- The Forgotten Heavens: Six Essays on Cosmology
- An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters
- In Search of Hobart by Peter Timms
- The Men Behind the King James Version by Gustavus S. Paine
- The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
- The Next 100 Years by George Friedman
- Giotto's Hand by Iain Pears
- A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
- Canon and Biblical Interpretation
- Rich Gleanings from Rabbi Duncan
- A Read-Aloud Family Christmas: A Collection Of Classic Christmas Stories
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Exploring Worship: A Practical Guide to Praise & Worship by Bob Sorge
- The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? by Thomas Ice and Kenneth Gentry
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
There are many things to like about this volume, from its structure around the Oxford academic year to the way Weber weaves quotations from various classics throughout her narrative. Most striking and helpful to me was her description of life as a new Christian in the midst of academia. Many of her friends thought she was crazy. Some even told her she had lost all academic credibility. Not only did she struggle with friends feeling betrayed, she also struggled to fit into “churchianity”. Things like finding the correct page for the Bible reading and singing in public seemed like almost insurmountable difficulties. She felt she could never catch up to those who had been steeped in the Bible and Christianity from youth. As one of the latter, I found the chapter “Church Going” a very helpful description of how a new Christian might feel coming to church for the first time.
One thing that surprised me about Weber's memoir was how little she mentions C.S. Lewis. Given that the book is set in Oxford, that was something I expected. But her road to faith in Christ was guided primarily through reading the Bible (all of it!) and conversations with Christians.
Surprised by Oxford is funny, articulate and thought-provoking. It's a title I'd read again, and will be recommending to others.
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