Introduce the title, the author, and the subject or theme of the book in the first sentence.
Example: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott recounts the girlhood
experiences of Jo March and her three sisters.
Get your readers interested in what you are going to say—perhaps with a striking statement,
a quotation, or some background information. If the book has a setting (time and
place), you might include it.
Example: Set in New England around the time of the Civil War, this classic
novel provides a glimpse of daily life in a nineteenth-century
American household. Though fictional, it reads like a true story,
because the main characters are fashioned after the author’s
own family. The character Jo March resembles Louisa herself.
Close your introductory paragraph with a statement of opinion. Choose one aspect of the
book—a moral, a concept, or a principle—that made an impression on you.
Ask yourself, “What did I learn from this book? Would others benefit from it?
And if so, how?” You will discuss this statement in the body of your report.
Example: Though the experiences of the March sisters, one can learn to
appreciate the family that God has given him or her.
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II. The Body
A. Begin with a short, concise summary (synopsis) of the book, including only the main
points or key events. Limit this synopsis to several sentences.
1. For a fiction book, write a summary of the plot.
The plot is the sequences of actions that make up a story. The plot begins
with a conflict involving main characters. Sometimes, the conflict involves
two people. Other times, the conflict involves the main character and a
variety of people and circumstances. In some stories, conflict may be at
work with the character.
Example: In the story Little Women, each of the March sisters faces
her own conflict with self as she tries to “be good.”
After you have stated the conflict, recount the events that develop the
conflict to the point at which one of the opposing forces is about to prevail
over the other. This is called the climax. Following the climax, relate the
events that resolve the conflict.
2. For a biography, relate the chief incidents in the subject’s life.
3. For a nonfiction book, write a summary.
B. In the succeeding paragraphs of the body, use incidents, details, and quotations that
support the opinion you stated in the introduction. Prove your point.
Example: In the opening scene, the March sisters are bemoaning their
poverty when Beth gently reminds them how rich they really
are: “We’ve got father and mother and each other.” Though
lacking in material comforts, the girls gradually learn to
appreciate the treasure they have in a loving home. Mother’s
gentle words and Father’s letters from the battlefront remind
them of the things that matter in life: relationships, kind words
and loving deeds, and personal growth and maturity. Meg
learns about the emptiness of material wealth when she visits
Annie Moffat and tries to fit in with her frivolous and worldly
friends. Jo learns to forgive when Amy burns her precious
books. Beth teaches them all about selfless giving when she
reaches out to help a poor widow and her children and is
stricken with a deadly fever. As each girl struggles with her
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personal weaknesses, she learns to appreciate more fully the
family that God has given her and the values they share.
III. The Conclusion:
A. Begin the conclusion with a restatement of your opinion. (Avoid the temptation to
use the same wording that you used in your introduction.)
Example: Of the many lessons to be learned from Little Women, the
importance of family relationships is one that no reader should
miss. Everyone can learn to appreciate his or her siblings and
parents from the example set by the March sisters.
B. Give your thoughts about the book, whether they are favorable or unfavorable.
Example: I enjoyed Louisa May Alcotts’s honest portrayal of family life.
Like any ordinary family, the Marches had disagreements and
quarrels from time to time, but they remained a close-knit,
loving family because they recognized and practiced Scriptural
principles of family life: the girls honored their parents, loved
each other, and sought to live peaceable together.
You may comment on the realism of the characters, the charm of the setting, the
effectiveness of the imagery, the aptness of the dialogue, or the naturalness of the
action. As a Christian, you must also think about the content. How are evil actions
presented? Is evil shown in a way that disgusts the reader? Or is it made attractive
to the reader? Are the consequences of evil actions shown to be what the Bible says
they will be?
In the body of your report, emphasize the moral, the concept, or the principle that
impressed you. In the conclusion, evaluate the book according to the criteria above.
NOTE: Keep the number of pages of your Book Report to the required number of pages
for your course. Points will be deducted for long elaborate Book Reports.
Remember, you are not re-writing the book, you are only giving a report of the
book. Your paper should be typed (double-spaced) on one side only.
See Sample Below:
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Cover Pages and Page Numbering
Each section of your written work Outline, Essay and Book Report should
have a cover page as well as the number of pages in the footer.
Sample of a Required Book Report
Name of Course
(Scriptural Roles for Women in a Church)
Student Name (Jackson T. Seminary)
Name of School (Jacksonville Theological Seminary)
Name of Degree Program ( Master of Ministry )
Date Goes Here (July 31, 2013)
Course: Scriptural Roles for Women in a Church
Title Of Book: Bigger Than Impossible
(This is a Book of the Student’s choosing that relates to the subject matter of the course)
**Note All work should have a cover page like this, (Outline, Essay & Book Report)
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Scriptural Roles for Women in a Church –Book Report
Bigger Than Impossible by Lydia Chorpening, is a power book packed with Scripture that correlates with the
mind of Christ and what every individual needs to do in order to gain the impossible. As children of God, we should
live by faith and not by sight! Too often, we limit God due to our inability to trust what He says. Many people
believe God performed miracles during the Bible days only; unfortunately, we have not put on the mind of Christ to
experience the fullness of Him which prohibits a full understanding of His faith.
It is interesting to know, God is already larger than the impossible. Deuteronomy 3:24 says, “O Lord God, You
have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth
who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?” There is simply no one like the Lord. Psalm 104:1, 2
says “Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, Who
cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.” Our God is full of splendor
and greatness why wouldn’t you follow the true and living Christ.
As Christians we must know faith and fear cannot coexist. Many times in our lives we reach points where we
become intimidated and unsure of our very next move or even what is taken place in our lives. However, Christ
stands before us revealing His confidence in the Trinity. Fear is a characteristic of the enemy. Anything to try and
shake the people of God and hinder our faith walk is a deposit from Satan. Anxiety can build from our lack of faith
and bring on sickness to our physical and spiritual bodies. We must always remember our faith is in Christ not we
Note this should continue until all required Pages are fulfilled as per Page 1 of
the acceptance letter.
Book for the report is:
The Gifts and Callings of God by Kenneth E Hagin