“It is one of life’s great pleasures to finish a book and feel the satisfaction of not only having read a well-crafted story, but of learning a valuable life lesson about God and human nature.” – A Jane Austen Devotional, Introduction
A revered writer whose works echo the truths of women’s hearts. A cherished storyteller whose tales are told every day. Jane Austen and Charles Dickens have not graced the earth for hundreds of years, but they remain two of the most beloved authors in the literary world. And now, from the largest Christian publisher in the United States comes a brand new, meaningful way of connecting with them: devotionals.
Thomas Nelson Publishers has combined the timeless words of Austen and Dickens with God’s Word to offer wisdom and wit in two separate titles as a part of Thomas Nelson’s new Devotional Classics series: ”A Charles Dickens Devotional” (978-1-4003-1954-1, 224 pages, Cloth hardcover, $15.99) and “A Jane Austen Devotional” (978-1-4003-1953-4, 224 pages, Cloth hardcover, $15.99).
“A Charles Dickens Devotional” features some of Dickens’ brightest gems: “Great Expectations,” ”A Tale of Two Cities,” “Oliver Twist,” and “A Christmas Carol,” all of which are richly woven stories brimming with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control. Add in the topical devotional thoughts and you have an abundance of insight and guidance for faithful readers.
Short excerpts from Austen’s classics are featured in “A Jane Austen Devotional: Northanger Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma.” Austen’s devotional also includes a daily thought and Scripture that meaningfully translates to women’s everyday lives. Time and time again, Austen shows us through her words what love truly is, a love based on Corinthians: built on action, character, and honor.
While these authors may have lived hundreds of years ago, their stories still translate meaningfully to a modern Christian’s daily life.
“A Charles Dickens Devotional” and “A Jane Austen Devotional” are available in stores in January 2012.