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Preview — Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber
Surprised by Oxford
A "girl-meets-God" style memoir of an agnostic who, through her surprising opportunity to study at Oxford, comes to a dynamic personal faith in God.
Carolyn Weber arrives for graduate study at Oxford University as 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 alongsi...more
Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber, is a four-hundred-page full of questions and answers about God. Ways on how she manages to overc ...more
This book is about an English Major who studied in Oxford and became a Christian through her studies and conversations... Being a Christian English Major who studied at Oxford for a term, this book was highly personal and highly impactive for me. It was a long read, but still somehow a quick read. I kept wanting to find some passages tedious by nature, but then I found myself re-reading certain sentences and passa ...more
Unless they do at Oxford, of course.
But I doubt it.
My expectation from this book was an insight into belief in god, and good (not necessarily rational) reasons for that belief. I also love a good story and value good writing above all other properties of a book.
I would like to say what it is ...more
It would have been far more compelling i ...more
I love this book because of Oxford. On more than one occasion, I shouted to whomever happened to be closest, "St. Ebbes! That's my church!" or "New College! That my college!" Yet on an even deeper level than passing references to places I know, Caro's experience as a abroad student resounded with me. I understand getting lost, being confused by the strange pronunciations of names, even the wonder of the tutorial system. I understood Oxford and her ...more
The story itself is just really good and is very well told. She walks the reader through her spiritual journey to Christianit ...more
But her transformation from an unbelieving academic to an authentic Christian scholar was honest and quite inspiring. Her friendships at school, ...more
It was a summer ago that I read Carolyn Weber’s Surprised by Oxford. I was working on a novel, an attempt to resurrect a story that lingered in the distant past. I needed something to inspire me, to move me forward, to push me out of the rut I was stuck in.
I can’t remember how I found the book. Not at a bookstore. Almost all of them had long since closed their doors. The days ...more
Beautiful story full of great poetry. I found the dialogue forced and formal, which unfortunately distracted at times from the otherwise well written events.
"That is the bizarre thing about the good news: who knows how you will really hear it one day, but once you have heard it, I mean really heard it, you can never unhear it. Once you have read it, or spoken it, or thought it, even if it irritates you, even if you hate hearing it or cannot find it feasible, or try to dismiss it, you cannot unread it, or unspeak it, or unthink it."
"It was occurring to me that believing in the Bible was an all-or-nothing affair. Either you believe it is t ...more
I can't quite decide whether this book was well-written or not. On the positive side, I finished it in two days because I just couldn't put it down. On the negative side, the language of many of the conversations is stilted and unreal. One possibility is that thes ...more
Also, and I acknowledge how unfair this is, but I couldn't help comparing this book to the wonderful, ten-star read that ...more
Seriously though, this is definitely in my top 10 (or maybe even 5) first-read-through books this year. The depth of the insight that Weber manages to get through her words is incredible. The descriptions are delectable and oh so vivid. And her story is incredible. I loved the heart that showed through the beauty of her writing. This book gave me much to ponder over - a very, very good thing. Basically, I'm struggling h ...more