Reflection on our First Readings

It is early in the quarter to do this, but if this assignment trains you to read our texts with a view toward their relevance within your communities of faith, it will have served its purpose. Besides, in a ten-week course "too early" turns into "too late" too soon.

Write a book review of what we have read so far in Markus (up to chapter 9) and Pernoud (up to chapter 3) that you would like to see published in your church's newsletter. This means your readers are your fellow congregants in your church or whatever sub-group in your church the newsletter would naturally go to.

You will want to represent to them the substance of these writers' projects (or at least the substance of the chapters we will have read for next Thursday's class). In a book review of this type you will also want to commend the book and/or warn your readers away from it, to give it a gentle but firm appraisal, and to suggest ways the book might help them or your whole community.

You can bring in material from lectures, Evans, or elsewhere if it helps you write your review, but this is not required.

The format and genre of the review is up to you, but you may want to consult book reviews in newspapers, magazines, the web (but not!), academic journals, or Christian publishing to get a feel for the tone you want to set. You may write two reviews or one combined review. You may write formally or informally. However you write, do it as if the paper will be published and your audience will read it.

(And yes, Jason, I would count a church blog or website as a church newsletter.)

Please keep your review 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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