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What Jane Austen Taught Me about Love and Romance

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Debra White Smith, bestselling author of the Jane Austen Series (more than 89,000 copies sold) explores the lessons about love and romance revealed through Austen’s beloved stories—Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, and others.

Alongside wisdom from 1 Corinthians, Debra reveals love truths reflected in the lives of couples and characters from
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 31st 2007 by Harvest House Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan 25, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it
The prospect of a modern author relating insights she had gleaned from Jane Austen made me unduly excited about this book, but it did not take long to realize that it was merely a pop Christian self-help book churned out to satisfy the demand for quantity of books rather than quality. By combining Austen's heroes and heroines with I Corinthians 13, Mrs. Smith has done a disservice to both. The complex personalities of Elizabeth, Darcy, and all the others are deflated, pinched, and prodded until ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Even though she remained single and never married, Jane Austen understood a lot about what makes a relationship successful. Her stories teach us what not to do, what to do, and are great examples of the many different forms and facets of love. Author, Debra White Smith (who has written many Christian Romance novels and a Christian series on the novels of Jane Austen), takes one of the most famous verses in the Bible on love and marriage (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) and makes comparisons with the chara ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
This book compares several of Austen's novels and storylines with situations common in life today. Perhaps people we've known similar to Mrs. Norris etc it helps a person to think about it all on a personal level and get a different perspective. This adds scriptural thoughts here and there as well. I appreciated the authors look at things.
Jan 30, 2010 Lee-Anne rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
Okay, so I got suckered by the title.

I created the shelf called "waste of time" just so I would have a place to shelve this book.

This book is a poorly written and uninteresting advertisement for the author's series of contemporary versions of Jane Austen's novels. (Isn't there some writerly etiquette regarding self-quoting? Ms. Smith is in serious violation.) She obviously thinks herself quite clever (I can't help seeing her as an "Augusta Elton" herself) but judging from the quality of her nume
May 17, 2007 Nikki rated it really liked it
Love this book!!!!

Smith, the bestselling author of the Jane Austen series (contemporary faith fiction novels based on Austen's books) works hard to show how Austen's themes parallel scriptural imperatives about love, particularly 1 Corinthians 13:4–8. The result is a compilation of recapped scenes from Austen novels with Smith drawing strong moral lessons for the reader. "Love is patient" is shown by George Knightley's patience for Emma Woodhouse in Emma; "Love is kind" through Fanny Price's tre
Apr 10, 2008 Wendy rated it it was ok
I don't know exactly what I was expecting when I checked out this book, but . . . not what it was. I enjoyed reading the analysis of Jane Austen's characters, but it almost seemed like some of the Christian parallels were forced. It also had quite a bit of comparison to her own, rewritten modern versions of Jane Austen's novels. I've read them, so it all connected pretty well, but I think if you haven't then some of the connections would be confusing.

Maybe I didn't love this because it's non-fic
Apr 13, 2008 Sharell rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: in-my-library
I bought this book because 1) the title was interesting and 2) I needed something to read and was away from my library. Apparently I perpetrated that old cliche about judging a book by its cover, and boy am I sorry. I was expecting a character/plot-analysis-mixed-with-relationship/self-help type book. What I got was the author's self-aggrandizing mixture of New Age Christianity and advertising for her own series of Jane Austen modernizations, which she quotes ad nauseam. This book was a waste of ...more
Mar 06, 2010 Cate rated it it was amazing
I found this book thoroughly entertaining and a lot of help with an essay I'm currently working on. I loved all the awards Smith gave to Jane's characters, the most memorable in my mind Sir Patience Extraordinaire (Mr. Knightley), Most Kind (Fanny Price), and the Greatest Lovers Award, Anne and Wentworth, and I loved that Smith based this book on 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7. I recommend this book to everyone!
May 28, 2011 Alisa rated it liked it
Fun, quick read. Smith self-promotes (she's written a series of modern-day versions of Austen's novels) using quotes from her books, but overall I enjoyed the lessons she drew from I Corinthians using Austen characters. This is really only for Austen fans wanting something to read by the pool/beach.
Jul 27, 2011 Toni rated it really liked it
Really good book. Compares Jane Austen characters and story lines to the way God loves us and how Christians should try to act. I really enjoyed it!
Sep 10, 2012 Debra rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The author uses themes from Jane Austen novels as a way to learn about christian life.
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Debra White Smith is a seasoned Christian author, speaker, and media personality who has been regularly publishing books for over a decade. In the last twelve years, she has accumulated more than 55 books sales to her credit with more than 1 million books in print. Her titles include such life-changing books as Romancing Your Husband, Romancing Your Wife, The Divine Romance: Developing Intimacy wi ...more
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