I am a Jane Austen fan.
I have read her novels multiple times and enjoy watching the movie adaptations.
So I am celebrating the beloved author on her 236th birthday today, Dec. 16, and the 200th-year anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility.
Her writing has stood the test of time for good reason.
For me, these are six reasons to read Austen’s novels:
1. Pride and Prejudice‘s Lesson: People can change. And love prompts good actions.
2. Sense and Sensibility‘s Lesson: A balance of sense and sensibility is needed in love and life.
3. Persuasion‘s Lesson: True love waits; love never fails (see 1 Corinthians 13). Sigh.
4. Emma‘s Lesson: Mr. Knightley is a true gentleman ... and love helps people become better people.
5. Mansfield Park‘s Lesson: Goodness always prevails.
6. Northanger Abbey‘s Lesson: Don’t be so obsessed with the latest fad so as to almost miss out on finding true love.
Thanks, Jane, for the good reads ... and for inspiring a fellow young woman writer!