Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir  -     By: Carolyn Weber
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When Carolyn Weber set out to study Romantic literature at Oxford University, she didn't give much thought to God or spiritual matters. However, over the course of her studies she encountered the Jesus of the Bible and found her world turned upside down. Her memoir, Surprised by Oxford chronicles her conversion experience with wit, humor and insight into how becoming a Christian changes and discovers everything anew. Rich with illustration and poetic references, Surprised by Oxford is gritty, lyrical and spiritually perceptive.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 084992183X
ISBN-13: 9780849921834

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"Well written, often poignant and surprisingly relatable." - Kirkus Reviews

"A hugely readable journey of cultural and spiritual discovery, sparkling with wit and wisdom." - Alister McGrath

"Carolyn Weber's memoir reads like a fast-paced novel. I loved the humor, skillful use of language and her compelling account of her steps to finding God at Oxford. I was totally captivated from beginning to end." - Marilyn Meberg

Surprised by Oxford is the memoir of a skeptical agnostic who comes to a dynamic personal faith in God during graduate studies in literature at Oxford University.

Carolyn Weber arrives at Oxford a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to all things religious. As she grapples with her God-shaped void alongside the friends, classmates, and professors she meets, she tackles big questions in search of Truth, love, and a life that matters.

From issues of fatherhood, feminism, doubt, doctrine, and love, Weber explores the intricacies of coming to faith with an aching honesty and insight echoing that of the poets and writers she studied. Rich with illustration and literary references, Surprised by Oxford is at once gritty and lyrical; both humorous and spiritually perceptive. This savvy, credible account of Christian conversion and its after-effects follows the calendar year and events of the school year as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader.

"Surprised by Oxford is a sprightly contribution to the genre of spiritual memoirs in the vein of C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy and Lauren F. Winner's Girl Meets God. Carolyn Weber is an unconventional thinker whose engagingly told faith journey will speak to folks who still believe that thoughtful people cannot be Christian." - Lyle W. Dorsett

Author Bio

Carolyn Weber holds her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her M.Phil and D.Phil degrees from Oxford University. She has been Associate Professor of Romantic Literature at Seattle University; she has also taught at Westmont College, University of San Francisco and Oxford University. Carolyn and her husband share the joy of parenting three spirited children in Santa Barbara, CA and London, Canada.  Find her online at www.pressingsave.com.

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    I requested to review this book a year ago when I started a new chapter of my life in Europe. It took me a year to read this book. By taking it slowly, the testimonial of Carolyn Weber made a deep impression within me. I am encouraged by her choice despite being 'different' as in being a Christian in the world. This book will definitely give an impact to anyone who finds it hard to accept the existence of God, newly-baptized Christians struggling to 'fit in' as well as for those who have been Christians their whole lives. Also, she entwined within her conversion story another story of how God comes first in all relationships and how she met her husband. This is definitely a book which I will recommend to everyone.

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