Reading and hearing the Word of God are essential to growth in grace. Reading of all sorts is essential to the growth of the mind. The Scriptures commend the pursuit of wisdom and counsel from the minds of men. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (ESV, Prov.13:20).
SI has relationships with several Christian publishers who have been gracious enough to supply us with review copies of new releases. These copies are available free of charge in exchange for completing a high quality review for SharperIron. Check the list of available books. If you’re interested in writing a book review for SharperIron, check the list of availalbe books, then complete the SI Book Reviewer Application (see below) and email it to the Reviews Editor.
We will also consider book reviews of volumes you have in your own library, even if the books are “old.”
If you are an author or publicist and would like us to consider reviewing your book(s), please contact the Reviews Editor for shipping information. If possible, we’d like two copies of each title for our team of reviewers and Review Editor to evaluate.
While we are glad to consider the book(s) you send to us, we cannot guarantee a full review of every title.
Long form reviews should be 1,000 to 1,700 words long and should include the ISBN 10 number, if available.
Short form reviews can be less formal and shorter, but like all reviews, are subject to approval and editing.
Guide to Writing SharperIron Book Reviews
Describe and summarize
- Include introductory paragraphs identifying the main idea, thesis, or key themes of the book
- Include observations regarding the intended audience of the book and why the book is important
- Describe the book’s scope (what does it cover?), the author’s approach to the subject, or how the book is organized (how does he cover it?)
- Devote several paragraphs to summarizing the contents and noting some of the writer’s major conclusions
Interact and evaluate
- Identify strengths and weaknesses (more than one of each, if possible).
- Briefly quote significant portions of the book, noting page numbers in parentheses: (p. 26) or (pp. 26-27).
- Evaluate the book in general. Is it well written and organized? Who is its audience? Why might readers want to buy the book, and who should probably avoid it?
- Highlight portions of the book that especially impressed you, whether positively or negatively.