Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Publisher: River North
“God wanted someone who represented the power of hope. Someone whose entire life was a wasted mess, except for this one thing. This one truth. The eternal message of hope,” Davis Bunn writes in his book, The Turning.
This three hundred and four page paperback targets those that enjoy contemporary fiction of good versus evil. With no profanity, sexual innuendos, or extreme violence, it may not be appropriate for an immature audience. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
“Hope is dead” is the latest mantra promoted in cities across America in this tome; bottled by an advertising marketing plan, the aggressive corporate ladder-climber, Trent Cooper, oversees every facet of its far-reaching project. He wants to reach the top no matter what the cost, especially when it involves Barry Mundrose’s expansive monopolies of wealth and power.
When a handful of Christians’ lives miraculously intersect at a New York coffee shop, they realize God is “turning” them to His way and making them stand up for the hope of eternal salvation by counter-attacking the dominating, greedy conglomerate.
With his wife’s nudging, John Jacobs, a Caucasian in his late fifties with a hidden past, is prodded into being the spokesperson of their newly formed group whose main purpose is to show that hope is alive and found in Jesus. Part of the group is Alisha Seames, a single black woman who feels amiss in the sea of rejection yet obediently listens as God softly instructs her to change her ways. Also there is young Asian Jenny Linn, who cannot decipher between two job offers, joining the group with her parents.
As the six haphazardly meet, a famous evangelist’s widow and two doctors join, as each experience signs from God and are burdened by His sorrow for the lost hope in the world over a thirteen day period.
With his assistant’s help, Trent is determined to force his concept of making worldwide trends instead of following them, as he tries to stay one step ahead of the religious group that is causing his potential downfall.
As each person on both sides of the issue grasp on to their different forms of hope, all must realize God is in control as they choose to listen or refuse guidance. A page turner, Bunn hones in on a Christian’s responsibility to go outside of the comfort zone to listen to God’s whispers and be willing to take “the turning.”
Thanks to River North for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.