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Product Details

  • Series: Above the Line (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310266270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310266273
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Concluding Kingsbury's series featuring former missionaries–turned–film producers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison (Take Three), this entry finds Chase returning to his hometown, while Keith hooks up with filmmaker Dayne Matthews. The two are ready to celebrate their success after signing one of Hollywood's top stars for their next project when their leading man is involved in a public scandal. Suddenly it is up to Keith and Dayne to save their own reputations and that of their star. VERDICT Kingsbury has been dubbed the 'Queen of CF' by Time magazine for good reason. Her emotionally charged novels often contain a strong romantic component and feature Christians at odds with their everyday world. This title is no exception. Recommend this one to readers who enjoy well-drawn characters and contemporary settings. (Library Journal)

Andi Ellison is struggling with the choice of whether or not to keep her baby. She thought God was telling her to give it up for adoption. But ever since the ultrasound, when she finds out it’s a boy, he seems more of a reality, and it’s harder to imagine giving him up. Bailey Flanigan is trying out for a lead role in Keth Ellison’s (Andi’s father) newest Hollywood film, Unlocked, opposite teen star Brandon Paul. Andi continues her internal battle, while Bailey tries to concentrate on her movie role despite the way Cody Coleman has been increasingly avoiding her. This fourth book in the “Above the Line” series concludes this chapter in the lives of the Ellison family and is a great look into the emotional journey of pregnant teens and what it takes to give up a baby for adoption, as well as to trust in God that one is doing the right thing. (CBA Retailers & Retailing)

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.

Customer Reviews

Just like in a lot of Karen's books, I cried.
These books remind us of the love we should show to everyone who needs us, and Gods way of making experiences in our lives work for our good.
I can't wait to read the next book "Unlocked" and the will be waiting impatiently for the next series.
Deborah Mize

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anne Garrett on July 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
First, let me say that I've enjoyed a number of other Kingsbury novels. Take One and Take Two were so good that they motivated me to read all the Baxter books immediately. (Reading sixteen of her novels in quick succession turned out to be overdoing it the least bit, but that was my fault not hers.) Take Three disappointed me, but I still held out high hopes for the final book in the series--hopes that the reading completely dashed.

Replacing Chase with Dayne Matthews in the film company meant too much Baxter focus for my taste. Fourteen earlier books in three series tell us their story; let's concentrate on different characters now. For a moment it looked as though we might be surprised by Andi's decision, but she ultimately took the easier, predictable road. A couple of other reviews mention that the characters celebrate Veterans' Day in October. That's not just one small mistake; it's mentioned repeatedly over several chapters. Nor would it be easy to fix in subsequent printings as it would alter the entire timeline. A couple of other smaller errors made me wonder how many people had to read the book before it was printed. (Please don't expect to smell wild lilacs and honesuckle in Indiana at the end of October, for example. Unless the Baxters and Flanigans are so blessed that God has turned Bloomington into the new Eden since I was there last.)

All in all, it appeared to me that Kingsbury tired of this story and coasted through the writing while simultaneously wanting to milk these characters through yet another series. I felt like I was reading a long commercial for the Baxter books and especially for the upcoming Unlocked and Bailey Flanigan series. Obviously I'm in the minority here, and die-hard fans seem to love the book. Karen Kingsbury is capable of much more (Shades of Blue, for one), but I won't take her writing for granted hereafter.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By leslieE on July 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I feel like this book has gone from a great book series to a soap opera. It should have ended in three books. At the very least, it should have ended with the 4th book. I am not sure sure that I will read another "series" book of hers. Maybe it is best to stick to the stand alones.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Happy Lady on December 27, 2010
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Wow, just wow. I wrote a review for Take 3 (under the name Avid Reader. I gave it 2 stars) and said I was getting a little turned off by this series, but now I am just shocked at how far she is going with it. And there is another entire series continuing this story. I am farely certain I will not be reading it. I know that my opinion is vastly different from most people about this series, but so be it. I loved the 3 Baxter Series, really and truly. I still love them and they are all on my book shelves and I still recommend them to other people. I don't know what happened, but for me, this series went from only ok to bad to almost unreadable.

My thoughts on this book:
1. Every individual character storyline in this series is extreme. Meaning, every character is either a God fearing, Bible quoting, praying every other sentence Christian or a drug using, elicit sex having, anti-anything God heathen. I was so sick of it by the end of the book, I was literally shaking my head while I was reading. I consider myself a faithful person, but I found it almost impossible to relate to any character because of this.

2. I was personally offended at how she handled the Andi story line. I don't even know if I can explain properly. This part of the story was just so completely off for me, I was skimming the parts about her. This has a lot to do with my first point, but I am so disappointed. She had questions about her faith because her friend died. This could happen to anyone, but to have her completely spiral out of control and to keep pointing out that it is because she had questions about God is just crazy. A person can have questions about God and not turn to drinking, random sex, lying, and just all around insanity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Borden on July 12, 2010
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I have read almost every one of Karen Kingsbury's novels, and the past 2 have done me in as a fan. I strongly feel that Karen mirrors the Flanigan Family seeing them as her own family and this has bordered on too much arrogance for me as a reader. And the spin off series of Bailey Flanigan is sure to mirror the life of her own only daughter, just as the storyline of each Flanigan family member has mirrored members of her own family. I would imagine that most characters she writes about are actually real and involved in her life in some way. Take 3 had me questioning the arrogance of writing about what seemed like her own family being the "pefectly put together wealthy Christian family that everyone wants to be or at the very least be a part of"..and by the end of Take Four..I'm pretty convinced it is. And going into the Bailey Flanigan series now is sure to mirror the life of her only daughter..and I think I am pretty much Flanigan/Kingsbury family burnt out. When it became obvious the characters were being mirrored..I couldn't enjoy the story as the arrogance seemed to just ooze more and more and seem like bragging which defeats the whole theme of the novels and Christian fiction. The fictional line began to blur too much for my comfort.
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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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