How many times have you doubted that your life had a purpose? Or that God could speak to you individually? The Turning by Davis Bunn will open your heart and mind to all sorts of possibilities. This book starts with five strangers in different places throughout the United States who all hear a word from God. He instructs them to do the impossible. Impossible without His help, that is. Once they've gathered the courage to complete the task, which involves taking the unlikely turn in the road and either forgiving or asking forgiveness, then the next leg of their journey is put before them. The strangers come together by a divine act from God and have to figure out their purpose as it unfolds. They mission is to bring hope to a world that thinks all hope is dead. How can these people do such an unlikely thing? By continuing to take "The Turning" as God directs them. Davis Bunn is a wonderful writer who knows how to string together a story that's complex yet understandable. He makes you ask yourself what your purpose is and whether or not there's something in your life that's causing you to miss out of your full calling. Don't miss out on this story and how the five main characters accomplish their calling.
What an extremely interesting novel that reflects the society in which we live in today at least in some fashion! I found myself absolutely engrossed in the idea put forth throughout the book about really listening for God's voice and then obeying it no matter the cost. Each of the five main characters who had sensed God leading them to do something felt the fear of failing or appearing as a fool who says they heard God speak to the heart.
The seven people eventually meet together sensing God's leading them though not revealing to them every minute detail of His plan. Their various backgrounds, stories and ethnicities are as vast as the ocean and only God could bring together such people for His work. The man who leads the team is John Jacobs, a man who is a manager for a company making sure all the product is received on time and the truckers problems are handled forthwith. These people, who at first have no idea what task, will be call for them to do, listen for God's voice and obey and when they hear it.
That is just the tip of the iceberg of who God has called and why, but through each step the team has private prayer time and community prayer time. As the group learns to listen for His voice through their Bible and Prayer times, they become more united in taking the turning. On the other side of the proverbial coin is a man who will go to any lengths to accomplish his dream of success, doing whatever it takes to enter the inner sanctum where few are allowed to enter. The man's name is Trent an underling in the Mundrose Empire whose vast holdings and money can make even the impossible a reality, simply with a word.
Trent Cooper has an idea that instead of following a trend the corporation now begins to set a trend, and Trent has all the pieces in place to sell his idea. When the CEO Barry Mundrose approves of the idea, literally time has no meaning and everybody must work together to pull the biggest trendsetting idea ever: Hope is Dead.
A challenge is what I came away with along with encouragement, as well as taking time to listen to what God is saying to me. Society as a whole has no problem finding a way to entertain or take their mind off of a day's trials. We can flick a switch and listen to a movie, news, sports and even books others read as we listen while perhaps not paying much attention. The author wrote a story that reminds us that we need to listen for God and the only way we can do that is to turn off everything else. Where and how can you make time to listen quietly for God's voice?
Is it plausible to discern the voice of God in the cacophony of the 21st century? In Davis Bunn's most recent novel five people of diverse ethnicities and various walks of life are seized by the presence of God. His message? "Take the turning and walk the unlikely road." Their calling leads them to New York City Times Square where a shocking message screams, "Hope is Dead!"
Power hungry and greedy for wealth and control, the Mundrose Group yields its power through all forms of media bombardment to influence and control the minds of young adults. Their diabolical message that hope is dead conveys the shock value to produce millions of curious minds to respond. Success at all cost, with no conscience for the damage it could inflict on young minds, is paramount to the influential company and its powerful schemes.
The ever present conflict between good and evil once again rears its ugly head as the chosen five respond to the challenge delivered. This presentation is not only authentic, but representative of the corruption that exists in our society. The author has created realistic personalities that fit the molds of the divergent belief systems present in current generations.
Davis Bunn has developed a compelling and tenacious story that will challenge your beliefs and convictions. Inspiring and compelling, The Turning is a captivating and thought provoking novel. Written with an intensity that is absorbing, it is difficult to set the book aside. I highly recommend this inspirational novel and the devotional that accompanies it. The link for the devotional is listed above.
Disclaimer: I received copies of this book from River North after their request for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
One of the central themes of the Gospels is that of hope. Hope that there is more to this life than what is before us. Hope that what we have done in this life can be redeemed for good. Hope that there is life after death.
But what if you were a non-believer and everything around you screamed that hope was dead? How would you feel? What would it take for you to begin to believe that hope is alive and well?
In his new book The Turning, Davis Bunn explores that very topic. Through the fast-paced style that we have all come to expect we are introduced to Trent Cooper, a virtual nobody who desires to become a somebody. Trent gets his opportunity to dazzle his boss and dazzle he does. His plan is costly but it has the potential to bring the company millions. But what will the true cost be to the company, to society, and to Trent himself?
About the same time Trent is getting his big break, five unrelated people begin to feel the urging of the Holy Spirit. They are each being asked to take an unexpected and in some cases uncomfortable turn in their lives. Each person has a separate story but eventually those separate threads begin to weave together and form a united tapestry.
Of all the Davis Bunn books that I have read, this is the one that most reminds me of an intense TV drama. The scenes change rapidly and make it where you can't help but turn the page to see what is coming next. Davis has taken the historic theme of good vs. evil and brought it into the modern digital age. His use of all forms of social media and current trends brings to the story a form of reality that is scary. You can't help but see how our world is racing towards this lack of hope. But as with all of his novels, he also provides the answer to the despair that the story encompasses. The answer is hope. Hope in the One that can set you free.
A new aspect with this novel is the follow-up 40 day online devotional and audio files that will help you prepare to hear from God. After reading this thought provoking novel, you can now immerse yourself in learning to discern the voice of God. You will be encouraged to develop a closer relationship and to take the next step of obedience.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
The Turning was my first Davis Bunn read. I'm not normally drawn to Christian fiction. But, Bunn's characters are contemporary "real" people. Real, self-focused people who aren't sure of their life's purpose and who struggle both to hear God's voice and then to respond to a call for action.
Is hope dead? That theme is what Trent Cooper, an advertising hot shot, wants society to subscribe to. His entire life's dream and his livelihood are on the line for you to agree with his campaign against hope! But other major characters are thrown together to disprove that philosophy. Convinced otherwise, at first timidly, then full throttle, they are propelled to dissuade you from buying into Trent's advertising ploy in support of his dead hope philosophy.
Bunn developed very distinct characters with their individual flaws and set of challenges, and each had his or her own specific incident that required a decision of "turning." Then he threw the characters together for interaction within a joint mission. Once the characters were developed and I could keep them straight, I was drawn in to see how they would relate to each other and how the conflict of views with Trent's campaign against hope would be resolved. Would there be a convincing argument for hope?
My first Bunn book, but I've already recommended it for a summer book club discussion.