I 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.
Filmmakers 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.
I 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.