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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802411681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802411686
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"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,


"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


Customer Reviews

Great book showing Gods power in our lives if we just listen.
Mike Johnson
In few words, Bunn's characters come to life and he draws you into their stories from the very beginning.
Jennifer C. Mcilwain
I started reading this book, and I just could not put it down.
Claire Prescott

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Libraryboy on April 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Linton on April 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
If you read The Warning and the related books, you have an idea what you're in for with The Turning. Davis delivers a sermon we all need to hear without preaching even once. He shows us just how simple it is to deliver the most basic human need, hope.

Love it, Davis! I look forward to your next book of awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie gilley on April 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The plot line could be ripped from the headlines of any newspaper in the world. The battle for hope against despair and hopelessness is an underlying reason for many of our current world issues. Bunn addresses this in a unique way that moves the reader to explore the foundational truths of God in a genuine way. He weaves theology and Biblical truth throughout the novel in a way that adds to the story in a natural flow.

The only issue I had with the book was the abrupt ending. If there is a sequel in the works then my problem would be lessened but still a concern for me. Without spoiling the book for the reader, I found the end to lack the powerful punch of the rest of the story. It reads like the publishers were pushing for a completion before Davis had a chance to fully complete the story. Even if there is a second book in this series, the ending should have been developed more fully. Many of the characters' stories are left hanging in the wind and even the central plot is not resolved in my opinion. I was left wanting another chapter or two to wrap things up.

I had also heard this book was a part of a different kind of project but the book reads like any of Davis' other books. I expected that the little prayer book mentioned in the story might be a separate product released by either Davis or the publisher. And while it might be forthcoming, I am not aware of any such product. Maybe I just got the info wrong from the outset. I still would love to see that kind of concerted effort in the future.

While the efforts of the Mundrose agency was used to influence culture in a negative way, the concept of creating cultural trends is something believers should take seriously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cornhusker on April 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
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
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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.

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