For each Book Critique, address the following three sections in a 750–1,000-word, well-written paper. Always use spell check and proofread your assignment before submission.
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 principles by expressing them clearly in your own words.
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.
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.