New Year, New You, New Every Morning

February 12, 2020 by Marti Williams-Martin (Tennessee, USA)

In the midst of hard times—the Great Depression of the 1930s—a Sunday school teacher in San Antonio, Texas, planted seeds for what would become The Upper Room daily devotional guide.

Frances Craig saw the need for resources that would help people turn to a practice of daily prayer. She shared her vision with Travis Park Methodist Episcopal Church and leaders of the MEC Board of Home Missions. And in 1935, something new came to life; 100,000 copies of the first issue of The Upper Room were printed and quickly sold out.

Today, that little magazine is distributed around the world in over 30 languages. And in its 85 years, it has planted seeds for many other ministries and resources, including Upper Room Books.

We pray that the books featured in our latest book catalog (see below)—like all ministries of The Upper Room—invite you to create and enrich your daily life with God in times of peace and struggle.

Use promo code NEWYOU to receive 20% off regular-priced items in the below catalog and 60% off sale items (pp. 18-22).*

Note: *The Upper Room daily devotional guide and product bundles (see pp. 3, 5, 9, and 11) are not included in the discounts. 

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