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Title: Praying with Jane, 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen
Author: Rachel Dodge
Publication Date: 2 November 2018
Length: 160 pages
Rating: 4/5 – Recommended
I confess I’ve never read Jane Austen and only know her through television adaptations of her books so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I liked the thought of using her prayers as a basis for a devotional book. I admit I’m also not the biggest fan of devotional books preferring to chart my own way through the Bible but the idea of following the thoughts if a literary great intrigued me.
The structure is simple and effective, following a line of Austen’s prayers each day (I had no idea Austen wrote prayers or even that she had such a Christian outlook!) and then Rachel Dodge brings her own thoughts to this and mingles snap shots from Austen’s life and books as well. I was surprised and delighted at how evangelistic this devotional was. I originally thought it would only be for Christians but I’d have no hesitation in giving this to someone who was interested in seeking God though not yet a Christian, and also had an interest in Austen.
It is a book to take your time over, as is the nature of devotional books, and there are prayers included for you to repeat as well as sections to insert your own prayer thoughts into. If you value devotional books and also have an interest in classical literature then I’d highly recommend it. I also think it’d be a great idea to use the same template for more books like this based on the prayers/writings of other classical writers.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House for an ebook copy for review purposes.