I recently completed Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber. The memoir tells the story of one woman's search for faith amid the academic and social circles of Oxford University. Weber, affectionately known as "Caro" throughout the work, moves from a hardened position of unbelief to a reborn, reawakened Christian by story's end.
Overall, the book was good if predictable. Not everyone who pursues God will find as much support as Weber does from her motley crew of classmates and professors. For others the process of conversion will be similiar.
Two aspects I loved about the book: the length of the individual chapters and the quotes/poems/epigrams that appeared constantly in the work. As a student of literature, it was good to be reminded of Donne, Hopkins, Coleridge, Blake, Milton and others.
I would recommend the book to people who enjoy academics and questions of faith. I think the average Christian reader might find some of the material a little too deep for an enjoyable read.
Overall, I give the book 3 1/2 of 5 stars.
Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.