Book Review: Surprised by Oxford

Book Review: Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

I loved this book about a young Canadian woman unexpectedly finding God at Oxford. I could relate to this story as Engineering school at University of Michigan did it for me! It was wonderful to follow her trajectory, so like my own, from unbelieving, to skeptical, to questioning, and eventually to becoming a committed Christian.

This is not common in academic circles in this post modern age, and this book traces all sorts of fascinating conversations the author had along the way, with a wide variety of well educated people. The writing style is very immediate and unabashed; you felt present all the way through the process, which was not only believable and interesting, but personable and encouraging. This memoir of a personal conversion story has such a light touch it reads like a novel. But it also has the power to make you remember all over again why you believe, or to give the curious unbeliever a window into why someone might. Its honesty and unjudgmentalism is very refreshing and appreciated. It was also enjoyable to get an insider’s view of graduate school at Oxford.

Woven throughout the book are literary references which embellish the text. I loved the author’s facility with language, metaphor and puns. And who wouldn’t love TDH? I give this book an enthusiastic five stars. It came as a God-send for me, just at the right moment, and left me uplifted.

Surprised by Oxford

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