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Publication Date: 2009
Series: Above the Line
Could they change the worldbefore 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 aparteven 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 peoples 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 beforeor is the risk too great for everyone?
New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is Americas 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 womens 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.
TrishFarmington, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 2, 2013TrishFarmington, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I haven't gotten to this book yet, but Karen Kingsbury has never let me down. The price was great and shipped quickly. Would purchase from Christianbook.com again & would recommend this site to others.
USCHI4 Stars Out Of 5April 23, 2012USCHIQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Very easy to download even for person not blessed with computer skills. It was easy reading. I enjoyed the story.
KatieSequim, WAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Well worth reading this seriesJune 10, 2011KatieSequim, WAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5This is a great series! It is engaging, addresses current cultural issues from a strong but compassionate Christian viewpoint. Read all four!
IreneUnited States4 Stars Out Of 5March 2, 2011IreneUnited StatesQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Filmmakers 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 family woven into this fast paced story.
Along with the making of the film and the hardships the directors encounter, you also follow the story of two young college girls trying to find their place as Christian's in a secular college. If you have read any of the authors other Bloomington series you will recognize one of the girls as the best actress in the Christian Kids Theater, Bailey. This book follows her relationships with her new roommate Andi, high school sweetheart Tim, and war hero Cody.
As you read how the Lord leads each character to trust Him and follow His leading you will be encouraged in your own walk with the Lord. This book is a must read for any Karen Kingsbury fan.
Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good Start to a New SeriesFebruary 6, 2011Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleI have been a fan of Karen Kingsbury since the start of her writing career. Her early novels are some of the best that Christian fiction has to offer. More so, her novels featuring the Baxter family pretty much have their own shelf at the bookstore. :o) This new series, Above the Line, still features the Baxter family, but they are no longer in the forefront as they have been in Karen's three sets of series preceeding this one.
What impressed me most about this book was that it dealt with real-life issues: jealousy, peer pressure, alcohol, temptation, etc. I have to say this was a nice change from some of her recent books where everything seems so tidy and everyone has a happy ending. The person that seemed to struggle the most in this book was Andi, the daughter of one of the movie producers. She's grown up the child of missionary parents, and feels that she's always been held to a different standard. She knows what she's been taught from God's Word, but she's reached the time in her life that she wants to experience things for herself, and not shy away from them simply because that's what she's always been told. I really applaud Kingsbury for creating a character that struggled with day-to-day life, and not another one who had a Scripture-verse answer for everything that went wrong. Mind you, those type of characters are not bad, but when you've been around them for the last 14 books of the Baxter saga, anything different is a welcome change.
With all that said, I'm looking forward to the rest of this series. I'm particularly anxious to see what happens between Bailey and Cody and Tim...methinks that little love triangle will be around for awhile. My rating for Take One is 4 Stars.