About the Book
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.
Though, not so common for me to do, I’ll easily award this piece the decent 5-Star rating that it deserves, and I’ll tell you why—wit, wisdom, honesty, depth, and poignancy. These are but a few words to credit Jane’s penmanship.
Her words, stringed together, shoot like an arrow that finds its way to the depths of one’s heart and soul—at least, it did mine—and settles there, before it begins the task of revealing wisdom and truth, if you’d so indulge it. One thing is certain about Jane and her writing, which you may embrace or reject: you cannot deny the depth and poignancy with which her words are graced. Clearly, Jane’s faith wasn’t a mere claim; it was the reality and essence of her existence. As I read these prayers, I couldn’t help but nod in agreement—not just because I found her writing endearing (which I did!), but because it rung with untarnished truth that held up a mirror for me to see my basic human nature.
I close this review with this: as a fellow Christian and writer, who is generations apart from Jane, Jane was a true woman of faith and a gifted writer, and, I want to be like her—at least, to show steadfastness in the principles that I claim to hold dear, just as Jane Austen did. It is no surprise that her writing has remained classic, as it rightly should.
Here are a few of the quotes from this wonderful prayer book:
“Teach us to understand the sinfulness of our own hearts, and ring to our knowledge every fault of temper and every evil habit in which we have indulged to the discomfort of our fellow-creatures, and the danger of our own souls.”
“Father of Heaven, Whose goodness has brought us in safety to the close of this day, dispose our hearts to fervent prayer. Another day is now gone, and added to those, for which we were before accountable.”
“Teach us, Almighty Father, to consider this solemn truth, as we should do, that we may feel the importance of every day, and every hour as it passes, and earnestly strive to make a better use of what Thy goodness may yet bestow on us, than we have done of the time past.”
“We feel that we have been blessed far beyond anything that we have deserved; and though we cannot but pray for a continuance of all these mercies, we acknowledge our unworthiness of them and implore Thee to pardon the presumption of our desires.”
“It isn’t what we say or think that defines, but what we do.”
*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My gratitude to the Harvest House Publicity for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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