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BTGE 3755: Theology 1


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Book Review Formatting (from the SBTS Style Manual 2021-2022)


Title Page


  • The title page should be formatted as instructed in RPF 1 above with only one minor modification: A Paper should be changed to A Book Review.
  • Do not add Book Review to the title or subtitle of the title page.
  • The “title” on the title page is only the title of the book under review in ALL CAPS and italicized. 
  • No bibliographic information should be included on the title page.
  • See example below.





A Book Review
Presented to
Dr. John R. Gilhooly
Cedarville University


In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for BTHT 6140 Foundation Christian Doctrine

Jeffery S. Gates
 October 10, 2021


Bibliographic Information on the First Page of Text


  • The first page of text should feature the full bibliographic citation of the book, including the number of pages and the retail price of the book (normally found on the publisher’s website). For example:

Vidu, Adonis. The Same God Who Works All Things: Inseparable Operations in Trinitarian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2021. 372 pp. $50.00.


  • This bibliographic citation should be placed as a “title” on the first page of text (two inches from the top of the page). However, it is not centered, nor does it appear in ALL CAPS. 
  • Start the citation at the left margin. If the entry extends beyond one line, the second and all subsequent lines should be single spaced and one half inch from the margin (call a hanging indention). 
  • Include two single-spaced blank lines between the bibliography citation and the body of the book review.

Citing Sources in a Book Review

  • When citing the book under review, use parenthetical in-text citations instead of footnotes. The referenced page numbers appear inside a parenthetical note in the body of the review at the end of a sentence’s punctuation or other punctuation within a sentence as deemed necessary. For example:

Vidu contends that trintarian theology arose due to the scriptural presentation of three sets of activities ascribed to more than one personal referent (i.e., YHWH, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit) as ultimately originating from a single, undifferentiated divine agency (12). 


As Vidu concludes, “We found the doctrine of the incarnation of the Son alone to pose no real difficulty for the doctrine of inseparable operation since the Son doesn’t do anything different from the other persons in the incarnation. Rather, the whole Trinity actuates this human substance in the person of the Son” (323-24).


  • When citing other sources that were used to prepare the book review, follow the standard footnoting guidelines and citations in section FAB of this manual. 
  • Unless otherwise instructed, book reviews that include one or two additional sources do not need a bibliography. Book reviews that feature more substantial research literature should include a bibliography following the guidelines in section FAB in this manual.

Divisions of a Book Review


  • Typical divisions for a basic book review include: Introduction, Summary, Critical Evaluation, and Conclusion. Commonly, these divisions are formatted as first-level subheadings (see section RPF.3). 
  • Use additional subheadings to distinguish other parts of the review as necessary. 
  • Priority must be given to the instructions and expectations of the assignment beyond these general formatting guidelines.