I didn't have high hopes for the book Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber. It is a memoir by a person I'd never heard of before reading the cover. It mostly takes place at Oxford, a place I've never been nor had great interest in being. And, frankly, the cover didn't look too exciting. But, it beat out the "business and culture" option for potential reading, so I chose Weber's book.
And, happily, I was surprised by Weber's memoir! I found it fast and enjoyable reading. I was intrigued by her journey to Christ. Being reared in a Christian home and having come to Jesus as a child, I was fascinated by the logical and emotional journey Weber experienced in her own conversion.
Weber was a literary student (now a professor), as I was (although her knowledge and intellect far exceed mine!) So, I found her frequent use of literature, poetry and prose, pleasant and familiar. She stirred a longing for more poetry and beautiful language in my own life (I found myself speaking/writing more poetically and with more flowery description as I read the memoir! :) ) Her style is light, even when the subject is deep. It made for easy and enjoyable reading.
I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone experiencing their own journey to or with Jesus. It's encouraging and interesting to read how He draws someone else in a method detailed especially for her own life...knowing that He does the same for each of us!
Thanks, booksneeze, for sending a complimentary copy for purpose of review.