The Turning

The Turning

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by Davis Bunn

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Take the turning, and walk the unlikely road.

A voice. And five dissimilar people knew they were summoned to obey. Against all earthly logic, it carried a divine command—and their unforeseen meeting would result in a challenge to the cultural direction of the nation and wage war against the most powerful and influential industry in


Take the turning, and walk the unlikely road.

A voice. And five dissimilar people knew they were summoned to obey. Against all earthly logic, it carried a divine command—and their unforeseen meeting would result in a challenge to the cultural direction of the nation and wage war against the most powerful and influential industry in North America.

A message. One that asks for a single personal response—a response that can unveil a new realm of moral responsibility and hope. The media frenzy places a spotlight on knowing—and doing—the will of God. How will the group be able to stand against the swelling powers of darkness and greed vying to crush their message of hope?

Can they really hear the voice of God? 

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Publishers Weekly
Bunn is no stranger to bestsellers (Strait of Hormuz, Lion of Babylon), and his fans no strangers to taut tales of suspense and intrigue. This time Bunn pits a small group of Christians against one of the world’s most powerful media giants. Trent Cooper, a low-level advertising exec, sees his big chance when he proposes uniting Global Communications’ divisions in an effort to “create the most powerful cultural force on Earth.” His theme? “Hope Is Dead.” Five religious believers, each one called by God and unknown to the others, have gathered in a New York hotel lobby, where they witness the “Hope Is Dead” media event. They, with friends and family, gather at the headquarters of Barrett Ministries to develop and launch their own media campaign—one that offers hope in God and rallies believers worldwide. A small band of believers vs. a powerful media conglomerate: Bunn has created a stunning, multilayered tale of power and, ultimately, hope. (Apr.)
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"Bunn has created a stunning, multilayered tale of power and, ultimately, hope." - Publishers Weekly, 2/21/14

"Bunn is no stranger to bestsellers (Strait of Hormuz, Lion of Babylon), and his fans no strangers to taut tales of suspense and intrigue. This time Bunn pits a small group of Christians against one of the world’s most powerful media giants. Trent Cooper, a low-level advertising exec, sees his big chance when he proposes uniting Global Communications’ divisions in an effort to “create the most powerful cultural force on Earth.” His theme? “Hope Is Dead.” Five religious believers, each one called by God and unknown to the others, have gathered in a New York hotel lobby, where they witness the “Hope Is Dead” media event. They, with friends and family, gather at the headquarters of Barrett Ministries to develop and launch their own media campaign—one that offers hope in God and rallies believers worldwide. A small band of believers vs. a powerful media conglomerate: Bunn has created a stunning, multilayered tale of power and, ultimately, hope." - Publishers Weekly, 2/21/14

"Once I started reading The Turning, I was hooked.  I don’t think I have ever read a book this quickly and didn’t want it to end." - Jamie Tomkins,  Tiger Strypes Blog,

"This is a five-star, thought-provoking read. I was so impressed with the book, I gave it to my husband to read. He came to me later and said, “This book you gave me? I don’t like it.” I looked at him quizzically. He smiled, “I LOVE it!” You, too, will love the book and you’ll read and re-read it. Davis Bunn has done it again!" -Deb Haggerty,, April 10, 2014

"I absolutely loved "The Turning". It has a great message about Hope and how we as Christians can make a change in the world when we are willing to listen to the still small voice of God even when it requires us to do things that are uncomfortable. The novel also had a great story line and very likeable characters. Though it started off a little slow, I soon struggled to put it down as with each twist and turn I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! I also liked how the book was divided into sections indicating days "Day One", "Day Two", etc. and the entire story becomes more amazing when you realize the course of events all took place in only 12 days. I would highly recommend adding "The Turning" to your Summer reading list!" -Keisha Hanvy,, June 18, 2014

"I found this book powerful and profound. The answer to the What if? question is that God calls us all  to battle the forces of evil in the world all the time. The idea that God can speak to different people and bring them to one area to serve as his warriors in spiritual warfare is compelling. God can absolutely bring this about. I was reminded of Lifeway's Experiencing God and MasterLife materials. These thoughts made me wonder if River North/Moody had a new discipleship book coming out on hearing God's voice.

The Turning is a novel, therefore fiction. Can God work in just this way to achieve His plan? Of course, He can! In fact, He can do it without our help, but He chooses to use broken vessels that only He can repair. He sees past our imperfections to create His perfect tools in a fallen world. Those truths are not fiction!

I read The Turning on a transatlantic flight to Ireland. It brought me hope that God's people can still hear His voice and be part of His plan to combat evil. I couldn't put it down until I knew the outcome of the final battle."
-Diane Tatum, June 20, 2014,

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. -Brandi Fitzpatrick, June 20, 2014,

I have to admit, when I was contacted about reviewing Davis Bunn’s The Turning, I had to think long and hard. Based on the description, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just knew it wasn’t my typical read. However, it only took a few pages to draw me in.

Most of the excitement in the book came from Trent and the evil surrounding him, and he was my favorite character. I think it was because there are various POV characters on the “good” side and only him on the “bad” side, so we get to know him a little better. He’s smart, bold, and bitter. He’s also conflicted. At one point, he’s faced with the opportunity to change, and I was pulling hard for him to see the proper path. But I won’t give any more away there.

The downside of the book, to me, was the climax. I felt the last twenty pages could have been stronger—more of a physical and emotional bang. 

Perhaps the tension is greatest in the premise, the encouragement for the reader to think, to ask themselves questions. What would I do if I heard God’s call to travel an unfamiliar road, to leave my comfort zone, to take on a secular culture? Would I obey? Do I have the confidence that “God does not call the equipped. He equips the called.”? When was the last time I prayed for my enemies? Do I have the strength to stand for what I believe in? Do I still believe in the hope of the gospel?

We’re living in a world that is quickly changing and challenging us to be that beacon of hope. That’s the inspiration of the book. Simply for the questions it raises, I highly recommend The Turning.
-Sandra Ardoin, June 24, 2014,

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By DAVIS BUNN, Carol Johnson

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Copyright © 2014 Davis Bunn
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ISBN: 978-0-8024-1168-6


"Who will go for us ...?"


Trent Cooper watched the empty Sunday streets unfold beyond his window. He had never been in the backseat of a limo before. Twice he had ridden up front, playing aide to his boss, Darren, whom he loathed along with everyone else forced to work for the man. Today, however, was different. Today Darren was the one forced to play ride-along. Trent had often studied passing limos, hungering to be one of those people with the power and the expense accounts. The feeling of having arrived, even for a moment, was so exquisite not even Darren's fury could touch him.

His boss must have noticed Trent's satisfied smirk, for he was seething as he said, "Enjoy it while you can, worm. Ninety minutes from now, you'll be just another greasy stain on the sidewalks of Times Square."

"Whatever you say, boss." Trent was usually the guy who just went along. It was protective coloring he had picked up as a kid. Vanish in plain sight, and escape multiple poundings from guys who were bigger and stronger and fascinated by the sight of other people's blood.

"You mocking me? Really?" Darren obviously wanted to pace, which of course was impossible, even in a stretch limo. So he fidgeted. His well-padded flame highlighted every squirm. "You think I'm playing games here, Cooper?"

"No, sir. I know you aren't." Trent glanced over. The guy was a toad in a suit.

"Your future is in my hands. You better be thinking of how you're going to write a resume when your previous employer is just waiting to call you a class-A clown."

Trent turned back to the window. There really wasn't anything on that side to hold his attention. To tell the truth, he was a little disappointed in the ride. The stretch Cadillac bounced hard over the smallest dips. The ceiling was low and dark, the rear seat slightly concave. An acre of dark carpet separated them from the backward-facing seats. The divider was in place, making the rear compartment feel like a coffin for two.

"This is your last chance," Darren said. "I want to know what you sent to headquarters. And I want to know now."

The scene beyond the limo's side window was much more interesting. Back home when he was a kid, church would have just been getting out. Trent had always skipped out of those tall doors like he was being released from a weekly prison. People smiled down at him, the poor kid whose family hadn't been able to afford the operations he needed, so the church had taken up collections. They talked in loud voices, like having a cleft palate turned him deaf. His mother kept a vise grip on his hand, smiled back to them and talked with this brittle happiness like they didn't have a care in the world, what with the church family taking such good care of them. Trent had hated them all.

"I've had it with your insubordination, Cooper," his boss said. "I've asked you a question and I demand an answer."

Trent forced his mind back to the present. He rarely indulged in memory games. As far as he was concerned, the best thing about his past was how it fueled his drive and determination, and granted him the fury required to make it. Even here. In Manhattan. The Capital City of Broken Dreams.


The sunlit streets were just coming alive. Elegant alcoves held sidewalk cafés where laughing people burned through money. Couples dressed in clothes that cost more than his car walked arm in arm toward their next good time. Trent traced a line around the sunlight on his window and mouthed a silent word. Soon.

The limo pulled around the corner and parked before the headquarters' side entrance. The door had no sign. Anyone who needed to ask what lay beyond the brass portal did not belong.

Darren leaned over so far his belly flattened against his thighs. "That's it, Cooper. As of this minute, you are fired."

Trent did not wait for the driver to make it around to his side. He opened his door and stepped into the sunlight. Instantly the uniformed guard opened the brass door and wished him a good morning. Trent stepped back and let his boss storm past. He gave himself a moment to breathe in the fresh air, the light, the thrill of finally having won a chance. He whispered to the amazing day ahead, "Showtime."


If anyone had asked John Jacobs how he saw himself, he probably would not have replied. John had spent his entire adult life being both strong and silent. But if he were pressed to divulge the truth, he would have said that he was a big man imprisoned inside too small a life.

John knew the church service was over. But he could not bring himself to open his eyes. To do so would require letting go of the most incredibly intense experience he had known in years.

Then he heard his wife call his name. When he looked up, John saw the church's senior usher leaning over the pew, watching him gravely. "I'm fine," he told them both.

Heather demanded, "Why on earth didn't you say something?"


"I was praying," he said. In a very unique manner, true enough.

"You're supposed to be leading Sunday school," Heather said. "It's time to start."

He knew that was beyond him. "Will you do it?"

"John, what's the matter?"

"I'm all right. I just need a little time, is all." He followed her into the classroom, seated himself, and pretended to watch his wife as she announced she'd be teaching and led their group in the opening prayer. Heather had graduated from Bible college and knew the Scriptures better than he ever would. In general she preferred to stand back and let him lead, but many of the insights he brought to the class were drawn from their study time together. Heather had led her college tennis team to the state quarterfinals and still played three or four times a week. She was tanned and lean and carried herself with an athlete's natural grace.

John found himself watching her anew. He saw his wife of twenty-seven years, the mother of their two children, the woman who had helped him bear the intolerable loads of this life, and he loved her so much his heart hurt.

Something must have connected, for she stopped in mid-sentence and said, "John, will you tell me what it is?"

There might have been another thirty or so people in the room. But the way she spoke those words made the impossible feel natural. The concept of public confession was daunting. But he felt that her request was proper. It was time.

John said, "I have the impression that God spoke to me."

Heather resumed her seat next to him. "Back in church?"

"When the pastor led us in the opening prayer. And it just kept growing." He touched the small book in his pocket that dealt with listening to God. The church had bought several boxes and offered them around. "Heather and I have been studying this in our morning prayer times." John shook his head. He might have been trying to listen. But he wasn't sure he was actually ready for what had just happened.

Heather asked, "How do you know it was the Lord?"

"There've been a few moments in my life I know I'll never forget. Times that I've felt if there was one ounce more joy or love, I'd explode. I just couldn't contain anything more." He spoke with a slow deliberation, normal for John. He rarely sped up his words. "When you said you'd marry me. That was one. Seeing our boys take their first breaths, those were two more. The experience in the sanctuary was that powerful."

A man who had been John's friend since high school asked, "What did God say?"

John sat for a while, then replied, "He asked who would go for him."

Heather asked, "Go where?"

"He didn't say." There had been a unique intensity to the experience. One that left John utterly certain that this silent exchange had not been manufactured by his own brain. "I answered like Isaiah. I said, 'Here am I, send me.' And God said, 'Take the turning, and walk the unlikely road.'"

He took a long breath. Once again the images were so intense he shut his eyes and bowed his head, returning in all but body to the sanctuary and the moment. "I asked how I would know the message was really from God. He said, take the turning, and I would find him waiting there."

"What turning was he talking about, John?"

To that, he shook his head. He knew exactly what God was referring to. But that was something he was not ready to talk about. Not with anyone.


"God's hidden wisdom ..."


Trent Cooper stood by the vast windows overlooking Times Square, his back to the reception area and his pacing boss. Trent understood the man's terror. They both had good reason to be afraid. The elegant chamber was littered with the carcasses of former executives. The vultures inside the office beyond the double doors were experts at picking flesh from bones.

Trent had never felt calmer.

His every sense was on hyperalert. He stood on the fifth floor, close enough to ground level to observe the people scurry around the square. In Trent's research of the man behind this meeting, one of the articles had criticized the office's location. In New York, higher was better. Penthouses were intended to hold the power brokers. But Trent understood exactly why Barry Mundrose had placed his office right here. Trent did not see hordes of tourists and locals jostling and rushing and pointing and talking. He saw an audience. His audience. The people he would both mold and shape into a mass of mouths eager to swallow whatever he next produced. Like a huge flock of baby birds, all their colorful wings flapping as they scrambled and cheeped and craved whatever crumb he decided to deliver.

The reception area held a variety of aromas. Fresh ground coffee, flesh cut flowers, furniture polish, a hint of some exotic spice in the lovely receptionist's perfume. Overlaying was a tight electric burn, the flavor of desert air the instant before lightning flared. Most people could not identify the subtle tang. They fretted and churned without knowing exactly why.

He tasted the air with the tip of his tongue. The charge was as intense as anything he had ever known, and took him straight back to his childhood. He recalled nights huddled in the storm cellar behind their house, his father out on the road somewhere, his mother cradling his head in her arms, probably not even aware of the noises she made, moans linking fragments of pleas to God, hidden and helpless and afraid.

Even there, Trent was never frightened. He loved the sound of the approaching storms, like electric beasts stomping the dry Oklahoma soil, the thunder rolling out warnings of their approach. Until finally, bam! the strikes became so close the thunder and the lightning joined into one gigantic explosion, striking faster and faster and faster, his mother wailing her fears, the wind howling, the cellar doors rattling as the giant battered and bellowed. Then it marched away until they were safe to emerge, and there was nothing left of it except the soft rumble of its force beyond the horizon.

That and the flavor of power on his tongue.

The receptionist called from her station by the grand double doors, "Gentlemen, Mr. Mundrose will see you now."


Alisha Seames sat at the head table in the church hall. One Sunday each month, the families brought in food and ate together following the service. Actually, it was more like a midday break, because most folks stayed over for a second helping of praise and worship after eating. The main table was on a little rise, like a knee-high stage. Alisha sat with her back to the rear curtain. She loved being up there at the head table. She'd spent extra time on her dress and her hat and her makeup and her shoes. Knowing everybody was looking. Just loving it.

Only not today.

"Alisha, what's the matter, sister? Why aren't you eating?"

She would like to tell Pastor Terry Reeves that she wasn't hungry. But she wasn't going to disgrace herself by telling a lie. She was always hungry. She didn't understand how other people managed to hold to a diet. She could eat a huge meal and twenty minutes later be hungry again. She was always struggling with her weight, and she was always getting bigger.

The pastor was a smooth-skinned, handsome man. Some said he was too young to lead a church the size of theirs. But Alisha knew better. He was not just a great preacher. He was also a leader. She had never been more aware of this fact than right here, right now, when he leaned across his wife to ask again, "Are you all right, sister?"

Alisha knew his wife did not like her. Celeste Reeves thought Alisha was pushy and opinionated. The two women also had a history. Celeste sang in the choir that Alisha led. Celeste had let it be known that she thought she should be in charge there too. Alisha positively lived for that choir, and nobody, not even the pastor's wife, was going to knock her off that perch. When Celeste had realized she couldn't take over the adult choir, she started working with children in one of Baltimore's worst neighborhoods, fashioning them into a choir all her very own. And now the woman wanted to bring them in and join them with Alisha's group, less than a week before the choir's biggest event of the year.

But Alisha couldn't think about that now. Not and stay focused on what needed doing.

Alisha rose to her feet. "Excuse me, I've just got to go ..."

She didn't finish the sentence because she didn't want to be telling anyone exactly what it was that she just had to go do. Because of her girth, she bumped every chair in turn as she made her way off the narrow stage. She heard the stairs creak as she descended, and she saw people stare at her, and she knew they'd be talking. But this couldn't wait. God had spoken to her, and that was a fact. After a lifetime of praying, it had actually happened, and she dreaded what was coming next. Because as soon as God had said, "Take the unlikely road," Alisha had known just exactly what that turn was. She didn't want to do it. She hated the very idea of what was coming next. But God had said he would meet her there. And that left her with no choice. None at all.

Twenty minutes later Alisha pulled up in front of a house she never thought she'd visit. The Rothmore district of Baltimore was a leafy enclave shining with wealth on this crisp April day. The brownstone townhouse fit the rich surroundings, as did the white Porsche Cayenne parked in the drive. Alisha took a double-fisted grip on her purse and marched up the front walk like she belonged.

The door was answered by Kenneth, of course. It had to be him that appeared, not Alisha's sister. It just had to be like this, the whole nasty business just pressed into her face like God had meant all along to challenge her in the toughest possible fashion. She loathed how Kenneth pretended to be delighted to see her. She detested his accent, like he didn't know better than to stop breathing through his nose when he spoke. "Alisha, what a pleasant surprise. Does Tabby know you're coming?"

She hated that too. How he called his wife like he would a cat. But Alisha didn't snip at him that Tabatha, the name their mother had given her sister, was a fine name. All she said was, "I was in church, and I felt like I needed to stop by."

"Of course. Welcome." He stepped back, waving her inside. Like some highbrow earl or something. Instead of what he truly was, the godless white man who had stolen Alisha's baby sister away. "Please, come in."

The interior was exactly as Alisha had imagined, beautiful and pristine and very expensive looking. A rich white man's idea of a perfect home, full of antiques so delicate Alisha was afraid to sit down anywhere. Kenneth led her into a parlor and said, "Let me just go tell Tabby you're here. I won't be a moment."

As he bounded up the stairs, Misha seated herself on the sofa. It wheezed softly, like a rich man's sigh. Probably never had a black woman plunk herself down here before. Which she knew was untrue before the thought was even formed. And she wasn't angry at the man. Not really. She was just angry. Like she wanted to yell at God for putting her in this position, but she couldn't, so she just sat there. Being angry at a room.


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The Turning is the most refreshing and inspired page turner in recent years. It captures your heart, mind and spirit with a real connection to His Grace. The Turning is highly commended. Davis Bunn has scaled new heights and brought us with him." – Ted Baehr, President of Movieguide

The Turning is a triumph.  This novel contains a remarkable mix of high drama, great characters, and a truly inspired examination of what it means to discern the voice of God.  This above all else makes the book stand out.  Readers will be captivated by Bunn’s story, and challenged by this invitation to seek a deeper walk with our Lord.  The Turning invites us to heed God’s call, not with an absence of fear, but rather the mastery of it.” – Roy Crowne, Director Emeritus, Youth for Christ & CEO, The Hope Project

“Does God still speak to his followers today? That's the question and the power of this high-stakes prophetic novel ripped straight from tomorrow's headlines.  The Turning is a mesmerizing look at people who believe they heard the voice of God.  The unforgettable cast of characters, and the conflicting themes of divine hope against man's darker motives, made for one amazing read.” –Allen Arnold, Director of Content, Ransom Heart Ministries

Meet the Author

T. DAVIS BUNN, a native of North Carolina, has lived in Europe for thirty-five years. Davis¿ academic background includes degrees in psychology and economics from Wake Forest University and a master¿s degree in finance from the City University of London. Fluent in three languages, he has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Davis enjoys a particularly strong following in the inspirational market, often ranking on the Christian Booksellers¿ Association bestseller lists. He has collaborated with Janette Oke, one of the leading names in Christian publishing, on a series of novels. Davis is a New York Times Bestselling author and has garnered a number of industry honors, including three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction.Davis teaches in the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Oxford, where he holds an appointment as a Core Lecturer in the subject of fiction. He splits his time between Oxford and Florida with his wife Isabella.

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The Turning 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Joanne_Mueller More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning I found myself wanting to know more about each character introduced. Trent Cooper opens the book with his deep-seated desire to succeed in the world, and from there we meet John Jacobs, Alisha Seames, and many others. Each is well-developed and deep. I was immersed in their lives and struggles. Five of these characters meet unexpectedly by God's hand in New York and learn that God has a plan for them as a team. The meeting seemed a bit forced, but their interactions were great. Each character had a turning point in their lives where God wanted them to do something specific, and I kept asking myself, "What is the turning point in my life. What does God want me to do?" I later felt chills when Cooper's hired mob held signs reading, "Hope is dead." This key plot involving the message of hope, that hope is alive, reminds me that God's hope is very real for us today regardless of what our world looks like. It is certainly worth reading and is incredibly engaging, as Davis Bunn always is. I received a complimentary copy of The Turning from River North Fiction in exchange for my honest review.
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
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.   I received a complimentary copy of The Turning from River North Fiction in exchange for my honest review.
Shari_Bradley More than 1 year ago
There is a battle waging through the ages and today’s weapons and strategies are dizzying in their speed and scope, but God is able to do the impossible as the darkness closes in. It can be tough to apologize, painful to face our shameful past, but there is freedom in Christ if we will seek Him. There is One who loves us just as we are, who can do the impossible in our lives if we will let Him, if we will listen. The rewards are eternal and can have great impact in our lives and in the lives of others. Davis Bunn’s new novel The Turning will have your heart racing and your spirit soaring. Walk with John, Alisha, Jenny and others through potentially dangerous and frightening encounters as they follow the leading of the Lord. We live in troubling times, the battle rages on, but God will make a way if we will turn to Him. I received a complimentary copy of The Turning from River North Fiction in exchange for my honest review.
Bookmobile_Driver More than 1 year ago
My Favorite Davis Bunn Novel (So Far) When Global Communications kicked off an elaborate marketing scheme called "Hope is dead" aimed at Generation Xers and Millennials, an unlikely group of individuals came together in a way that could only be described as a work of God. From Cleveland, John Jacobs, a trucking manager with a past he was ashamed of. From Baltimore, Alisha Seames, a single woman who helped an ungrateful sister through college. From Orlando, Jenny Linn, a young woman unsure what to do with her life. From Westchester County, New York, Ruth Barrett, the window of a well-known evangelist. Yussuf Alwan, formerly a surgeon in Syria, now working toward getting licensed to practice in the U.S. They were all led by God to a place at the same time and they felt compelled to respond to the marketing scheme, even though doing so brought hardships including job loss. Ruth invited them all to go with her to Barret Ministries, including John's wife, Jenny's parents and Yussuf's friend. Each person brought a special talent to the group. It wasn't a simple good versus evil story, though. Trent Cooper, the project manager for the marketing scheme initially came across as someone the reader should care about. He had lived a tough life, including being born with a cleft palate and having nine surgeries over the years. Still, he worked his way up the corporate ladder. At first I found myself rejecting the idea that he was the villain, and then when I knew he was, I wanted him to change, to find the love of God. This is the sixth Davis Bunn novel I have read and I've loved them all for various reasons. However, this is my favorite one. I received a complimentary copy of The Turning from River North Fiction in exchange for my honest review.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
The Turning By: Davis Bunn Another great book by Davis Bunn! A group of people are determined to take control. Trent Cooper sees himself among the top movers and players at Global Communications. He has come up with a plan to propel him to the forefront. He can do this. By uniting, together they will form the most powerful cultural force on earth. And if Trent can accomplish this with his plan, he will be one of the most successful men—where he has always envisioned being. A group of people feel God telling them to do something. Take the turning, and you will find Me there. This is what God told this group of people who have never met, but who end up at the same place, at the same time, in response to the call from God. John Jacobs has a past most people don’t know about. It has carved his future and what he can and can’t do. He is assistant manager for the Midwest depot. What use could God have for him? Alisha Seames goes to her sister to apologize. They haven’t spoken for years. She also conducts the church choir. Should she turn it over to the pastor’s wife who also has a children’s choir? Alisha doesn’t want to let go. God requires so much from her. Can she do it? Jenny Linn is very headstrong and argumentative with her parents. She goes to her father for advice and starts the ball rolling on what happens next. As she’s going to New York to talk with the publishing house that wants to hire her, she finds out the meeting has been postponed. John is stuck in New York because a meeting with a prospective trucking client has been postponed. Jenny’s meeting is postponed. They meet at the airport while trying to decide what to do. They come across others and sit together at a table. As they are talking, they see the demonstration outside the windows overlooking Times Square. Hope is Dead. As they travel to Ruth Barrett’s home, they realize God has called them. God uses John’s skills as a manager to be the spokesperson for the group. What will happen if his past is brought to light? How can God use Alisha who doesn’t want to lose control over her choir? Only God can bring hope against Trent’s message—Hope is Dead. God is hope and He is still alive. “The fruits of the Spirit require us to grow beyond our comfort zone.” God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. Which group will win? Does God still talk to His people today? The Turning is another awesome book by Davis Bunn. I could not put it down.
samcivy More than 1 year ago
The Turning, a Novel Davis Bunn ©2014 Moody Publishers, Chicago ISBN 978-0-8024-1168-6 (ppbks) 202 pp. Three ordinary people suddenly receive a clear message from God to do something they dread. After obeying, with surprising results, they join three other people and learn of a battle by a huge corporation for the minds of American millennials  To accomplish his personal ungodly ambition for power, one man in that company is determined to convince young people that no hope exists in life. He hates anything to do with God and is sure that with the unlimited money he can access, he can defeat Godly people and saturate the world with his message of hopelessness. The escalating thirteen day battle between this small group of praying believers and the wealthy corporation will keep readers wondering who will win and how. The leader of the believers, John Jacobs, has no qualifications for winning except his commitment to listen to and obey God. In fact, his early life seems to play into the enemy’s plans. Unusual events occur following frequent prayers by believers. I believe this is one of Davis Bunn’s best written books, because of the main characters’ dependence on God for clear direction on how to fight evil. An exciting and well-written story.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 We love Davis Bunn's books at my house. Whether it's his Marc Royce series (Dad's favorite) or his Acts of Faith series with Janette Oke (which introduced him to us) or his movie-based novel Unlimited (which we all enjoyed) we get to explore a new world and get caught up in the story.  I was excited to get The Turning into my hands.  Now, depending on what you're looking for, this may instantly be your favorite story of the year, or you may have to work at understanding this book.  I fell into the latter category. It took about 134 pages before the story started shaping up for me, so don't worry if you don't "get it" right away. This is the story of five individuals, each with a Turning that they must take. God speaks to each of them, whispering the encouragement they need to make those hard choices and move in a good direction. There seems to be no similarity between these men and women. There is a daughter who clashes constantly with her traditional Chinese ultra-conservative Tea Party parents; a man who wants to help his nephew begin 'life after prison' and doesn't know how; a woman who's been estranged from her baby-sister-all-grown-up for several years.... just for starters.  We watch as these people come together, without any planning on their own part, and begin to be knit into the fabric of each other's lives.  They need all the community they are building: They're about to enter a battle.  The battle is against a man, who wants to make something unforgettable of himself. He's been considered Nothing all his life, now he wants to be Something. He wants to be a trendsetter, not a trend follower. His trend? It must be something that will take over the minds of millions.  It must appeal to the inner emptiness of life in a broken world, the lovelessness of life in a cruel world, and the darkness of life where the Light is constantly assaulted. And it must exploit all those feelings.  That's a powerful set-up, isn't it?  From there, we begin to ask questions, because this is a book that gets mental juices flowing, and conversations going. For example, it really made me consider whether the uptick in Dystopian publication really does stem from a hopelessness in the youth. I didn't originally think so. After all, when I read the Hunger Games, I wasn't convinced the world was destined to be dark and grow darker.  I thought that dystopians showed that humans can be depraved and have a huge capacity for violence, and also a great loyalty and longing for Goodness. I figured that a thoughtful dystopian reminds us that evil like slavery and the Holocaust occurred in history, that the same evil lurking in human hearts could bring terrible destruction about again, so we needed to seek God and never forget that we too can lose our way. The Turning did make me wonder if too much dark/paranormal/dystopian books and movies and video games are being circulated, In which case we certainly need the message: Hope Is Not Dead.  However,  I think that the story about Hope Not Being Dead would have been equally as powerful if we had simply followed the five through their daily lives, showing reunion, restoration, and reconciliation between people and God.  Thank you for my review copy! 
MamaPris07 More than 1 year ago
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 received a complimentary copy of "The Turning " from River North Fiction in exchange for my honest review.
Docmeister1219 More than 1 year ago
“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 priorties 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.   I received a complimentary copy of The Turning from River North Fiction in exchange for my honest review.  5 stars, for a story that reveals the impossible . . . and makes it possible.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I requested to review this book based on another review I read. It sounded so good. I have to say I didn’t love this book. It all seemed so random to me and it took a long time to all come together. I just never connected with the characters. Maybe because there were so many point-of-view characters? I never got invested in this story, I’m sad to say. I really wanted to like it because it sounded so good and has gotten great reviews. But unfortunately, this one wasn’t for me. As always, this is my opinion only and this might be a book you enjoy. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Tracykrausswrtr More than 1 year ago
Davis Bunn’s The Turning is well crafted, drawing the reader in slowly but surely to a complex story of media manipulation. The story comes from several points of view. A group of strangers have a chance meeting and feel God’s call to pray after each takes difficult personal steps of growth. At first they don’t know why they have been drawn together, but it soon becomes apparent when a huge media campaign aimed at reaching a generation that has lost hope hits the airwaves. Through God’s guidance they embark on a counter campaign that is doomed to fail – except for one thing: God is in it. Ultimately it is about learning to trust God and listen to His voice. I will be honest when I say this book was a slow start for me, but I persevered and I’m glad I did. It builds momentum until I just had to keep reading. Throughout there is lots of food for thought, which is why a companion devotional is also available.  
sherrijinga More than 1 year ago
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.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Impressive! 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.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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.
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LAWonder More than 1 year ago
..A very realistic drama of opposing forces that will certainly catch every Christian and even non-Christian's attention! Several people are brought together without knowing why. Other individuals are set on their "course" unwilling to let anything or anyone interfere. The two will certainly eventually interact with each other. This novel was very difficult for me to "get into" at first while the author was establishing the foundation for the story. Once the foundation was set, the story became captivating.  It inspired the reader to contemplate what his/her own position would be in similar circumstances. This is n ideal book for YA and Adult Book Clubs. There are some very good discussion topics prevalent to today's world. Written under a similar idea that "Taken" was written, this tale addressed a different aspect of what has been prophesied of the "Last Days". The character development was well "thought-out" and very real.  The readers was able to easily visualize the background scenery.  Although somewhat intriguing, I felt the Title could have been more eye-catching. However, the book cover fit the story well. My review of his book offers a strong Four Stars rating. Highly recommended to YA and Adults, as well. *This book was sent to me for an honest review, of which I have given.