Fee, Gordon. D, and Douglas Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003
Elements of a Book Critique
A critique is more than a summary of the book, article, and/or chapter being reviewed. The emphasis is on a discussion and evaluation of the topic, not just a description. Further, it should be remembered that critical is not necessarily synonymous with bad or unfavorable. Critical reviews may be positive, negative, or a combination of both. A critique usually consists of 3 elements:
3. Conclusion ?
• Summarize the issue/topic addressed. Explain why the author(s) think the issue/topic is important.
• BRIEFLY highlight the major themes (or sub-topics) being explored.
This section should critically analyze and evaluate the work being reviewed. Some of the questions you may want to consider in this part are:
• What is the point of view of the author(s)? What perspective (ideological, philosophical) do they bring to the work? Is their perspective implicit (gleaned from reading “between the lines”) or explicit (openly stated)?
• What kind of evidence do they bring to support their viewpoint? Is it adequate?
• How clear is the argument? Does it flow logically? Are there gaps, inconsistencies, or contradictions in the discussion or argument?
Support your response with examples from the work itself and from your knowledge of the issue/topic. Be sure to go beyond stating your opinion; it is not enough to say you agree or disagree with the author’s point of view, substantiate your claims!
• Of what value is the article/book/chapter? What does it add (if anything) to the discourse?
• Who would find the piece helpful and why?
You need not divide your review into 3 sections unless you choose to do so. You may weave the components into a narrative. Avoid “majoring on the minors.” For format questions, see guidelines posted for this class in the Additional Information folder within Blackboard or contact your instructor.