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January 11, 2012
Devotionals share classic faith from Austen to Dickens
Combining the best of English literature with the timeless truths of God's Word, Thomas Nelson is offering a unique approach to your quiet time through its new devotional series. Two new devotionals were released this month. "A Charles Dickens Devotional" an "A Jane Austin Devotional" both contain more than 100 devotions and scripture selections based on excerpts from their works which remind us of the importance of prayer, the use of faith to deal with our fears, unconditional love and forgiveness along with many other inspirational thoughts.
Combining timeless fiction with the eternal truth of God's Word is both unique and thought-provoking. These two beloved authors shared a wealth of Christian themes which are covered in these two devotionals. A thoughtful gift or a treat for yourself, you will love how these devotionals offer a refreshing look at scripture and truth. From Dickens' "The Old Curiosity Shop" and Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," you will appreciate this unique approach to quiet time. The book covers alone will inspire you to open and read them.
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In 1870 Charles Dickens wrote "I have always striven in my writings to express veneration for the life and lessons of our Saviorâ€”because I feel it." Dickens wanted to teach his readers Christian values that are found in Bible through his own writings. He wrote many stories - Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Christmas Carol, to name a few. Excerpts from these, and his other stories are in each devotional. The devotional continues with an explanation of how the excerpt relates to a Bible verse or two, which is written by Jean Fischer. The devotions are by subject, not day.
I have never read a Charles Dickens story. I was familiar with a few of the devotionals because I saw a movie about the story. There were many stories that I never heard of. I personally do not like Dickens' style of writing. That is not to say it's not good. He does a nice job of letting the reader go to where or what he is writing about.
I think a fan of Charles Dickens would appreciate this book. There are excerpts from so many of his stories. I really like the way Jean Fischer relates Dickens to modern day life and the Bible. She shows the reader Bible verses relating to each story with ease.
I would recommend this devotional to anyone who wants to learn about the Bible. You read many Bible verses along the way. There is also a Bible verse at the end of every devotion. I think any person who enjoys reading devotionals should check this out.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.