The Above the Line Collection: The Baxters Take One, The Baxters Take Two, The Baxters Take Three, The Baxters Take Four

The Above the Line Collection: The Baxters Take One, The Baxters Take Two, The Baxters Take Three, The Baxters Take Four

by Karen Kingsbury

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The Baxters Take One

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.

The Baxters Take Two

The producers are gaining respect and are on the verge of truly changing culture through the power of film—but is the change worth the cost?

The Baxters Take Three

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 movie. But life takes a sudden turn for Chase, removing him from Jeremiah Productions permanently.

The Baxters Take Four

The new producers find they must truly act as missionaries in order to help save the film, their families, and the young movie star. Breakthroughs take place that the public will never know about, as the possibility of saving the world through film is finally a very real possibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310346906
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: Above the Line Series
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1408
Sales rank: 35,187
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books have been developed into a TV series now available everywhere. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty nesters, living in Tennessee near four of their adult children.

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Take One (Above the Line Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very enjoyable. It has a great storyline and is a good escape. I really appreciate the fact that it is Christian based fiction. Kingsbury is a great author.
WonderWomanMom More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Karen Kingsbury novels for over a year, and I can't get enough of Kingsbury's inspiring stories and reminders of God's truth. Though the book is fiction, the sense of family is recreated in each series, and this latest series "Above the Line" not only gives us some new "families" to follow, but also touches on the lives of previous families that Kingsbury fans have fallen in love with, through joy and sorrow, and the chance to remember that God's plan for our lives will be made known in His time, but that we don't need to fear, but have hope that we are in His care. The families of two Christian film producers is constantly tested, and the Hollywood eyes are watching to see their every response. But as the producers hold on to God's truths, the world is about to be surprised by the reality and consequences of living a life of compromise, yet learn that God is still a loving and accepting Father. Once again, Karen Kingsbury takes a simple truth of God's accepting love, and shares it with so many readers!
PattiBascomb More than 1 year ago
Kingsbury has written a wonderful series of books weaving the lives of the Baxter family into a modern day look at spirituality and the struggles placed before us all. "Take One" follows a film crew making a movie that will impact the lives of more than the Christian community. The Christian producers of the film are beset at every turn by challenges, both financial and moral, and temptation is a major theme for all the main characters. Christian college students try to make the right decisions, but are pulled by the glamour and mystery of drinking at frat parties and the allure of the first kiss and beyond. A marriage is threatened when bankruptcy becomes a possibility. Friendships are tested by jealousy. Lots of character building permeates the faith-based book. As always, Kingsbury's writing is so authentic and down-to-earth that her fans will feel as if they are again, standing in the room as the drama unfolds. I admit to a tear or two on this one. Kingsbury has included study questions at the end of the book, suitable for use in discussion groups.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading. Encouraged my faith. Characters were very believable. Learned something about the film industry. Good read. I'd pass on to a friend.
gotasong More than 1 year ago
Above the Line: Take One by Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan) is the story of Keith Ellison and Chase Ryan, missionaries who have developed a movie script they believe will significantly impact the world by offering a message of hope and forgiveness. The two men and their families are confident they can produce a high quality, independent film. The central story-line centers around a critical miracle needed to get the financing to finish the project and doing it without sacrificing integrity. A reader familiar with Kingsbury's Redemption, Firstborn, and Sunrise Series should expect favorite characters to make an appearance. While it isn't necessary to have read Kingsbury's previous series to enjoy the book, familiarity with the characters may offer a more meaningful experience. There are subordinate story lines in the text, and Above the Line: Take One readers should be prepared to be left hanging in some instances. As a reviewer and ardent fan of Kingsbury, I wish there had been more resolution in some of the subplots. The lack of information about some of the characters left me feeling a bit empty, even though the main story line satisfies. A reader not familiar with Kingsbury or who has intentions of reading just the one book, may feel a little cheated. My suggestion is this - plan to read a series of books. Fortunately, if you've just now picked up Above the Line: Take One, the timing is perfect to read the recently released Above the Line: Take Two (Zondervan). In Above the Line: Take One, Kingsbury casts light on the cultural challenges Christians face in living above the line with integrity. Kingsbury effectively addresses topics such as jealousy between friends, temptation in the young adult community, and the dangers that accompany celebrity and accessibility. Kingsbury's writing in Above the Line: Take One is easy to follow, and her voice leaves you feeling as if you've just had a conversation with an old friend. I'm eager to read Above the Line: Take Two.
farklee More than 1 year ago
I love this author, I was so glad to see the continuation of the Baxter family and the morals they bring to the stories. She always brings in to the story the way of the world and how as Christians we can stand for good and decent values and turn away from temptation. Not in a sappy way, it can be done. I can't wait until the next book comes out in June, I am on the list. Keep up the good writing Karen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury never disapoints! She really has a true gift. I can never get enough of her books and I read them within the week of starting them. I try savoring them like chocolate-but I can't get enough. I love her characters and I love the Baxters are in there somehow. I would totally recommend this book! Also with a box of tissues-she always makes me cry!!! I recommend the baxter series and first born series! Start with baxter series then first born then this series! I love her, she is amazing! I'll stop now haha
nursedawn46 More than 1 year ago
Every time I read one on Karen's books I have trouble putting them down - I loose more sleep because of this!! This is a wonderful book about life's temptations given to us daily by Satan and our choice to follow himor to follow God's will for us. Thank you, Karen, for reminding me in each of your books that I have a choice, and that only I can make that choice for me. But always God is there, ready to take me back into his fold if I should decide to stray to far and decide I want to come back. God is truely AWESOME!!!!
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 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.
charris5688 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 the Flannagan family.
deb314 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
golsonwill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought she was a very good author. Great story -- great book.
CookieRKT More than 1 year ago
This was the second set of books I've read from Kaen Kingsburg. Hard to put down. My son bought my nook tablet for me almost a year ago and have read about 100 book. Mostly the free or under five.dollars. I'm on a very fixed income so it was tought to buy this four in the series and the next Bailey Flanigan seaiers, but it was worth it. The messages are deep and meaningful. I'm happy to have God in my life and these books helped me share God with my mom who is not a christian. So Karen, thank you very much. I'll save my change so that by the start of the NEW YEAS 2012, I can once again start reading more of your wonderful book. I know that God has so Blessed you and was happy to have found your books. I'll have to check with our library to see if they have any of your other books. Again THANK YOU? Readers of Karen's, books pass them on. God will bless you also.
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JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
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.
Angela_Schlough1984 More than 1 year ago
As the story starts you find out that Chase & Keith are directing a movie on only 2 million dollars from investors. As you read on you read about the trials that Chase & Keith are going through. Then God speaks to them. What I really liked about that was it was like the book was talking right to me at that point, because of the trials that I am going through right now. Take One also includes the Baxter family (from Karen Kingsbury's other books). Like I said I can't wait to read the rest of the series, to see what happens next!
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Another good book from Karen Kingsbury and I love the fact that it is a series. Knowing there are more coming keeps me hooked. This is a book that deals with today's issues for Christians.
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This is a great book and Karen continues to keep the Baxters alove while moving down the path of another great story/family.
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