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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Rev Upd edition (April 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310487714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310487715
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

An essential tool for writers, editors, proofreaders, designers, copywriters, production managers, and marketers too.

The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style is an essential tool not only for writers of religious materials, but for their editors, proofreaders, designers, copywriters, production managers, and even marketers. Rather than simply repeating style information commonly available in standard references, this newly updated and expanded edition includes points of grammar, punctuation, usage, book production and design, and written style that are often overlooked in other manuals. It focuses on information relating to the unique needs and demands of religious publications, such as discussions on how to correctly quote the Bible, how to capitalize and use common religious terms, and how to abbreviate the books of the Bible and other religious words.

Also included are rarely found items such as: • an author’s guide to obtaining permissions • guidelines for using American, British, and Mid-Atlantic styles • discussions of inclusive language, profanity, and ethnic sensitivities • discussions of Internet and computer-related language style • a list of problem words • style issues regarding words from major world religions • a discussion of handling brand names in text • a list of common interjections • issues of type design, paper, copy-fit

This edition has been completely updated since the 1988 edition and contains more than twice as much information as the previous edition. This is the most detailed and comprehensive guide of its kind.

About the Author

Robert Hudson is a senior editor-at-large at Zondervan. With his wife, Shelly Townsend-Hudson, he has written Companions for the Soul, and with Duane W. H. Arnold he has written Beyond Belief: What the Martyrs Said to God. He also edits the online literary magazine, Working Poet.com.

Customer Reviews

This is an invaluable book for any Christian Writer.
AK Radford
This will be used for my literary firm while editing projects as well as the Manual of Style by Kate Turabian (University of Chicago Press).
Dream 4 More Book Reviews
Still this is the only outdated information I found in the entire book, which is pretty amazing.
Harold McFarland

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Coleman Yee on April 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're even reading this, you probably felt the need for a Christian style guide. If that describes you, save your time, ignore the rest of my review, and click the "Buy Now" button :)
But if you're still unconvinced...
This style manual covers every imaginable style-related issue, particularly for religious writing; basically just about style-related issue you'll encounter as a Christian writer, whether you're writing about Internet technology and how it relates to eschatology, or a critique of Islam from a Christian perspective.
And it doesn't just cover the religious issues; the standard style issues like punctuation, capitalization, acronyms, etc. are covered in good detail. It even has a section on British English.
This is probably the most current and exhaustive style manual for Christian writers around, and every serious Christian writer concerned about style and consistency should get one.
I seldom give 5 stars, but this one deserves it.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
"The Christian Writer's Manual of Style" provides the most exhaustive coverage of the special writing problems in the area of Christian publications that I have ever seen. This is easily the best book available on the subject of Christian writing style. Examples of the items covered here that are unlikely to be covered anywhere else include abbreviations for Bible books including apocryphal writings, the difference between sacred writings and the bible, should the use of the word "biblical" be capitalized or not, the difference between the Anglican Church and the Church of England, Bible permissions for quoting different versions and where to write for permissions, biblical and religious terms, clerical titles, forms of Christian books, Islamic terminology, Jewish terminology, and religious jargon.
In addition to this specialized information it also includes the stuff you would expect in any manual of style including commonly misspelled words, syntax rules, punctuation, proofreading, etc. Of course in any book of this depth some items are bound to become outdated quickly. For example, there are a couple of references to Word Publishing as a division of Thomas Nelson Publishing. Word Publishing no longer exists. Still this is the only outdated information I found in the entire book, which is pretty amazing. "The Christian Writer's Manual of Style" is a highly recommended read for anyone writing for the Christian market, and especially if you are writing non-fiction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harold Coleman on May 19, 2013
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This is an excellent resource, but not in Kindle form. The table of content has a single link to the main body of the book. This means you start at the first article under A and need to page forward to the article starting with another letter. Buy it in paper until Zondervan learns how to make an eBook with a usable table of contents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Robinson on October 28, 2013
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This is a waste of good money in Kindle format.

The Table of Contents is worthless. There is a single entry for the entire body of the word: The Christian Writer's Manual of Style. That's it. Hello! I knew I bought that! If you're looking for a particular item of style, for example, how to punctuate Biblical quotations, good luck! You'll have to flip through the whole book page by page until you locate it. Are you kidding??? That might work in a hard-cover or soft-cover edition, but certainly not in Kindle.

So, you'll have to try a search; but the search function is all but worthless, too. No, let me correct that...it is totally worthless. For example, for fun, I searched for AD, as in AD 1066. Entering in just a capital AD does nothing as the search function did not recognize the capitals. Placing a space before and after the AD, [space]AD[space], yielded the same results as the search function ignored both [spaces] and capitals. So the results in all cases www every word in the manuscript containing the combination ad, like "reading, reader, read," etc., which, in a manual of style as you can imagine are numerous I scrolled through pages and pages of results and never did see AD.

Definitely stay away from the Kindle version.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on July 5, 2013
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I wish I could return this. It's not indexed, which makes it pretty useless to me as a reference! You can't "look something up," you can just go through page by page. Really a bad idea!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jantasy on January 3, 2007
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This book addresses all the little questions a writer has in that moment of not being sure about grammar, sentence construction, but so much more. It could have been titled, "The Christian Writer's Second Best Friend". I keep it beside my computer next to my Dictionary and Thesaurus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Hart on April 4, 2012
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I was really expecting something that was much better quality. I don't think that it was the editing that was off, but more the printing that was bad. Some of the words overlap and run together. If you can get past the poor printing, this is a really helpful resource. I found the answers that I was looking for and so much more. I would highly recommend it to Christian writers and editors alike, I just can't give it 5 stars because of the overlapping letters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Peters VINE VOICE on January 10, 2010
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This book was one of the key text in completing my first writing project. It gave clear practical directions regarding standardizing words, phrases, etc. uniformally throughout the manuscript.

I highly recommend this book if you are planning on self-publishing a Christian book with a professional appearance.

B. Peters
Author of Adulterous Heart
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