Love Thy Body Book Review

INSTRUCTIONS:The Book Review MUST follow the format below. Section lengths ARE MANDATORY.Substantial variation UNDER or OVER their length will be the basis for a significant penalty on theassignment. This (admittedly) draconian, cruel-and-unusual, tortuous requirement is in order to forceyou to EDIT!!! The best strategy is to write what you need to say in a section, then go back and edit it(down!) into the required length. No cover page is required. Use Times-New Roman, 12pt font, doublespaced. Page numbers bottom, center.A. Introduction: Introduce readers to the author. (Give those who don’t know her/him“the scoop” on her/him).1. Who is the author?2. Does the author approach the subject with any overall perspectives that influence orcondition his or her conclusions? These may be theological, experiential,philosophical, denominational, or cultural perspectives. Do these perspectives affectthe value of the work or its applicability (in certain cultures, certain settings, etc.)3. No more than 2 paragraphs or half a page (whichever is shorter).B. Argument Structure: Give readers the roadmap of the book/structure of the argument.(How does he/she put their case together?)1. What is the thesis of the book? (state this clearly & briefly in your own words)2. How are the chapters grouped together/related to each other?3. How do the chapters advance the thesis?4. DO NOT SUMMARIZE CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER!5. Use 1.5 pages, but no more than 2 pages.C. Critical (Analytical) Evaluation: Talk back to the author. (How does her/his argumentwork or not work well?)1. Organize this section by issues you are addressing. Pull evidence from the whole bookfor each issue.2. Evaluate the author’s success at defending the book’s thesis or reaching its goal.Support your conclusion by executing your analytical strategy.3. Choose your strategy (or combine them, addressing a total of 3-4 issues in theEvaluation Section.). Choose Strategy 1 if the author failed to defend the thesis, ordefended an unworthy thesis. Choose Strategy 2 if the author completely succeeded5in defending their thesis, or didn’t make any flawed arguments but could haveoffered better arguments/evidence for a worthy thesis. Choose a combination ofStrategy 1 and 2 if the author was partially successful in defending or made flawedarguments in support of a worthy thesis. This combination can also be used if theauthor had some genuinely valuable insights while arguing for an unworthy thesis.Strategy 1: Help future readers recognize the big flaws. Be sure you’re notmisreading! Use ideas below that are significant & relevant to your analysis.a) Does a key definition need to be qualified? If so, how and why?b) Does a key concept need to be adjusted or rejected? If so, how and why?c) If the argument is taken to its logical conclusion, is that a problem? If so, howand why?d) Is a conclusion right, but reached for wrong reasons? If so, how and why?e) Was major evidence or arguments ignored? If so, what and how would thataffect your assessment of the argument?f) Was the author inconsistent or self-contradictory in a major way?g) Was the author asking the wrong question(s)? If so, what are the right one(s)?h) Was there a major unstated presupposition that needs to be challenged? If so,what, how, and what affect would better presupposition have?Strategy 2: Help a future reader to recognize or improve on the author’s strengths.Use ideas below that are significant & relevant to your analysis.a) Can a key definition be improved? If so, how and why?b) Does a key concept need to be adjusted or improved? If so, how and why?c) If the argument is taken to its logical conclusion, does that have good resultsthat the author didn’t discuss? If so, how and why?d) Was major evidence or arguments supporting the author’s point(s) missed? Ifso, what and how would that affect things?e) Does the author’s work have important implications for other subjects? If so,what?f) Is there significant application for the author’s ideas that were not identified? Ifso, what?4. Use 2.5 pages, but no more than 3 pages…. So address only the most importantissues. Be direct and clear. Do not employ prolix, effusive, wordy, extended,statements.E. Conclusion: Try to answer at least half of the questions if not more.1. Summarize your analysis of the argument in no more than one paragraph (3-4sentences).2. Identify important questions for further research.3. No more than 2 paragraphs.SUBMISSION: Assignments are to be turned in in .DOCX or .PDF format through the link onBlackboard. Graded papers will be visible on Blackboardwith summary comments and verbalcomments recorded. You are expected to incorporate comments from previous assignments into futureassignments. The “First Draft” due date forthis assignment will be at the beginning of class onTuesday, March 18th. This is to be a complete, polished version of the paper. It will be the basis for thefinal grade on the assignment. The professor will grade it, and any corrections will need to beincorporated into the OPTIONAL Final Draft for a maximum 7 point (1 letter grade) increase in thefinal assignment grade. The “OPTIONAL Final Draft” due date will be the beginning of class onThursday, April 1s

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