Monday, May 23, 2011

"Nick of Time: A Bug Man Novel" by, Tim Downs

I finished reading the book “Nick of Time: A Bug Man Novel” by Tim Downs. This is a fiction book that is a murder mystery. Nick Polchak is a Forensic Entomologist, a.k.a bug man, that helps to find clues during suspected murder cases. He has always been shunned by society as being weird and isn’t an easy guy to get along with but he happened to find a woman that liked all of his quirks and has a few of her own as well. Alena Savard is also shunned by society because she chooses to live on a mountain cut off from people where she rescues and trains dogs. Nick and Alena meet through a cold case and end up hitting it off and getting engaged.

One week before the wedding Nick decides to attend a conference where a friend has personally asked him to help in one of the cold cases. When Nick’s friend doesn’t show up at the conference he sets out to find out what happened to him. He gets caught up in the murder case involving his friend while Alena is worried that he may not make it back in time for the wedding.

This book was great because it had me guessing at every turn. I love how unpredictable the book was and as soon as I thought I had it figured out there was more to the story and new evidence was uncovered. I would recommend this book to someone who likes love stories and murder mysteries. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review through the publishers at

"Max On Life" by, Max Lucado

I read the book entitled “Max On Life” by Max Lucado. I have mostly known Max Lucado for his wonderful children’s books but also know that he writes many study books on the Bible too. I am very familiar, as I said, with his kid’s book and absolutely love the detail and perspective that he writes into them, so I was excited to get to read this book and experience a study of the Bible type book.

This book is about Max answering theologically the questions that may people have asked him over the years. The book is segmented into seven “H” categories of hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, haves/have-nots, and hereafter. Under each of these categories there are questions pertaining to each. In total there are 172 questions that he answers in this book. This book is very insightful and answers many of those questions that we wonder about. It is very easy to read because each of the questions is answered in no longer than a page in a half, with most being less than a page long. That was especially nice for me being a mom, because it is sometimes difficult to find large chunks of time to devote to anything, and this book allowed me to easily start and stop when I needed to.

I would highly recommend for everyone to read this book because it inspires and answers questions that we have about life and the Bible. Anyone, from anywhere, and at any walk of life could find something useful and pertaining to their individual situation. It is a book that I will come back to and read segments over again when they relate to a specific situation that I am facing to give me strength, hope, and motivate me to move forward. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review through the publishers at