Hello, small but loyal group of followers! Would you like to win a lovely hardcover copy of A Jane Austen Devotional or A Charles Dickens Devotional (both new from Thomas Nelson; my reviews forthcoming)? I haven’t had a chance to see the books myself yet, but I have it on good authority that these are not just frothy gift books assembled from quotes found in a Google search–they contain substantial excerpts from the respective authors’ works, and they’re theologically solid too.
Here’s how you win: In a comment, send me your favorite quotation from an Austen novel or a Dickens novel (or both, if you’d like to enter both contests), and make sure you identify the novel and the character who speaks it, unless of course it’s the narrator. Then explain in a few sentences why you like it so much. I’ll pick the best entry for each author, and then I’ll arrange to have the book sent to you. Please send me your entries by Monday, January 16. That gives you about a month to reread your favorite novel if necessary. I am prepared to be impressed!