Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane Austen

Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane Austen

by Rachel Dodge


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The charm of Jane Austen and her novels has been enjoyed for over 200 years by readers around the world. Much has been written about her fascinating life, yet little is known about Jane's spiritual side. In this lovely 31-day devotional, you will get an in-depth look at Miss Austen's vibrant, steadfast prayer and faith life. Her intimate relationship with the Father comes to life through her exquisite prayers, touching biographical anecdotes, intimate excerpts from family letters and memoirs, and illuminating scenes from her novels.

Spiritual insights and Scripture references shed light on the profound meaning behind Miss Austen's prayers and the enduring truths they contain. Each day ends with a key Bible verse and invitation to "pray with Jane," helping to ignite and deepen your own vibrant relationship with the Father.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764232152
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 433,327
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rachel Dodge teaches college English and Jane Austen classes, gives talks at libraries, teas, and Jane Austen groups, and is a writer for the popular Jane Austen's World blog. She is passionate about telling stories that bring God glory and about encouraging and equipping families to grow closer to Jesus through prayer and the study of God's Word. A true "Janeite" at heart, Rachel enjoys books, bonnets, and ball gowns. She makes her home in California with her husband, Robert, and their two young children.

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Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane Austen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
infuse More than 1 year ago
Looking for a special gift book? Whether to gift yourself or another, if you love Jane Austen, Praying With Jane offers that unique gift. An opportunity to spend thirty one days of prayer and spiritual reflection with the much loved and renowned, Jane Austen. Not the usual contemporary slant of fan fiction or austenesque, we are treated to a look at the interior life of this honoured author. The strength of her spiritual perspectives. The stability of her faith. The sustenance of her prayer life. And, the resonating beauty that results. The acknowledged qualities of her writing are equally expressed throughout her prayers, deepening our own reflections. Insights into use of the prayer book and Jane Austen's own recorded prayers reflects on the impact of prayer in her own and family life. An excellent reference and guide to the spiritual influences of Jane Austen's life. Family letters and memoirs, personal anecdotes, recounting of scenes from her novels, all provide a personalized backdrop increasing our appreciation of this woman's faith and spiritual life. Highly recommended. Whether for yourself or another!
Erin_Slocum 4 months ago
My Thoughts on Praying with Jane: I have long loved Jane Austen as an author and was intrigued when this title came across my email screen. Of course, I had to sign up to review it! It has not disappointed me. This is going to be a book that stays on my shelf for years to come. I can see myself purchasing copies of this book to gift to literary like-minded friends and definitely to my own daughters as they grow. I’ve made sure they are literature lovers and they have all read Jane Austen already or will as they get older! I love that this includes some of the words of Jane herself. It’s also very nice that they have added in scriptures and other thoughts as well to make it relevant to us today. Somehow I feel like I’m sharing a cup of tea with one of my favorite authors when I’m reading this devotional. I have a feeling I could use this every day of every month of the year and still not grow tired of it. Also, I think I’d still get something new out of each devotional by the time the twelfth month came along. I highly recommend you get your own copy of this book. The cover is gorgeous and the inner pages follow suit. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Publicity Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Pour a hot cup of tea and get to know the deeply spiritual side of Jane Austen. By the end of the introduction of this 31-day devotional, I was in love. Rachel Dodge delicately dissects the three prayers Jane entrusted to her devoted sister, Cassandra. The beauty of words we have come to know and love in Austen’s books are ever-present in her prayers, as is her obvious love of the Lord. Insightful, challenging, and warm, this devotional is sure to speak to the hearts and souls of its readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
BrittanyMc 4 months ago
I enjoyed this devotional so much! I loved the way it took me through three prayers that Jane Austen wrote. Each prayer was included in its entirety and was then broken up into smaller sections for a more detailed study on each day. Included in each day’s study was some interesting tidbit about Jane’s life or a connection to the characters and books that she wrote. I loved the way the author took these passages from Jane’s prayers, connected them with a Biblical truth, and encouraged me to think of how these passages related to my life. This is my new favorite devotional book and I plan to incorporate reading through it at least twice a year in addition to my regular Bible study. I received a complimentary copy of this book .All opinions are my own.
Suzie_W 4 months ago
Part devotional and part biography, Praying with Jane gives readers a peek into Jane Austen’s personal and spiritual life. As a Janeite, I thoroughly enjoyed this look into Austen’s relationships with God and her family. Rachel Dodge takes three of Austen’s prayers and breaks them down for closer reflection and study over the course of thirty-one days. Each short devotional includes practical application, scripture, an invitation to prayer, and an actual prayer. This beautiful little book is the perfect gift for the Austen fan in your life or for those looking for a short devotional to either start their day or supplement their Bible study. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Sprinkle23 5 months ago
Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen by Rachel Dodge offers readers a daily devotional based on the three known prayers written by Jane Austen. Each prayer receives ten or eleven days of attention, effectively immersing the reader into the prayer. Having recently reread Pride & Prejudice, I was delighted to start into Praying with Jane. Each devotional entry begins with an examination of a portion of one of Jane’s prayers. Jane’s personal life and literary works appear often as the author brings together Austen’s prayer and the devotional thought. All six of Austen’s published novels are referenced in various points. Naturally, many Biblical principles and Scriptures were included. The second section offers a brief invitation to pray that encourages personal introspection and honesty. Lastly, a pre-composed prayer leads the reader in communion with God through prayer. Two of my favorite devotional entries in Praying with Jane were: (1) Every Good and Perfect Gift (Pg. 39) which focused on thankfulness. (2) A Benevolent Spirit (Pg. 77) which encouraged generosity toward others. This book spoke to me as it offered reminders of God’s love as well as instruction on the Christian life. I highly recommend Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen to Jane Austen fans. It has a permanent home on my bookcase and I expect to read it again in the future. Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author. All opinions in this review are my own.
Randi_AMDFT 6 months ago
If you are a fan of classic literature--- and more specifically Jane Austen, this is most certainly the devotional for YOU! In Praying with Jane, Rachel Dodge introduced us to three fantastic prayers written by Jane Austen, each with a section of their own. Each day we look at a few lines from that prayer and really take the time to dive deeper into her words, her life and her faith... and how we can apply these prayers into our lives too. I must admit, I didn't really know all that much about Jane Austen's life before picking up this devotional. I found that not only did this devotional introduce us to her prayers, but it really did give us a great glimpse at Jane's life too. Those who aren't as familiar with Jane will love learning more about her, and those longtime fans will certainly love this chance to break down her prayers and focus on her faith a bit more. While I must admit that I have not read through all 31 days at the time of this review, I am really enjoying what I have read so far. This is truly a very unique devotional that I think classic literature fans are certainly going to enjoy! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
CharJones2525 More than 1 year ago
A lovely devotional for Jane fans, beautifully executed and designed. 5 of 5 Stars. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. Pub Date 02 Oct 2018. #PrayingWithJane #NetGalley
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This book touched my heart in so many ways! My love for God and my love for Jane Austen is met with a lovely book filled with Scripture and wonderful quotes from the Jane Austen books. The cover of this book is so beautiful and the inside even more so with it's beautiful writing and faith-filled pages. I really liked the introduction and how Rachel gives us a glimpse into the heart of Jane. Then there are three beautiful prayers written by Jane Austen dispersed throughout the book. These prayers touched my heart so much! Her eloquent words and reverence for God are so beautiful! However, it is Rachel's writing that really drew me in and inspired me. She writes not only about Jane and her writing, but brings it all together with Scripture in a wonderful way. This book touches my woman's heart and gives me a longing for God and His Word. I love a book that makes my quiet time with God more meaningful. I love that this book focuses on prayer. Each day starts with a beautiful quote then a devotional focusing on Jane, her faith, and Scripture. We then have an invitation to pray, then a final prayer for the day. Each day then has a Scripture that focuses on what we have read and learned. Prayer is the main focus on this book and that is so important and has made a real difference in my quiet time prayers. I love this book, as I'm sure you can tell. This is a wonderful book for any woman looking for a deeper prayer life and, for the Jane Austen fan, this book is a must have! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by the author. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never knew that Jane Austen had a prayer life or written prayers....I love the way, author Rachel Dodge, directs our attention to God's word and promises through Jane Austen's life and pen. I find this devotional very refreshing. It is clear to me that the author's first priority is to point people to God and His word. Here are just some snippets of Jane Austen's prayers: "Give us grace, Almighty Father, so to pray, as to deserve to be heard, to address thee with our Hearts...fix our thoughts on thee....look with Mercy on the Sins we have this day committed...Have we thought irreverently of Thee, have we disobeyed thy commandments, have we neglected any known duty, or willingly given pain to any human being? ...Give us a thankful sense of the Blessings in which we live, of the many comforts of our Lot..." This book is a keeper and I can see myself rereading it from time to time. Well worth buying it for you or any kindred spirit friend!
FindJOY More than 1 year ago
This little book is a big WOW! I am so impressed with "Praying with Jane." The 31 day devotional is exceptionally well written. A true treasure for any Austen fan. I learned so much about Jane Austen, and Rachel Dodge is brilliant in how she intricately weaved in biblical verses and principles. Even if you're not very familiar with Jane Austen, Rachel Dodge gently explains it all and gives you a background that you wouldn't normally come across. There is so much wisdom to gain from this little book. The prayers are beautiful. Sit down in a quiet space with a cup of tea and enjoy! I highly recommend it. Reading this devotional will educate you on Austen, while enlighten and deepen your understanding of God.
Prayerwalker More than 1 year ago
As a former high school English teacher who taught Jane Austen's works, I found Praying with Jane a delightful companion for my devotional times. I also read widely on prayer and found Rachel Dodge's reflections on prayer insightful. This book is a lovely gift.
emwriting_ More than 1 year ago
This devotional opens a secret door into Jane Austen's faith and has challenged and enriched my own prayer life. I have loved learning about this side of Jane's world. Each devotional is very beautifully written and contains information on Jane's life or books, as well as thoughts on how her prayers pertain to our lives today. It's been a joy to journey with Jane through this book. A real treasure!