Praying with Jane Press Kit

Give us a thankful sense of the Blessings in which we live, of the many comforts of our lot.” –Jane Austen, Prayers

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Praying with Jane Press Release

Book Description

Daily Encouragement for Your Soul through the Prayers of Jane Austen

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 Austen’s spiritual side. In this lovely 31-day devotional, you will get an in-depth look at 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 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.

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Rachel Dodge Short Bio

RACHEL DODGE is the bestselling author of the award-winning Anne of Green Gables Devotional, The Little Women Devotional, and Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane AustenHer newest book is The Secret Garden Devotional! Rachel teaches college English; speaks at libraries, literary groups, and teas; and writes for Jane Austen’s World. A true kindred spirit at heart, she loves books, bonnets, and ballgowns. You can visit her at or on Instagram @kindredspiritbooks.

Rachel Dodge Long Bio

Rachel teaches college writing and literature classes and gives talks at local book clubs, libraries, and literary groups. Rachel is a regular contributor to Jane Austen’s World blog, Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine, and various other literary and faith-based blogs and online magazines. She was the keynote speaker at the Sacramento Public Library’s “How Austentatious!” series, Notable Books series, and 2014 Jane Austen Birthday Tea.

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.A. in English and public relations) and California State University, Sacramento (M.A. in English literature). She wrote her Master’s Thesis on etiquette in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and won the 2005 Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Award in non-fiction for “Pictures of (Im)perfection: Jane Austen’s ‘Delightful’ Elizabeth Bennet.” She is an active member of Inspire Writers, JASNA, JASNA Greater Sacramento, and the L.M. Montgomery Institute.

A true kindred spirit at heart, Rachel loves books, bonnets, and ball gowns. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her hanging out with her husband and kids, walking her dog, or watching movies.

Editorial Reviews


“This is the devotional I didn’t know I was missing. Dodge connects stories from Austen’s life and the pages of her novels to her prayers and Scripture in fresh and insightful ways. An inspiring and illuminating look at the life and faith of a beloved author.”

—Anne Bogel, author, I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

Praying with Jane offers a fresh look at a familiar life. Ms. Dodge delivers a perfect blend of history and biography, revealing the true heart of Jane Austen through her handwritten prayers. Your own prayer life will be challenged and deepened as you daily study God’s Word along with Jane.”

—Laura Boyle, Austentation: Regency Accessories

“Practical, edifying, and informative, this guide will appeal to Janeites, scholars, and spiritual directors alike. Its pages are full of fascinating biographical details from Jane Austen’s life interwoven with the powerful words of her prayers and the beauty, truth, and goodness of Scripture.”

—Dr. Natasha Duquette, professor of English and author, Veiled Intent: Dissenting Women’s Aesthetic Approach to Biblical Interpretation

Praying with Jane is full of rich insights into the faith of one of our greatest English writers. It offers a window into her life and writings, as well as being a source of spiritual nourishment!”

—Terry Glaspey, author, The Prayers of Jane Austen and 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know

“In Praying with Jane, Dodge provides the reader with a way to examine the spiritual life of Jane Austen. The line-by-line encounter of each prayer makes Austen’s prayers personal and relevant.”

—Amanda Jacobs, composer/playwright and artist educator

“Rachel Dodge reminds us that the real Jane Austen prayed daily, attended services, and read the Bible and sermons for enlightenment and amendment of life. Excerpts from Austen’s novels and letters are thoughtfully interwoven with Jane’s own prayers and Dodge’s meditations on the biblical texts Austen knew well in this inspiring month of devotions.”

—Theresa M. Kenney, associate professor of English, University of Dallas

“Rachel Dodge draws rich meaning and practical application for modern readers from Jane Austen’s beautifully written prayers. Includes compelling accounts of Jane’s life and inspiring, heartfelt prayers to make your own. Praying with Jane is a wonderful devotional for anyone, and a perfect gift for an Austen fan. Highly recommended.”

—Julie Klassen, bestselling author, Tales from Ivy Hill

Praying with Jane is a jewel! The author skillfully entwines Jane Austen’s moving prayers with timeless Scriptures, wise insights, and delightful examples from Austen’s novels. Enchanting gems from Jane’s personal life only enhance these rich devotionals. This book is truly a treasure—the perfect gift for Austen fans and beyond!”

—Judy Gordon Morrow, author, The Listening Heart: Hearing God in Prayer

“Rachel Dodge is not only a gifted writer, but through her thorough exploration of Jane Austen’s surviving three prayers has given us a new insight into my favorite author’s faith and how it guided her life and work. I will be purchasing this book for several close members of my family, who will cherish it as much as I do.”

—Victoire Gerkens Sanborn, creator, Jane Austen’s World blog and literacy specialist

Praying with Jane is for anyone who wants to model Jane Austen in her commitment to the Lord. Rachel Dodge has woven together a compelling combination of Austen’s prayers, her novels, her life experiences, and Scripture to create an engaging experience readers will find hard to put down.”

—Debra White Smith, author/speaker, The Wesleyan Woman

“Whether you’re familiar with Jane Austen or not, you’ll be blessed by this intimate look at her prayers. Praying with Jane drew me closer to Jesus—thank you, Rachel Dodge!”

—Joanna Weaver, author, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life

“This spiritual guide draws its inspiration from Jane Austen’s life and work as a committed Christian to lovely effect.”

—Laura Mooneyham White, John E. Weaver Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0764232150
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bethany House Publishers (October 2, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780764232152
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0764232152
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches