I found the entire Above the Line series very draggy. A single volume or two at the most would have been enough to say what the author had to say. It seems K.K. just churns out books now. I was astounded to find out she writes so many books a year, but then I thought if her imagination is so prolific, why not? But it turns out this isn't so. She repeats the same information again and again to the point it wears you out.
What I did like in the series were the issues related to the right to life of unborn children and the way the author handled Andi's return to the Lord, the display of the grace the Lord has for someone who fails. On this line, I disliked a lot the hypocrisy of Keith Ellison, both in regards to his daughter's situation and to Brandon Paul. Many dialogues show the producers were more concerned with the way people saw them than with showing the love of God to people. They took themselves much too seriously. We must take God seriously, but ourselves not so much. This is a source of hypocrisy in our life. Yes, Christians make mistakes. The Lord knows it, the world knows it and we know it. That's why we need the Lord's grace. Why hide this fact? Why try to present strong Christians as people who almost never err? It's not credible because it's not true.
Another thing: the partiality of the author towards Bailey Flanigan and the Flanigan family is disturbing. The decision to include her own family in her writings did not make her books any better, on the contrary. She can no longer be objective.
For instance, when Connor starts to play football he is suddenly the best and surpasses the existent starter just like that. That family has no faults; everything they do succeeds as if they are already living in heaven. They have always happy times, sorrow touches them only slightly, their faith is always strong, the mother has always the right words for her daughter, her wisdom is limitless, etc., etc., etc. I wander what do they need Jesus for? They are so perfect already.
Bailey is the brightest star wherever she goes, to the point I feel she even outshines Jesus Himself. Her purity and innocence are something "you don't see anymore." Does this mean there are no other pure and faithful girls and boys in the church anymore? Is she the last on the planet? And can you really tell if someone is a virgin or not just by looking at them? I couldn't help but feel disgusted. On the other hand, what about her behaviour towards Brandon? If it isn't flirting, then what is it? Just because the author doesn't call it flirting it is not? We are told that her hugging, kissing, holding hands with Brandon aren't a problem as long as they don't get displayed in tabloids. Really?! The smell of hypocrisy is again very strong here _ we can do anything we like as long as people don't know about it. It reminds me of the "whited sepulchres" Jesus spoke about.
Her lover struggles with so many serious problems, but all she can think of is having fun with a charming star. It doesn't even cross her mind to go and find for herself why Cody acts the way he does. More than that, she acts like she is the victim. We are told how very much she loves Cody and how much she suffers, but her so-called love is of no help to him when he most needs it. Well, he would be better off without her, but I don't think he will realise that, at least not in the following series. (I wonder how many other series with the Baxters and the Flanigans will follow? Will they ever end?). He is much better than her, that's for sure, although we are incessantly told how good she is, much too good for him. I wonder why?
I enjoyed the book but was very disappointed that the series didn't end with the last book. The author directs us to a new series, in the process of being written. after reading the four books in the series,I expect an ending.
This is one of Karen't best books to me. The message was so very clear and God speaks to me in a different way with each book. I have shared my books for years now, but this one is traveling through my office with my co-workers. I usualy donate my books to our church library, this one has not made it that far yet.