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Take One (Above the Line Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Kingsbury
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Book Description

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, their well-laid plans begin to unravel. With millions of dollars on the line, they make a desperate attempt to keep the film from falling apart—even as a temperamental actress, a botched production schedule, and their own insecurities leave little room for the creative and spiritual passion that once motivated them. Was God really behind this movie after all? A chance meeting and friendship with John Baxter could bring the encouragement they need to stay on mission and produce a movie that will actually change people’s lives. In the midst of the questions and the cameras, is it possible to keep things above the line and make a movie unlike anything done before—or is the risk too great for everyone?


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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, their well-laid plans begin to unravel. With millions of dollars on the line, they make a desperate attempt to keep the film from falling apart—even as a temperamental actress, a botched production schedule, and their own insecurities leave little room for the creative and spiritual passion that once motivated them. Was God really behind this movie after all? A chance meeting and friendship with John Baxter could bring the encouragement they need to stay on mission and produce a movie that will actually change people’s lives. In the midst of the questions and the cameras, is it possible to keep things above the line and make a movie unlike anything done before—or is the risk too great for everyone?

    About the Author

    New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.


    Product Details

    • File Size: 633 KB
    • Print Length: 353 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310266165
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
    • Publisher: Zondervan (March 6, 2009)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B001NLKSDY
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    117 of 119 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good start into new series May 23, 2009
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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 as I tried to get into the new characters. As soon as the book started focusing on Bailey Flannigan and her relationships with Tim and Cody (from the Sunrise Series), I found it very engaging. This series will bring new stories and people while continuing the Baxter saga.

    Of all Kingsbury's novels, the Baxter stories are the most popular, and with good reason. This author develops multi-dimensional characters who practically live in the minds and hearts of readers. While one could start with Take One, I recommend reading the entire saga for maximum enjoyment. It teaches how a family should care about one another and live in Christ. I'll list the entire line of books below, in order, because it's hard to figure out the right order by looking through Amazon.

    1. Redemption 2. Remember 3. Return 4. Rejoice 5. Reunion 6. Fame 7. Forgiven 8. Found 9. Family 10. Forever 11. Sunrise 12. Summer 13. Someday 14. Sunset 15. Take One 16. Take Two (available for pre-order as I write this).

    If this number of books seems daunting, don't worry. You'll love each one so much that you'll soar through them. These are my favorites of all the series' in the Christian Fiction genre. I wish I had them all to read for the first time still ahead of me!
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging story April 12, 2009
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    I enjoyed this book - read it on a plane and it kept me from watching the movie; an encouraging story of hope and change and not too emotionally threatening or distressing as some of these stories can be ; with enough action, character depth and engagement -
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic November 5, 2009
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    Anyone who has read Karen Kingsbury know what a great author she is...her books still bring cover price at the closest used book store. This book is no exception. Characters struggle with finances, family and faith - and learn lessons on the way.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great audiobook version July 22, 2009
    Format:Audio CD
    I am a big Kingsbury fan; and it's so great that this book takes place in Hollywood, with her leading characters struggling to balance basic Christian family values with the pitfalls of Tinsletown. The characters are all believable, and each dealing in different ways with their faith.

    I really enjoyed the multi-voiced production of this book; it made it so interesting and easy to follow, switching from each characters point of view. I kept having to stay in my car after getting home to listen to the end of each chapter!

    I must say I enjoyed this presentation better than the woman who previously read Kingsbury's books.

    These Cds were very enjoyable, and I was sad to come to the last one.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Take One October 18, 2010
    By Skippy
    Format:Paperback
    I am a BIG Karen Kingsbury fan. I truly enjoy all the books I read of hers Yet I must say
    I was disappointed w/ this one. I thought it was quite slow moving. I did not even bother
    w/ the rest of the series. I am anxious to read her lastest Unlocked. Sorry Karen you were
    not up to par w/ this one.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Singing the praises of Take One June 3, 2009
    Format:Paperback
    I always gauge a good book by the sound I make when I read the last word and close the cover.
    I give this book a resounding. "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh."
    Great plot, great characters, great Christian inspiration.

    Karen Kingsbury is one of the most popular authors in this genre for good reason. I am looking forward to the entire series.[...]
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as usual! April 8, 2009
    Format:Paperback
    Karen Kingsbury did it again! Take One is a another great book with a wonderful message. It was fun to meet some new people as well as go back and check in with the Baxters at the same time! I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in Karen's Above the Line series - Take Two!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Take One (Above the Line series # 1) April 26, 2009
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    Karen Kingsbury can't write the next book fast enough. This book was excellent! She continues some well loved characters, adds new and keeps you interested from beginning to end. Lots of positive reinforcement of the scriptures--Loved it
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Got off to too slow a start for my interest.
    Published 5 days ago by Nancy Pennington
    3.0 out of 5 stars Standard KK book.
    It is pretty predictable and what I would say is standard Karen Kingsbury. A quick and easy read.
    Published 6 days ago by Elizabeth Wasinger
    5.0 out of 5 stars Karen hits another home run!
    Once again Karen Kingsbury writes a book that will keep you on your toes and make you keep turning the page. A first in the series and very good.
    Published 8 days ago by bev knudsen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love all of her books..this is no disappointment!
    Published 9 days ago by NanaT
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Book was good and interesting, I liked the plot.
    Published 11 days ago by Denver Zimmerman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring Faith
    This is a great read about real life situations and struggles at various ages in one's life, and how with a deep faith God can lead you down the right path, even as you stray at... Read more
    Published 13 days ago by Avid Reader
    5.0 out of 5 stars This was Awesome Book. It started out nothing like I hade ...
    This was Awesome Book. It started out nothing like I hade thought it would end. Have to get the next book so I can see how Chase and Keith do in their lives.
    Published 15 days ago by J. Lorentzen
    3.0 out of 5 stars I purchased the kindle book and It asked me if ...
    I purchased the kindle book and It asked me if I wanted to cancel the book because it was not downloading. I payed for the book but it is not in my kindle. How can I read it. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by sonya
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great book, great author.
    Published 15 days ago by pjaney
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love all the Kingsbury books
    I love all the Kingsbury books, but especially the entire Baxter family/Above the Line series, and this is no exception. Read more
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    More About the Author

    No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

    Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

    In addition, Karen has ventured into the area of short pieces with her new non-fiction series - KAREN KINGSBURY, THE REST OF THE STORY. Her first piece, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of readers interested in knowing more about Karen's personal life and the motivation behind her Life-Changing Fiction (TM). I CAN ONLY IMAGINE shares the story of Karen's brother, his struggles, and his quest for redemption.

    Karen's novel LIKE DANDELION DUST is the subject of a major motion picture currently in theaters. Like Dandelion Dust stars Academy Award winning Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, along with Cole Hauser and Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film has received more than 30 awards in the Film Festival Circuit including numerous Best Picture awards. Several of Karen's books are currently under theatrical development.

    Karen's most recent series - the Bailey Flanigan Series, wrapped up in March. Coming Home - The Baxter Family - is a stand-alone novel about John Baxter's 70th Birthday and the tragedy that happens during June, 2010 with Take Four. The series is about two producers looking to change the world with the power of film. The Above the Line series also includes Karen's popular characters from the fictitious Baxter Family. The Baxters were first introduced to readers through the five-book Redemption series, and then the five-book Firstborn series, and finally the four-book Sunrise series.

    Dubbed by Time Magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen has also been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and numerous other television programs and magazines. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers. Others of her emotionally gripping titles include the 9-11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays.

    Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in Nashville, TN with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is an actress who has appeared in several Christian films. She is newly married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The two also live in Nashville.


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