Thomas Nelson has introduced a new series of biographies called Christian Encounters. The purpose of the series is to "highlight important lives from all ages and areas of the church." The compact books are designed to provide an overall picture of the person’s life, rather than an exhaustive compilation.
In recent years, I have discovered that I thoroughly enjoy Jane Austen’s work. I have read 3 of her 6 novels, but plan to read the others. In addition, I have seen several screen adaptations of her works. I have also enjoyed reading a series of fictional mysteries that have Jane Austen as the sleuth. As I was reading this biography, I realized that I had actually learned quite a bit about Jane Austen’s personal life by reading those books.
However, since it is difficult to separate the facts from the fiction in that type of novel, I was happy for the chance to read an entirely factual account of her life. I found this book enjoyable to read. Leithart’s account was filled with interesting quotes from Austen’s letters and other writings. It also contained quotes from members of her family. These brought Jane to life, emphasizing her wit and insight into life. Leithart also included excerpts that demonstrate Jane’s Christian beliefs. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about Jane Austen.