Tracing the steps of her literary hero, Smith explores themes of love, heartache, community, independence, creativity, a woman's place in the world, and the depth of Austen's faith. You'll discover the stories that made the author who she was, the subjects she never wrote about, the things that inspired her, and the beliefs that drove her. 256 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
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Review 1 for A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love & Faith
Date:September 14, 2009
I would definitely have to recommend this book - I wholeheartedly agree with the previous reviewer! If you are a reader (esp. Austen) who would like a very personal story of a single woman's journey alone to England you'll be glad you read this travelogue. After reading this you'll join us in our hopes and prayers for future happiness for this author who feels like a sister after you read her story.
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Review 2 for A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love & Faith
Date:February 15, 2008
This is a well-written travelogue/memoir that struck me as Blue Like Jazz for single Christian women. Or even married Christian women. So many of the things she talks about made me relate to womens struggles about being the Proverbs 31 woman, or the conflict around being like faithful, conservative Elisabeth Elliot (Passion and Purity) and also trying to be a modern 21st century Christian woman.Since it is a memoir, there are some personal things mentioned, and I have to honestly admit I didnt feel any interest in some of them. But her romance with Jack and the mono-like virus was a strong thread through the book that held my interest and played an intriguing, significant role in her faith journey.I got a favorite quote from this book:With my apologies to the stellar Christian single guys Ive met in the last few years, its a truth universally acknowledged among single Christian women that single Christian guys beyond a certain age are weird.How true is that!I think that readers who are Jane Austen fans will enjoy this more than those who are not. There are lots of quotes and references that wont have much meaning for people who havent read the novels, although I dont think a non-Austen person would have difficulty following any of the narrative. It just has much more depth of meaning for someone who loves Jane Austens works.Someone hoping to only find out about Jane Austen should read a biography. This is an intimate travelogue that delves into some of the events in Janes life, relating it to real life, real faith, and the authors own conflicts and struggles.I enjoyed this book a lot, learned a little more about Jane Austen, and felt renewed in my own faith and identity in Christ. This is a winner for any postmodern Christian woman.