Mystery + Faith = Unlimited


I love inspirational fiction, whether it is classified as “self-help” or “Christian Suspense.” Telling a story well and subtly teaching insightful lessons is the epitome of a great read.  Finding authors who can handle the balance between plot, characters and education is sometimes difficult.

Enter Davis Bunn.

Davis is a three-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author. His devoted fans call him the “gentleman adventurer,”and “Renaissance Man.” Before he began writing, Davis was the consummate international businessman whose work took him to the far corners of the world. Blending his personal travel experiences with a incisive wit and wisdom about human nature, his books have been translated into sixteen languages and sold more than seven million copies.

But the element that sets him apart is his Christian faith.

Unlimited is his latesUnlimited Covert creation.  The internal struggle of the hero, Simon Orwell, mirrors the conflict of many people. He walks around confidently, but inside he is a seething mass of self-doubt, recrimination and guilt.  It is only when Simon is presented with a clear decision to help others at the sacrifice of his own interests that he discovers the truth about himself.

Without giving away too much about the plot, the book is an intriguing combination of a murder mystery that can only be solved by faith in God.  Simon’s choice to step forward in faith (even though everything in his world is telling him to do the opposite), is a compelling example of unlimited belief in something greater than self.

Soon to be released as a major motion picture, Unlimited is thought-provoking, compelling and inspiring.  As an added bonus, click on the link below and read the first three chapters of Unlimited. No hooks or gimmicks, just great story telling!

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When Fear Fuels Reality, is Faith Lost?


Have you ever noticed that when you focus on fear, it seems to grow exponentially?  Every thought, every emotion becomes tied up in what “could be” or what “might happen,” robbing you of peace, tranquility and a sense of well-being.  Your world is tainted by fear, and you begin to make decisions that may not be sound, but appear to be valid given your new inner landscape.

Take that scenario of fear, embed it in the consciousness of millions and watch panic spread like a virus.  Sparking terror and prompting wide-spread terror.  Especially if the fear is based on the one thing that Western Civilization relies upon as its foundational touchstone.

Money.  And the fear of its loss.

A creative and unusual book about the conflict between fear and faith has just been released by  bestselling author, Davis Bunn.  The second in the Dreams series, Hidden in Dreams follows Dr. Elena Burroughs as she unravels another dream mystery, this time involving a world-wide banking crisis that is sparked by a series of dreams about financial chaos.  The difference this time is that the same dreams occur to different people around the globe.

Elena is a fascinating protagonist and role model.  Although she does not seek the limelight, her knowledge, expertise and talent in interpreting dreams draws her back into the front of an escalating series of crises that threaten the financial stability of the world economy.  Although Elena becomes involved on a professional level, it is not until she starts having the same dreams as the others that she is challenged to find her way on a very personal level.

Just as she did in The Book of Dreams, Elena seeks answers by going inward and listening for God’s guidance and direction.   The central question of faith versus fear is handled deftly by Bunn, who creates the inherent conflict by his strong plot, intriguing characters and realistic challenges.  The issue of faith (or the lack thereof) almost becomes an unseen character, always present but never so obvious that its influence turns off readers.

Even non-Christians will appreciate Hidden in Dreams.

If you want to enjoy a great summer read that also asks thought provoking questions about the battle between fear and faith, you will not go wrong with the Dreams series.  Even though the same character is portrayed in both books, you can read either one or both, in any order.

To read Chapter 1 of Hidden in Dreams, please visit the following link:

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Hidden-in-Dreams/Davis-Bunn/9781451663815/excerpt

Because of the deep questions that are asked and answered in this latest from Davis Bunn, Hidden in Dreams also makes a perfect book for book clubs.  The following is a link to the reading Group Guide:

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Hidden-in-Dreams/Davis-Bunn/9781451663815/reading_group_guide

To learn more about Davis Bunn, please visit:

Website and blog are at www.davisbunn.com

Subscribe to his blog’s feed (to get his latest posts via e-mail or through your feed reader) at http://feeds.feedburner.com/DavisBunn

Sign up for Davis’ e-newsletter (for subscriber-only giveaways and advance notice of  upcoming novels): http://www.davisbunn.com/news.htm

Facebook Author Page: facebook.com/davisbunnauthor

Twitter: @davisbunn – http://twitter.com/davisbunn

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/davisbunn/

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

Greed vs. Spiritual Guidance = Today’s Economy


Have you ever read a book of fiction and felt like the author was deciphering current events in a clear and concise manner that made you sit up and say, “Of course – that’s why that happened!”  When the story is told by a master wordsmith, the book becomes more than thought provoking…it almost becomes an explanation of why events occurred and the motivation of the individuals and institutions involved.

The “Book of Dreams” by Davis Bunn is such a work of fiction.

Part mystery, part mystical, the characters come alive at the deft touch of Bunn’s hand.  The heroine,  Dr. Elena Burroughs, faces a troubling choice in her life that is only resolved when she relies on her faith and intuition to guide her.  Because she is a psychologist with an international reputation of being an expert on dream interpretation, Elena is drawn into a troubling crisis that tests her fortitude, resolve and morals.

The underlying theme is one of good v. evil.   Or more accurately, greed v. God.

Elena must choose which voice to listen to, and it is her guidance and insight that resolves the conflict.  By sharing her faith in an open and direct manner, Elena inspires the other characters (and the reader) to “look within” for direction.  Knowing that she is loved by God, Elena stares down her adversaries and remains undaunted in the face of even the most dramatic of challenges.

Christians will cheer as they read this book, for it reinforces our belief that God always prevails.  Non-Christians will still be intrigued by the plot and factual details concerning the greed that created the current financial downturn.  And perhaps, if enough readers caught the message of “Book of Dreams,” the economic climate that the world faces would shift away from greed and limitation to abundance and joy.

One can only hope for such a result from “Book of Dreams.”

   Facts about David Bunn

Called the “Gentleman Adventurer”

 

Born and raised in North Carolina, Davis left for Europe at age twenty. There he first completed graduate studies in economics and finance, then began a business career that took him to over forty countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Davis came to faith at age 28, while living in Germany and running an international business advisory group. He started writing two weeks later. Since that moment, writing has remained both a passion and a calling.

Davis wrote for nine years and completed seven books before his first was accepted for publication. During that time, he continued to work full-time in his business career, travelling to two and sometimes three countries every week. His first published book, The Presence, was released in 1990 and became a national bestseller.

New Book and New Contest


Trade Paperback ISBN: 9781416556701

eBook ISBN: 9781451610550

$14.99; 352 pp.

October 2011 from Howard Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster

One of my favorite authors has a new book that will be available in November.  Called A Book of Dreams, it is an intriguing story of morality and the challenge of living a Christian life in an immoral world.  Please see the short synopsis below — be sure to scroll down to read the first chapter.

I will give away one copy of A Book of Dreams to the reader who correctly answers the following questions about Davis:

1.   What nickname is usually associated with Davis? What is it about his background that made the nickname possible?

2.   How many books did Davis complete before his first one was published?  How long did it take him to write that number of books?

3.  How many countries did Davis work in before he started writing?

Please provide your answers in the comment section below.  The contest will be open through the end of October. 

I will also be posting my review of A Book of Dreams in the near future, as well as an interview with Davis…so stayed tuned!

About Book of Dreams       

For Dr. Elena Burroughs, life is divided into two chapters—before and after the death of her husband. Today marks the point that her span of being a wife is equal to her span of being a widow. Even her success as a psychologist and her worldwide acclaim for a book on the interpretation of dreams is dimmed by an unspoken “If only.”

Then a new patient arrives, one so private only her first name is given. Impeccably dressed and escorted by two bodyguards, Sandra recounts a frightening series of recurrent nightmares. Elena agrees to consider her case more carefully, convinced that something ominous may be at work here.

Elena’s interpretation of Sandra’s dreams confirms that, indeed, the new patient and her family confront a powerful global network of dangerous forces. As the story unfolds, they face a key question of the Christian life: How do you understand and fulfill the will of God?

 

Read Chapter 1 of Book of Dreams for free

Direct link to Chapter 1:

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Book-of-Dreams/Davis-Bunn/9781416556701/excerpt_with_id/17972

Short link to Chapter 1:

http://tinyurl.com/68eg7f5