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Thomas Nelson orders one million units for first printing of “Jesus Listens”


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 26, 2021) Thomas Nelson announces a first printing of one million units for New York Times bestselling author Sarah Young’s new book, Jesus Listens: Daily Devotional Prayers of Peace, Joy, and Hope (October 5, 2021).

Jesus Listens is the first devotional in the Jesus Calling® product line to feature prayers written by Sarah Young from the reader’s perspective to strengthen their relationship with Jesus. With an emphasis on praying God’s Word, Jesus Listens offers readers a prayer for each day of the year, followed by related scripture. The book features a fresh color palette, padded hardcover binding, two-color interior and a ribbon marker.

“The devotional prayers in Jesus Listens are designed to draw readers into deeper, richer communication with God,” Sarah Young explains. “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.”

“A first printing of one million copies for Jesus Listens reflects anticipated reader demand,” says Michael Aulisio, Vice President & Publisher of the Jesus Calling Brand. “It’s our honor and responsibility to find innovative ways to engage established readers even as we introduce new audiences to these daily messages of peace and comfort.”

Jesus Calling was published in 2004 and has become one of the most successful devotionals of all time. Over the past 17 years, the Jesus Calling product line has sold more than 35 million units across more than 30 languages. The Jesus Calling brand has expanded to include children’s devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books as well as licensed products such as calendars and greeting cards.

Readers can also enjoy devotional content via the Jesus Calling Podcast with over 8 million downloads, the “Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith” television program (Circle Network – reaching a monthly audience of nearly 150 million), the Jesus Calling print and digital quarterly magazine, and the Jesus Calling app (for Apple and Android). More at

About Sarah Young:  Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 35 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Listens, Jesus Today®, Jesus Always, Jesus LivesTM, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence – each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

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.

Contact: Pamela McClure, 615-294-5073


Jesus Listens: Daily Devotional Prayers of Peace, Joy, and Hope
By Sarah Young

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: October 5, 2021
Category: Religion / Christian Living
Price: U.S. $19.99
Format: Padded hardcover
Pages: 400

Media inquiries and review copy requests:
Pamela McClure, McClure Muntsinger Public Relations, 615-294-5073