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Take One (Above the Line #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  5,502 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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
Hardcover, 338 pages
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
This book is more of a 3.5. There was a lot more unnecessary drama than I would have liked but I did enjoy the book.
This is the first book in Karen Kingsbury's Above the Line series. I enjoyed the book and the story kept me entertained especially the on-going storyline involving Bailey and Cody. It was fun that she tied in characters from previous books to "check in" with them. I suppose some may find the book cheesy and predictable, but I find Karen Kingsbury books relaxing, refreshingly innocent and easy to read.
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
Alex Stroshine
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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
Deeann Zessin
I chose this from a selection of 'romance' books. This book was very inspirational, but not a romance book.

It was very much about a community of Christians and the way God so often works; not showing His hand until we've given total control to Him.

The little 'romantic' sideline stories did not end with any closure. Which man did Bailey end up with? No answer. Did Andi find a boyfriend? No answer. Though the main question was about Baileys decision.
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
elaine m. suda
Movie, Life and Faith

I really enjoyed this story. It showed how we are in the middle of both good and evil. Without God we would all fall in the pit. It takes a great deal of faith in God to keep us from falling. It was amazing how many trials came up, but with faith and hope in God, Keith and Chase's dreams came into fruition. God does have a plan for us all. I look forward to reading more of your work.

I definitely think I like this new series better than I did the Firstborn or Sunrise series. I like that it has a whole new center and focus other than the Baxters. Although I also like that the Baxters still have a cameo role.\n\nI like learning more about Bailey and Cody and their developing relationship. \n\nKaren hit on some hard issues in this book - it was good.\n\nAnd I like the idea of Christian movie producers.\n\nWell done!
Take One

Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers are two of my favorite authors of Christian fiction with Cathy Bryant right on their heels. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found it to be right on target with so many issues facing Christians of varying ages in today's world. I highly recommend it to any reader looking for an entertaining, heartwarming story of the lives of everyday people living in our everyday world.
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
Lynsey Corwin
I surely have learned a lot from reading this book. I have learned that even the best of families have kids who have a hard time finding their niche in life. It took Andi getting invited to a Fraternity party and getting drunk, and having a gentleman named Matt to think he was going to get her drunk and get extra rough with her as to making out with her.
Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison go together and start making a film together. Things don't go nearly as they have planned. The film "The Last Lette
This book is a tale of two Christian film producers, making a film with a strong moral emphasis. The writer is emphatic about pointing out the film is not a Chrisitan film, because who would want to see that? Too preachy! Exactly what this book is. Bible verses quoted and prayers offered on every page. Poorly written, shallow characters, predictable story line.
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,
Alida Bosch
I was just on holiday for a week and had read two World War II stories with hard facts and stories of cruel realities from the past. I needed an easy read :) It definitely was a light, easy read. The story line kept me interested enough and the morals behind the story were good, living every day for the LORD and looking to him for everything.
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
Missionary friends are working to produce a Christian movie. They are doing it on their own and are finding out that they may not be able to finish unless some investor backs them. Prayer and support from family and friends are need. Teen daughter, of one of them, is finding out how to fit in at her first year of college.
Mary Lou
I downloaded Take One on my kindle. It was free. I loved the book. The references to God and the role He plays in the characters lives. I also read Take Two and Take Three. Still not tired of the series. Bought the set of four books for my mom. Can't wait to read Take Four and other books by the author.
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
Overall I liked this. Loved that it was clean and had good morals/values. It is definitely Christian based so if that isn't your thing you probably won't enjoy this. Really liked the overall plot, just struggled a bit with one or two of the characters. Particularly Andi. I don't think I have ever met anyone SO naive. She really allowed herself to get into some really bad and even dangerous situations. Also didn't like the love triangle between Bailey, Cody, and Tim. It doesn't really end on a cl ...more
Jessica Gillies
The most of what I have read from karen kingsbury I have absolutely loved . Perhaps the way she weaves faith into everything, and the way certain parts of the book will drive you deeper into gods word or maybe make you think about something in a new way , is the main reason why . This one I felt I couldn't really relate so much to the directors ( is that really surprising as an almost-19-year-old-girl? ...) ,but I loved the portrayal of Andys character in this book and kept going for more of her ...more
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