Reviews in The Christian Librarian are directed primarily to librarians, who use them in the selection of materials and in providing reference services. College and seminary faculty and students also make use of the reviews.
Please continue reading below for the non-fiction guidelines. If you are reviewing a fiction title, please explore the fiction book review guidelines.
Reviewers may keep the books in exchange for their reviews. The following are expectations that the TCL editorial team has for all submitted reviews. Please double-check any reviews submitted to TCL to confirm that the submitted review:
- include the subject, scope of the book, and a statement of the author's thesis.
- reveals the nature of treatment: reference book, introductory, scholarly, textbook,etc.
- includes a synopsis of the book's content
- evaluate the book and identify the author if he/she is not well known.
- does not use unprofessional theological labeling like “heretical” or slang language to describe the book. You may use traditional theological identifiers like: orthodox, evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, conservative, classic liberalism, etc.
- addresses the question regarding whether or not the book achieves its purpose. If it does, please explain how it does so.
- compares the book being reviewed with others of its kind.
- addresses the question regarding how this book contributes to its field of study.
- addresses issues related to the clarity and thoroughness of the book.
- addresses whether or not the book is well-documented (endnotes/footnotes, bibliography, etc.)
- the length of the book.
- your preconceived idea about the book prior to requesting it for review.
- personal observations on the topic.
- or other related topics.