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BOOK REVIEW / ANALYSIS PAPER

June 14, 2013 Christine C. San Andres, RN, USRN, MAN

Objectives
O Define what is a book review/ analysis paper?
O Recognize the IMPORTANCE of a book review O O O O

/ Analysis Paper Identify different PARTS of a book review/ analysis paper. Know the TYPES of a book review. Know what books are ALLOWED. (Book review) Know what issues to be analyzed. (Analysis paper)

What is A Book Review?
O A form of literary criticism
O AKA : Critical Review Essay O An evaluation on the how the book was

presented O Discussion of contents, characterization, and moral lesson of the story/literature. O Gives comments and observations of the story/litearture

What is An Analysis Paper
O A form of criticism of current issues
O A presentation of current specific issue or

problem and its variables. O Gives comments and observations on the topic O Discussion of alleviating / aggravating factors to the problem. O Statement of possible solutions

Significance
O Displays learning
O Promulgates idea on the topic O Enhances critical thinking

O Encourages analysis on the strategy the

literature was presented O Can be a source of opinion for other readers

FOCUS
Question:
IS THIS A REQUIREMENT IN MY GRADUATION? Answer:

YES

AS A REQUIREMENT:
O 1 Book review = 2-4 students
O 1 Book review = 2000 words O 1 Book review = 1 critic O Criteria:

Content Clarity Critical Analysis Recommendations

- 25% - 25% - 25% - 25%

AS A REQUIREMENT:
O 1 Analysis Paper = 1 students
O 1 Analysis Paper = 2000 words O 1 Analysis Paper = 1 critic O Criteria:

Content Clarity Critical Analysis Recommendations

- 25% - 25% - 25% - 25%

IMPORTANT DATES
DATES JULY 5 JULY 26 AUGUST 23 SEPTEMBER 6 ACTIVITY CHOOSE A BOOK/ISSUE FIRST SUBMISSION RETURN OF PAPER/ FOR REVISION FINAL SUBMISSION

What books are ALLOWED?
O Christ – centered books
O Stories of the Bible O Life – changing books O Interests non – believers O Enhances upgrading of humanity O Tackles faith, customs, traditions O Over All: O A book that will benefit our brethren.

What ISSUES to analyze?
O Church issues
O Current challenges in the ministry O Common disputes within the church O Ex.. O Why tithing is not observed by some

believers? O How can a church leader encourage daily devotion on Bible reading? O How can married life be more effective?

TYPES of Review
O SUMMARY
O POPULAR

O OPINION
O SCHOLARLY

SUMMARY REVIEWS
O Short reviews
O Usually found in magazines O Brief appraisal of the book O Less than 100 words O Available in stores, aids in buying

decisions O Written immediately before a book release, or immediately after

POPULAR REVIEWS
O Found in mainstream periodicals and

search engines, like Time Magazine, Google.. O Reviews are written after a massive sale of the book, to prod more buyers. O May site popular persons who read and actually enjoyed the book. O May be written if the author is also popular

OPINION REVIEWS
O Usually longer than Popular and Summary

reviews. O Includes opinions on writing style, audience level and author’s area of expertise. O The critic giving opinions on the book, does not always have specific qualifications/ expertise as well in the area tackled by the author. O Written soon after the publication of a book.

SCHOLARLY REVIEWS
O Written by experts in the field being reviewed.
O Written in an academic approach. O Goes beyond summarizing the book, by

evaluating the issues and methods discussed in the book. O Analyzing the strategies the book was presented. O Aims to educate, instruct and edify the importance of a certain matter.

PARTS of a Book Review / Analysis Paper
O Introduction
O Brief Summary

O Critical Assessment
O Conclusion O Recommendation

INTRODUCTION
O Identify the book you are going to review.
O Include author, title, date of publication, etc. O May include short background of the author. O State the author’s goal in writing the book. O Why the author write on this specific

subject? O What specific contribution did the author intend to make?

BRIEF SUMMARY
O This is the main body of the review.
O Describe the content and organization of

the book. What to expect in the book. O May include most important points tackled. O Comprising arguments and evidences raised by the author. Good and bad points.

BRIEF SUMMARY
O State how consistent or inconsistent the

author has become through out the whole story/passage. O Predict the characteristics of the author. O Remember! Do not get stuck with details in this part, this is to only prepare the reader for your critical assessment.

CRITICAL ASSESSMENT
O Lengthiest part of the book review. O Discussion of the contributions made by

the author. (From critic’s point of view) O May include the CENTRAL ARGUMENT OF THE AUTHOR, and state your opinion. O Identify the author’s PERSPECTIVE, try to critically evaluate why he come up with those arguments.

CRITICAL ASSESSMENT
O Enumerate all CONFLICTS the author

mentioned, and analyze each, point per point. O Compare the conflicts/problems mentioned from other resources/readings. O Give similarities and differences of arguments against your personal views. O Remember! You may or you may not agree to the author.

CONCLUSION
O Assess the organization and style of the

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book. Is it clearly written? Is it concise? Vague? Well-organized? Determine whether this book is intended for a specific group of readers? Offer a final review of the book. How valuable the book is? Is it worth reading?

RECOMMENDATION
O Contains reasons why people should read

the entirety of the book. O Would you recommend to the author to write another book similar to the first? Maybe pertaining to a different group of subjects. O Would you recommend the book for Christian believers? How will it benefit the Ministry? O Recognize the essential points that may help in enhancing the Ministry’s stand.

Thank You!