Week 6 Book Review Assignment
Book Review Assignment Instructions
As part of doctoral-level work, it is important to be able to evaluate resources. This evaluation includes an analysis of the resource within the discipline itself and an analysis of the resource from a biblical worldview perspective. As such, students are asked to demonstrate one’s ability to provide in-depth analysis through the avenue of a book critique.
You must read the Smith text and write a 4–6-page review. This is not simply a summary of the book, but it is a review of the content. The Book Review Assignment must adhere to current APA format.
To complete the Book Review Assignment, write the review using the following structure:
Introduction (No more than a half-page)
· This must be a single but strong paragraph that reveals what you intend to show the reader. This is your “thesis statement.”
· Include a brief review of background data about the book, author, and the topic of the book.
Brief Summary (1–2 pages: no more than 20% of your review)
· Do not state what every single chapter is about; instead, capture the main idea(s) of the book along with the underlining subtopics and themes.
· Briefly overview what the book as a whole is about as well as the issues, themes, and solutions the author presents.
· Identify the main idea of the book and differentiate between the central and peripheral ideas.
Critical Interaction with the Book (2–4 pages: around 70% of your review)
· Do not discuss your agreement or disagreement with the author’s perspective. Instead, try to recognize what the author’s points are and what theological issues are prevalent.
· Document your assessment of the text. If you make a judgment of the author’s opinion, give an example along with a footnote to designate where this can be observed.
· Where is the author coming from? What is his goal?
· Does the author prove his point? Why or why not? How?
· What are the strengths and weaknesses of the author’s arguments?
Conclusion (No more than a half-page)
· Bring together all your interactions with the book and wrap up your review by conveying how well you think the author achieved his goals and to what degree his purpose was achieved.
· In what ways does the book make you think?
· With what questions does the author leave you?
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.