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Why did you feel the need to update God Calling?

Patti Velasquez and Lacie Stevens, the editors of this updated version of God Calling, have loved and used God Calling for years. However, they became concerned that its timeless messages were in danger of being lost on a 21st century audience. Word usage in the original reflects the sensibilities of 1930s England, not 21st century America. In addition, they wanted to provide Scripture references not supplied in the original.

A few examples will show the difference:

March 22
Old version
… You cannot have a need I cannot supply. A flower or one thousand pounds—one is no more difficult than the other.


Our version
… You cannot have a need I cannot supply. A flower or a million dollars—one is no more difficult for Me than the other.


April 29
Old version
Seek and ye shall find. Shall find that inner knowledge that makes the problems of life plain.


Our version
“Seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7 NIV 1984). You will find that inner knowledge which makes life’s problems clear.



July 3
Old version
… My children, “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” That is satisfaction.

Only in that fulness of spiritual things can the heartsick and faint and weary be satisfied, healed and rested. “Lord,” we cry, “to whom shall we go but Thee.” “Thou prepares a table before us.” Bread of Life, Food from Heaven.

Our version
… My children, “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat” (Matthew 5:6 The Message). Now
that is satisfying.

Only in that fulness of spiritual things can the heartsick and weak and weary be satisfied and rested. We cry out, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” (John 6:68 NIV 1984). We proclaim, “You prepare a table before me” (Psalm 23:5). Bread of Life—food from heaven.