Monday, May 10

Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs

WARNING! If you are a fan of Tim Downs and are expecting something along the lines a Bug Man Novel, drop all expectations. This is not a gritty thriller that dives into the details of crime scenes leaving your heart pounding and sweat beading your forehead.

If you have never read Tim Downs and enjoy this book, be warned that his other books are much more intense.

Wonders Never Cease follows the story of nurse-should’ve-been-Doctor-Kemp McAvoy. One day an aging movie actress gets in a car accident and is put in a medically induced coma. Kemp is her night nurse and concocts an idea: make her think that she has seen an angel. He works with a publisher and an agent and they have a plan to strike it rich. At least, until the bumps come.

Wonders is a fun little book. It’s fast paced and everything is clear and concise. It’s not action driven like Downs’ other books, but it is a refreshing change. I think he proves that he knows more than just thrillers. The characters seemed real and there was enough humor and suspense to keep interested. Downs always is good on the research side, and seems to understand medical procedures quite well.

It is a lighter story though, and if you don’t want to read something lighter, you may not enjoy it. It is pretty simple, and fairly predictable but I left feeling satisfied.

4/5
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Sunday, May 9

Plan B

Plan B
Plan B, by Pete Wilson, reads like a generic “What Do I Do When Something Terrible Happens and I’m Wondering Where God Is?” sort of book. He offers examples of time when things go wrong in life that God is still present, even if it is not obvious. He interchanges personal experiences with experiences of those close to him. However, often the experiences of those he knows are the most heart wrenching.

I feel awkward reading the book when in one chapter he tells a story about his son peeing in a swimming pool and in others he writes about friends who suffered dissolving marriages, deaths of those close to them, and much more. This isn’t to say Pete doesn’t have a voice in this pain. One chapter outlines how he and his wife went through a miscarriage, and I think that chapter is one of the strongest out of the book, and that is because it is the most personal to him. The other chapters clumsily move from a funny story of embarrassment to serious stories of heartbreak. While everyone needs to laugh, the funny stories are often out of place.

Second, as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the book is generic. Almost every Christian self-help book I see now deals with finding God through personal crisis. And they all use the same Bible stories (Joseph) and all presume the reader is asking the same questions (But what did I do to deserve this?). This is not necessarily bad, but for me I don’t see a difference in reading a different book over another. If I was struggling, I would go first on a friend’s recommendation. If they recommended this one, then Great! If not, I’d choose a different one. There isn’t enough to differentiate the tangle of other books.
2/5 stars
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255