Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, the bestselling devotional that has surpassed 30 million units sold, will have its own TV show, Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith, Thomas Nelson announced today. The first show will air on Oct. 6 on Circle Network at 8:30 p.m. EST and other viewing options are available at https://www.circleallaccess.com/watch/.
The series, based off the namesake book Jesus Calling ® (Thomas Nelson), will reveal stories of success, loss, heartbreak, and redemption from people of faith from all walks of life that will inspire and encourage viewers. Host Lauren Alaina kicks off the series with actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, followed by an A-list roster of guests including country music star Hunter Hayes, CBS sportscaster James Brown, actress and producer Rita Wilson, disco legend Gloria Gaynor, and many more.
"I was honored to be asked to host the Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith TV show," said Alaina. "There are a lot of things that are important to me in life, but Jesus is number one. There's no better compliment than someone recognizing my faith and asking me to help share God's word."
"We are so excited to have Lauren as host of Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith," said Michael Aulisio, Vice President of Marketing for the Children's & Gift Books Group at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. "Lauren's vibrancy and personal connection to the devotional made her a natural for the show. We know that viewers will be encouraged by her words and the inspirational stories they see each week."
Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith is a part of Circle's three-hour Faith Block, airing from 2 - 5 pm ET on Sundays and 8 - 11 PM ET on Tuesdays beginning in October.
"During these trying times that our world is currently facing, we at Circle are honored to be able to deliver uplifting content to hopefully inspire and encourage positivity," said Drew Reifenberger, Circle Network general manager. "We couldn't be happier with the talented hosts that make up this three-hour block and look forward to sharing their messages with our audience."
Since it was first published in 2004, the Jesus Calling brand has expanded to include children's devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books, an app, two ECPA book of the year awards for Jesus Today and Jesus Always, a magazine, a podcast that recently exceeded five million downloads, and now a TV show. Author of Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, continues to be surprised by the ways the book has grown over the years.
"I feel very blessed to watch all of the ways that God uses Jesus Calling, even so many years after its initial publication," said author Sarah Young. "Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how many people's hearts and lives it would touch. This new project with Circle TV is an avenue of reaching even more people, and I'm excited about it. Just as I pray for readers of all my books, I'll be praying for viewers of Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith."
"We are thrilled for the opportunity to showcase the Jesus Calling devotional that has touched the lives of more than 30 million people," said Laura Minchew, senior vice president and group publisher of the Children's & Gift Book Group at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. "The impact of this book is remarkable because it reaches people right where they are in such an intimate way. I think the television show will be a must-watch with some of our favorite people sharing their personal stories of hope, overcoming, pain and peace."
The Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith programming schedule - airing from Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 27 - includes:
Tuesday, October 6 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, October 11 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 1: Faith Through Adversity
Main Guest: Kristin Chenoweth, actress & singer
Guest 2: Tammie Jo Shults,heroic airline pilot
Tuesday, October 13 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, October 18 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 2: Faith to See Our Value
Main Guest: Hunter Hayes, country music star
Guest 2: Zach Williams, Christian music artist
Tuesday, October 20 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, October 25 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 3: Faith to Love Others
Main Guest: Linsey Davis, ABC news reporter
Guest 2: Mattie Jackson Selecmen, storyteller/ daughter of Alan Jackson
Tuesday, October 27 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Friday, 10/30 @ 6:00 PM ET)
Episode 4: Faith to Live Out Our Dreams
Main Guest: Kathie Lee Gifford, former TODAY host
Guest 2: Darryl Worley, country musician
Tuesday, November 3 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, November 8 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 5: Faith Through Our Darkest Moments
Main Guest: Craig Morgan, country musician
Guest 2: Chonda Pierce, Christian comedian & author
Tuesday, November 10 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, November 15 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 6: When Our Faith is Tested
Main Guest: The Beathards, NFL players/ musician brothers & their father
Guest 2: Gloria Gaynor, musician
Tuesday, November 17 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, November 22 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 7: Faith to Carry Us Through It All
Main Guest: Jay DeMarcus, country music star and member of Rascal Flatts
Guest 2: Sandi Patty, GRAMMY-winning Christian music artist
Tuesday, November 24 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, November 29 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 8: Living on a Foundation of Faith
Main Guest: James Brown, CBS sportscaster
Guest 2: Aaron Watson, Texas country music star
Tuesday, December 1 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, December 6 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 9: Faith to Never Give Up
Main Guest: Jim Kelly & Jill Kelly, former NFL player & his wife
Guest 2: Susie McEntire & Mark Eaton, country gospel music ministers
Tuesday, December 8 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, December 13 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 10: Faith to Persevere
Main Guest: Rita Wilson, actress & producer
Guest 2: Cynotia Brown, public figure
Tuesday, December 15 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, December 20 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 11: Faith to Find Our Purpose
Main Guest: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, former host of The View
Guest 2: Anthony Lucia, professional roper & TV host
Tuesday, December 22 @ 8:30 PM ET (re-airing Sunday, December 27 @ 2:00 PM ET)
Episode 12: Faith to Achieve the Impossible
Main Guests: Randy Travis & Mary Travis, country superstar & his wife
Guest 2: Charlie Daniels Tribute Feature
Check CirclePlus.com for complete programming information for Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith.