Book Review: Writing a Small Group Study

Writing a Small Group StudyWriting a Small Group Study by Richard Sweatman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very helpful and brief book. The author walks through the process of writing a Bible study, with examples and helpful suggestions. The real strength of this approach is that the study is built around exposition of the passage. He touches on various aspects of context, and biblical and systematic theologies. He also give suggestions concerning the use of helps in preparation. Some of the work done will be similar to preparing a sermon, but the end result is a teacher-led Bible study and not a pulpit sermon. He touches on the subject of using pre-written studies versus writing your own studies for your class or group. Though not an extended argument, he does make a case for writing your own. He also gives helpful suggestions for using a pre-written study, should you choose to do so. This book would be valuable to preachers and teachers alike.

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Book Review: Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making

Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of MakingAdorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making by Andrew Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice read. This is a semi-autobiographical reflection on creativity and the making of art. I enjoyed it and it provoked some thought in different places.

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Book Review: Poetics

PoeticsPoetics by Aristotle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Classic work on plot and structure.

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Book Review: The Art of X-Ray Reading

The Art of X-Ray ReadingThe Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great book in a lot of ways. It’s easy for us to tell when we like some piece of writing and when we don’t, but it’s not always easy for us to tell why. Clark helps us look at a piece of writing and dissect it for examination. He calls it “X-ray reading.” Throughout the book he gives examples from mostly well-known literary works. There were a few things I could have done without and it would’ve been a five star book for me.

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Book Review: Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in The Art of WritingZen in The Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a collection of Bradbury’s essays grouped together around the topic of writing. It was part memoir and part advice. I gleaned a couple of book recommendations and I thought the title essay was the strongest.

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