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Take Three (Above the Line #3)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  4,047 ratings  ·  140 reviews
This Take Three Ebook, the third book in the Above the Line series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, follows filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison as they celebrate their first successful movie. But in the midst of family relationships, broken budgets, and conflicting dreams, Chase and Keith must find their way through the maze of pain and questions t ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Zondervan (first published March 1st 2010)
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As always, Karen Kingsbury has produced another well-written book. However, am I the only person who is getting tired of her portraying Christians as perfect families with endless monetary means in big houses, succeeding at everything they do? That's not reality. Reality is messy, even as a Christian. Bad things happen to good people and everything doesn't always turn out perfectly. Not everyone can have a perfect little family like the Baxters or the Flanigans. Even people who live right and ra ...more
Jun 30, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Zondervan
Can I stress enough in my reviews, how much I LOVE Karen Kingsbury's books? I honestly don't think I can. I stand firm when I agree with the title she's been given of The Queen of Christian Fiction. Her books have the title of Life-Changing Fiction and I have to agree with that, also. The feeling that sweeps over you the minute you open the front cover is just blessedly wonderful.

Above the Line's Take Three is as awesome as books 1 and 2. While we read about the success and struggles of Chase an
Alex Krobel
Take Three by Karen Kingsbury is about Bailey and her starting college. She's going out with Tim but she likes Cody. She eventually breaks up with Tim and gets together with Cody. Allison, Bailey's roommate, gets pregnant and wants an abortion but then opts to give the baby up for adoption instead. It's amazing to see what God can do in people's lives.
I enjoyed this books but not as much as the other ones. I really liked how Andi grew in this book, even when she was on the verge of giving up she found her way back to God. I will read the last one because I believe it will be the completion of the happy ending that we got in this book.
I really like Karen's books and recently have liked some of the risks she's taken by letting her characters fall or not turn out perfectly. While I enjoyed this book and read it quickly, it wasn't one of my favorites. I really enjoy the Bailey/Cody storyline. But there were a lot of things that happened in this book that just seemed a little unrealistic. The speed with which some things were "fixed" disappointed me a little bit. Most of the time, life doesn't work itself out so quickly and perfe ...more
Anyone who knows me knows Im a big Kingsbury fan. I waited several months for this book from the library.\nIn the third book of the Above the Line series, Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison have finally found success by Hollywoods standards. But at what cost? When Chase determines the cost is too high, where does that leave their production company, the film they are releasing, and the film to come?\n\nI enjoyed seeing the Baxters and Flannegans again. I wont lie. Im excited about Baileys series to co ...more
Jessica Smith
My friends laugh at me for reading these books but I feel so invested in the characters that I keep going. I'm so glad that I do because I love these people. I feel refreshed when I read their stories and yes it makes me want to be a better person (there I am a cornball). Parts of this book were quite a tear jerker as I went through Andi's struggles with her and rejoiced at God's love for her. If only Clarence would show up at every tough decision in life! I can't wait to get started on Take Fou ...more
Sandra Pieralisi
Mar 30, 2010 Sandra Pieralisi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Glenda Johnson
I love the characters in the Above The Line Series ( I am a member of the Baxter Family lol)...Take Three was great...tears fell for Andi and when she made her decision even more tears fell. Bailey and Cody are cute together...I wonder what is next for them. Can't wait for Take Four!
What I learned...How can I get through the next 12 hours in God's power, accomplishing His purposes, and concerned only about pleasing him?
Trish Cooper
I have read all of Karen's books and love them all. For some reason this group of 4 books is my least favorite in all of the series with all of these characters. I think after reading so many of her books they are becoming too predictable for me and like another reviewer said everyone is always so perfect and says the right thing. However, I will still be waiting expectantly for each new book :)
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Mandy J. Hoffman

Take Three is the third book in the "Above The Line Series" and is an improvement over the 2nd book in the series. In these 311 pages of storyline we face a marriage on the brink, a young woman with a crisis pregnancy, parents who don't know what to do, a young heart torn between two young men, and the grace of God that covers them all.

I appreciated how Karen approached and handled the topic of a crisis pregnancy and how we see God using Ashley Baxter's testimony for His glory. It's an
After the amazingly long wait to get Take Three from the library, I couldn't wait to start reading it. This has to be my favorite of the Above the Line series. I think that has to do with the less movie-making information and filming scenes with Keith and Chase.

I loved Andi's story. *SPOILER* After making some mistakes, Andi gets pregnant and seriously considers getting an abortion. She thinks it's the easy way out and it will make everything better for everyone. It's a real-life issue that many
Jennifer Gentry
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One of my favourite Christian authors is Karen Kingsbury. I find her writing style just envelopes me and her characters are so real you at times want to shake your head in exasperation at them, or just give them a big hug. ‘Take Three’ is the third book in her ‘Above the Line’ series, which chronicles the journey of two Christian filmmakers who are on a mission to bring faith back into the lives of the general American populace through inspirational movies. In this book, one of the producers mak ...more
I loved this one. BUT this is a part of a series which is part of another series- kind of confusing. I've read the Baxter series and the next two series with the Baxter family and this is a branch off from that with some of the same characters. You could probably read this series alone though- the Take One series. It's good. Karen Kingsbury is a Christian writer and I love how good, wholesome and clean her books are. She deals with some difficult subjects that have helped me have an open perspec ...more
Jackie Krasuski
I have been going through a lot of garbage in my life right now and I found a lot of peace in this story. I always seem to find peace with Mrs. Kingsbury whenever my life isn't panning out in a really appealing way. Her view on relationships is astounding and so true - everyone is so easily muddled by these awful worldly views of what love and life is like, so muddled that they teach their children the same awful views and the poor kids then go off after a life of mundane "happiness" and love th ...more
I am loving this series. I tried to ready it last year but couldn't get into it. I think now that I've read about Bailey Flanigan and her family, it is a little more interesting to me because she is in this book too. I read Leaving, Longing, etc. the series about Bailey so her character has come to life for me. Really loving this series.
Michele Minor
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Tanya Ragsdale
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This is an even better book than the other two. I couldn't put this down. It is written in a way that you feel like you are part of the family. I would highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the last book.
Aware of how the media could tear Jeremiah Productions apart and trapped in her own shame and grief, will Andi end this little life? As Bailey is cast alongside a new hollywood heartthrob, has life started looking up or will it lead down?
I raelly do love Karen Kingsbury's books, especially those that involve the Baxter family and friends. This book was no different. It was like coming home and was an extremely quick read, maybe more so in time seemed to fly than how it really may have.

I loved the story and seeing how God will come through when we listen to His voice and make room for Him to move. It seemed to come together perfectly in the book, and I'm sure many would say it's far fetched, but I strongly believe if we allow God
Nov 06, 2010 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to read a book about faith, love and the overcoming of obstacles.
Loved it!
This is the third book in Karen Kingsbury's Above The Line Series. It holds the continuing story of Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison's dream in changing the world through film. The relationship between Bailey Flanigan and Tim Reed. Along with the mending friendship between Bailey and, Cody Coleman. Although Take Three continues the life of the main characters, this book focuses a little more on Andi Ellison and the consequences of the choices she made in Take Two. Faith, love and relations
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 third book is the best one of them so far. It wraps up things well even though it leaves plenty for another story. I love the real life issues she brings into her books in a way that you become a part of them. I think for the first time in my 50 years, I was able to understand what might go through a young pregnant girl’s mind that might entice her to seek an abortion. I felt for Andi and how much pressure she was under to not blemish her parents and all that they have worked for. I am glad ...more
Can't wait for the next book in the series!

Chase and Keith are pursuing their dream of making Christian films when God takes Chase in another direction. The film making continues when a Baxter family member joins the team.

Keith's daughter has reached a crisis point in her life--which turns around with the help of some Godly intervention.

Baily's life also takes an unexpected turn.

I've been following these characters since the very first book in the Redemption series--they are very real characters
I was happy in this book to have more of the Baxter family as part of the story. Dayne and Ashley are becoming involved (although secondary) with the main characters Keith, Andi, Baily, and Cody. (view spoiler) I really enjoyed the story lines and character development and look forward to the fourth and last book i ...more
Love this series

The characters are so real and relatable. The way the characters seek God in times of trouble is inspiring. Highly recommended
My favorite of the series when one of the families deals with someone very real and difficult. I was impressed and inspired by the forgiveness and love that is shared during that event.
Like the first two in the series, this is an emotionally and spiritually charged story. I've already started Take Four! ;o)
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

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Other Books in the Series

Above the Line (4 books)
  • Take One (Above the Line #1)
  • Take Two (Above the Line #2)
  • Take Four (Above the Line #4)
Redemption (Redemption, #1) Even Now (Lost Love Series, #1) Remember (Redemption, #2) One Tuesday Morning (9/11 Series, #1) Leaving (Bailey Flanigan, #1)

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