Book Review Round-Up

Not only do I write book reviews, but I read them as well.  In the last couple of days there have been a number of posts containing book reviews, lists of books received to be reviewed, and even just today, some tips on how to write a review.  So here’s my round-up of book review posts from the last couple of days (in no specific order).

Book Reviews:

While this wasn’t posted in the last couple of days, it is a review worth mentioning, and that’s Mike Aubrey’s review of How Biblical Languages Work.  I enjoyed it and it seems the author did as well, as he left an appreciative comment for Mr. Aubrey.

Chris Tilling saw fit to index all of the book reviews that appear on his blog in this post.  This includes not only his, but also guest reviews from the likes of Phil Sumpter and others.  Good stuff to be sure.

Ryan Jones fresh out of blogging purgatory has graced us all with a review of Nelson Pike’s Mystic Union: An Essay in the Phenomenology of Mysticism.  Haven’t read the whole thing yet, but I’m looking forward to getting through it.

Planned Reviews:

Shaun Tabatt informs us that he’s received a review copy of Jim Wilcox’s Believe and Listen: God’s Talking to You.  Looks like an interesting one, and Shaun’s reviews are always succinct which makes them a pleasure to read.  Can’t wait!

Celucien Joseph is planning three reviews of: 

  1. Reading Paul by Michael J. Gorman
  2. Paul in Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright
  3. God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old & New Testaments by James M. Hamilton, Jr. 

I’d love to compare notes with Celucien on Gorman’s book, which I absolutely loved!

Drew Tatusko just received four books to review from The Ooze which he plans to review in the following order:

  1. Rapture Ready: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture
  2. The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time
  3. The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community
  4. Oh Sh*t! It’s Jesus: The Relevance of Jesus without all of the Religious Crap

I don’t know too much about The Ooze, but if they’re sending out review books I’ll have to ask Drew how I can get down! ;-)

I didn’t post about it yet, but yesterday I received review copies of the following books courtesy of Michelle Bennett at Crossway:

  1. Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis by Darrell L. Bock and Buist M. Fanning, eds.
  2. For Us and Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church by Stephen J. Nichols.
  3. Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, 3rd. ed. by William Lane Craig

I’ve started Nichols’ book and so far it seems like a nice little introduction to the topic.  Definitely not too technical or difficult to understand.  I should have it reviewed within the next week.  I’m also waiting on some books from WJK, Baker Academic, and UND Press to come in later this year and at the beginning of next year, but I’ll post about them another time.

Tips for Writing Reviews:

Josh McManaway asks for some tips on how to write a book review and Michigan’s newest resident Michael Halcomb offers some tips and a template for doing that very thing, using one of his own as an example.  Definitely something worth checking out if you want to publish your reviews in a journal. 

That’ll do it.  Have fun reading what’s been written and anticipating what’s to come.



8 thoughts on “Book Review Round-Up

  1. Nick,

    Just to let you know that I’m almost through with Gorman’s book. The book is delightful. It is like eating a cheesecake. Sorry if you don’t like cheesecake but you like pizza at least:)

    I will not review your review before I post mine so I don’t get tempted:)

  2. Thanks for the link to the template for reviews, I’m about to start grad school, so I need to learn how to write reviews, such a pesky item. Mine always end up being too long or too short.

  3. Celucien: I love cheesecake and pizza. Check out Tilling’s review as well when you’re finished. He was much more critical than I.

    TC: Much appreciated!

    Michael: Any time.

    Geoff: Sure thing. I don’t have any set rules for reviewing books. I just start writing and stop when I’m done. I try to keep them under 1000 words if possible but it doesn’t always happen like that.

  4. I honor academic standard for assessing books in general, nonetheless, I do not expect the same conformity (as always) in a blog setting environment. It is good to take a little liberty and flexibility in such setting, I think (?). After all, you are not writing specifically for a professional journal per se. That does not mean, you have to get away with proper standards to evaluating a book. At any rate, in my case, I try to follow closely what I was taught in college, but it is not always the case.

    By the way Nick, thanks for Halcomb’s link. It is very useful.

  5. Nick, thanks for mentioning Jim’s new book. I’m about half way through it. I hope to finish the review for Jim’s book and several others by the end of this coming weekend. Sometimes I feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to read and write as much as I’d like to. : )

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