Redefining Success: Audio Devotional #8, ‘The Turning’

April 21st, 2014

The Turning 300Success does not merely signify getting the job done. Success, in God’s eyes, requires that the solution be the one God will find most pleasing and will bring us into a closer walk with Him.

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Redefining Success: Audio Devotional #8, ‘The Turning’

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Trusting in God’s Strength: Audio Devotional #7, ‘The Turning’

April 18th, 2014

The Turning 300During this audio devotional series, we’re exploring what it means to turn to new ways of thinking about prayer.

When we sense God calling us to take up a task that’s way beyond what we think we can do, attentiveness will help.

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Trusting in God’s Strength: Audio Devotional #7, ‘The Turning’

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Reader Questions: Will There be a Sequel?

April 17th, 2014

Windofella writes:

Will there be a sequel to Prayers of a Stranger? It was wonderful. As a believer in the Lord Jesus as the Christ and wanting to serve him, starting in my home, the prayers became mine. Thank you.

Dear Windofella,

I’m thrilled to learn that you enjoyed the Christmas story. At present there is not plans for a sequel, though I have been working on a new Christmas novella.

 Onolee writes:

I am a great fan of yours, I have enjoyed most of the books you have written. Two of my favourites (I’m Canadian) are The Book of Hours and All Through the Night. I really like mystery/suspense books and even more I love those that have a little humour and interesting characters. Any chance of your doing another book along the same lines, particularly of the characters of All Through the Night? I loved the group in that book.

Dear Onolee,

 It has been some time since I have worked in this area of faith-based romantic suspense, but just last week I delivered a new manuscript to Bethany House, due for release in November, which is entitled The Patmos Deception. There are different characters and the story takes place in Greece, but I hope and pray the fans of Hours will find this to be a happy fit.

Maggie writes:

I just finished reading The Black Madonna and have fallen in love with the Storm series. After checking your website I cannot locate Book 3. I read the last couple of pages of Book 2 and came to the conclusion that the Raphael/Storm saga was left hanging. Can you please enlighten me as to whether there is indeed a Book 3 and the name of the book please? Thank you very much.

 Dear Maggie,

 Yes, it has been far too long, and yes, I would very much like to do a third and final book in that series. But work on two film projects kept me from returning to the story, and now, well, perhaps it’s too late, or perhaps one day. In any case, I will tell you that the handsome rogue does pull through, and he and Storm enter into a relationship that is worthy of her name. At least, that is how I had planned it up to now.

God’s Steadfast Love: Audio Devotional #6, ‘The Turning’

April 16th, 2014

The Turning 300How does God communicate to us through His Word?

In today’s 2-minute devotional, I share some thoughts about how we can be attentive when He reveals Himself. Click to listen:

God’s Steadfast Love: Audio Devotional #6, ‘The Turning’

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Reader Reviews for ‘The Turning’: Outside My Comfort Zone

April 15th, 2014

The Turning 300Today’s reader reviews for The Turning are from:

  • Shirley McDonald
  • Geni White
  • Greg Parrott
  • Beth Underwood

Please click the link next to their bylines to read their full review.

Another Winner by Davis Bunn

By Shirley McDonald, Amazon (full review)

Hope Is Dead.

This slogan becomes the central focus of an idea that Trent Cooper plans to use to prove to the owner of media giant Mundrose Group that he can be a major player in the media world. What Trent does not plan on is that God would call and bring together five unlikely people to spearhead a grassroots campaign with a groundswell of support of Christians who are determined to get out the message that Hope is definitely NOT dead.

Somewhat different from Bunn’s previous books, The Turning inspires readers to respond to God’s call even when they feel totally unqualified to do what He asks. They who have been called to take the “turning” first must be willing to work out an obstacle in their lives that have kept them from being their best. Meeting through divine plan, they wait to see what God would have them do. They do not have long to wait before they are caught up in the fight against Mundrose Group’s campaign to instill the idea into society that Hope Is Dead.

Full of page-turning action that takes place over thirteen days, The Turning is a story of good vs evil with believable, not perfect, characters who both hear and listen to God’s voice. What a message of hope that is for those of us who have been somewhat afraid to pursue our own “turning.”

A major corporation vs. the church

By Geni White, Amazon (excerpt)

I believe this is one of Davis Bunn’s best written books, because of the main characters’ dependence on God for clear direction on how to fight evil.

Inspiring

By Greg Parrott, 2 Book Lovers Reviews

The Turning is an inspirational story of how God can influence the lives of “ordinary” people, to create selfless heroes who can stand up to the corporate greed that is so prevalent in our times and “preaches” to the lowest common denominator. Through the strength of God, these five people step out of their “comfort zones” to challenge a power far greater than each one individually.

I have to say that The Turning was outside of my own “comfort zone.” Having read the Lion of Babylon, I was intrigued by Davis Bunn’s writing and I jumped at the opportunity to read The Turning. Most of the Christian fiction that I have read in the past has been on the “darker” side, challenging my beliefs. It was fresh and exhilarating to read something so different, approaching faith from a far more positive point of view.

Davis Bunn creates characters who are real, these people are our friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Through their faith in God, they become heroes. This is something that I have always loved about his writing, there is no Hollywood hero; Davis Bunn leaves the reader with the feeling, “Yes, that could be me…” although at the same time I would have to push myself beyond. But really, isn’t that what faith and God are there to help us with? God does not give us a challenge that he knows we cannot fulfill.

All in all I enjoyed The Turning; it pushed me and made me think about myself and God’s influence in my life. It is a book that strangely made me feel “peaceful” as I read it. I was left wondering where John’s next “Turning” would lead.

Best Davis Bunn book!

By Beth Underwood, Amazon (full review)

Out of the 30+ Davis Bunn books which I’ve read over the past 20 years, The Turning is the best, imho. A David and Goliath story which deals with a contemporary issue (how to respond to the continued media focus on dystopia), the book asks the question, “What if Christians listen to God and respond to His call to bring hope to a generation being bombarded by a message of hopelessness?”

In the book, a group of people unknown to each other are each called by God to (1) make peace with any broken relationships and (2) to join together in prayer and action to confront a media giant seeking to exploit the lack of hope in youth. Yes it is fiction but there are many biblical truths throughout the story that show how God works on behalf of those who faithfully follow and obey.

Well done, Davis!

When God is Silent: Audio Devotional #5, ‘The Turning’

April 14th, 2014

The Turning 300Often, I pray and I listen for God’s voice. But I don’t hear God’s response. This “divine silence” can be a powerful moment — a gift.

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When God is Silent: Audio Devotional #5, ‘The Turning’

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Humbling Ourselves Before God: Audio Devotional #4, ‘The Turning’

April 11th, 2014

The Turning 300 When we face challenges, our normal reaction is to pray and ask God for a specific response. But what if God has a different answer?

What if this issue is the stimulus we need to help us draw closer to God? Humbling ourselves before God means accepting that our strength isn’t enough.

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Humbling Ourselves Before God: Audio Devotional #4, ‘The Turning’

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Publishers Weekly Interview: The Discipline of Attentiveness

April 10th, 2014

Friends,

Thought you might be interested in this article in Publishers Weekly in which Kimberly Winston and I discussed the discipline of listening to God.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please share in the Comments.

 

Being Realistic: Audio Devotional #3, ‘The Turning’

April 9th, 2014

The Turning 300Our souls hunger for a deeper connection with our Lord. Will you pledge to try to listen to God — without seeking perfection?

In today’s 2-minute devotional, I offer some practical suggestions. Click to listen:

Being Realistic: Audio Devotional #3, ‘The Turning’

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‘The Turning’ Reader Reviews: Ordinary People Transformed into Conduits of Hope

April 8th, 2014

The Turning 300Reader reviews for The Turning are flying in. Today’s reviewers are:

  • Vickie Taylor
  • Mary Arndt
  • Michael Winskie
  • Mary Ann Esque

Please click the link next to their bylines to read their full review.

Walk the unlikely road

By Vickie Taylor, Book Marks blog (full review)

“Take the turning, and walk the unlikely road.”

These eight words transform seven ordinary people into conduits of hope for an entire nation. Imagine a group of strangers being drawn together by an unshakeable conviction that they must change—not the world—but themselves. Each has a weakness to face or an obstacle to overcome, and none of them is comfortable with the task. Yet, they persevere and find that this new path leads them straight into the heart of the storm.

Entertainment and advertising conglomerate Global Communications has decided to challenge the status quo of advertising. Instead of capitalizing on an established trend, an ambitious young executive convinces them they should create their own and focus every division on selling one message: Hope is dead.

Meanwhile, those seven strangers, all in New York at the same time, find each other. As they spend time talking and praying together, they realize they were brought together for a reason. None of them came looking for controversy, nor did they anticipate how their lives would change once they met. They only knew they had to make a stand.

Carrying them beyond their expectations and individual abilities, this turning forges the disparate group into a mouthpiece for the message of the ages: Hope is alive. The Turning is ultimately a book about possibilities—a portrait of the unlimited reach of ordinary people who willingly put aside their own agenda to pursue God’s purpose.

This story has a different rhythm than most of Bunn’s other works. Having the plot revolve around seven strangers requires the reader to sift through separate back stories before the reaching the main event. While the absence of a central hero and the inclusion of fewer action sequences give the story a more sedate pace than what I’m used to seeing in a Davis Bunn novel, this, too, only emphasizes the overall theme of the book.

With this novel, Davis Bunn focuses on giving color and texture to the words of Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson: “The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people.”

Reading The Turning, not only creates a yearning to see that kind of change in society, but it also offers hope that that kind of change is actually possible.

Hope is NOT dead!

By Mary Arndt, Goodreads (excerpt)

Sometimes we need to stand up against wrong and have the courage to speak out and be different, even when that means the “world” will not accept us.

If Jesus is Lord…?

By Michael Winskie, The Author’s Page blog (full review)

I became a fan of Davis Bunn through his Marc Royce trilogy (Lion of Babylon, Rare Earth, and Strait of Hormuz). These books were adventure stories – fast-paced with intricate plots. Yet, the main characters were struggling with real issues just like we do. So, I was unsure what to expect in The Turning.

I knew the writing would be good. But what could a story with that title be trying to convey?

The Turning is a beautifully crafted story that shows what can happen when Jesus’ sheep hear his voice and truly respond to his call. Five people from different back grounds experience the Lord’s call to step away from their own plans and follow his leading- even though it appeared to make little sense to them. The first step was to do something difficult that each of them had avoided doing for a long time- make peace and try to repair broken relationships.

From there, bonds are formed and new trails are blazed that shake the nation and stand in the way of corporate greed. Five ordinary people against the world’s system and message. All because they had the faith and strength to hear and obey the call of the Lord.

This book should sound a clarion call to a world gone crazy. But, more than that, it should speak to believers. How different would the world be if we, as followers of Jesus, would spend our time listening to Jesus? How much better would our society be if we would spend our days obeying his voice, rather than chasing after selfish gain.

Our nation has turned its back on God and his ways because we, his people, have ceased being the salt of the earth. Yet, we have the gall to complain when the world steps on us and tries to destroy us. We are in a culture war and it’s high time we got out of our comfort zones and became engaged.

It’s not an easy path. It’s definitely a very narrow way. But, if God can use 120 ordinary and uneducated people (beginning on the day of Pentecost when the church was born) to turn the world upside down, how much more can he change our modern world?

If the thousands and millions in the earth today that claim the name of Jesus would allow him to be Lord (supreme controller) of our lives, a revival like the world has never seen is possible. Jesus gave his all for us, can we not give our all to him in return?

We are his hands and feet. We are the light of the world. Like it or not, our lives are glass houses. When we claim Jesus as our Savior people start watching us. We need to pray the words of John the baptist, “I must decrease and he must increase.” Let’s allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives so that others can see him in us.

Thank you Davis Bunn for sending us a wake-up call. I pray that God will use this book to stir his people and help to spark a major revival. May the church arise in the power of truth and mercy and change.

Remember:

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Thought-provoking page turner

By Mary Ann Esque, Goodreads (excerpt)

Davis writes so eloquently about something that our world desperately needs – hope. You only need to look as far as the news to see that our world is permeated with a lack of hope. War, natural disasters, corruption, scandal. It’s all there on a regular basis.

As believers, it is our privilege and responsibility to combat the message of no hope with the truth – that there is hope and it comes from being connected to God. If you choose to spread the message of hope, you can expect to encounter opposition. But when you follow the path that God has placed you on, then you will find and fulfill the purpose that God created you for.

The characters took me on quite a journey as they discovered this truth, and the end was perfect for this story. I may have finished reading this story for now, but I don’t think it will be too long before I will be back to dive within these wonderful pages again.