Friday, July 29, 2011

Coming of Age and Finding Christ at Oxford

A year spent at on a scholarship at Oxford University gave Carolyn Weber more than she expected. She meets a fellow student who challenges her to become a Christian. Although a feminist and wary of men, because of her difficult relationship to the father who left the family, she can't quite put away the attraction of following Christ. As she progresses through the liturgical year, she finds it increasingly difficult to avoid believing and then equally difficult to feel comfortable in her new commitment. Haven't we all been there?

I found the memoir completely delightful. It made me feel young again, exploring great minds, falling in love, and finding a lifelong commitment. As Carolyn struggles with her new commitment to Christ, she has strong colleagues and friends to support and help her. It's particularly interesting to watch her struggle with the fact that being a committed Christian in academia is not easy either in this country or England. You have to admire her resolve.

This book is a gift to all of us who have been young, insecure, and searching. I was very sad to read the last page. It was an echo of my own lost youth.

I reviewed this book as part of the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.