Thomas Nelson Publisher
An amazing trilogy of love, Carolyn Weber’s memoir Surprised by Oxford is an engaging, thought stimulating and quick moving read. The story follows Caro’s travel to Oxford to study literature, yet once there she meets Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome and embarks upon a tumultuous transition to Christianity. She challenges and questions many concepts, she faces stereotypes and rejection by academics, family and friends. As she challenges the concept and learns more of faith, the memoir takes the reader on delightful trips in the literature, art, music and architecture all subtly influenced by Christianity; as well as a delightful walk of faith in Headington. Yet, she also finds that her faith opens many doors, and enters the privileged group of believers.
When I first received this book at 447 pages I was somewhat taken aback, yet I found this memoir to read like a fast paced novel and in fact it kept me up many nights late reading. This book encouraged all areas of my mind to think about the hidden Christianity in every day life such as the music of U2 and Pink Floyd, and the on-going persecution of Christians across the world even in today’s society. It was at once entertaining as well as educational. A definite must read this book receives a 5 out of 5.
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