Surprised by Oxford-Book Review

I’ve been pretty burned out on spiritual memoirs lately.  I think most of them are pretty whiny and don’t have anything to say…with the rare exception.

Until recently, the only spiritual memoir I enjoyed reading was Ian Cron’s Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me (which you should definitely pick up).  Then, through the Book Sneeze program at Thomas Nelson Publishing, I read Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber.

I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Actually, that’s not true.  I expected dry writing by an author who wanted to impress me with their intellect and Oxford education.

I am happy to say that I was woefully wrong.

Weber has written a wonderful memoir that is intelligent without being pretentious.  Honest without whining.  Through her story, the reader learns about her faith journey, her upbringing and the culture of Oxford.  It’ a wonderful glimpse inside of a prestigious institution.  I found myself being very envious of Weber and wishing I had such an education in my background.

Through her painfully honest conversations with fellow student, only known as TDH (Tall, Dark, and Handsome), conversations with family members and friends, plus her furtive Bible reading, Weber recounts her journey for us in an open fashion and draws parallels through her literature studies at Oxford.

The result is a wonderful read.

I received Surprised by Oxford from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for a book review. I was not required to write a positive review.  

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