I like to see some analysis in a review, along with some direction. Where might this study have done better? Where might it have gone further? A good example of an online review is the one published today at Energion.net, reviewing The Questioning God by Ant Greenham. In particular, I like the suggestions for how others might continue the study, especially those from a different theological tradition than the author.
It’s much more important to stimulate people to learn (and act) than it is to merely provide them with information.
I rarely find that I either love everything about a book or absolutely hate everything. Usually there are good points and not-so-good points. What I like to see in a review, even a review of one of my own books, is something of both the reviewers joys and disappointments. It’s possible for a reviewer to be totally disappointed. It’s possible that a book is exactly what the reviewer wanted. But in either of those cases, it’s good to explain why.
Too many blogger book reviews tell you just a little about what’s in the book and then tell you whether th