At a time when many people who claim to be believers do not think that God still speaks to His people, Davis Bunn has written a novel that emphasizes hearing from God. Each of his primary characters (with the exception of one) follows what seems to be a clear directive from the Lord and then for one reason or another end up in the same place at the same time. Is it coincidence or was it orchestrated by the divine hand of God? Why has this diverse group of people been drawn together and what are God’s plans for them? These questions and more are answered as they decide to overcome their own fears and prejudices and choose obedience.
“The Turning” is a story about how God uses improbable people to overcome evil – how He uses men and women despite their weakness as long as they will step out in faith. It is a story that is at times dramatic and suspenseful but at all times embraces hope. Each of the characters is realistically flawed. One man’s greed and quest for power has inspired him to stop at nothing to achieve his goals. Despite their fears, the others are willing to lay down their lives to prevent the advancement of evil. The story is a page-turner that I didn’t want to put down.
Over the past several years I have read and enjoyed most of the books that Davis Bunn has written and have two or three on my shelf waiting for me to have the time between book reviews to indulge myself in one I am not required to review. In some ways “The Turning” is a bit different from the author’s previous novels yet in other aspects it is similar. I have always felt that Davis Bunn has a finger on the pulse of the world and find that his books reflect the current state of the planet and sometimes may even be prophetic. I can also depend on a story that points the reader to God.
“The Turning” raises some excellent questions for all believers. It touched me on a personal level and challenged me to learn to not only listen for God but to heed what He has to say. I fully intend to begin a serious study of the devotional study found on http://theturningbook.com/.
I received a complimentary copy of The Turning from River North Fiction
in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The message was unexpected but instantly recognizable.
A voice resonated from a distance and somehow from within. Against all earthly logic, it carried a divine command. And five very different people knew they were summoned to obey.
Their actions were demanding, but not particularly grand. Only later would they see a pattern emerge – one that links their tasks together and comes to challenge the cultural direction of the nation. They realize that one small personal response unveiled a new realm of moral responsibility. And this affirmation of everyday hope captures the attention of millions.
But power and money are at stake. Malicious elements soon align themselves to counter the trend. To succeed they must also undermine its source. Can we really believe that God speaks to people today? Surely this must be dismissed as superstition or delusion. These well-intentioned but misguided individuals should not be allowed to cast our society back into the Dark Ages.
The public debate and media frenzy place an unprecedented spotlight on knowing and doing God’s will. The five encounter threats, but try to remain steadfast in their faith. Had God indeed imparted wisdom on selected individuals? Is this sweep of events part of his divine purpose?
The movement may herald a profound renewal – one that some are calling The Turning…
Read chapters 1-3 of “The Turning” by Davis Bunn for free: http://statictab.com/fvrrsxz (Like his Facebook page to start reading.)
ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-0802411686
April 1, 2014 from River North, a division of Moody Publishers
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.