Monday Apr 10, 2023

Ep 180 A Legacy of Truth and Comfort Through the Classics with Rachel Dodge

Rachel Dodge understands the importance of "kindred spirits" as a writer, speaker and friend. She began writing companion devotionals for such classics as Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, The Secret Garden and is an expert on all things Jane Austen. What a fun conversation we had about what it means to be a "kindred spirit" and how she goes about her writing process to bring Gospel truth from popular literary classics for all ages. 

Her latest offering is The Secret Garden Devotional: A Chapter by Chapter Companion to a Beloved Classic

Rachel is hosting a giveaway this week and I will add a copy of the book The Secret Garden so you can be blessed as you read or re-read the book alongside of her devotional. 

Some gems:

  • We are adopted into God's kingdom so what better theme to focus on in Anne with an "e", a redheaded orphan longing to belong to a family.
  • Good literature includes pictures on earth to help us relate to biblical truths.
  • A "kindred spirit" is someone with similar sensibilities of things that delight us!
  • I want my books to be an act of invitation for people to know and love God more. 

RACHEL DODGE is the bestselling author of the award-winning Anne of Green Gables Devotional, The Little Women Devotional, and Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane AustenHer newest book is The Secret Garden Devotional! Rachel teaches college English; speaks at libraries, literary groups, and teas; and writes for Jane Austen’s World. A true kindred spirit at heart, she loves books, bonnets, and ballgowns.

You can visit her at or on IG @kindredspiritbooks.


Be sure to comment on blog or instagram or FB to be entered to win her book!



When asked, “What’s the greatest commandment?” Jesus replied simply: “Love God, love your neighbor.” I imagine He was thinking, “It’s not rocket science” or “What’s not to like?” or “It’s not complicated.”

He was right, it’s not complicated. But people are people and we make it complicated.

I need to pray daily to uncomplicate what He says is best for me and best for others. So I wrote “31 Days of Uncomplicated Prayers,” and once I pray them through, I start over again.

You can too. One short, simple prayer to help uncomplicate love sent to your inbox for 31 days. Don't worry. They are short. God doesn't mind short prayers.

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Sign up HERE and feel free to share link with a friend. We are all a little complicated. 

Love God. Love your neighbor. It’s not complicated.



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