Give us a thankful sense of the blessings in which we live, of the many comforts of our lot; that we may not deserve to lose them by discontent or indifference.
Jane Austen is famous for her sparkling novels focused on the mores of nineteenth-century English society, and yet readers often forget that she also was the daughter of a pastor, a woman of deep faith who penned prayers as well as novels, short stories, and insightful personal letters. Three of Austen's surviving prayers are collected in this pocket-sized volume, along with a brief essay about how her faith affected her fiction. Bound in cobalt cloth with gilded flourishes and illustrated with delicate pen-and-ink sketches from the British Library's collections, it's a thoughtful little gift for the faithful reader in your life. (KG)