Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Take Three by Karen Kingsbury

Take Three (Above the Line Series) image Take Three by Karen Kingsbury

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Take Three is the third book in the "Above The Line Series" and is an improvement over the 2nd book in the series. In these 311 pages of storyline we face a marriage on the brink, a young woman with a crisis pregnancy, parents who don't know what to do, a young heart torn between two young men, and the grace of God that covers them all.

I appreciated how Karen approached and handled the topic of a crisis pregnancy and how we see God using Ashley Baxter's testimony for His glory. It's an amazing (while fictional only in this book) testimony of God's redemption. I also enjoyed the unfolding of Bailey's relationship with Tim and Cody and once again seeing how God grace is sufficient in our lives. And above all, I was impressed with the hard decision that Chase had to make and again, the glory to God that was brought through his un-popular choice.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the relevant topics it covers. Of course, as usual, I enjoyed the characters that leap of the pages and become real as we follow them through one book after another. In some ways Karen has created mentors for us in fictional form. Their lives, though fictional, or so real and are an ongoing encouragement to me and to many others.

While I enjoyed this book - and actually read it in one sitting - I wouldn't be honest without including the fact that I was disappointed by a reference Karen made to soap operas on page 85. It was a small paragraph that didn't mean anything to the book and would have been better left un-written rather than seeming to send the message that soaps are okay to watch. Other than this one "red flag" I recommend this book to woman and men alike but advice discernment with allowing a teen to read it.


Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison set out to change the world with their films-and they are finally seeing their dreams come true. The dedicated producers are deep in negotiations with America's top young movie star to play the lead in their next inspirational production. But the actor is linked to a studio whose brass will take any measures to see that their mega-million-dollar star doesn't take the part. In the meantime, the friends tackle another project that puts them and their assistant, Kendall Adams, on location in Arizona; far from their homes and the people who matter most to them. Chase finds himself on one side of fame-and temptation-with his wife and two daughters on the other. Back in Indiana, a crisis hits Keith's daughter, Andi, and Keith feels helpless to respond. Will the producers keep the passion they had at the start of their filmmaking-and will there be enough passion left over for their families? Or has their quest to change American culture become nothing more than a quest for fame? View all my reviews >>

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