Reader Mailbag: Praise for ‘Hidden in Dreams’

July 24th, 2014

Sarah writes:

I’m a person of faith and appreciate so much that important aspect of Hidden in Dreams—people with, without, and struggling with faith. I love that Elena knew where to go for comfort, strength, and wisdom. Even in her drug induced state she was able to cling to her Source and faith. The fact that Elena, Reed, Jacob, Bob, and even Rachel were blessed with the support and comfort of like minded friends was a beautiful touch in the book. Please keep writing—what a blessing you give us all.

Dear Sarah,

I am deeply grateful for your insights, which really did bring to mind all the hopes and aspirations I had regarding the faith element when I began this project. Your enthusiasm means a very great deal.

 

Reader Mailbag: Praise for ‘Winner Take All’ (and an error)

July 17th, 2014

Frank writes:

I had read The Great Divide and took a shine to Marcus so I read Winner Take All and liked it also, especially the descriptions of the coastal environment. However, there is a minor booboo in the latter. Somewhere a Cadillac SUV is referred to as an “Esplanade.” I think you meant “Escalade.” Thanks.

Dear Frank,

Wow, what a total error. And in ten years, you are the first to see it. Thank you so much! I really appreciate this alert.

FYI, a number of people who have ‘shined’ on Marcus have come back to say they took to a newer character, Marc Royce. He is the lead in a series that begins with Lion of Babylon. If you read it, I hope you enjoy the ride.

Shine on.

Dawn writes:

Winner Take All was fantastic!! I have read several of your books, but this one was the best and I don’t usually like suspense and that much drama. It was hard to close the book at the end of each chapter.

Dear Dawn,

Thank you so much for the lovely note. I’m delighted you gave Winner a chance, even though it is suspense. If I could make one suggestion, a number of other readers who are not drawn to suspense have written to say how much they enjoyed Lion of Babylon. If you’re looking for another of my titles, perhaps you’d like to give that one a try.

Reader Question: Where Can I Find the Rendezvous with Destiny Books?

July 10th, 2014


Keith writes:

I am enjoying many of your books, many I’ve found in our church library, and some in the county library.

I found the titles of your Rendezvous with Destiny series books, with books on Rhineland, Gibraltar, Sahara, Berlin, and Istanbul, but I have been unable to locate these books. Are these long gone?

I have traveled the world all my working life—I’m 83 now—and love books on foreign places, many of which I have visited.

I’d appreciate news on how I might be able to find these to enjoy.

Thanks for your Christian writing—so good to have books with none of the bad words and sex found in so many of the “world’s” books. God bless you.

Dear Keith,

Alas, the Rheinland series has been out of print now for over a dozen years. There are some rather dog-eared copies available via Amazon’s used book sales groups. In case you haven’t already come across them, more recent books of mine with an international scope include the following: Gold of Kings, The Black Madonna, Lion of Babylon, and Rare Earth. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Reader Question: Is it T. Davis Bunn or Davis Bunn?

July 3rd, 2014

Barb writes:

Do you write under both T. Davis Bunn, as well as Davis Bunn? At the library, I am responsible to make lists on Excel for all of our series and this question has come up.

Dear Barb,

I was initially known as T. Davis Bunn, until 2002. The publisher, Thomas Nelson, said they felt my work had gone through a major transition, and they wanted to announce this rising-up to a new level – their words, not mine – by dropping the T. Since I go by Davis, I didn’t mind.

So officially, my books should be categorized under “Davis Bunn,” even though some online booksellers still include the “T.”

Readers Give ‘The Turning’ 10 Stars

July 1st, 2014

The Turning By Davis BunnThe Turning… A highly recommended read for even non-readers

By Pris Phillips

Wow. The story was incredible. (The word “awesome” comes to mind – but that word is far too overused to be appropriated here.)  I could hardly put it down.

Prepare yourself for a fast-paced read, with twists and turns in a plot that leads to an unexpected end.

Powerful… moving… believable. Though a work of fiction, I believe The Turning accurately represents a taste of what’s ahead for followers of Christ. The battles will be strong; the enemy powerful. In the natural, we should lose…

I found myself caught up emotionally with ALL the characters, both the “good” and the “bad” … caring what happened to each major player on both sides as they struggled with their personal demons; making choices that would impact others in powerful ways.

I think even a non-reader would be caught up with this one!

I give it five stars, but it really deserves a ten. I liked it that much!

Another page-turner from a master storyteller! 10 stars

By Mary Kay Moody, Jottings from the Journeys blog

In his new novel, The Turning, Davis Bunn presents a story which is paradoxically as familiar as age-old fairy tales yet as astonishing as tomorrow’s news.

He brings together an unlikely group of five ordinary people. Ordinary, but dissimilar. Ordinary, except that they’ve each heard God. When they converge in New York City and encounter each other, they recognize that God has put them together. But they don’t know why? They only know they’ve been summoned.

Bunn says that each task assigned them is demanding, though not particularly grand. And each act of obedience brings forth the next measure of guidance. They discover that their tasks are linked and challenge the cultural direction of the nation.

With control of power and money at stake, malicious forces align to oppose them. As the five encounter threats and try to remain steadfast in their faith, the public debate and media frenzy place an unprecedented spotlight on them, on knowing and doing God’s will, and on the movement some call The Turning.

The Bible relates occasions when God gathers a group of individuals who are to use their skills and gifts to accomplish God’s purpose:  Moses assembling ten spies; Gideon’s army of 300; Jesus’ twelve disciples. But it’s history. We read it—we don’t live it. Reading THE TURNING just might cause us to rethink that.

As always, Bunn delivers a story that coils tighter as it flows. This one has plenty of surprises that will keep you flipping pages at a brisk pace.

And he continues to astound me with his skill—not only of storytelling, but also crafting realistic, compelling characters. This cast is culturally dissimilar yet familiar, and whether Black, Caucasian, Jewish, Chinese, or Arab, they all ring true. To draw such diverse and distinctive characters—elderly widow, driven businessman, spinster choir director, young career woman, refugee surgeon, transportation manager, motorcycle thugs, or biker friends—with precise language and economy of detail is master craftsmanship.

In The Turning, Davis Bunn pulls back a veil and shows that God uses the common actions of ordinary people to accomplish great things. I highly recommend it—as does my husband. Between us we give it ten stars!

Reader Question: Where Can I Learn More About the Three Hebrew Terms Used for Sin in ‘Book of Dreams’?

June 26th, 2014

Mrs. Jacobsen writes:

On page 68 of Book of Dreams, you mention the three Hebrew terms used for sin. I have been trying to verify those. Please can you tell me which resources you used to glean that information?

Dear Mrs. Jacobsen,

My research for that particular segment was done with the assistance of two rabbis in the United Kingdom, where I wrote that story.

If you are interested in moving forward with a Hebrew perspective on the Scriptures, might I suggest you take a look at Rev. Tom Bradford’s Torah Class Ministries. He can be found online at www.torahclass.com. Rev. Bradford offers quite a remarkable and insightful overview of the Old Testament, and how it specifically applies to the Savior.

First-Time Reader Reviews ‘The Turning’

June 24th, 2014

The Turning By Davis BunnToday’s reviews of The Turning include one from a first-time reader, and several from readers who liked the book’s antagonist!

You’ll hear from:

  1. Laura Noelle
  2. Cynde Suite
  3. Marie Sontag
  4. Lynn Riddick
  5. Gary Gilmore
  6. Margaret Nelson

I invite you to click the link next to each name to read their full reviews.

Compelling story, inspiring message

By Laura Noelle, Amazon

Having never read a Davis Bunn novel, I was unsure what to expect. I shouldn’t have worried because this story had my attention from the first paragraph. I’m always skeptical about Christian novels…will I be bored by pages of lengthy descriptions? Will the characters be images of perfection? But as I read “The Turning”, I found myself compelled by the characters who were real–full of flaws, doubts, dreams and glories.

This novel was so easy to read–the chapters are broken down, short and clips are shared from multiple characters’ perspectives. Truly a breath of fresh air from the many laborious books I’ve never been able to finish! I felt for these characters, needing to know what events would take place, and how the awful deeds of heartless people would be overcome by good. It’s not preachy, but it has a solid message of hope and shows God’s hand at work. Definitely worth a read!

Review Excerpts:

“The antagonist is brilliant because Bunn sets you up to like him (or at least pull for him) up until you read what he is about; then you are appalled!”

-Cynde Suite, Cyndecat’s Reading blog

“His flawed yet heroic protagonists and his almost empathetic, yet soul-darkened antagonists had me identifying with both, and turning pages long after the time I had allotted myself to read.”

-Marie Sontag, Sontag Writing Dreams blog

“I don’t know if it’s a good thing to admit but I actually quite liked Trent. I even found myself wanting to pray for him (if he’d been real) and was hoping very much for his redemption. I don’t know whether or not there will be a sequel, if so I would love to see hearts changed and converts made, not just a business that succeeds or fails but a true Turning from darkness to light in unlikely individuals.”

-Lynn Riddick, Goodreads

“Be prepared to question your own standing with the Lord in the matter of Lordship. Be prepared to hurt deeply with what you may see about yourself. And be prepared to renew your understanding about/and desire to be involved in true Lordship.”

 -Gary Gilmore, Gary’s Thoughts blog

“Davis does a great job of keeping up the reader’s interest while exploring themes of hope, choices, how God communicates with His followers, how God uses the least likely people to accomplish His will, and the wonderful fellowship and unity that can happen in the Body of Christ. If you don’t think that a few followers of Jesus can make a difference in our culture today, I challenge you to read The Turning! Reading thus book just may result in your life turning a new corner!”

-Margaret Nelson, Amazon

 

Reader Question: What Are Your Inspirations?

June 19th, 2014

Molly writes:

I am doing a project at my high school that requires me to write about my inspirations and their inspirations.

You are definitely one of my inspirations: You have let me experience thrilling adventures through your books, especially your mystery series. Though I may not be interested in being part of the CIA, I am currently pursuing an interest in being part of the military. Such adventure is what I am hoping to see in my future, but for now, your books have been the closest I’ve ever been to adventure.

I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing two of your inspirations that have influenced you. (Apparently, Google doesn’t have the answer.) It would be greatly appreciated and I would love to learn about your inspirations.

Davis Bunn 8Dear Molly,

For me, adventure sparks adventure. Doing one thing, no matter how different from what I have undertaken before, stimulates and challenges me to be ready for the next big opportunity, whatever that might be.

Currently my big adventure sports are cycling and surfing. I surf in the US but not in England, because the water is not so clean on the big-wave beaches. But the roads there are fabulous for cycling. I push to around 40 miles per day as my standard goal, three or four rides per week. All weathers. When I return to the US, the overall fitness and endurance has me so much more ready for surfing than normal gym work.

On the creative side, I have begun working on film projects four years ago. Most of these are for independent producers, who must have a script before they can raise money. Which means I am writing ‘on spec’ – I am paid only if the project moves forward. And so I am still writing my normal number of books to pay the bills! Despite the pressure and the effort, I LOVE this challenge, and feel that it is an unexpected gift at a new potential area of growth and creative endeavor.

Stretch your boundaries, most especially in the areas of your life that you cherish. Stay positive. Treat Success as a daily discipline, not something you win at the end of the race. By then it is too late. Losing is an event. Success is a state of mind.

When You Feel Called to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

June 17th, 2014

The Turning By Davis BunnToday’s reader reviews of The Turning are by bloggers, Kathryn Eriksen and Lonzine Lee.

How Do You Make a Turning?

By Kathryn Eriksen, Walk With The Master blog

Have you ever been called to step out of your comfort zone…for no logical reason other than you felt a strong desire? If you followed that desire, what was the result? Did it benefit you and those around you?

What if that strong desire was actually God whispering for you to go…and take the turning? Puts a different spin on it, doesn’t it?

The message of The Turning is that you are not strong enough to go alone. Instead of asking God to solve the problem, turn to God so you can grow closer to him. It is a simple shift in perspective but a profound one. And that same shift is experienced by the characters, who also struggle to hear God’s response to their pleas.

The clash of good v. evil is portrayed vividly in the book. The power of the media is pitted against the power of God. Darkness seems to overtake everything, until one man’s soul lights up with God’s purpose. Nothing can stop him from doing God’s will. And in those moments of pure courage, he discovers his own will is the same as God’s.

And his life is never the same.

The Most Significant Davis Bunn Novel to Date!

By Lonzine Lee, I’m Just Asking blog

Here’s what I like about reading a Davis Bunn novel. It takes less than one minute to get pulled into the story. His characters are well-drawn. He really knows how to capture the voice of people (the gender, the ethnicity and the generation); and he provides more than one perspective.

The Turning, Davis Bunn’s latest book, is significant, gripping, heraldic, hopeful and intentional. I’ll just tell you point blank, you need to read it. There are so many directions I can go with this review, but I’m going to go the way of my heart. Imagine being inspired to perpetuate a viral mindset that revolves around the death of all hope. It is an invitation to entertain all that is dark, fearful, evil and devastating to the psyche and life of mankind. At heart, you are launching an attack against God, His Word and His people. Now imagine being invited by God Himself to be part of a team of individuals gathered to confront that viral message.

You are caught up in the fast pace of one man’s unsavory ambition to take down the church and then you are called to a front row seat to watch the Almighty’s strategy unfold. John, Alisha, Jenny, Ruth and Yussuf, the five men and women central to the story respond to God’s voice inviting them to “take the turning, and walk the unlikely road…and you will find Me there.” Each individual knew precisely what He wanted them to do, and they obeyed.

The scripture speaks of those without God being without hope. It also speaks to the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ. The story revolves around those two positions, with the adversarial camp seeking to capitalize on the hopelessness of this generation. It may seem like a small thing, but I believe it captures the essence of our current day societal mindset. Mr. Bunn heralds the message to those who choose to listen to get ready, for this same confrontation is being played out in social media today. Because that is so, I found it inescapable that I would also have to make a turning of my own before I finished the book. And I did.

Some may find this book “preachy.” It isn’t, it’s simply that it confronts the reader and challenges the comfort zone, even as it shows the love of God and the delineation between His Light and darkness. This is uncomfortable for some, outrageous and pushy for others. Why? It is because God is intentional and He wants His people to make His position clear to all. He desires that none should perish, so everyone gets a chance to accept or reject His love and His message of hope.

Even Trent, the ambitious young man in the story gets an invitation to turn toward hope. In this book, there is no happy ending, just a deep breath between one accomplished victory and the next onslaught. The adversary is not vanquished for good…yet. Hopefully this means a sequel.

What if God asked you, “Who will go for Me,” and you responded like the prophet Isaiah: “Here am I Lord, send me.” And then God said to you, “Take the turning, and walk the unlikely road. Take the turning, and you will find Me there.” Would you do it? Are you ready to take the turning?

A Reader’s Critique of ‘Lion of Babylon’

June 12th, 2014

Dottie writes:Lion of Babylon

I just finished Lion of Babylon, and while I appreciated the Christian theme throughout, I was a bit dismayed by some errors, which should have been caught by your editorial staff. Page 12: ”…had tried repeatedly to effect a truce between…” The correct word is affect (verb tense), not effect, which is a noun.

And not to be picky, but 30 degrees C is 86 degrees F….and yes, you did say the temperature was approaching 90 degrees F….no points lost on that one, I suppose.

The plot was complex, but I was never able to get into a comfortable rhythm of reading. It seemed stilted and a bit disjointed, perhaps due to your use (over use, IMO) of word fragments rather than sentences. That, along with some odd punctuation here and there, seemed more to confound than to engage this reader.

I am starting Rare Earth tonight, and I hope to be won over to the legions of readers who enjoy your novels.

Dear Dottie,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. Though I must say I wish the first book of mine might have elicited a more wholehearted enthusiasm. Your points, however, are well taken. In case you’re interested, Library Journal did name Lion one of their Top Ten Titles—fiction and nonfiction combined—for 2011.

I do hope Rare Earth is more to your taste. It won the 2013 Christy Award for excellence in suspense fiction.