Take One (Above the Line Series) by Karen Kingsbury (2009-03-05)

by Karen Kingsbury

Hardcover, 2009

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Zondervan (1843)

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?… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member charris5688
This book is about two unknown producers trying to make a movie on a very limited budget. It is also the continuation of the Baxter family series with special focus on the Flannagan family. I enjoyed the book and will read Take 2 to see what happens with these producers future and what happens in
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the Flannagan family.
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LibraryThing member deb314
It was a good book, but I did not find it to be as thrilling as "Ever After" or "Even Now". I was able to put "Take One" down and not be in a hurry to get back to it. I will read "Take Two" though just to see what happens between Bailey and Cole.
LibraryThing member judyg54
This story was about Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison and how they left the mission field of Indonesia to begin a mission field in Hollywood by directing a film that would change hearts and lives. It was also about Bailey Flanigan and Cody from the previous series of books. They are now in college and
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Bailey's roommate, Andi, is the daughter of Keith Ellison the film-maker. Andi is struggling with being a missionary kid and never "experiencing" living in the "world". Bailey is struggling with her feelings for Cody and visa versa. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading book 2.
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LibraryThing member golsonwill
I thought she was a very good author. Great story -- great book.
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I like Karen Kingsbury's stories, but over time, they all start to seem a bit too perfect. It's very rare that her characters don't eventually get what they hope and pray for.

The "above the line" phrase gets repeated often throughout this book--both in regards to character and in regards to
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professional entertainment work. In fact, it was repeated so often, I almost got tired of hearing it.

Missionary buddies turned filmmakers,Keith Ellison and Chase Ryan, set out to make an independent film "The Last Letter", but they face financial struggles and come up against other issues that threaten the project.

Keith's daughter, Andie, starts college. Bailey Flanagan is her roommate. Andie feels she's led a "safe" life and wants to experiment with the wild side. Smart, but apparently not a fast learner, as she's almost raped twice before, we hope, learning her lesson that the grass is not always greener on the other side. I still think Ben slipped rufie's into her beer though Andie only thinks that it was hard liquor. She really needs to get a grip on safer ways to test if what she's thought all her life is true.

Andie's also struggling with the death of her friend Rachel. It seemed they'd had plans to do much together and with Rachel's death, those plans have had to change. Andie doesn't understand why God would take someone as good as Rachel so early--someone who had plans to glorify God.

The movie idea allows Kingsbury to pull in Dane Matthews from the Baxter family series and Bailey Flanagan from the series with her name as characters in this book and intertwine the three series.
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LibraryThing member MomsterBookworm
The first book of four, in yet another great series, by Karen Kingsbury. She has an amazing talent in writing, what I call 'people stories', which in the publishing world is referred to as 'realistic fiction'. Her characters are always so relatable -- boldly dealing with everyday human issues, not
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being afraid to show weaknesses. This makes her works so powerful in weaving stories of triumph over adversity and hardship -- be they be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual ones.
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Original publication date

2009-03-05

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