4MAT Book Review Instructions

Please use the following format in preparing 4-MAT Book Reviews:

  1. Abstract. Summarize what you have read into      300 words (1 page). Prove you comprehend the readings by writing a      thoughtful summary. The abstract is not a commentary or listing of topics      but rather an objective summary of major themes from the reader’s      viewpoint. Use third person to retain objectivity. Abstract equals an overview of contents. This      section should include a minimum of      2 footnotes to the text being reviewed.
  2. Concrete Response. Be vulnerable. In no less than 150      words and no more than 1 page, relate a personal life experience that this      book triggered in your memory. Relate your story in first person,      describing action, and quoting exact words you remember hearing or saying.      In the teaching style of Jesus, this is a do-it-yourself parable, case      study, confession. You will remember almost nothing you have read unless      you make this critical, personal connection. What video memory began to      roll? This is your chance to tell your story and make new ideas your own.
  3. Reflection. This      is the critical thinking part of the review (not critical in the sense of      negative, but in the sense of questioning). In no less than 150 words and      no more than 1 page, describe what questions are raised for you in      response to what you have read. Keep a rough-note sheet at hand as you      read. Out smart the author by asking better questions than he/she raised      in the book. Tell how the author could have made the book better or more      appealing to those in your field of service. One way to begin this section      is by stating what bothered you most about the book. This is not a place      to provide an endorsement or affirmation of the book. This should be an      objective, fair evaluation of the text. Use third person to retain the      objectivity.
  4. Action. So what      are you going to do about it? In 2-3 pages, provide at least 3 action      steps that describe what actions or changes you are going to make in your      life, ministry, and/or work as a result of your reading. Action steps      should be measurable and reveal a commitment to specific time, specific      people, and identified steps.
  5. Please provide a Turabian style* title page,      pagination, footnotes, and Bibliography.

*Please contact the instructor to ask permission to use an alternate format style.

Total: 5–6 pages

Submit each 4Mat Book Review by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the module/week in which it is assigned.

By David Wheeler


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