By Davis Bunn
Publisher: Moody Publishers: River North
I have found at times a lot of Christian fiction lacks the punch of good secular fiction. My initial thoughts were that ‘The Turning’ was going to fall into the same trap. But after a slow start, it picked up, and provided some hope for the book.
The story line centres around Trent Cooper a young man wanting to make his impact on the corporate world through Global Communications, by a massive marketing concept featuring the slogan "Hope is dead".
Opposing Trent and his message, is a small group that God has distinctly called. Led by John Jacobs a manager at a trucking firm, the group work with media and churches to promote a message of hope.
The bad characters are well developed, and it is easy to understand the perspectives, beliefs and feelings. The good characters are never fully developed, and lack some authentic. As well the books sudden ending leaves business unfinished.
A though provoking story when you consider just how much power the media really has over our whims and fancies and how much control they have over the information we receive and what we tend to believe. But also a thought provoking story when considering just how much power is in prayer and in submission to the call of God.
The book presents an interesting look at how the media can influence our ideas and desires.
An interesting read, once you get into it.
Heath writes reviews regularly for newspapers and magazines.