In the high-powered world of filmmaking, two unknown producers struggle to make a name for themselves. They have done the impossible - raised enough money to independently produce a feature film with a message they hope will change the world. With millions of investors' dollars on the line, everything starts to fall apart and they realize they may be in over their heads, a couple of Davids in a world of Hollywood Goliaths. Is it possible to keep things above the line, to beat the odds and make a movie unlike anything ever done before? Or, will they lose everything in the process?
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Review 1 for Take One - eBook
Date:April 23, 2012
Very easy to download even for person not blessed with computer skills. It was easy reading. I enjoyed the story.
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Review 2 for Take One - eBook
Well worth reading this series
Date:June 10, 2011
This is a great series! It is engaging, addresses current cultural issues from a strong but compassionate Christian viewpoint. Read all four!
Filmmakers Chase and Keith are excited to start filming their first major film. The catch is that the film has a Christian theme with minimal financial support. So begins the story of these two former missionaries making their own film in a largely non-Christian business. They are filming this venture in Bloomington, Indiana. This is the same hometown where the Baxter family, from author Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption, Firstborn and Sunrise series, live. There are quick glimpses of the Baxter family woven into this fast paced story.
Along with the making of the film and the hardships the directors encounter, you also follow the story of two young college girls trying to find their place as Christian’s in a secular college. If you have read any of the authors other Bloomington series you will recognize one of the girls as the best actress in the Christian Kids Theater, Bailey. This book follows her relationships with her new roommate Andi, high school sweetheart Tim, and war hero Cody.
As you read how the Lord leads each character to trust Him and follow His leading you will be encouraged in your own walk with the Lord. This book is a must read for any Karen Kingsbury fan.
I have been a fan of Karen Kingsbury since the start of her writing career. Her early novels are some of the best that Christian fiction has to offer. More so, her novels featuring the Baxter family pretty much have their own shelf at the bookstore. :o) This new series, Above the Line, still features the Baxter family, but they are no longer in the forefront as they have been in Karen's three sets of series preceeding this one.
What impressed me most about this book was that it dealt with real-life issues: jealousy, peer pressure, alcohol, temptation, etc. I have to say this was a nice change from some of her recent books where everything seems so tidy and everyone has a happy ending. The person that seemed to struggle the most in this book was Andi, the daughter of one of the movie producers. She's grown up the child of missionary parents, and feels that she's always been held to a different standard. She knows what she's been taught from God's Word, but she's reached the time in her life that she wants to experience things for herself, and not shy away from them simply because that's what she's always been told. I really applaud Kingsbury for creating a character that struggled with day-to-day life, and not another one who had a Scripture-verse answer for everything that went wrong. Mind you, those type of characters are not bad, but when you've been around them for the last 14 books of the Baxter saga, anything different is a welcome change.
With all that said, I'm looking forward to the rest of this series. I'm particularly anxious to see what happens between Bailey and Cody and Tim...methinks that little love triangle will be around for awhile. My rating for Take One is 4 Stars.
As the story starts you find out that Chase & Keith are directing a movie on only 2 million dollars from investors. As you read on you read about the trials that Chase & Keith are going through. Then God speaks to them. What I really liked about that was it was like the book was talking right to me at that point, because of the trials that I am going through right now. Take One also includes the Baxter family (from Karen Kingsbury's other books). Like I said I can't wait to read the rest of the series, to see what happens next!
As usual, Karen Kingsbury has done it again. This series is great and I am thoroughly enjoying the characters. I love the way she has brought in the characters of her former series, the Baxters, and the community of Bloomington, IN. Can't wait to read the other books in this series.
Take One by Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan) is the story of Keith Ellison and Chase Ryan, missionaries who have developed a movie script they believe will significantly impact the world by offering a message of hope and forgiveness. The two men and their families are confident they can produce a high quality, independent film. The central story-line centers around a critical miracle needed to get the financing to finish the project and doing it without sacrificing integrity. There are subordinate story lines in the text, and Above the Line: Take One readers should be prepared to be left hanging in some instances. In Above the Line: Take One, Kingsbury casts light on the challenges Christians face in living above the line with integrity. Kingsbury addresses topics such as jealousy between friends, temptation in the young adult community, and the dangers that accompany celebrity and accessibility. Kingsbury's writing in Above the Line: Take One is easy to follow, and her voice leaves you feeling as if you've just had a conversation with an old friend.
Very disappointed in this book. This is the first time I put a Karen Kingbury book down and never had the desire to finish it or continue reading. Plot, characters, etc. are all so very predictable. I'm a bit tired of the same old characters and would love to see something new and fresh from Kingsbury.
Another great book from Karen Kingsbury. Love a book that holds your interest from first page to the last. Since I've read her Redemption, firstborn and Sunrise series it was nice to revisit the Baxters. Loved all of them. Karen has a God given talent to write and I appreciate the fact she uses it to write christian fiction. Would recomend her books to everyone. Have "Take Two" and looking forward to reading it. Also looking forward to rest of books in this series. Thanks Karen for another great series.
She is still writting great books. Karen Kingsbury takes todays people and problems and keeps you reading. It's hard to put this book down. I would recommend this book to any book lover. I can't wait to pick up Take Two.
I am so glad that Karen Kingsbury decided to continue the story of the Flanigan's and see sneak peeks into the lives of the Baxter's."Take One" gives us an insight to movie making. There is so much you can read in tabloids (and probably rarely true) and Karen gives us a true look into what goes on and the struggles that Christian actors, producers, etc face.It was hard for me to read at first, because I just wanted to know what was going to happen to Bailey and Cody. But a few pages in, I warmed up to the new actors. I look forward to reading Take Two.
Karen Kingsbury never fails to draw a reader into the lives of her characters. This book was a wonderful introduction to new 'faces' while giving the reader a glimpse into the lives of the characters that we already love so much
I enjoyed this book a lot. I'm interested to see where Bailey and Cody go. Also the relationship between Andi and Bailey will be interesting. Glad to visit with the Baxters again. I thought that Dwayne woud come up to be an investor in the movie, but Karen tricked me on that one