Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir

Front Cover
Thomas Nelson, Feb 4, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages

2012 ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist, and 2012 Logos Book Award ~ best book in Christian Living.

Carolyn Weber arrives at Oxford a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to all things religious. As she grapples with her God-shaped void alongside the friends, classmates, and professors she meets, she tackles big questions in search of Truth, love, and a life that matters.

From issues of fatherhood, feminism, doubt, doctrine, and love, Weber explores the intricacies of coming to faith with an aching honesty and insight echoing that of the poets and writers she studied. Rich with illustration and literary references, Surprised by Oxford is at once gritty and lyrical; both humorous and spiritually perceptive. This savvy, credible account of Christian conversion and its after-effects follows the Oxford liturgical calendar as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader.

Surprised by Oxford is the memoir of a skeptical agnostic who comes to a dynamic personal faith in God during graduate studies in literature at Oxford University.


What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jamesrrouse - LibraryThing

A well-written, insightful, and balanced work surrounding coming to faith and wrestling with the realities of faith. Weber paints pictures with words that make the story come beautifully alive. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - ctpress - LibraryThing

How shall I characterize this memoir? It’s partly spiritual autobiography, partly a romance, partly a Christian apologetic. That may explain its 480 pages and explain why I found it going in different ... Read full review


Have a HeimlichUnHeimlich Christmas Home but Not Home for the Holidays
Am I My Sisters Keeper? 13 Tide Out Forsaking All Others Including the Self
More Than a New Year
Book Ends
What If Jesus Had Been a Woman?
Butterflies in the Bookcase

The Poison Tree
Shaken Not Just Stirred
SweetTalkin Son of a Preacher
Jesus the Great Polarizer
The Conundrum of Time
Does Love Justify All?
Professor Von X
Throwing the Baby Out with the Baptism Water
The Ultimate Valentine
Good Friday Riding Westward

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

Carolyn Weber holds her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her M.Phil and D.Phil degrees from Oxford University. She has been Associate Professor of Romantic Literature at Seattle University; she has also taught at Westmont College, University of San Francisco and Oxford University. Carolyn and her husband share the joy of parenting three spirited children in Santa Barbara, CA and London, Canada. Find her online at

Bibliographic information