Book Critique Instructions:
Students are to select a book from the
list of “Recommended Resources” in the course syllabus (section III), read it,
and write a review of 700—1,000 words. The review should be modeled after Keith
E. Johnson’s review of Cyril of
Alexandria’s Trinitarian Theology of Scripture in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS) 58, no. 1 (March 2015): 214—18. This
review can be accessed through the LUO Library portal https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/1673954231/fulltextPDF/6DFDCE881DBC4A61PQ/1?accountid=12085.
Note that the book review should not have a title page or a bibliography
page. The publication data, single spaced, as shown below should appear at the
top of page 1.
of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church.
By Ruth A. Tucker. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011, 497 pp., $39.99.
Your name, city, and school should appear
at the end of the paper, flush right. The body of the review should be double spaced. All text should be 12 point Times New Roman font. There
should be no footnotes. All
citations, even of outside sources (if you use them), should be parenthetical,
just as they appear in the example. Page numbers should appear in the top right
hand corner of the paper.
The body of the review should consist of
an introductory paragraph in which you give (1) the author’s thesis or theme
for the book and (2) your thesis statement regarding the purpose of the book
review. The review should then contain a brief summary of the contents of the
book, followed by a more extensive critique of the book’s strengths and
weaknesses. You should look for two (2) significant strengths and two (2) significant
weaknesses to the book. These strengths and weaknesses must be based on the
simple question, “does the author adequately support and defend his/her
thesis?” What parts of his/her argument build his thesis and support it? What
are weaknesses that pose a problem for his/her thesis? Avoid the use of the
first person (I, we, us, etc.) in your review. This is generally not acceptable
in academic writing. Also avoid the use of contractions (don’t, isn’t, it’s)
and archaic and British spellings (amongst, regards, towards).
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