MC520 – Church Growth Book Review Format and Grading

Here’s some information for the Church Growth class on what is required for your book reviews.

MC520 Book Review Format

1. List the author, the title and date of book, publisher, and label
it as a “book review”.
2. Briefly describe the author(s), especially information relevant to
this particular work.
3. Summarize the contents of the book in the following order:
– The thesis of the book.
– The main sections (outline) of the book in short summary paragraphs,
showing how each section develops an aspect of, or gives support for,
the main thesis.
4. Give your own personal reaction to the author’s thesis and its
development – positively, negatively, or both. Express in personal terms
your own opinion, experience, and perspective of the subject matter
presented; if possible, synthesize this work with other works with
which you are familiar. Reflect on how this material might be helpful
to the content of the class as well as to your current or future
ministry.

Book Review Grading

5 pts. Outstanding: The level of thinking and communication are outstanding. You critically evaluate the book, integrate it in the analysis of the class material and show how it is applicable in the context you have chosen. Additionally, you synthesize models to create new understandings and/or theory. This is NOT a common grade.
4.5 pts. Very good: The level of thinking and communication are good. You appear to understand the book and have made progress in showing how it is applicable in the context you have chosen. In addition, you have begun to integrate this material with other class topics.

3.5 – 4 pts. Acceptable but definitely below average: The level of thinking and communication are barely acceptable. Although it appears you have read the book, compared it to other class topics, and have started to consider how it is applicable in the context you havechosen, you have not clearly demonstrated these findings.

3 pts. Not acceptable: You may have tried, but this is not graduate level work.

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