Amy Smith is the Register’s associate editor who edits features for the “Culture of Life” section. Fueled by prayer and coffee, she enjoys writing about everything from Jane Austen to saints for the Register. She is the author of The Plans God Has for You: Hopeful Lessons for Young Women (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2020). Her writing has also appeared in various other Catholic publications. She has a master’s degree in journalism and a B.A. in English. Find her online at Instagram.com/hopefulwordsmith/ and Twitter.com/hope_wordsmith.
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!