Holy is the Day

Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present is Carolyn Weber’s follow-up to her conversion memoir Surprised by Oxford.  The second volume covers Weber’s gaining tenure, deciding to leave full-time teaching, and difficult childbirth/pregnancy issues that gave her insight into finding the holy in everyday life and, as she writes, “the need to keep converting, to keep turning toward God.”

I was a little disappointed to see fewer of the literary references that I loved in her first book, but there are still some in this second volume.  I also wished she would have developed the idea of a reflective spiritual life being like a reflective academic life more fully.  One of the things I loved about her first book was the way Weber wrote about how who she was as a reader and a thinker influenced her journey to faith.  I assume that’s still in play as she walks in faith now, but it wasn’t so much a focus in the second book.

Still, I enjoyed Holy Is the Day and would recommend it.  I like Weber’s writing style and insights and look forward to reading more from her in the future.


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