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Take One (Above the Line Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Kingsbury does it again!

I have each and every Kingsbury novel in my collection. I've read the stand alones as well as the series. I followed the Baxter's from day one. I was a bit sad when Kingsbury decided not to continue the Baxter story. When I purchased "Take One" from the Above the Li...
I have each and every Kingsbury novel in my collection. I've read the stand alones as well as the series. I followed the Baxter's from day one. I was a bit sad when Kingsbury decided not to continue the Baxter story. When I purchased "Take One" from the Above the Line Series, I was hesitant to read. I didn't think I would get as involved with the characters. Kingsbury was clever in mingling her new characters with the Baxter's. I read it non-stop. She did it. I'm hooked and can't wait until Take Two is available. Brilliant author!!

posted by 1303486 on May 2, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Very Disappointed

I have read all three of the Baxter series and loved them. The characters and the message were wonderful. So, I was really excited to see that Kingsbury was continuing on with some of the characters in the Above the Line series. Unfortunately, this series does not live ...
I have read all three of the Baxter series and loved them. The characters and the message were wonderful. So, I was really excited to see that Kingsbury was continuing on with some of the characters in the Above the Line series. Unfortunately, this series does not live up to the previous 3.

First of all, the message is questionable, at best. With her previous books, Kingsbury spoke nothing but grace, true redemption through God's power, and love. This series emphasizes a moral code ("above the line") over God's work in peoples' lives. The producers hope to change culture by changing the way people behave. Not by bringing them to God first, but by all people living "above the line."

I was particularly disturbed by one story line in which Kelly, Chase's wife, is struggling with overeating and depression. In Take Two, while a little credence is given to her need for professional help, the overall message is that she should have been praying more and trusting God more or she would not be depressed. What a horrible horrible thing to say about anyone with depression which is an illness that oftentimes a person can do nothing to prevent. Yet Kingsbury seems to suggest she wouldn't be in that situation if she would have prayed more and trusted God more. Poor message.

Second, none of the books in this series sees any closure alone. Yes, it is a series, but both the first and second books leave you hanging. The characters seem to deal with the same issues over and over again without much plot development from book one to two. I'm bored with the series.

Finally, the characters seem very black and white. They are either struggling with their faith (and getting into trouble for it) or have no trouble trusting God (and are perfect). I can't relate to them. The character I can relate most to is Kelly and the message there, as I said above, is that she should've prayed more. As a girl who prays a lot and still struggles with depression and needs medication, I don't buy it.

I wish I hadn't read these books because they have soured my view of the entire Baxter series which taught a completely different message and had much more complex characters. I will probably go back someday, but this book has left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm sorry I cannot be more positive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Very Disappointed

    I have read all three of the Baxter series and loved them. The characters and the message were wonderful. So, I was really excited to see that Kingsbury was continuing on with some of the characters in the Above the Line series. Unfortunately, this series does not live up to the previous 3.

    First of all, the message is questionable, at best. With her previous books, Kingsbury spoke nothing but grace, true redemption through God's power, and love. This series emphasizes a moral code ("above the line") over God's work in peoples' lives. The producers hope to change culture by changing the way people behave. Not by bringing them to God first, but by all people living "above the line."

    I was particularly disturbed by one story line in which Kelly, Chase's wife, is struggling with overeating and depression. In Take Two, while a little credence is given to her need for professional help, the overall message is that she should have been praying more and trusting God more or she would not be depressed. What a horrible horrible thing to say about anyone with depression which is an illness that oftentimes a person can do nothing to prevent. Yet Kingsbury seems to suggest she wouldn't be in that situation if she would have prayed more and trusted God more. Poor message.

    Second, none of the books in this series sees any closure alone. Yes, it is a series, but both the first and second books leave you hanging. The characters seem to deal with the same issues over and over again without much plot development from book one to two. I'm bored with the series.

    Finally, the characters seem very black and white. They are either struggling with their faith (and getting into trouble for it) or have no trouble trusting God (and are perfect). I can't relate to them. The character I can relate most to is Kelly and the message there, as I said above, is that she should've prayed more. As a girl who prays a lot and still struggles with depression and needs medication, I don't buy it.

    I wish I hadn't read these books because they have soured my view of the entire Baxter series which taught a completely different message and had much more complex characters. I will probably go back someday, but this book has left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm sorry I cannot be more positive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 26, 2013

    Sample

    The sample of this book has none of the actual bookin it. It includes dedication, acknowledgement, and a "forever fiction." It was no value in helping determine if i want to purchse the book. This is note rating of the book but ofthe sample.

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