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Take One (Above the Line #1)

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Could they change the world before the world changes them? Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison left the mission field of Indonesia for the mission field of Hollywood with a dream bigger than both of them. Now they have done the impossible: raised enough money to produce a feature film with a message that could change the world. But as Chase and Keith begin shooting, th ...more
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Published March 5th 2009 by Zondervan (first published January 28th 2009)
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Karen Kingsbury is perhaps my favorite all time author. I think I can officially say I've read and loved everything she has written. And this series now at 4 books, is no exception. They are quick light reads and reinforce Christian morality and principles.

This series introduces us to a whole new cast of characters for Karen, while feeding our love for the best loved family in Christian Chic Lit, The Baxters. Many of the Baxters and others from that series make appearances in the new series. I l
This was a free Kindle download. It's really 2.5 stars. I "liked" it, but I probably won't continue reading the series. I'm writing this review for two audiences: Christian and "not". If you're "not", you probably don't want to read this book. It speaks frankly about people talking to God and believing answers are coming/He spoke. I know from experience that this will make some people mad just to read. "How dare those people think God is speaking to them??!?" So if that's you, don't read the boo ...more

Take One is the first of a new series by Kingsbury. We're introduced to a couple missionaries, Chase and Keith, who have returned from Indonesia to produce a movie. It is to have a strong Christian message and yet appeal to a wide audience. Their idea and plan are sound, but their limited budget threatens to end their film-making careers before they can get started. The book's main theme is the struggle to complete the filming amid show-stopping obstacles.

I found the beginning to be a bit slow
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 fami ...more
Take One is part of a series called Above the Line. It is the first book in the series, and the first book from this author I have read. Personally, I loved this book. It is very well written and there is nothing confusing about it. The point of view is in third person, but each chapter follows one or two different characters around in their life. However, the reason I loved this book was more because of the fact of how inspiring it was than because it was well written. The Above the Line series ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Becky added it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As with all of Karen Kingsbury's books, I immediately felt drawn into the story and was encouraged by the fact that the characters have real life struggles and are encouraged to trust in God. Sometimes they are successful and sometimes not. It is a reminder to me to keep my focus on the Lord and that even though I struggle, I don't have to fail.
MrsK Books
With summer around the corner, this read was perfect. Karen's stories are always comfortable, endearing, and welcoming. I wasn't sure I was going to like the story line. The making of movies can be fun and entertaining, but I wasn't sure if I wanted a lot of behind the scenes drama as a story. She proved her gift as a story teller, weaving with perfection the plot, characters, challenges, and faith-filled problem solving perspectives.

Chase and Keith have returned from a mission field in Indonesi
Laura Ellison
It has been years since I have read Karen Kingsbury but I've had this on my shelf just staring at me and I figured I would finally read it instead of move it to a new location for a third time. I forgot how much I both like and don't like her books. They are way too saccharine sweet but that's also a reason I like them. I like the characters remembering bible verses as they go throughout their lives filled with trials. I definitely related to the storyline of Andi Ellison (yep, we share the same ...more
This series has been on my shelf for awhile now. I've been reading the Bailey Flanigan series and felt like I needed to read the books before so I could get caught up on everything.

This book started out slow for me. New characters were introduced and it took me until about halfway through the book to start "liking" them for lack of a better term. Bascially two missionaries decide to make an inspirational film. And they want all creative control so they get "backers" to help them finance the movi
This is a modern-day Christian novel with characters that go through realistic situations and react in realistic ways and eventually come through with victory, knowing that it all happened because of God's plan. Film producers Keith and Chase have been best friends for a long time, especially since serving together as missionaries in Indonesia. Now their mission is to produce a quality film with a Christian-based message to reach the masses, but to be a light to the crew they work with. There ar ...more
Kim Almeida
Now THIS is what I've been waiting for... at least after reading "Divine" recently, the only Karen Kingsbury book that really disappointed me. After reading 9 books in the Baxter family series (Firstborn and Sunrise), I have found myself, like many other KK followers, completely connected to the Baxter family and thinking of them as they are family friends of ours. (I kid you not. I dare you to read them and not feel the same!) It was refreshing to get into another series and unexpectedly find t ...more
The book was about two friends who were trying to make a movie. They had limited budget and from the beginning the enemy was trying to shut them down. They had struggles constantly that tested their strength and their faith. Also two girls were starting college and became roommates. They were learning about each other and learn what life God had in store for them. One girl, Andi was in the mission field for several years with her family. She was now in college and thought maybe she had missed ou ...more
It was predictable, the plot is not that rich, characters are ordinary and the message has not been transported apprpriately. Thus, the novel doesn't reach out to readers. Well, it's my opinion, of course, every one can always refute it.

However, predictable it was, I don't know if that's the case if it happens in real life. What we thought are predictable scenes in the book are not what they seem to be in real life. They're unforeseen, life-changing and affective. Though, I didn't like the book,
Nov 18, 2013 Rupine added it
Yet another inspiring read. Kingsbury always uses real life situations in her novels and this one didnt disappoint. when Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison left the mission field of Indonesia for the mission field of Hollywood little did they know that they would be making a feature film that would touch the lives of people everywhere & maybe even change the world..The only problem? It has to be made on a tight budget and funds are dangerously low. Will they be able To make it happen or ...more
Laura Bennet
Behind the scenes of a movie's production, we see the faith it takes the families of the producers to see the project through when unexpected obstacles block their plans. I liked that the author chose this subject especially with the greater number of Christian films being made currently. As usual, Karen Kingsbury brings out the warmth of family ties and close friendships. It's an overall easy read that keeps us wanting more, even at the end. While the larger themes were well done and encouragin ...more
Kingsbury is a creative and gifted storyteller. She can definitely wrap the reader up in the character's thoughts and feelings, no matter their age, background, or gender and moves from character to character fluidly.

My issues with this book were that:

1) It has a strong anti-union message.
2) It has an anti-gay message (though not nearly as strong as the anti-union message).
3) It ends rather abruptly. Not because that's how the story led itself to end, but because this is the first in a series of
Megan Alton
More like 2.5 stars. I was expecting this series to be about Kieth and Chase making movies. I have already read the Bailey Flannigan series so I was disappointed that so much of this book focused on Bailey and her love triangle. I think it mostly bugged me because I know it won't resolve for a long time and it seems way too drawn out.
This is the 2nd book by Karen Kingsbury and after being very disappointed by the first one I read, I'm glad to say that for the most part, I enjoyed this book. I liked the idea of the plot; however, I didn't anticipate there being a few different stories going (Chase and Keith's, Andi and Bailey's, Bailey's and Tim/Bailey and Cole's, etc) on within the main plot, or the amount of conflict/temptation that the characters face. I kinda wanted everything to be warm and fuzzy throughout the book, I f ...more
Laura Salsman
If you've read this series or just this book, do not base your opinion of Karen Kingsbury's writing on it. Go read another. This series of all her books I have read are my least favorite of hers.
This book is a quick read, but I really enjoyed it! My favorite story lines revolved around the college students in the book. I liked the reality the author brought to the struggles of these characters. It was refreshing to see characters who don't make all the right choices or who struggle through their faith. This is especially important in today's culture. I see a lot of teenagers and college aged Christians struggling through many of the same things. I'm glad Karen is tackling such tough iss ...more
Becca Amstutz
This book took an amazing look at what Hollywood looks at today and what it would really take to change the culture, examining the fact that culture doesn't seem to want to change.
This is the first series that focuses on a new family, while still incorporating the Baxter family into it. She is giving more to the Bailey/Cody/Tim story. And also you catch glimpses of how the rest of the Baxters are doing.
I personally have a hard time with Andie, she really should be able to stand up for what is right. With all her parents taught her, her solid friend Bailey, and her ministry in missionary work. She should be able to be a light for God more then she did.
I can't wait to se
Karen Kingsbury knows how to write characters that draw you in. From my first meeting of the beloved Baxter family, to the wonderful Flanigans, I just can’t escape these characters. I find myself caring about their lives, their loves, and their futures. So, I returned to continue their saga in the Take One series, where filmmakers Chase & Keith, and their families return home from the mission field of Indonesia to make meaningful films in Hollywood. Their journey of faith & disappointmen ...more
Becca Campbell
Good plot, but the writing was on and off for me. A Christian-themed book, but sometimes predictibly phony, especially any parts/characters coming from the non-Christian point of view.

Christians may enjoy it and get sucked into the plot (warning, if you read one, you are committed to read the entire series to get resolution!), but I feel that non-Christians would have no interest in the series and reject it as trying too hard and not accurately portraying a realistic view of the world.

Fans of th
All I can say is WOW!!! It's nice to see how others deal with struggles in their life. It's also encouraging to know that even those of strong faith have their days of weakness. I Love Karen Kingsbury and am a fan for life!
This is a very uplifting, encouraging story about two Christian producers who want to change lives through the message of their movie. As always, Karen Kingsbury comes through with delightfully real, well-rounded characters that you can truly identify with who are dealing with the problems and temptations we all encounter in life. The one drawback I found is there were a couple of mistakes in this book that could be due to changes the author made to include her "Forever in Fiction" winner's name ...more
Beth Fisher
I love Karen Kingsbury. She is one of my favorite authors. Sometimes her writing is a little trite for me but I love the wholesomeness of her characters. I love how she shows that even Christians have doubts and a crisis of faith sometimes. But God doesn't always tell us yes for our wants and desires. Staying true to our faith means that we have to be prepared for the answer to be no. That God may have something else planned for us instead.

I love the return of the characters from the Baxter ser
I swear Karen Kingsbury is some sort of wizard, writing these books that are cheesy and soap opera like, yet I am unable to put them down.

The "Above the Line" series follows Keith Ellison and Chase Ryan, two filmmakers who want to change the movie landscape by making films that have heart and lead to changed lives.

In Take One, Keith and Chase struggle to stay on budget as they film "The Last Letter." A diva actress, problems with the union, lack of funds, and a variety of other pitfalls threate
its hard to give an opinion that would be accurate because this book is setting the series up but it was good so I'm moving on to take two!
I really did enjoy the storyline of this book. Chase reed and Keith Ellison are making a lw budget film that they believe packs such a powerful message it could change the world. It's also a story about all the important people on their lives...wives, children, friends, business partners. The face their triumphs and tribulations with prayer and scripture. At times it was a bit too much scripture and prayer. At times I felt like the message of God was being rammed down my throat. Nevertheless, it ...more
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