Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
In this elegant hardcover canvas-bound tome, readers will find one hundred and four compiled devotions. Each devotion centers upon a theme, such as: love, friendship, family, or character; and includes a brief excerpt from a Jane Austen novel, a tie-in with Christianity, and a quote from Scripture to reflect upon. Each devotion is only two pages in length, making this devotional come to a little over two hundred pages in total. The excerpts come from all six of Jane Austen’s major novels and are never more than a page in length. Included in this compilation are an Introduction, Table of Contents, and a brief biography of Jane Austen. But alas, no index!
MY READING EXPERIENCE:
My approach to this devotional was to treat it as a daily devotional and read only one entry per day. I didn’t want to consume it all in big chunks; I preferred taking time to savor, reflect, and mediate on each entry for the span of a day (sometimes longer) before reading another. So as you may have guessed, this is why I have not finished it yet!
So far I have exceedingly enjoyed every entry in this compilation! Reading excerpts from Jane Austen’s novels is an excellent way to start my day! I love how Steffany Woolsey so effortlessly and adeptly takes passages like Mr. Knightley and Mrs. Weston discussing Emma’s relationship with Harriet or Elizabeth’s humiliation at the Netherfield Ball and ties it in with scripture and Christian faith. The Christian connections Ms. Woolsey draws from these excerpts are inspiring, full of wise counsel, and illuminating. I love finding all these new and never-before-realized examples of good character and faith in Jane Austen’s novels. In addition, I’m very happy with the amount of faith and spirituality in this book; Ms. Woolsey doesn’t come on too strong, and her remarks aren’t too preachy or sermon-like.
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