Book Critique

For each Book Critique, address the following three sections in a 3–5-page well-written paper, following the information provided in the Instructions for Written Assignments document.

Summarize the themes, concepts, and principles of the book. Do not simply restate the contents of each chapter or section. In the first section, students frequently make the mistake of simply restating the contents of the various chapters they have read; this is not the intent of the Summary Section. In this section, identify the themes, concepts, and principles the author is presenting. Express these items in your own words and support them with parenthetical references where the material may be found in the text. Demonstrate that you have identified the themes, concepts, and or principles by expressing them clearly in your own words.
Note: This should be accomplished in no more than one and one-half pages.

Critique what you have read. Most students accomplish the second section well, but remember, the instructions require more than simply, “I liked/disliked this text.” State your position on the text and support it well. If you agreed with the reading, say so, and provide support for your position. If you did not agree with the text, state that and support it equally as well. Here is an important aspect to remember: you must not state your position based upon another text. Your critique of a text must stand on the merits of the text alone.
Note: This should be accomplished in no more than two pages.

Evaluate the book’s value in its larger academic context. Simply state/show if and how the book contributes to the field of church health. If you decide the text is beneficial, then once again, support your statement in tangible ways, and do the same if you take the reverse position,
Note: This should be accomplished in no more than one and one-half pages..


Final notes:
Pastors sometimes slip into what is called “sermonizing” when writing academic assignments. Avoid this. While it is perhaps second nature to to slip in a mode of teaching and preaching, “sermonizing” and academic assignments do not go together. Please review the Instructions for Written Assignments. Always use spell check, and proofread your assignments before submitting.

• Your assignment must following the information included with the Instructions for Written Assignments document in the Course Content section of the course.
• Use Third Person expression / Do not use First Person / Do not use “us”, “we”, “our”, etc.
• Do not exceed the maximum page limit for this assignment.
• A 5-point deduction will be assessed for each page over the maximum number of pages