what jane austen taught me about community

I had the privilege of being a guest writer for my wife, Emily.  She is the amazing writer behind Primitive Roads, a website about navigating life’s unpaved paths.  Start reading below, but make sure to find yourself at www.PrimitiveRoads.com in order to continue reading this post and explore her writing, recipes, and craftiness!


What Jane Austen Taught Me About Community

Little did I know that when I started to delve into the world of Jane Austen as part of a Christmas present for my wife, I was going to run in to an important theological concept, one that is at the cornerstone of human relationships with God and others.  In the movie Mansfield Park, Henry Crawford tries to woo Fanny Price using this profound truth: “There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.”

This profound statement rings true in fictional stories of far off lands and in the hearts and minds of every individual who ever lived.  Humans have an instinctive desire to love and be loved, to know and be known – to be in community.  And this stems back to, well, before Adam and Eve.


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