Sunday, June 18, 2017

Book Review - English Lessons


The church wasn’t just a part of Andrea Lucado’s childhood. It was her childhood. It provided more than happy moments. It provided an invitation to know Jesus.

 When Andrea arrived in Oxford the year after she graduated from college, she expected to meet God there. What she didn’t expect was that God would be much bigger than she’d believed.

 In this engaging memoir, Andrea speaks to all of us who wrestle with doubt and identity. “So many nights in Oxford,” Andrea writes, “I felt like the details of my faith were getting fuzzier. Nights turned restless with questions. I questioned God’s existence, and the doubt was getting into my bones."

 In English Lessons, Andrea takes us through the roads of England and, more importantly, the paths of the soul.


Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado, she inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a masters degree in English literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant magazine and She Reads Truth. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find her laughing with friends at a coffee shop or running in the Texas hill country.


This is a very well written book and enjoyable to read. Andrea shares her faith and her struggles as she goes to Oxford for college. Suddenly, she has to stand on her own beliefs and takes us along on her journey.

She was raised in the church, her father being Max Lucado, and she has, for lack of a better word, taken her faith for granted. She has been around other Christians and had Christian friends her whole life and then she lands at Oxford. Suddenly, she is around others with totally different beliefs and she also has to get used to the new culture.

Andrea has to figure out what she truly believes and why. Many long walks along the Thames help her in her quest to walk more boldly in her faith. I love how she shares the atmosphere of her time in Oxford and what it brought to her faith-wise.

Her writing is poetic, yet readable, and you feel like you are with her on her adventure both in England and on her spiritual journey. It's a lovely book and would especially be great for the young adult who is going to college. However, it's a wonderful read for anyone. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Blogging For Books

Blessings - Julie

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