The New Testament is filled with references that depict Jesus’ followers as a family with God as
their Father. Hopefully the significance of this metaphor has impacted you as you’ve read
Hellerman’s When the Church Was a Family. This assignment is an opportunity to review the
major themes and arguments presented by the author, examine areas that could be critiqued, and
(most importantly) reflect on the ways that these ideas influence the way you live. Our identity
as children of God does not only affect the way we live within our local churches; it affects
every aspect of our lives.
You will submit a 900 – 1,500-word review of Hellerman’s When the Church Was a Family. The
review must be written in current Turabian format and include a summary, critique, and
application in addition to a title page and bibliography. The review must address the following:
 Summary: 300 – 500 words – What is the author’s primary argument and how does he
explain/support that argument throughout the book?
 Critique: 300 – 500 words – Provide a thoughtful analysis of the strengths of the authors
argument. Also provide a thoughtful analysis of weaknesses or areas that could be further
clarified by the author. If you do not have any personal disagreement with the author,
provide an analysis of areas where “others” might object to the author’s argument, and
respond to those potential objections.
 Application: 300 – 500 words – Reflect on how this book has impacted you on a personal
level. The items below are suggestions to aid your reflection; you are not required to
respond to them specifically.
o Discuss any quotes from the book that you found meaningful.
o How does this book affect the way you view your role as a church member?
o If applicable, how has this book affected your view of your role as a leader within
the church?
o Do the principles from this book influence any areas of your life outside of the
church? Explain.
Each section of your paper must be clearly indicated with section headings (Summary, Critique,
Application). You are also encouraged to view the Writing Style Guide located in the Student
Responsibilities tab of the Course Overview. Once you access the Student Responsibilities area,
scroll down to locate the link to the Writing Style Guide. You will then visit the official Turabian
style guide required in formulating your assignment.

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