Jane Austen: Christian Encounters Series   -     By: Peter Leithart
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Jane Austen: Christian Encounters Series

Thomas Nelson / 2010 / Paperback

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Jane Austen's characters have captivated audiences for more than 200 hundred years. This biography from the Christian Encounters series captures the varied sides of her character and places her Christian faith in a balanced light. Meet the beloved author who brought the world such classics as Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. 175 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1595553029
ISBN-13: 9781595553027
Availability: In Stock
Series: Christian Encounters

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Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

Jane Austen is now what she never was in life, and what she would have been horrified to become—a literary celebrity.

Austen’s novels achieved a timelessness that makes them perennially appealing. Kipling and Churchill found solace in her writings during times of war and illness. Mark Twain had a love/hate relationship with her work. And then, there’s our celebrity culture: the television hit Pride and Prejudice, the award-winning 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, and all the remakes and prequels and sequels. Modern-day Jane Austen fans just can’t seem to leave her characters alone.

“Janeia” is the author’s term for the mania for all things Austen. This biography captures the varied sides of Austen’s character and places her Christian faith in a more balanced light and with less distortion than has been achieved previously. It is a delightful journey through a life spent making up stories that touched the lives of millions.




Jane Austen

“I was riveted by Leithart's excellent biography of Austen, the woman who profoundly influenced me to search for the universal truth in my novels. I was able to see the flesh-and-blood woman I've admired since my teens. Highly recommended for Janeites like me!”

--Colleen Coble, best-selling author of The Lightkeeer's Daughter

Author Bio

Dr. Peter Leithart has taught Theology & Literature at New St. Andrews College since 1998, and has served as pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho, since 2003. He received his Ph.D. at Cambridge in England. Dr. Leithart and his wife, Noel, have 10 children.


Since most true Jane Austen fans will devour any book having to do with Austen or her characters, a biography has little need of reviews except for the purpose of putting its title in the public sphere. For the rest of Austen’s readers, or perhaps non-readers, a biography like Christian Encounters Series Jane Austen provides the perfect reason for the Christian fan to learn more about Austen’s life. After all, it’s not every day you hear about a public figure’s Christian faith.

While author Peter Leithart doesn’t bluntly present Austen’s faith, he does provide plenty of information on the author’s life -- information unlikely to be found in any other history source. Leithart’s gentle presentation of Austen’s faith and the faith of those who surrounded her blends easily with the biographical nature of his book. Some readers may find the book doesn’t deliver on its promise of providing a “Christian encounter,” while other readers are likely to enjoy Leithart’s subtle chapters on the Christian background of the Austen family. Of course, when an author leaves behind so little information about her life, the reader should expect a biography to include little information.

However, readers are likely to agree on certain elements lacking in Jane Austen. It’s difficult to find a reason to keep reading when the pace of the book moves slowly, for example. Also hindering readers is the lack of an organized and non-confusing use of names.

Christian Encounters Series: Jane Austen’s failure to provide more specific religious information and less specific familial details keeps it from standing out. Leithart does provide some interesting details on the moral inspirations behind her books, proving the evidence of Ephesians 6:16 in her work: “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Fans of Jane Austen will still find Leithart’s Jane Austen an interesting and worth-while read, but all others will better spend their time elsewhere. – Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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