- Surprised byOxford, A memoir
- Carolyn Weber © 2011
- Thomas Nelson Inc.
- ISBN 978-0-8499-4611-0 (ppbk)
- 440 pp. plus notes
I give away many of the books I’m sent to read and review, but this one’s a keeper. Surprised by Oxford is one of the most delightful volumes I’ve ever received. Intelligently written, witty, as absorbing as a novel, this memoir tells briefly of Carolyn (Caro) Weber’s childhood in Canada, then relates her sojourn as a student at Oxford College in England.
An atheist, Caro meets TDH, an American student who shares with her about Jesus. In nearly every chapter she struggles with different questions about Christianity. TDH sometimes offers answers, as do several professors and their wives.
Caro writes about her search for truth, her friendships, her classes, and historical people and places around Oxford. With honesty she explores aspects of knowing God that she doesn’t understand. Anyone searching for the truth may relate to her questions.
Curiosity about her final decision and its results will keep readers involved in the story. They’ll also want to know the outcome of her relationship with TDH, which she doesn’t reveal (or his real name) until near the end of the book.
Carolyn Weber eventually becomes a professor at Oxford as well as at other colleges.
I hope to enjoy more writing from this astute and articulate woman.
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