Thursday, December 16, 2010

Karen Kingbury's Take Four ~ Reviewed

Take Four, Above the Line Series #4
By: Karen Kingsbury
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310266270


In Take Four, after Chase Ryan returns to his family and a job in his hometown, filmmakers Keith Ellison and Dayne Matthews finally ink a deal to have the nation's top young actor star in their current film. But at the same time, the actor takes a very public fall that threatens his reputation among his fan base. Meanwhile, healing happens for Andi Ellison in her relationship with God, her family, and those she loves, but is it too late? 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.


Take 4 is the final book in the Above the Line Series. What I loved about this series is that Karen Kingsbury still incorporated the Baxter family into the story line. So, for those of you who felt lost after the Sunrise series was completed, you can get your fill in this series!

In book 4, Bailey Flanigan takes her chances in New York but doesn't end up making it into a Broadway show, but it's obvious that the Lord has other plans for her. Bailey is the shining example of a young Christian woman. Though temptations come her way, she is able to stand up to them by staying true to herself and her faith.

Karen Kingsbury addresses the issue of a Christian falling into sexual sin in this series as well, and the consequences of these actions. I like how she brings them to light, and how she shows that even as Christians, we still have struggles and sometimes, we don't always make the right choices, but in the end, Christ is always there, waiting with open arms for us to come back.

The testimony of the Keith Ellison as a Christian film director is also to be commended. It is my hope that people in the film industry might read these books, feel convicted, and take a stand for what is right and true.

If you are a Karen Kingsbury fan, you won't be disappointed in this book. It will leave you anxiously awaiting her next book in a new series!

Reviewed by: Sarah Porter

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