Sep 26, 2010

Take One by Karen Kingsbury

Two unknown producers struggle to fulfill their dreams to change lives through the power of film. With millions of investors’ dollars on the line, everything starts to fall apart and they realize they may be in over their heads. Is it possible to beat the odds and make a movie unlike anything ever done before? Or, will they lose everything in the process?


New York Times Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist with over fifteen million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including 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 had several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust is in post production as a major motion picture release. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups. She lives in Washington State with her husband Don, and their six children, three of whom were adopted from Haiti.

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I have come across several great book reviews lately about the Above the Line series by Karen Kingsbury, and they have definitely captured my interest. So much in fact, that I decided to start with the first book in the series, Take One, before I read the newer books ... you guessed it ... Take Two, Take Three and Take Four.

I am thrilled to report that it was a wise choice on my part. I thoroughly enjoyed Take One and can't wait to read the other books in this series.

Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison spent several years, along with their families, on the mission field in Indonesia. They both feel compelled to continue their mission work by producing a movie titled "The Last Letter" that they are expecting will change the lives of anyone who sees the film.

Their production company is running on a very limited budget, and they simply can't afford any problems on the movie set. One problem after another does arise, and they have only their own faith and the faith and prayer support of new-found friends in the town of Bloomington, Indiana, to get them through.

This story looks at the conflicts very commonly experienced when producing a faith-based film. It also takes a close look at somewhat sheltered missionary kids who are exposed to college life, and how they handle their new-found freedom. Some good choices were made, as well as some not so good. Accepting responsibility for mistakes was a very important part of the journey, and another great lesson that we can apply to our lives.

Overall, a very enjoyable book ... and I can't wait to continue this series with Take Two.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Take One from Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.

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