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Peachtree Learning Center

Readers & Writers Workshop at Peachtree Learning Center

With five excellent Tennessee-based authors, including internationally known author Dr. Carolyn Weber

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Readers & Writers Workshop at Peachtree Learning Center
Readers & Writers Workshop at Peachtree Learning Center

Time & Location

Feb 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Peachtree Learning Center, 402 N Walnut Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

About the event

Our friends at Peachtree Learning Center are hosting a wonderful author, Carolyn Weber, and we wanted to be sure you knew of it! Her most recent novel is Sex and the City of God, and her earlier award-winning novel, Surprised by Oxford, has also been made into a film. Carolyn has also written Holy is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present, and Home Going: Poetry for a Season. ABOUT THE BOOKS: 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. 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 calendar year and events of the school year as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader. "Surprised by Oxford is a sprightly contribution to the genre of spiritual memoirs in the vein of C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy and Lauren F. Winner's Girl Meets God. Carolyn Weber is an unconventional thinker whose engagingly told faith journey will speak to folks who still believe that thoughtful people cannot be Christian." - Lyle W. Dorsett Sex and the City of God:  After studying at Oxford University and finding God, Carolyn Weber grappled with a new invitation: to think bigger about love. Through Weber's personal story of courtship, marriage, and parenthood, as well as spiritual, theological, and literary reflection, this memoir explores what life looks like when we choose to love God first.

When Carolyn Weber moved to Oxford University to study, she didn't expect to find God there. But she did. As she grappled with her newest and most important relationship, she also found that there was another invitation: to think bigger about love.

In this book we follow Weber through courtship and into marriage and parenthood. Now a literature professor, Weber reflects on her relationship with a sometimes-absent father and how that has shaped her. Through her personal story, as well as spiritual, theological, and literary reflection, Sex and the City of God explores what life looks like when we choose to love God first.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 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 www.pressingsave.com.

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