Suggested Elements to Be Included in Book Reviews

This is not necessarily an outline as such, but rather elements to keep in mind (and possibly include) in the writing of your review. It is up to you as reviewer to decide which of these elements (or other elements not mentioned here) are relevant for your review. Though the majority of this guide is my own, I have incorporated a few elements and examples from Lawrence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen, Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1982).

1. Form: At the beginning, give your title for the review, and also give complete information about the book: author, title, place of publication, publisher, date, number of pages. Use this form:

Marvin E. Lusts. How to Be Great: Getting Ahead in a Humble Way. New York: Deficient Press, 1997. xvii, 234 pp.

2. Introduction

3. Description 4. Evaluation 5. Summary

Created and maintained by Loren L. Johns, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament,
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Last updated 26 July 2000.