I dearly hope, whoever you are, you’re familiar with Jane Austen (unless you have been horribly deprived of literature or classic films). But, are you aware of her faith? Her novels weave themes of moral character, kindness, and compassion which stem from Austen’s own upbringing and environment. I recently had the opportunity to learn more about Jane Austen’s faith through a sweet little book, The Prayers of Jane Austen.
The past few weeks, I’ve been a part of a fun read-along which included this book and Persuasion. You can see my favorite quotes from Persuasion here.
Book info: You know Jane Austen as the beloved author of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and other witty, insightful novels of the early nineteenth century. Now come to know her as a woman of unexpected spiritual depth. Jane Austen wrote beautiful, heartfelt prayers for use during her family’s evening devotions. Each one reveals her gratitude for God’s blessings and her pursuit of a holy life—expressions of a woman whose heart was profoundly moved by faith.
In this beautifully designed book, author Terry Glaspey introduces you to Jane Austen the Christian by sharing this powerful collection of prayers and also a glimpse into her life story and the impact she had as a writer of virtue, character, and morality.
My thoughts: This really is a beautiful compilation of 3 prayers. The informative forward and commentary connects the spiritual depth of the prayers with the more well-known lifestyle of Jane Austen. She was not a lady who was outspoken and public concerning her deep faith, but these prayers are evidence of her heart and a clear basis for the morals expressed in her stories.
The prayers reveal Austen’s thankful demeanor, her genuine care for others, and her humble opinion of herself. The book itself is attractive and simple in design — a quick read. It contains sketch illustrations from the British Library’s collections, which remind the reader of the era when paired with the flowing language familiar to Austen readers.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves classic literature or Jane Austen. I think it would also make a perfect little gift!
Additional info on the editor/author of The Prayers of Jane Austen:
Terry Glaspey has degrees in history and pastoral ministry and is the author of several books, including 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know and Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis.
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Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for a review copy in exchange for my honest review. And to Amber and Terry Glaspey for the hardback copy!