Please refer to the Trinity Journal website for guidelines on writing a book review for publication.
Short Takes by Students is an online venue for students of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (and sister institutions) to publish quality reviews of recent academic books in conjunction with the Carl F. H. Henry Center's online periodical, Sapientia, and in affiliation with the Trinity Journal. The aim of this venue is to provide practical experience in publishing for aspiring young reviewers and a platform for publicizing significant recent academic books.
Students can request more information and sign up for reviews at this link or in the Peterson Academic Office, Monday through Friday during regular business hours. All reviews must be vetted by a faculty member before submission to this online platform. The books here are free to take on the condition that you submit a faculty vetted review within three months.
Please use the following format for the heading of your review:
Author. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication. No. of pages. Price.
Please type your name as you wish it to appear in the review, along with your program and year, right justified on the bottom of the review.
Below your personal information, please include the word count of the review and the name of the faculty member who read and proofed your review.
Style & Content Guidelines
- The review should provide accurate information about the content of the book, which generally means that the contents of individual chapters should be adequately surveyed and summarized. It may be helpful to provide brief information about the author and the background of the book (e.g., if the book is the result of a conference, the revision of a PhD dissertation, etc.).
- The review should evaluate the book’s strengths and weaknesses.
- The review should assess the book’s place in its field including comments on how the book fits in with other studies on similar topics, and on the potential value and impact of the book, including suggested audiences for the book.
- The review should be written in concise, clear English, follow the Chicago Manual of Style or the SBL Handbook of Style. The tone should be constructive and charitable, especially when discussing a book’s shortcomings or disagreements with views expressed in the book.
- References to individuals (e.g., others in a given field, historical figures, opponents, etc.) should include both the first and last name (e.g., James Dunn, N. T. Wright, Alvin Plantinga, etc.). It is understood some historical figures are most commonly referred to by one name (e.g., Origen, Augustine, etc.).
- "Short Takes" reviews should not exceed 700 words.