This is an incredible account of an Agnostic (at best) and her discovery of the Holy Trinity at the most unusual of places: Oxford. Being a very liberal university, one would not suspect this setting as the place where such a turnaround would occur. Many believers come out of college more doubtful and more skeptical, thanks to their well-rounded education. Carolyn Weber studies some of the greatest minds in history, and in doing so, discovers a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Her story reminds me much of the conversion of C.S. Lewis, himself a nonbeliever and thinker for many years before coming to know Christ through his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien. This book is a fabulous memoir in and of itself, as well as a powerful and, yes, surprising, conversion story. Believers will rejoice in the honest words written here, and I daresay Agnostics and Atheists may even understand and respect her journey to finding God. Highly recommended.
"Surprised by Oxford" is a memoir written by Carolyn Webber. It is the journey of the author towards the acknowledgement and complete acceptance of God's Love and Grace into her heart. Inspiring, deep yet with a sense of humour, I love this book.
Carolyn Webber, a literature scholar of Oxford set out on this academic path and met the most exciting and wonderful changes in her life. Leaving the place of her less than complete, yet supportive family life, and a boyfriend whose years of commitment had almost led to marriage, the author met some individuals in Oxford who changed her perception of life, spirituality and what Love really is about. Words are beautiful in this book as one will expect from a literature student. From the people she met who are well-versed in literature, medicine, scientific logics to debatable philosophy, the different encounters brought her to her very own discovery of a Love worth pursuing and defending.
From her struggles to acceptance came full humility and her hurts from the pain came to experience the Only who can provide Love; the author describes her journey. It is an interesting read that leaves lots of room for reflection. I marvel at how charming poems ares used in the book and how wise and deep the debates are. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.
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It's a chore to read this book. I would normally have given up on a book written in this style, but the message was too good to miss: the path to the fullest life in God isn't just paved with gratitude...
I highly recommend the book to any Christian who wants to get out of their comfort zone and wants to pursue God's best for his or her life and I recommend this book to anyone interested in growing in their relationship with the Lord. Her writing is very clear, concise, and easy to read. His examples that he includes are excellent and my only objection would be that he didn't include more. There were moments where I was embarrassed to know he's a fellow Christian by some of his comments. find myself reading through the Scriptures with an intentionality of understanding what God has for the church in general as well as our church specifically in where we are located.
It's very short and easy to read. Might want a book that goes a little deeper, but it's a good overview on vision through organizations. Highly recommend!
Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber was a delightful surprise for me. Firstly, the title alone immediately grabbed my interest. But, I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the word 'Oxford'. Words like 'Oxford' and 'Cambridge' are a bit out of my league. However, I secretly (now not so secretly) relished the concept of vicariously being a student of such a reputable and highly esteemed university. I was undoubtedly salivating throughout the book and compared it to eating a delicious gourmet meal; scrumptious beyond measure. I have a penchant for memoirs and this one was by far the best!
I was enraptured by all the twists and turns of Professor Carolyn Weber's life. She is such an eloquent and absolutely gifted writer. I fell in love with this book, with Professor Weber and all the people she describes in her book. Especially, the infamous 'TDH' (tall, dark and handsome), he was my favorite. Mind you, I never thought of myself as a die hard romantic until now.
I honestly do not have one single negative thing to write about this book at all. It was totally my kind of book in so many ways and on so many levels. I totally related to Professor Weber's life. She endured some very difficult things, such as her strained relationship with her father. I respect her character as nothing was handed or given to her, she didn't feel 'entitled', but worked hard for everything. Which is why she wound up achieving a full scholarship at Oxford University in the first place. I so admire Professor Weber and also appreciated how she came to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Oxford.
Throughout this book, there were so many quotes which captured nuances for me, such as this one written by the wife of one of Carolyn Weber's professors: "How do you go off to study literature, only to find that there is no human language that can convey the glory of heaven." - Dorothea Deveaux. I just loved that.
Yes, Professor Weber went to Oxford University to complete her masters in literature, but surprisingly found Jesus in the midst of academia.
This book is written like a beautiful embroidery interwoven by thread of God's love and grace. If I could give this book more than five stars I would. I loved it that much and highly recommend it!
In conclusion, I want to thank Booksneeze for sending me this complimentary book and allowing me the opportunity to honestly review it.