Rachel Dodge speaks at churches, Bible studies, women’s groups, libraries, book clubs, and Jane Austen groups. She teaches college English and Jane Austen classes and is a regular contributor to the popular Jane Austen’s World blog. She enjoys speaking on a variety of topics related to faith, fiction, and family. Read her full bio here.
- Jane Austen’s life, novels, family, and/or faith
- Jane Austen’s prayers
- Classic literature and what good books teach us
- Cultivating a personal prayer life
- The power of prayer journaling
- Finding God’s purpose in your life
- Using your gifts to serve Jesus
- Developing your personal devotional life
- Open topic: Rachel also loves to create special events and brainstorm unique topics to fit every group’s needs.
Tea & Prayer with Jane Austen Special Event Kit
If you want to plan a Tea & Prayer with Jane Austen event for your group, Rachel has designed printable invitations and curated a lovely collection of recipes, decor, and prayer cards here:
Event Ideas for Any Size Group:
If your group is looking for a special event, consider planning a special tea with Jane Austen’s prayers as the centerpiece:
- For smaller events, create an intimate tea table and provide tea, food, and a short program for your guests.
- Program ideas: You can read Jane Austen’s prayers, read excerpts from the book Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen, and have a discussion together. Click here for a leaders guide for small groups.
- For larger events, consider having members of your group sign up to host a tea table. Each hostess can decorate her table with her own tea things.
- Program ideas: You can read Jane Austen’s prayers, read excerpts from the book Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen, and have a discussion together. If you’d like to have Rachel speak or do a video conference for your group, contact her here: events @ racheldodge dot com
- Rachel’s Availability: If you would like to book Rachel to speak at your next event, please send an email to: events @ racheldodge dot com.
Upcoming Events: Rachel will be speaking at the following venues in the coming months:
- JASNA AGM: Praying with Jane Book Table
- Where: Kansas City
- When: September 27-30
- JASNA Greater Sac Talk: “Rare Manuscripts & Jane’s House”
- Where: Sacramento Branch Library (TBD)
- When: Saturday, October 6 at 2 p.m.
- “Jane Austen’s Prayers: Exploring Themes of Faith, Family, Fiction”
- Talk and Book Signing
- Where: Sacramento Public Library (Central Branch)
- When: Sunday, November 4
Past Events: If you’re curious about Rachel’s speaking style, particularly for literary groups and events, you can explore the following links:
- Sacramento Public Library’s “How Austentatious!” Series:
- Sense and Sensibility – Introduction & Etiquette Presentation: Dr. David Bell, introduced the book. Then, Rachel Dodge presented an interesting talk on Regency-era etiquette that familiarized audience members with the customs central to all of Jane Austen’s novels. Listen to Rachel’s talk here:
- Pride and Prejudice – Introduction & Tour of Austen’s England: In 2013 “Dr. David Bell introduced the book. Then, Rachel Dodge returned to be our guide to take us a virtual tour of the locales and architecture found in Austen’s books.” Listen to Rachel’s talk here:
- JASNA Greater Sacramento:
- Why Mansfield Park is better than Pride and Prejudice: David Bell and Rachel Dodge made a compelling case on this controversial topic, followed by a (friendly) heated debate.
- What makes Jane Austen great?: Dr. David Bell, retired CSUS English professor and Rachel Dodge, Sierra College English professor, discussed this provocative question. Those in attendance interacted with the speakers enthusiastically.