I have a new article on Crosswalk.com about our obsession with all things Jane. (Actually it went up a little while ago and I've been meaning to post about it...)
Austen truly is everywhere, which has fans giddy, and everyone asking: Why? . . .
I think there’s something much more substantive here, something that has given Austen great staying power—something easy to overlook and difficult to reproduce. In a word, I think it’s character.
Austen’s stories play on a solid foundation—that of her little-discussed faith. As a devoted Christian, Austen cared about good and evil in all the small ways they work themselves out in our lives, and captured those in her books. She prayed that she herself would not be deceived “by pride and vanity,” and clearly wanted the same for her characters.