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CHPL 500

Book Critique Instructions

Students will write a 5page critical evaluation of one of the texts listed below, consisting of a summary and critique. The student must provide an introduction that provides background information of the author and a clear purpose for writing the review. The summary must focus on the main ideas and significant themes in the book, as well as an account of the author’s overall purpose in writing. The critique section must contain a well-thought-out critical interaction with the author’s thesis and the main points of the argument he presents in the book. The critique must present the strengths and weaknesses as well as an overall evaluation of the book. The student must provide a conclusion that recommends (or not) the book to an applicable audience. Applicable information will be used in Research Part 5. The paper must be accomplished in Turabianfootnote citation style.

A quality book critique will model the following:


½ page.


1 page.


3-4 pages.


½ page.

In addition to these requirements, the paper must have a proper introduction and conclusion and follow the structure of a standard academic essay (Title page, Introduction, Summary, Critique, Conclusion, Bibliography).

Students will choose one of the following

Hansen, Kim P. Military Chaplains and Religious Diversity. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Morgan, Terry. The Chaplain’s Role: How Clergy Can Work with Law Enforcement. Seattle: CreateSpace, 2012.

Parker, Andrew, Watson, Nick J., and White, John B. Sports Chaplaincy. London: Routledge, 2016.

Sullivan, Winnifred F. A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Swift, Christopher. Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-First Century. London: Routledge, 2014.