Book Review Criteria

A review of a book relating to stress management, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual health is due by the date shown on the syllabus.


The book will be chosen from the book list found here, or you may present a book to the instructor for his approval. Books you have to read for other classes, or read previously will not be permitted for this book review. Of course, you could easily choose a book you have already read or are reading for another class, but that would defeat the point of the activity and, more importantly, would be poor integrity as well. You are on your honor here - choose wisely.


The review should be in the following format: 3-4 typed pages, double- spaced, with one-inch margins. It should also include a cover page stating the title of the book, the author of the book, the date the book was published, the student's name, and the student's I.D. number.


The content of the review should include a thorough analysis of the following:

  1. Main ideas of the book

  2. Why you chose the book

  3. How the author(s) of the book approach(es) stress management, mental, emotional and/or spiritual health

  4. Information that you learned

  5. Ideas you thought were interesting

  6. To what audience is the author writing

  7. How you have changed after reading the book

  8. If you would, or would not recommend this book to others, and why or why not

  9. Any other appropriate and interesting things you might feel inspired to include

The book review will be graded for completeness on the book and for grammar and spelling.