Thursday, December 6, 2007

Just Jane by Nancy Moser

Whether it was through a high school English teacher or a College professor, almost everyone has either read one of Jane Austen’s novels or read about the author herself. Jane Austen seems to capture the essence of romance and real life in a way that is universally recognized no matter the time period. Although much has changed from the early 1800’s when Jane self-published her first novel, the heart of mankind still wrestles with many of the same challenges.

I found two passages particularly moving…on page 327 Jane ponders the dormant years in which she wrote very little. She concludes, “Lately I have found comfort in a verse: And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…Although it will take some time, I vow to dispel my guilt regarding those lost years. For the Almighty will restore them, in His own time, in His own way.” And on page 339 Jane is thinking about real life choices that we all make and how we often experience things differently than we had hoped we would. She states, “People do not always make wise choices. People do not always have control over the choices made to them. People do not always become all they should be. And yet…even within the complicated weavings of life, people can find happiness. If they chuse to seek it…differently.”

While I realize these words belong to Nancy Moser and not really to Jane Austen, after reading about her life experiences, I can well believe these would have been her own conclusions. Because God granted her the talent to write and the wisdom to realistically understand human nature, we are blessed with many great stories that will linger for many, many more years! Nancy Moser must surely share this same wonderful insight and love of people to have written such a powerful and delightful novel!

I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of Just Jane and revisit the life of this fine lady as seen through the eyes of another great author. This is a terrific book!!

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