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Carolyn Weber’sÂ Surprised by OxfordÂ was a book that I simply could not put down after I first picked it up. This engaging memoir shares Weber’s journey from agnosticism to Christianity during her university studies, the struggles and joys she encountered, and she skillfully weaves in literary quotes from some of the world’s favorite writers.
I was drawn to this book because of the author’s agnostic stance before her university experience and the fact that I work with university students. I expected that since she graduated from Oxford I would certainly need to keep a dictionary handy, but was surprised to find that I only had to reference it a couple of times. In my opinion Weber’s writing is intellectual, yet on a level that isn’t out of reach but rather quite enjoyable, honest, and sometimes humorous.
All in all, I enjoyed this book immensely and feel it can help me to relate to the students I work with on a daily basis.