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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Simple, Good Food

    BOOK REVIEW

    A Jane Austen Devotional

    Although one reviewer called this book pabulum, I say pabulum is a good and necessary source of nutrients for folks at certain ages and stages. Approaching a second run at childhood, I welcome an opportunity to reacquaint myself with characters, their times, and setting, and their conduct -- descriptions that have engaged so many readers for so long.

    Its author, Stephanie Woolsey, connects basic living truths in good literature to the Truth by which Christians live. It may displease some readers, but it pleases me for a couple of reasons:

    * The topics in the Table of Contents -- maybe 100 in all – are the hot buttons with which we struggle, in and out of the church, such as:

    • Evaluating Your Focus
    • Stirring Up Trouble
    • Developing Self-Control
    • Letting Go of Worry
    • Justifying Compromise
    • The Art of Good Timing
    • An Honorable Legacy

    * The compiler first allows the reader a refreshing reminder of Jane Austen’s words, showing character matters; so do good manners, and healthy thoughts. Then, she offers an easily digestible commentary on the scene or characters so beloved by Miss Austen’s readers. Ms. Woolsey finally anchors her view to a line from Scripture.

    The volume may be as unfussy as a dish of pabulum. For those of us those who might like an easy way to digest harsh reminders of how silly we can be, and how noble a few are, though, this volume is a good tonic.

    Christians who write will enjoy seeing how Jane Austen’s characters and stories edify and entertain without preachy prose. In Ms. Woolsey’s words:

    Jane did her readers a great service when she used the gift that God gave her to touch the world with her writing and wisdom. May each of us do the same with our own talents.



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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    From the cover to the message, this book is beautiful.  Fans of

    From the cover to the message, this book is beautiful.  Fans of Jane will love the excerpts and will gain so much from the message with each.  I love how the authors tied Jane's work to our every day and made it so compatible.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Awsome book!

    I received my copy of this book for my birthday. I couldn't believe there could be such a thing as a Jane Austin Devotional. I love Jane Austin's work and appreciate all the inspirational thoughts brought out of her writing.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

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    Great Gift for a Jane Austen Fan!!

    Love this book. Any Jane Austen devotee will cherish this book. Beautiful fabric cover and devotional materials is lovely.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    wonderfully done!

    The first thing that I noticed and love about A Jane Austen Devotional is the beautiful hardbound cloth cover of this book. It's really stunning to look at. This book was an interest to me as a lover of all things Jane. The idea of combining my love for this timeless author and my faith intrigued me.
    The author takes passages from each of Austen's books and then gives a short explanation as to why a particular passage is against/in agreement with what the Lord would want of us. Woolsey backs up her explanations with scripture. This is a great book for reflection and character building. It covers topics such as Faithfulness, Esteeming Others, Developing Self Control, Looking for God's Purpose, and Pouring God's Grace on Others. This book offers over 100 different devotions.
    I really like this devotional. Woolsey does a great job with pairing up scripture and passages from Austen's novels. They fit together perfectly. It's not overly preachy or nagging but it's encouraging and supporting. Reading each entry takes less than five minutes and would be a great way to start the day for anyone. This would be a great book for any Jane Austen lover wanting to grow closer to God.

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