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, literature, and faith
- L.M Montgomery’s life and literature
- Charlotte Bronte’s life and literature
- Biblical themes in classic literature
- 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.
Jane Austen Events
If you’re planning a Jane Austen event for your group, check out Rachel’s specially curated collection of recipes, decor, and prayer cards here:
If your Women’s Ministry is planning a special event, consider a women’s 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.
Contact Rachel :
- If you would like to contact Rachel about an event, please send an email to: events @ racheldodge dot com.
- 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.