Friday, April 11, 2014

The Turning by Davis Bunn

The message was unexpected but instantly recognizable. 

A voice resonated from a distance and somehow from within.  Against all earthly logic, it carried a divine command.  And five very different people knew they were summoned to obey.

Their actions were demanding, but not particularly grand.  Only later would they see a pattern emerge - one that links their tasks together and comes to challenge the cultural direction of the nation.  They realize that one small personal response unveiled a new realm of moral responsibility.  And this affirmation of everyday hope captures the attention of millions.

But power and money are at stake.  Malicious elements soon align themselves to counter the trend.  To succeed they must also undermine its source.  Can we really believe that God speaks to people today?  Surely this must be dismissed as superstition or delusion.  These well-intentioned but misguided individuals should not be allowed to cast our society back into the Dark Ages.

The public debate and media frenzy place an unprecedented spotlight on knowing and doing God's will.  The five encounter threats, but try to remain steadfast in their faith.  Had God indeed imparted wisdom on selected individuals?  Is this sweep of events part of his divine purpose? 

The movement may herald a profound renewal - one that some are calling The Turning...

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.   

About The Author

Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Defined by readers and reviewers as a "wise teacher," "gentleman adventurer," "consummate writer," and "Renaissance man," his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

Twitter: @davisbunn

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I received a complimentary copy of The Turning from River North Fiction in exchange for my honest review.

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