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Surprised by Oxford is one of my favorite books to have reviewed thus far. It is the memoir of young Carolyn (called Caro throughout the book) of her time at prestigious and historical Oxford. Carolyn goes to Oxford, a spiritual skeptic and searcher…and comes out having had an authentic life changing encounter with God. Deeply intellectual and yet also profoundly spiritual, Surprised by Oxford is not preachy, cliched, or overly simplistic. Carolyn asks the hard questions, and through conversations with Christians and non-Christians, sifts through doubt (partially related to a difficult family history) and comes to know and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Carolyn is studying literature and the book is filled with quotes from literary masters who also sought and found spiritual significance. Infused throughout the book are moving descriptions of beautiful cathedrals and other locations of historical and spiritual significance that also impact Carolyn’s spiritual journey.
Surprised by Oxford is a thoroughly enjoyable read, particularly for those of us who appreciate the love of literature, and who appreciate the lovingly detailed ways in which God pursues a relationship with His children.
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