Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber
A Memoir

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"A hugely readable journey of cultural and spiritual discovery, sparkling with wit and wisdom." -Alister McGrath, Author & Theologian
"this charming book ...will take you willingly on a highly personal and revelatory odyssey." -Christopher Schoppa, Washington Post
"...reads like a fast-paced novel. I loved the humor, skillful use of language... I was totally captivated from beginning to end." -Marilyn Meberg, 'Women of Faith'
~ ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist
~ Winner of the Grace Irwin Prize, for the Christian book of the year by a Canadian Author ~ Recipient of the Logos Book Award ~ best book in Christian Living.
BOOK SYNOPSISSurprised 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 Oxford liturgical calendar as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader.

"...honest, entertaining and refreshingly free of superficial cant." --Vaughan Roberts, Rector, St. Ebbe's Oxford 
"...filled with prose that sings and paragraphs that beg to be read a second time.  A delightful read."--Trevin Wax, Christianity Today's "Books to Note"

About Carolyn Weber

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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
Published August 9, 2011 by Thomas Nelson. 474 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Let’s just say the spiritual journey is overlaid with romantic tension --- and it’s not primarily concerning the Canadian fiancé.

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