"...Dramatic portrayal of faith at work in the entertainment industry. Bravo!"
-- Ted Baehr, founder, Movieguide Magazine
My Soul to Keep
Brent Stark thinks his days of starring roles are over until God--in the form of a visionary tycoon--offers him the role of a lifetime.
Celia Breach vows never to forgive Brent for the hurts he inflicted. Can she manage the unthinkable and trust him again?
Bobby Dupree, a southern entrepreneur with a revolutionary idea for filmmaking, sets out to make a new kind of movie. He has all the faith he needs, but none of the know-how.
Shari Khan is determined to succeed in Hollywood at any cost. Backed by a giant Hollywood studio, she makes it her personal mission to destroy Brent's "shoestring" production.
So begins the battle: an unlikely group of has-beens, armed with only faith and vision, against all the money and power Hollywood can throw at them.
"In this page-turner reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada
, Bunn alternates between the story of Brent Stark, an Oscar-winning actor and recovering addict who has converted to Christianity in prison, and Shari Khan, a Hollywood underling looking for her big break. When a Nashville-based businessman decides to start a film company, he asks Brent to direct the first movie--a Daniel Boone biopic that eschews "political correctness" and returns Boone to "the pedestal."
Conversely, Shari uses knowledge of this independent venture to catapult herself to the upper echelons of the major studio where she is a lowly personal assistant. Soon enough, she is spearheading efforts to get the studio's own Boone biopic, one that vilifies Boone and sympathizes with Native Americans, released first. Bunn's treatment of the ensuing David and Goliath drama is well-paced and entertaining. This novel, like the Christian film at its center, provides an alternative for conservative Christian audiences looking for entertainment that reaffirms both their political and theological values.
The Hollywood insiders here are self-serving criminals who cynically promote liberal values in their films, while the Christian filmmakers are stratospherically successful, wealthy, and the beneficiaries of many miracles, all of which affirm that God is in their corner. While not to all tastes, this novel is sure to please fans and increase Bunn's readership."
"Bunn tells a familiar story in My Soul to Keep
, as Hollywood movie star Brent Stark has it all, but then loses everything to booze, old baggage, bad judgment, and lack of faith.
But, that's where the familiarity ends. Stark's climb back to the top following a few years in prison is a harsh departure from the star treatment he used to command. He works in a local theater, deliberately shunning lead roles. The turning point comes when faith-based men of action hear a calling to use the film industry for God's glory and approach Stark for help.
My Soul to Keep
is a story of struggle, intrigue, and faith-in-action that will delight the author's fans and capture new ones. Bunn effectively weaves an insider's knowledge of the film business as the backdrop for this inspirational, suspenseful thriller...the result is mesmerizing."
"Brent Stark was one of Hollywood's favorite leading men until drunk driving and jail time brought his career to a halt. While he was in prison, though, he found God and came out a changed man.
When Christian businessman Bobby Dupree decides his latest project will be a true-to-history film of Daniel Boone, he realizes that Brent is the man for the job. Assembling a group of Hollywood outcasts, the project takes on a life of its own and seems to bear in many ways the blessing of God. But Hollywood does not like outsiders. Galaxy Studios has its own politically-correct Daniel Boone film to make, and executive producer Shari Khan has made it her personal mission to stop the upstart Christian company, no matter the cost.
Bunn does a great job once again of creating believable characters whose faith is part of the air they breathe. He manages the two storylines well, transitioning easily from rural North Carolina to the hills of California. Hollywood is shown for its cynicism and cliquish-ness, but hope is still present. While parts of the story are almost too good to be true, the ending is not pat and readers will be very satisfied with the story. Perfectly paced, this novel will prove popular with readers from many generations."