I refuse to pay for a subscription.
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3 years ago, Called by Jesus
Enriching your beliefs!
I am so thankful for ALL of Sarah Young’s books. They are great companions to walking with Christ in daily living and Bible studies as well. No matter what is happening in my life or the world, the words of the daily devotions so often seem written for the circumstances of the times—this is extremely comforting as well as reassuring. I have given them as gifts and can’t wait for the next person who presents their need for such readings. I always keep a few copies of either “Calling”, “Always” and “Today” so that l can be timely in the gifting of the books. I first became familiar with Ms. Young‘s work when in a restaurant, a lady approached us and asked if she could read to us from “today’s reading”. She said that she had overheard our conversation with a brother-in-law who was basically down and out. We were taken back by her approach and she was told “no”. However, l had zeroed in on the title of Jesus Calling and l was down at the bookstore the next day for a copy of my own—l consider the money spent on these books as an investment not only in myself and family but to whomever l gift one of the copies!
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1 year ago, mami2-5
Jesus Knows What I Need for the Day!
Each morning when I red my Jesus Calling devotion for the day, it seems to be exactly what I’m possibly facing for the day or what situation that I am dealing with!!! My Sweet Daddy gave me my Jesus Calling book. He has now gone to be with Jesus, but every morning that I open my little book up I think of him and remember how many times I’ve heard him say, I love Jesus, Jesus is my friend♥️🙌🏻♥️ He had dementia/Alzheimer’s for 6 years be Jesus called him home, but he told people he loved Jesus and Jesus was his friend up until the last few months when the disease fully took him away from us😔😢 but yet, he could still sing his favorite songs about Jesus🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻😢☺️🙂and now, he is seated at the feet of Jesus sing and praising the Awesome Great Big God we serve🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 So thankful for my little devotion book. Thankful for the words that speak to my heart and for the ‘precious memories that it brings back to my mind. So very thankful that I have the promise that I will one day, I will see my Daddy again and will be able to sit at Jesus’ feet and will never again have any sad times🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
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4 months ago, Momofcakes
Very Disappointed
I gave this app a 5 star rating because the writings of Sarah Young have been very inspirational and encouraging to me in the past. I purchased this app for $9.99 many years ago in good faith that it would not change and now find that that a monthly fee of $4.99 is required. I understand that the cost of many things has gone up, however I did not expect that a inspirational app as yours would change its pricing. There are many apps that are totally free (Streams in the Desert, You version) however this one is my favorite. I am on a fixed income and would love to continue with this app but am not able to. I am sure that I am not alone. Maybe for those who sign up for the first time and accept the new fee requirement, however for those who already purchased the app and now find that their initial purchase is not enough should be considered. I respectfully ask you to reconsider allowing those who already purchased the app be allowed to view all of its contents. Thank you and God Bless!
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6 months ago, Stryder078
The Book is Amazing; the App is Terrible
I first off want to start by saying that this book (Jesus Calling) is amazing. I read it nearly every day and do feel like the Lord is speaking to me through it, reminding me daily to seek His face. I started reading this book at the suggestion of a friend at my salvation, and have not stopped since. I started by reading the physical book—loved it so much that I thought to go to the app. Here’s where it gets tough. I had to purchase the book again on the app (understandable, kind of like buying a book on Kindle), but I have to jump through hoops to access it. I can only go to my library, and have to scroll all the way down. I used to be able to just go to the corresponding day. There have been a couple times that I tried to even access it through the “library” tab and it said that I had to buy it (which I already did), so I had to delete the app and reinstall. I tried contacting app support but received no response. Everywhere else in the app, it says I have to buy the book or get a subscription. So again, not having trouble with the book itself. It’s amazing. It’s just that this app is frustratingly not working properly.
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3 years ago, steve9149
Worst ever
Hugh disappointment. I have discontinued usage until remedy. THE WAY IT SHOULD BE LIVING IN DEPENDENCE ON ME is the way to enjoy abundant life. You are learning to appreciate tough times because they amplify your awareness of My Presence. Tasks that you used to dread are becoming rich opportunities to enjoy My closeness. When you feel tired, you remember that I am your Strength; you take pleasure in leaning on Me. I am pleased by your tendency to turn to Me more and more frequently, especially when you are alone. When you are with other people, you often lose sight of My Presence. Your fear of displeasing people puts you in bondage to them, and they become your primary focus. When you realize this has happened, whisper My Name; this tiny act of trust brings Me to the forefront of your consciousness, where I belong. As you bask in the blessing of My nearness, My life can flow through you to others. This is abundant life! I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. —Psalm 18:1–2 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. —Proverbs 29:25 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” —John 10:10 nkjv
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7 months ago, Mz. JJ2
Perplexed
Hello there, It was saddening a couple week ago that the daily devotion couldn’t be accessed with out a subscription to all Jesus Calling devotionals. The option to have a choice to keep what has already been paid for, is always a good option. The one I really enjoy the most is Jesus Calling, Peace in His Presence, as I’ve purchased other Jesus Calling devotions in a store where I live. The option to not keep what I had, I did delete the app and I do have the devotional book, so I started reading it again. The choice to be able to show others when I’m not at home, was a wonderful way to witness to others about our precious Savior! With a few friends, we love this particular devotion and talk about the daily devotions often, have shared them as well. I started praying as God can change things, if it’s His will. Looked again and praise God, the option to read the daily devotion is now back! Thank you for listening to the Holy Spirit, as answered prayers are always blessings! I lost my 5th child, my only son, in January of this year and the words of encouragement and peace help tremendously with this loss. Praise God for inspiring Sarah Young!
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3 years ago, rusbird
Give me the old jesus calling devotional
I have given probably 200 Jesus Calling books to our wounded warriors, police officers and people that God leads me to that need Jesus. I have purchased apps for people and now with the update, it messes the entire premise of what Jesus calling app is susppose to do. You have gone commercial with the app and that is why you get 2 stars. We need one app for the devotional that we buy and have it come up on the day that we want to read it. I pray for direction on which devotional that I lead my group. Probably over 100 daily readers from our precious military and now I have gotten feedback that the app doesnt work. Please go back and make it non commercial. We know you have all of these books but we dont care. If we are led to buy them then great but dont force us to go through the hoops of a newsletter and daily words that we are not interested in. I want the day9today devotional to come up when I press on the jesus calling app. Blessings to you
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12 months ago, Junestarr
Used to love it… Now it’s not accessible for me
I am so disappointed in this app. I have been an avid lover of Jesus Calling for many years.. first I purchased the book and then the app.I began having visual problems and spent a lot of extra money to get the deluxe audiobook. It is the only way I can have access and the audio has not worked in a very long time.. I wrote to the company for help a couple of times… So long ago I can’t remember but at least a year ago for my first correspondence. I just got a vague answer back saying they did not know when the audio would be available again. So recently in my extreme frustration I wrote them not once but twice again expressing my frustration at having spent so much money for something that I cannot use at all. No one even bothered to answer either of my emails. So I am out $30 and have no access to a book I once truly loved. I was trying to use the app on several different devices with different operating systems, so it is not a problem on my end. All are iPads or iPhones. I am sorry… I truly hate to write a negative review for a Jesus Calling app that I loved so much. But I don’t think this is the right way to treat someone who has made a purchase from you.
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2 months ago, music M
I can’t restore my purchase on my new iphone 11
I bought the original Jesus Calling app several years ago and have loved reading it every day. It has spoken to me personally in ways that I can’t explain. It’s like each day is written just for my needs in mind! I really miss being able to access it on my new iphone11. I have emailed Harper Collins regarding this several times and have tried all of their suggestions: restarting my phone, removing and reinstalling the app, restoring my purchase, updating the app, starting the app with the audio, etc., to no avail. I still only get the one-week trial version of the app and am very discouraged and disappointed! I miss being able to read Jesus Calling every day. It has been a huge blessing in my life and I have told many, many friends to buy the app themselves over the years. It is a gem. I wish someone could help me get my original purchase back onto my new phone.
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3 years ago, sparkers
Update has made it totally unusable
Update has made it totally unusable the way I’ve been using it for the last 3 years or so. I have been listening to it read to me before my eyes are fully opened each day. I have found that to be such a sweet & inspirational way to start my day. So much so that I have not missed a single day in all that time. However, now I’m unable to highlight it to hear it as audio (or to share the text with my husband, who is an over the road trucker, gone for a month at a time) I saw the audio option at the top but it doesn’t work for me & the directions that pop up, for restoring my purchase, didn’t work either. When I purchased the app people warned me, that an app where they would charge so much, shows greediness. I defended it because I saw the value in it but with this situation, it kinda feels like a way of trying to get More money out of those who have already purchased it. The 3 stars are for the value I’ve gotten out of it until this point & the 2 missing stars are for the value that I feel has been taken away 😔
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4 years ago, MONEY COMETH 💰💰💰
How to share what you read.
I found out how to share what I read daily to other people. The way I share what I read is by pressing on the center of the page that you were reading and holding your thumb there until you see a bar that will appear on the screen and then click on select all, it will highlight the entire page and then at the end of the bar you will see share click on the share button not the link and that is how I have been able to share this with many of people. As someone posted earlier when you click on the share link all that shows is the books from Sarah Young which are truly amazing every last one of them. I hope this was of some assistance to anybody that’s trying to share something that they read for that particular day. God bless you all God bless the world because Jesus is Lord!!!!
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7 months ago, ES&DS
Subscription Now Required
Thank you to the developer who responded to my initial comments (See below.) expressing disappointment that I could no longer access Jesus Calling without a monthly subscription. A change has been made so that now I can access my original content, but have the option to subscribe monthly for additional publications. That is fair. Thank you for listening and for responding! I am disappointed that a subscription is now required for me to access the full content of the Jesus Calling app. I bought the app several years ago and now am required to pay $4.99/month to continue using it. A subscription would seem reasonable if the app were free, but charging for the app and then adding a monthly cost does not seem right. I will use my print copy and delete the app.
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2 months ago, alibieburrr.
Very disappointed greedy people ruined it
I loved Jesus Calling, even though I had to purchase this app for $10 I thought it was worth it because it was so beautiful. Loved it for years until the developers got GREEDY and decided the only way to use the app now requires a monthly free. This is absolutely insane since this app used to be free, has the same 365 readings a year & is available on kindle & physical book (which I now have) the biggest thing I liked about the app was the reminder to read it. But that is NOT worth the monthly subscription price. Save your money & buy on kindle- or don’t even support these people anymore because they have clearly gone away from God. God would’ve never liked to see someone take people’s money for their own profit. There’s a difference between writing a beautiful book about the bible & making sales and completely taking advantage of people. The developers have fallen into sin & consumerism & it’s just sad. Save your time & money & just read the bible and use google if you need help understanding. Cannot emphasize enough how disappointed and disgusted I am.
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3 years ago, jdbyrdie
Very unhappy with update
I have read Jesus Calling over and over each year since it was first available. I have copied and pasted the devotional and sent to my son for last couple of years.. I always sent it to him in the morning when I read it.. He commented how he looked forward to starting his day with my text.. your update doesn’t allow that for us anymore. Your update has take away something very special between my son and me. I can’t help but think it is an act of greediness on your part…wanting people to purchase that app rather than being thrilled someone is benefiting from the devotional… I paid for it and I should be able to share it.. I have been taken screen shots of it but it takes 2 to get in all in.. just a hassle and not the same…I’m thinking about just cancelling the app and finding a new source to text my son.. this has been very upsetting to me and changed the way I have always felt about Jesus Calling…to be honest I’m sure He isn’t happy you have made this change either…from talking to other people about it I’m not the only one that feels this way!
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8 months ago, KaitBigJoe
Great book but the app could use some work
I have the physical book but wanted to get the app to Jesus calling since I don’t take the book with me everywhere. I had the daily reminder set for a time to remind to read the days reading. It did it a couple times and then it doesn’t do it anymore. Then after a month of having the app right when I open the app it asks to subscribe to unlock more features and books. That is what they have for the Home Screen. I don’t like having to always go to the library and scroll up to the day I am on. The Home Screen used to be the list of my favorites readings and then I could go straight to the days reading. Most other apps will have a spot in settings or something for you to upgrade if you want. I’d like to have the original Home Screen back bc I have no interest in upgrading and it gets annoying to see it every time I open the app.
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11 months ago, PDBE11813
An awesome & excellent gift from Jesus!!!!
To read a daily message from our Lord and Savior, is a gift from Jesus to all who are willing to join and enjoy the fun, the open honesty He shares with us . All of us are so blessed by Sarah Young’s willingness to take a leap of faith to trust what Jesus asked Sarah to do. I know this to be true for Sarah Young as it is for me. January 2015 I was commissioned by Jesus to write a book titled “Three Strikes, You’re Out, USA!”. Three Strikes, You’re Out, USA!, was published May 2021. The message from God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit clearly states the direction of our beloved USA. We have two and only two choices; 1. Repent of our sins and God will heal our Nation!!! 2. Continuing to believe following Lucifer, (aka Satan) says go do whatever WE WANT TO DO, as often as we desire, God will bring The USA down to complete ruins!!! Geary L. Robinson, PhD Christain Faith Publishing
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6 months ago, CPA76
Truly disheartening
I am so saddened and disheartened that the devotional that I paid for years ago and have enjoyed reading almost daily ever since is no longer accessible to me without a subscription. That is literally like buying a book in a bookstore and then ten years later, the author walks into your house and takes it off the bookshelf. I’m disheartened because I know the words Sarah wrote in Jesus Calling are so divinely appointed. I can’t imagine falling so far away that you choose to withhold those words from the users that paid for them, all in hopes of making a few extra bucks on monthly subscriptions. I do have the hard copy but I like reading on my phone first thing in the morning before I even turn my light on. I’m urging you to reconsider this decision. Please restore access to those who have already paid for it and just trust that God will provide for you financially another way. I can’t tell you how many times Jesus Calling has been exactly what I needed for the day ahead or to fall asleep after a difficult day.
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3 years ago, D-A-K-5-9
I don't like the upgrade either.
The new layout feel impersonal. I don’t like the historical view of where I have been, I would rather the app show today’s devotion when I open it. I used to share info on the devotions with my family, especially my sons who aren’t reading devotions each day. I own the app and 4 additional copies of the book. I have given them the copies of Jesus Calling as well. I know they don’t faithfully read it daily, but they did read what I sent. It is unfortunate I can’t continue to feed their faith using Jesus Calling. I am also not as dedicated to the app. I now go other places for my daily readings. It is a shame you figured out a way to stop people from sharing God’s Word so we are able to let those we love know how we are touched by the Holy Spirit.
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3 years ago, Gratie 23
Changes
It is hard on old people when you keep changing the format. I know market research probably shows that people love change and they buy and use the app more when you keep changing it, but I am Just noting that in my case, that is not true. Unless there is An improvement, which I don’t see in This format. In fact, although I have read Jesus Calling every morning for years, I have recently stopped looking at it because I hate The format so much. It is harder to read, the demarcation between scripture and comment is not Detectable, etc etc. Still give The contents Five stars, but I hate The formatting, maybe Because I am old and don’t like change. I don’t know! Just voicing my opinion. Take Care, dear Friend And Mutual God lover!
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3 years ago, VonPom
You Messed It Up Again😩
This is the second time that you all have messed up the app. It was working perfectly as of 2021. But now, with this last update that I just did May 2021. Now I’m not able to select all and copy the text to send to my loved ones who don’t have smart phones. And that is why I only gave three stars. I thought the goal was to share this word, More so then share the link to purchase this word. I am thinking about deleting this app all together and just copying word from another source so that I can send in a text to my love ones. It would be okay, if when I use the link it would allow my loved ones to read the entire passages for the day, but it won’t even do that. I hate this last update for this reason. It won’t even allow my iPhone lady (Siri), to read the passage to me anymore. That is a MAJOR no no! Sincerely; Frustrated Subscriber. 😩
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2 years ago, Sad user in tx
LOVE the content but not app functionality ‘updates’
I have had this app for years and love it. However over the past year or so they have changed the functionality so it is much harder to use. You used to be able to scroll day/days back and forward from ‘today’ and now if you try to view another day, you’re taken to the entire list starting on Jan 1, so you have to endlessly scroll to find the date you’re looking for. I submitted this issue and was told sorry, there is no way to get the old functionality. Additionally I very recently changed my notification time of day, but then received no notifications. I submitted it as an issue and was told they’re working on it but months later it is still not resolved. Very sad ~ I wish there was another app to get this quality content without all the so-called enhancements.
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3 years ago, 1RSG
Disappointed with Update
One of the joys I had with this devotional was that I could copy and paste it into emails to share with friends and family to encourage them. Every now and then as I read a particular day’s devotional, God would bring someone to mind that might find encouragement from that particular day’s scripture. I would copy and paste it into a text message with the title: Jesus Calling plus the date. It was such an easy way for me to minister to that person in a way that was meaningful to them. I have one friend in particular that has suffered multiple brain injuries that loved it when I shared this devotional with her. Now I’m no longer able to without her having to purchase and download the application on her phone. She needs things kept simple and this latest update has made it more complicated to share with her. All that to say, I’m not receiving the enjoyment or benefit that I once experienced with this app. So sad and disappointing. I rarely read it anymore.
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10 months ago, GitErDone!
Angels are at work here.
I just wanted to say that this book, of which I have a hard copy as well as a hard copy of the Jesus Listens book, have gotten me through some of the most perilous times in my life…..I grew up in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos during the Vietnam War, raised a JW through the Missionaries in Thailand. I have leaned into it, cried into it , and supplicated through its words! I’ve also learn to lean heavily on the only One who could help me during these uncertain times…..I must say, it’s the only reason I didn’t end my life years ago because of horrific personal losses like Job of old, lack of love for myself, and fear of what the future would bring. His words are His, I feel it it, resonate with it and I cherish it! Thank you Sarah Young!
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2 months ago, Needs better nickname
Greedy
Please read the feedback of others as well. The books written by Sarah Young are live changing. However the greedy publisher has ruined the app. Do not waste your time or money, just buy the real paperback book. In the beginning of this app you could view the book for free for a trial period then had to buy the book. Even though I already owned the paper version I gladly bought both devotionals again so I could have the book on my phone. That was great until it wasn't enough. Now on top of purchasing the book, they are forcing you to pay a subscription. If you don't, the app does not work. They lie and lie and give auto generated apologies saying they are aware of the "bug" and that it will be fixed. It's never fixed. They will waste your time telling you to delete, reinstall, restore purchase or how to navigate with the bug. Save yourself the time and frustration of dealing with another greedy company and just buy the paper book.
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3 years ago, MoolahT
VERY, VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE NEW UPDATE!
I agree with every other review on this page werein the readers are very upset about the new update. Please update and change it back to the way it was before. It is just sooooo frustrating that you can’t even go to the next page/day by just tapping or swiping the bottom. Also, if you miss a couple of days readings and you want to catch up, you have to go back to the homepage where there is a listing of the month and day, but it always takes you back to the first of the year so you have to scroll all the way down to the find the month and day that you want to read. It is so annoying!!! I am extremely disappointed with this new update. It’s just ridiculous!!… and not easy to use at all. It sounds like you have ALOT of readers that are upset. You need to make some changes!!!
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7 months ago, ScottsMcGots
Bait & Switch Money Grab
Save your money and buy the hardcopy. This app is a money grab. After a year and a couple months, all of a sudden I have to renew my subscription. Why would I need to renew my subscription on a book I've already read? There's no new material. Why would I have to pay more to read the same thing that I read last year?!! Also, the interface is horrible. It's like they've never even looked at their own app typically with books, including daily devotionals you can swipe left or right to scroll from page to page--not here! If you want to see the next day or the previous day, you have to hit the back button and then you have to scroll from January to whatever date you're on now you have to find it like like closing the book and having to find page 324 when you were on page 325. Ridiculous horrible app. don't waste your money. Buy the hardcopy if you want to read "Jesus Calling."
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4 weeks ago, Grandma Stevens
Sarah Young would be disappointed
I have enjoyed this app that I purchased for many years. I have emailed regarding being locked out and unable to access Jesus Calling. I already paid for the app and will not pay again for premium access just to be able to use the app. It is shameful that this has occurred after Sarah Young passed away. I have purchased dozens of hard copies to share God’s peace. It is a digital world today and have also paid for friends to download the app. Harper Collins should rethink their position. This could be fixed if that were the desire of Harper Collins. Very bad PR. Start reading the reviews!
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4 months ago, Marsha’s lifeline
What about loyalty to your original customers?
I am very disappointed that Jesus calling is so difficult to access for those who initially purchased the app years ago! For a long time I was not able to access it at all. Now when I go to “todays reading” it only lets me see the first few devotions of January. I emailed them about this and they gave me the steps to correct this but it didn’t work. I have to go through several steps each time to get to the book and then have to scroll through the whole year to todays date. It it has become all about marketing the new products not about developing a closer walk with Jesus as Sara Young intended. I purchased the original book years ago and now have trouble accessing it. No matter how you look at it that is dishonest! Certainly not the type of company you want to purchase products from and definitely not a company who is honoring God in their business!
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2 months ago, Ashlyw77
Very Disappointed - Read before purchasing
I am writing to express my deep disappointment with your recent changes. My family and I have been avid users of your app and books for several years, and we have greatly appreciated the value they have brought to our lives. I purchased the app a few years ago for $30, in addition to numerous books and devotionals. Recently, however, I have encountered significant issues with the app. It now requires a monthly subscription to function, rendering my previously purchased version useless. Despite reaching out to customer service repeatedly over the past few months, I have only received the same set of instructions, which do not resolve the issue and only waste my time. Furthermore, the email responses from your customer service team have been consistently cold and indifferent. This shift to a subscription model, particularly without adequately addressing the needs of your Legacy users, feels like a poor decision. I cannot help but feel this change came about after the passing of Mrs. Young, and it has left me feeling frustrated and undervalued as a customer. It pains me to give 1 star because the literature, itself, is a 5 star review. I hope you reconsider this approach and find a way to support your long-term users who have invested in your products. Ashly Watkins
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4 months ago, Live the Word, love the Word
More disappointed over the years
I paid for this app years ago when it first came out and even weathered several clunky app changes that took the app from being a beautiful prompt in my time with the Lord (with lovely pages that mimicked the book itself) to plain looking and full of app glitches with days that didn’t sync up, to back to being more stylistically like the book again. Now for me to use the app I paid for as an early supporter and even read the app opening on the right day, or share anything as an encouragement (which I used to do with my husband) I have to now pay a monthly fee. The least they could do is support those who paid already. It feels like robbery to have you pay for one thing and then take it away to get you to pay more - and for Biblical content is just disappointing to say the least. A move like that isn’t in keeping with scripture, itself.
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2 months ago, corbettgran
Also disappointed
I have had this ap on my phone for many years. Links many of my apps, I don’t use it every day. However today I chose to use it after not using it for quite some time. Since it hadn’t been opened for awhile, after I had read today’s devotion, I thought it would be a good idea to update it. Imagine my surprise when, after updating it, I could no longer use the app! Only if I will pay a monthly fee, can I use this app that I now have had on my phone for probably about 10 years! Very frustrating! No warning, no options to stay as a free version , nothing! I’m used to seeing other apps who add on advertising to their free versions; a slightly irritating but understandable option to keeping it a free app. But not Jesus Calling! Nope. It’s just gone now.
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10 months ago, mama4jsk
Sent several emails but no fix or response
My review isn’t about the content, because it is amazing. My review is about the lack of response from this company and no fix to the problem at hand. I’ve had this app for many years and have loved it. About 6-8 months ago, the original audio I paid for, for Jesus Calling stopped working. I’ve emailed the company several times and I’ve had no response. I’ve deleted the app and redownloaded all content several times to no avail. I now have a new phone and it still doesn’t work. I bought the audio because I suffer with chronic migraines and have a very difficult time reading at times. Listening is sometimes my only way to spend time with the Lord. I’d rather you fix this issue but if you can’t, please refund my money. Thank you!
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5 months ago, LisiCS
Very disappointed
I purchased this app several years ago. I had full access to all content, looked forward to my daily devotionals, saved messages that I wanted to have quick access to. However, several times in the last two years I have lost access to the content I had already purchased. Sometimes it happened at the beginning of a new month, or a new year, or with an app update. After much frustration and many tries I was often able to access the content again after a period of time. At this point, it has been two months since I've been able to access the content. I've removed the app, I've re-downloaded the app, I've restored purchases, I still can't access anything past January 7. I emailed support, received no response in over 30 days. I finally realized that the publishers of this app decided money (in the form of a paid subscription rather than a one time payment) was more important than people actually counting on them for their daily devotionals. I wonder if Sarah Young would approve of this choice. At this point, it has become a clear sign to move on. It's apparent that God has another message intended for me. Sadly, as much as I appreciate the Jesus Calling book and enjoyed the convenience of the app, I won't be able to recommend it anymore.
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5 months ago, Lgian316
App not working properly
I purchased the Jesus Calling app several years ago. When I opened the app it would go to the current days devotional. Now it always goes to January 2. I have to go through maneuvers to get to the list, which starts in December, and scroll all the way to now (February) to get to the current days devotional. It started doing this about a month ago when you changed the app. I love this app, just want this fixed! Thank you Update: You fixed the problem but now it’s doing it again. It always goes to January 1 so I have to go to “Library”, then click on the Jesus Calling book and then scroll down to todays date and click on that to read the devotional. Please fix! Thank you!
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7 months ago, LVaug
Jesus Calling joining the subscription movement
When I first downloaded the app a few years ago, I paid for access to the daily Jesus Calling devotionals—it wasn’t something that was free to begin with. I think I paid $9.99 or about what it would cost to buy a printed copy of the book. Tonight, I opened the app and now, to access the devotionals, a subscription is required?! After I already paid to download the app?! I’m so disappointed in whoever controls this app. I understand that everyone needs to make money somehow and, if the app wasn’t already a paid app, I would sort of understand charging a fee. But almost $60 a year for a monthly subscription? As far as I know, the content doesn’t change from year to year, and I don’t want the magazine and the audio and all of that. All I want is to be able to access the devotionals to read before I go to bed every night.
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3 years ago, annoying to have a name
My thought
I liked it better when I was able to copy and paste these beautiful words. Now I am unable to share. Before I would copy n share whether it be to Facebook,Instagram or directly and I know many that waited to see what I wrote. Many asked me where they could find and I would share the book by directing them to buy or buy the book for them. Sometimes when souls are wandering and searching for meaning getting a taste to feed their hungry souls is what is needed…. Sooner or later they finally figure out what satiates that hunger they search for. I have always called this my “Jesus horoscope” no matter when it always speaks to me for that day… it’s uncanny… but as I always have said… Jesus knows ❤️
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3 years ago, lament322
Updated version...
I add my comments to the latest reviews I’ve been reading. The old version was much preferred. I appreciated the simplicity of this daily devotional app, and now the updated version is not inviting at all. The font and color are harsh. I also appreciated the fact that previously when I opened it every day it immediately opened to that current day’s devotional, like a bookmark. I didn’t have the whole list in front of me to choose from. It was an extreme shock to open the app, have it ask for my name and take me through a series of prompts, when I was expecting to just open this welcome ebook and pick up where I left off before. Extremely disappointing. Not thinking I’ll be using it anymore. When I want to dig deeper I go to my Bible directly for that, not through a paid app. Not everything needs to be so ‘busy’ with info. Sometimes simple is better.
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3 months ago, HisWorkmanship
Greed, Ruined Jesus calling
When I purchased Jesus Calling over four years ago. It was an individual app which allowed me to read Jesus Calling daily. It was so good that I purchased approximately 10 versions of this software as a gift for other believers. Now they have put so many things in it to try to make me subscribe to a service that I’m not interested in. Unless this is fixed immediately, I won’t have no other choice then to delete this app from my phone. Of course, I will not be recommending it to anyone else in the future. Even the Jesus Calling book has gone down in my estimations because of the present greed of this company. Please try to remember what Jesus said freely you have received freely give. Did not mind purchasing the product in the past, but the force users to have to go through the hoops just to read their original purchase is unfair and dishonest.
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8 months ago, Kelli1434
No longer use this app
Just went to monthly subscription. Just deleted app. Not user friendly any more. For a long time this has been my number one go to app. I literally read Jesus calling every single morning. But they made a lot of changes and it’s really not user-friendly anymore. At this point, I really don’t think they care of people read it or not. They have not addressed a single one of the issues, and if you look at the reviews, there’s a whole lot of people that are upset with the changes that they made. Heaven for bid you have to miss a day or two navigating back to those days is horrendous. I hold out hope that they will fix all these horrible updates, because it really was a great app before they “fixed” it.
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8 months ago, Shropshire1
Not usable without a subscription now, sad
I travel full time for work and the first thing I do is grab my phone and open my Jesus Calling before anything else. It suddenly snagged on a specific day and you can no longer read any further, unless you pay the monthly fee or yearly fee. When I hear “follow the money” it usually means to a root of something not good. In this case someone chose to alter loyal followers lives by forcing them to pay subscription services they can’t afford in an economy that this is one of the things that brought them peace and hope from. Please don’t reply with a token “looks like you’ve having a technical difficulty”. No I’m having a trust issue now because your app/company became greedy. And during the month of December what a wonderful experience for your faithful, Christen following how use this app as part of their daily fellowship.
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1 month ago, BL Rath
Content Powerful but getting to it is not
I’ve been a long time user of this app. What was the last few updates, it has become very difficult to get to the reading of the day after a couple of weeks, I contact tech-support and each time I must wait for the new update. Eachseems to correct itself for a short period, and then return to a frankly abysmal process to get to my content. but the content is so good, that I keep working around the issues all be it frustrating. Fast forward a couple of months, and I was relegated to reinstall the app per tech support. Now only a handful of days are unlocked. I’ve contacted tech support to no avail. It appears that Harper Collins has washed their hands of this and relying on a very poor app developer. Not what I expect from the publisher of such great content.
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3 years ago, Grandma1$@3
Why did the app for Jesus Calling change?
My husband and I have had Jesus Calling on our phones for a long time. We also have hard copies of the book. The words have directed and comforted us for years My husbands phone still has the appearance/look and intro of the original app which I loved. His app shows the original cover of the book and then you immediately see God’s hands as the day’s devotional loads. The daily reading appears immediately once loaded. My phone’s app has changed and I can’t get the original appearance back. For me, being drawn into the hands as it loads calms me and having it go directly into the daily reading was perfect. I miss that intro. Now I read from my book rather than the app I enjoyed so much.
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3 years ago, kim22kim22kim22
Please bring back the old version, the update is horrible!
Before the update, I would have given this 5 stars. The layout was beautiful/inviting and I looked forward to opening my app each day. Now with the new update the daily devotions looks like a work e-mail and the app is extremely inconvenient to navigate. I would have never purchased this app if this was the original layout/format. Please bring back the old layout. You have numerous valued customers saying the same thing. There is a consistent theme-please bring back the old version. I miss it and the peace it brought to my morning routine. I unfortunately don’t even use the app anymore and have pulled out my physical book copy instead but miss the convenience of having it on my phone. Please listen to the feedback and bring back the old version prior to the most recent update.
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4 months ago, Leslijof
Reply
Notice how each of your reply’s is not actually addressing any of the concerns. How about you fix the app. I get how it works now, for the first 9 days of each month it flips back to the first of January, then works the rest of the month. Since you can’t seem to direct your users how to get around this issue I will. Go to library at the bottom of the page and you have to manually scroll all the way back through the year to find the date. Then click on it and read. Since they messed with this app it reverts for the first 9 days. After that, you can click on “read next day”. Not sure why this glitch cannot be fixed. Your (January 25th) automated reply is a slap in the face to everyone who cares about reading Sarah Young’s words and you have done nothing to rectify the problems you caused with your so called “update”. Do better!
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6 months ago, CAdamLong
New Version of App is Practically Broken
This might be the first time I have ever given a poor rating to an app, but in this case I feel compelled to express my dissatisfaction with the later version of the app. I bought the app and it worked well for a few years. The later version does not work correctly… • The “Today’s Reading” does not go to today; rather defaults to 1 January. • “Continue to My Content” does not allow me access to my content - shows locked, even after I choose the option to “Restore My Purchase”. • Removing and Reinstalling the app does not improve the situation. • I desperately wished I had not let the app update to the new version. • I love the content of Jesus Calling - always have, but the daily frustrations of using the app is challenging my morning time peaceful devotional time. I almost never complain about poor service or products, so please see this submission as my request to correct the app. • I paid handsomely for the app in the past and now the in-app purchase seems to be overly pushy. Since I already paid for the app, the daily advertisement to pay monthly for something I am already licensed to use definitely seems inauthentic.
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