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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!
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!
Today’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:
I invite you to click the link next to each name to read their full reviews.
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!
“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
Today’s reader reviews of The Turning are by bloggers, Kathryn Eriksen and Lonzine Lee.
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.
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?