It has been said that readers of Christian fiction — and fiction in general — are over 80 percent female. I feel blessed to have a large and vocal male readership, as well. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that I am male, and many of my protagonists are male.
Whatever the reason, I enjoy hearing from my male readers. Today, I’m featuring reviews of The Turning from five of them:
- Steve Hilton
- Daniel Leonard
- Mike Eagle
- Russ Hanley
- Rick Estep
A contemporary allegory of an eternal story
By Steve Hilton, Doc’s Doin’s blog
“Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” – Matthew 26:38-39 (NKJV)
A relationship with the Lord God Almighty is not for the faint of heart. It is not so much a series of tasks as it is a lifelong commitment which demands ones best at every instance. Five individuals are about to discover the truth of these words.
Five unique people. Five very different walks of life. Yet they have two things in common; they believe that they have heard the voice of God, and they have responded in obedience.
As John, Ruth, Alisha, Jenny and Yusuuf simultaneously arrive in New York for very different reasons, they are inextricably drawn together to the same hotel lobby. Led by the Spirit, introductions are made and the purpose for their meeting is revealed in a flash mob: Hope Is Dead.
Trent Cooper has his priorities in order. Me, myself . . . and I. He lives with the fury of one who sees, and has been denied, his hearts desires. Always striving, Trent is never going to be content with a brass ring. Visionary, and with a clear understanding of his strengths and weaknesses, Trent Cooper will not rest until he has it all. Trent lays it all on the line for the one roll of the dice that will either make him . . . or break him. He doesn’t realize that in so doing, he’s already lost.
The Turning is a contemporary allegory of an eternal story; a story of rebellion and reconciliation, of romance and redemption. A story of sin and salvation, and the eternal struggle between the god of this world and the King of Kings. And while the adversary may wish you to believe that there is a pitched battle raging throughout the ages, and the outcome is precariously balanced on the edge of a knife . . . nothing could be further from the truth. One little word shall fell him.
5 stars, for a story that reveals the impossible . . . and makes it possible.
Life-Altering Message of Hope
By Daniel Leonard, Goodreads
Can God use you to do great and mighty things if you are:
- Over 30?
- Haven’t gone to Bible college?
- Not up-to-date on the latest Christian music?
- An ex-convict?
- Not hip on fashion?
- Feeling inadequate?
The Bible gives many examples why none of the things I mentioned above can keep you from doing great and mighty things for God if your life is surrendered to Him. Bunn’s new book also does a fine job of illustrating this very Biblical point.
I believe there is a message of hopelessness being SHOUTED in the face of the people of the world more than ever. This is a dark atmosphere that God can and will show His light and power in huge way. God wants to use you and me, no matter our past and lack of worldly titles, pedigrees and accomplishments, to shine His light in the darkness and save the perishing! Make no more excuses–surrender to God and watch mighty, mighty things happen!
Read this book and take it to heart. If you do, you will not only realize how much Satan has successfully propagated a message of hopelessness, but that God can use simple people to conquer that message and give hope and salvation to all who are hopeless! This world will be radically different when ALL God’s people realize they can do mighty things for the Kingdom of God!
I don’t usually give books five stars, but the message of this book and author are too important not to. Thank you, Davis, for this timely message!
Here am I, send me!
By Mike Eagle, Goodreads
The story centers around five ordinary people from altogether different backgrounds. The story is very well written and besides being a good story has a deeper spiritual message of hope in the direst circumstances. The characters are all drawn toward the service to listening and being led to act on their calling from God. Although I did not read this entire book at one setting, it would have been very easy to if time allowed, it’s that kind of book.
I would recommend this book for everyone.If you haven’t read books by Davis Bunn, then you are in for a treat. Soon after reading this book, you will be searching out his other books to also read.
Beware. He’s done it again.
By Russ Hanley, Facebook
Davis Bunn’s newest novel, The Turning, will challenge and convict you. One reviewer wrote, “The Turning is the most refreshing and inspired page turner in recent years. It captures your heart, mind, and spirit”.
I couldn’t agree more, I find myself listening for God’s call and wanting and waiting to answer. Once you start reading, you’d better have time set aside, because this will be very hard to put down.
I particularly enjoyed the way this story drew me in with characters that were flawed in a way that was relatable. The characters were hardly fictional, and were people I’d like to know. In fact, they were like people, I do know. Davis Bunn told the story from both sides and even the antagonist, Trent Cooper, was a sympathetic character in the beginning. In many ways he was the embodiment of the American Dream, going from humble beginnings to the top of the corporate ladder. As the story went on, we saw how each decision and commitment he made further exposed his role in a diabolical plan.
The story’s heroes are five people from very different backgrounds and locations who have nothing in common, except their faith and the fact that each is plagued by a difficult damaged relationships that must be dealt with. God has spoken to each one convicting each one to take the initiative, to begin the healing and restoration of those relationships in preparation for the task God has called them for. When they’ve responded to God’s call, then He brings them together for the real reason He called them.
Our enemy, Satan, would like nothing better than for believers to be complacent in the face of efforts to gradually water down the influence of Godly morality in our society and to effect growing compromise with evil. In The Turning, Bunn does a masterful job dealing with the age-old topic of good versus evil. He weaves a fresh, new, and compelling story that will challenge every believer to be more aware of the continuing spiritual battle going on around us.
The Turning is fictional but it is also very much a devotional. It is a must read.
From A Man’s Perspective
By Rick Estep, Reviews from a Man’s Perspective blog
When you read Brandilyn Collins, you expect suspense.
When you read Wanda Brunstetter, you expect sweet Amish stories.
The great thing about picking up a novel by Davis Bunn, is that you never know what you are going to get.
Are you ever still enough to “hear” God speak to you? The five people in this story sure didn’t have any problem making a distinction between any still small voice in their head and the thundering voice of the Almighty. But would they follow it?
By doing so, they have opened up a difference in their lives, they’ve taken a path that is leading them to something more than they could ever imagine. By following this voice, they are allowing themselves to travel down a road that will require them to take a higher road between the moral right and the moral wrong.
Can their small band really go up against the powerhouse media conglomeration? Are they putting all their lives in danger? Is there a way to stand for what you believe in in the face of the society that we have become today? Turn off your TV and go BUY THIS BOOK!
The best part of this book, in my opinion, is the fact that it kept giving me a reason to read it. I love to get close to the end of a chapter and get that nudge that “one more chapter will be enough for tonight.” By the time you get to that “one more chapter,” you’re seeing the beginning of a new day and you’re finishing the book. This book is that way.
Mr. Bunn takes you down this journey and continues to entice you to read more. You can never get enough, and even at the end of it, you are hoping that there is more to be shared about the book. It was fascinating to me how Mr. Bunn brought the characters together, almost in a way that said, “I need you to listen and help me, but before you do that, there’s some baggage in your life that we need to reconcile.” The characters were everyday people from every day walks of life with every day sin in their lives and He was still able to use them to further His kingdom.
Is this a “guy’s book”? Hang onto your hat. This is a simple read, but it is a read that keeps you going, always wanting to read just a little further and never giving you a rest until you’ve turned the final page.