Retired professor Olivet Nazarene publishes 3 new books
After 50 years of teaching geology at Olivet Nazarene University, Dr Max Reams continues to bring his knowledge outside of the classroom and share it with readers around the world.
This year alone, the Bourbonnais added three new titles to his library, and his writings do not stop at the theme of geology. He also writes on couples counseling and has written a few detective and detective novels, reports the Daily Journal of Kankakee.
When asked how he juggles so many different genres, he said he had “an insatiable desire to learn things”. The topics and book ideas he generated during his teaching years created a “backlog in my brain” which is now becoming a published collection.
In 2013, Reams published “Geology of Illinois State Parks,” a book that lasted for at least six years. It was written with the help of his traveling companion, “field assistant” and his wife, Carol, to whom he has been married for 60 years.
The book is a guide to the geological wonders that make up the state of Illinois. This year he published another guide in a similar field titled “Waterfalls in Illinois – Hidden Beauty at Your Doorstep: An Interpretive Guide to the Geologic Side of the Wonders of Illinois Waterfalls.”
“A year after (the 2013 book) came out, I started to get ideas for novels, so these started to occupy my time,” Reams said, adding that he hadn’t finished. book at the time due to teaching. “After I retired, I started to collect other concepts and ideas. “
Additionally, this year Reams released “My Mine or Yours: A Novel from the Files of Eric Bonfield, Private Detective-Geologist”. The book is the sequel to the 2019 movie “Oil On My Hands”, which featured the character of Detective Eric Bonfield. Bonfield is also the subject of another title released this year, “Diamonds: Friend or Foe”.
Two years ago, Reams published study guides for married and about to get married couples titled “Traveling: A Study Guide for a Married Couple” and “Before Travel: A Guide, respectively. prenuptial study ”.
Reams shared that he has worked with hundreds of married couples over the years, which has given him the knowledge and interest to create the study guides. Due to the aforementioned backlog of ideas that he has had for years, it only took him a few weeks to write these books.
“It was just a matter of how fast I could type,” he said.
When it comes to detective novels, he has three other books at different stages of the writing process.
He said Carol is a great idea generator for his books, as she often asks him questions that make him think about the trajectories of the novels.
“When she says that stuff it starts to cause a cascade in my brain to say, ‘OK, here are some thoughts that I haven’t worked on before, that would be great to do. “”
He is also currently working on books more related to nature, including a book on the animals of the Midwestern Ice Age and Missouri State Parks. His books on nature are not written for experts in geology, but for anyone looking to learn more about the subject.
Reams not only completed the fieldwork for these books, but also completed the drafts. The books are currently available to readers for comment.
“Fortunately, I have a lot of wonderful people who serve as my readers and they give me a lot of good, constructive reviews,” Reams shared. “It lets me know if I’m clear or not.”
Reams gave his last lesson at the UN last spring and is now focusing on writing. He and Carol also volunteer at Riverside and hold church services there twice a month.