Ok, I’m going to be completely honest here. The first reason I wanted to read this book was the cover. I mean, how gorgeous is it? The little village, the bicycle, the bridge, the combination of watercolor and sketching…it’s just lovely. Then when I read the description–Oxford. It’s about Oxford, and anyone who knows me knows that I love all things English. And then when I saw that it was by the daughter of bestselling Christian author Max Lucado, the deal was sealed.
The great news is that even though it was all of the external and superficial things that first drew me to the book, I found the inside to be just as beautiful and compelling. This is the story of a girl who grew up in a Christian home–a preacher’s home–and of her struggle to make her faith her own. I would be willing to guess that most of us who grew up in a strong faith system have wrestled with the same questions, especially the one that haunted me for many of my teen years: If I hadn’t been born into this family, would I have chosen Christianity?
Andrea happened to be studying at Oxford as she wrestled with these questions, so the book is filled with observations and descriptions of life and school in England, contrasted with life in America.
One thing that I both like and dislike about the book is that some of her questions remained unanswered, at least at the time of publication. While I would have loved to see them wrapped up and tied with a neat bow, I also love the idea that faith is a journey and that our wrestlings may not always result in concrete answers. That is, after all, what makes it faith, is it not?
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