In Davis Bunn’s The Turning, five people who feel the call of God on their lives are brought together through very unusual circumstances. Each one brings a different background and some difficult baggage which they must overcome to fulfill their purpose. However, the task God lays before them seems next to impossible when they come against a powerful industry. Faced with insurmountable rules and financial ruin, will they keep their faith?
Davis Bunn is one of few exceptional authors on the Christian market. He writes with much depth and in many different genres. The amount of research he puts into every project is incredible, and his books are always well written. The Turning had its bright spots as well. The background on every character was attention-holding, and Bunn’s ability to portray the best and the worst of human nature is fascinating.
However, the plot in The Turning was slow, and it was a struggle to be patient, waiting for the action. The book seemed to rely heavily on experiential and emotional appeal rather than concrete biblical concepts. The emphasis on hearing God’s voice, with very little reference to Scripture, left me with an uncomfortable feeling. The Turning seems to be message-driven and preachy, which seems out of character for Bunn who is usually more subtle when presenting Christianity.
I appreciate the intent of The Turning as it presents a new genre called devotional fiction. It is an important call to action for Christians, as we are to be salt and light in our communities, but it felt a little over done and could have used a lighter touch. I give The Turning two out of five stars. This book does not change my opinion of Davis Bunn as an author. He is still one of my few favorites in the Christian market, and I look forward to his next project.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review