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What happens when you take a wide-eyed preacher's daughter from Texas "across the pond" to the multicultural lawns of Oxford? With winsome honesty, Andrea Lucado relives the year she spent navigating the Thames river, romantic relationships, the university's atheist society, and a coffee-less Lent---and searched for answers to the universal questions of identity and belief. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601428952
ISBN-13: 9781601428950

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Author Bio

Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado, she inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a masters degree in English literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant magazine and She Reads Truth. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find her laughing with friends at a coffee shop or running in the Texas hill country.

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The Questions Would Teach Her More Than the Answers

It wasn't long after arriving in Oxford for graduate school that twenty-two-year-old Andrea Lucado – preacher's daughter from Texas - faced not only culture shock, a severe lack of coffee, but also some unexpected hard questions: Who am I? Who is God? Why do I believe what I believe?

"So many nights in Oxford, I felt like the details of my faiths were getting fuzzier. Nights turned restless with the questions and the thoughts. I questioned God's existence and the doubt, it was getting into my bones."

In this engaging memoir, Andrea speaks to all of us who wrestle with faith, doubt, and spiritual identity. Join Andrea as she navigates the Thames River, the Oxford Atheist Society, romance in ancient pubs—and a new perspective on who God is. As Andrea learned, sometimes it takes letting go of old ideas to discover lasting truth.

The church wasn't just a part of Andrea Lucado's childhood. It was her childhood. It provided more than happy moments. It provided an invitation to know Jesus.

When Andrea arrived in England the year after she graduated from college, she expected to meet God there. What she didn't expect was that God would be much bigger than she knew.

In English Lessons, Andrea takes us through the roads of England and the paths of the soul. Here she explores the journey of a changing faith and an unchanging God—and why growing up starts with realizing just how small we are.

Editorial Reviews

"Luminous patience and insight lights these uncommonly thoughtful pages. Andrea Lucado is a winsome, wise, and unwaveringly honest companion for the wonderer and wanderer, and the lines on these pages offer a tangible lifeline to every God-wrestler. These are pages that are hard to put down, that you will want to return to and reread. Andrea not only offers a genuine way to love the questions themselves, she offers an authentic way to love the Answer Himself."
—Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts

"This book brought me right back to a younger self—a bookish pastor’s daughter living abroad, making sense of her faith, of the world and her place in it. Andrea is a lovely writer, and this story will make you ache for the feelings and memories and experiences of your early twenties—both the wonderful ones and the challenging ones. And it will make you want to go to Oxford, of course."
—Shauna Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of Present Over Perfect and Bread & Wine

"To have a strong faith we can stand on, we all need to wrestle well with hard questions and come face-to-face with our gut-honest feelings. Andrea does this in such a tenderly beautiful way that will leave the deep parts of your heart feeling comforted and understood."
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"English Lessons is positively paradoxical—both mature and youthful, entertaining and challenging, full of light and full of depth. Written by a pastor’s daughter, it is the perfect book for those trying to own a faith handed to them by someone else. Whether you’re a spiritual seeker or a hardened skeptic, this book will both honor your doubts and open your heart to grace. A wonderful paradox, indeed!"
—Jonathan Merritt, contributing writer for The Atlantic and author of Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined

"In English Lessons we discover an honest voice exploring life and love, finding that it’s okay and even common to not know where the journey will take you. Andrea Lucado’s memoir is a story of love and friendship, saying goodbyes, and seeing yourself in a mirror to find out more of who you really are, perhaps for the first time. Her year in Oxford was a wide-open space for a life of grace."
—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament, Northern Seminary

"English Lessons is one of those beautiful books that you can just fall into. Andrea’s story, her retelling, her insight, her heart—it all shines. I love this book, I learned from it, and I cannot wait to read it again."
—Annie F. Downs, best-selling author of Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave

"In this vivid and vulnerable memoir, Andrea Lucado allows readers to experience both the charms and the challenges of living in a foreign place. Anyone who has had their faith stretched to a near-breaking point will feel themselves walking with Andrea next to the River Thames, staying up late talking theology with a new friend, and facing the discomforts of a chilly English winter. Andrea’s story gives readers permission to have faith like a child, questions like a teenager, and steady trust like an adult. If you want your own faith to grow and to grow up, this well-rendered story is for you."
—Katelyn Beaty, editor at large, Christianity Today, and author of A Woman’s Place

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  1. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Growing Up through Culture Shock
    June 23, 2017
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Andrea Lucado's memoir of the year she spent studying in Oxford is a thought-provoking collection of essays revealing the insights she gained while living in a different culture. Andrea grew up in the church, the daughter of a well-known pastor and author. Discovering and learning how to relate to people who saw no need for God or who had rejected Him outright challenged her beliefs and provided a powerful education outside of her classes.

    I enjoyed the way Andrea presented her story. She simply shared her thoughts, weaving from one event to another and back, revealing connections that led to lessons learned. She was honest about her struggles and challenges, showing how God kept her heart and mind open both to Him and to the truth He was teaching through her experiences and through all of the people she met. I also enjoyed reading her comparisons of Texas life with English culture and how she learned to savor both.

    I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of English Lessons, so I could share my thoughts about it with you. I recommend this read to those who like learning through the lives of people who are willing to share their stories.
  2. mom3ways
    Greenfield, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great new Author!!
    June 23, 2017
    mom3ways
    Greenfield, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After reading almost every Max Lucado book ever written, I was very excited to read this new book written by one of his daughters. After reading his books, you feel like you know his family from the stories he tells. I cannot imagine the kind of life Andrea Lucado had growing up with her "famous" dad. And after growing up in what I call the "Christian Fish Bowl", she decided to take a journey of her own to England. This book is full of the discoveries and truths that she learns across the country on her own. If you grew up in a Christian home, I highly recommend reading this book. You will be thankful for the lessons she learned and shared with her readers!

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.*
  3. dyand
    Lancaster, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    English Lessons
    May 12, 2017
    dyand
    Lancaster, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 1
    English Lessons by Andrea Lucado. When I ordered this book, I was hoping it would be something I could share with my young adult daughters, one of whom, I believe, is experiencing doubt in her relationship with the Lord as well. I am disappointed to say that this is not at all what I experienced in reading this book. This is also the first book I have reviewed which I truly had to force myself to finish in the hopes that I would find some redeeming qualities, but that was not the case. This review is completely my opinion, and it is quite possible you will read this book and find it to be completely opposite, but for me, it reads as a young woman sharing random thoughts from a diary. Thoughts which, again in my opinion, never appeared to come full circle. She seemed to whine quite a bit about being in England, which had me thinking, you poor child - you were fortunate enough to experience an education overseas at a top quality university and for the most part, all you can do is whine about it. She is quite clear about all the "fuzziness" of her faith, and that of many others as well; however, I never really caught the point where she found her way back. Perhaps in her mind, this all came together and helped her understand what she believes and why, but I do not feel this was at all clear in reading this book. I came away thinking she was just as lost as when she started. Again, this is how it affected me, it might not read that way for you and it is truly not my intent to make the author feel badly, I am just being honest about what I felt the book presented. I received this book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  4. PattiR
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Faith Lessons by the Banks of the River Thames
    May 3, 2017
    PattiR
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    This one-year memoir is set in the awesome old city of Oxford, England and along the banks of the River Thameswonderfully personified in the book. Andrea Lucado helps readers feel the famous citys relentless cold and damp in great contrast to her recalled images of hot, dry West Texas. Her ambling tales read honestly, showing that her faith in Christ did not travel well on her first big adventure alone and so far from the Bible belt. In each chapter, the author shares essay-like lessonsmade clear to her over some years of reflection. Very enjoyable. This author shows great promise--I expect more good books to come.
  5. Beth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Going on a Journey? This is for you!
    May 2, 2017
    Beth
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever left your comfort zone, lived away from people you love, gone abroad? If so, this book is for you. Andrea Lucado describes her experiences facing culture shock, spiritual awareness and the journey of reaffirming her beliefs in her book "English Lessons". I highly recommend this book to anybody who has experienced a life-changing journey, or who is about to go on one. Get your copy today!
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