NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas Nelson has launched a new Jesus Calling podcast, which is now available to download for free on iTunes, Stitcher, and many other podcasting platforms. The podcast features stories from readers of Jesus Calling and illustrates how spending time with the devotional has made a difference in their lives.
The first episode in the series features Dr. Cindy Ryan, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Grapevine, Texas, along with other members of the congregation. The episode focuses on the collective impact that has been made by sharing Jesus Calling within its community of more than 2,800 members.
"As a pastor, I think people are looking to us for practical ways to understand faith and to live it out," said Ryan. "They come every week looking for resources for the real-life challenges that they have. I don't think that anybody really wants easy answers, but they want tools. They want help. I believe that Jesus Calling is one of those practical tools you can put in their hands in a variety of situations and say, 'Just read this daily.' It's just incredible to look at our congregation and see the ways we've been provided for. God has been there before we even knew how much we would need this."
Future episodes will feature incredible personal stories from many other Jesus Calling readers around the world—readers whose lives have been transformed.
"We receive stories on a daily basis of how Jesus Calling has helped create community among individuals within the same church, neighborhood and social circle," said Michael Aulisio, vice president of marketing for gift books at Thomas Nelson. "We believe this podcast will create the same supportive community Jesus Calling readers have enjoyed—but in a digital form."
Phil Keaggy, a Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award-winning guitarist and composer, provided the background music that accompanies the stories. When his friend told him about the podcast, he offered to lend his talents to it because of how Jesus Calling has made an impact on his family.
"Jesus Calling has been such a blessing to me and my wife Bernadette morning by morning," said Keaggy. "We take time to read it every day. Each page conveys the heart of Jesus and his undying love for each and every one of us. These daily readings are a cup of cool water to the thirsty soul."
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. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.
SOURCE Thomas Nelson