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Author: Karen Kingsbury
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: March 05, 2009
Language: English
ISBN: 0310266165
Product Length: 5.47 inches
Product Width: 0.98 inches
Product Height: 8.5 inches
Product Weight: 0.8 pounds
Package Length: 8.4 inches
Package Width: 5.5 inches
Package Height: 1.1 inches
Package Weight: 0.8 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 289 reviews
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 ( 289 customer reviews )
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119 of 121 found the following review helpful:

4Good start into new seriesMay 23, 2009
By Amazon Customer
Take One is the first of a new series by Kingsbury. We're introduced to a couple missionaries, Chase and Keith, who have returned from Indonesia to produce a movie. It is to have a strong Christian message and yet appeal to a wide audience. Their idea and plan are sound, but their limited budget threatens to end their film-making careers before they can get started. The book's main theme is the struggle to complete the filming amid show-stopping obstacles.

I found the beginning to be a bit slow as I tried to get into the new characters. As soon as the book started focusing on Bailey Flannigan and her relationships with Tim and Cody (from the Sunrise Series), I found it very engaging. This series will bring new stories and people while continuing the Baxter saga.

Of all Kingsbury's novels, the Baxter stories are the most popular, and with good reason. This author develops multi-dimensional characters who practically live in the minds and hearts of readers. While one could start with Take One, I recommend reading the entire saga for maximum enjoyment. It teaches how a family should care about one another and live in Christ. I'll list the entire line of books below, in order, because it's hard to figure out the right order by looking through Amazon.

1. Redemption 2. Remember 3. Return 4. Rejoice 5. Reunion 6. Fame 7. Forgiven 8. Found 9. Family 10. Forever 11. Sunrise 12. Summer 13. Someday 14. Sunset 15. Take One 16. Take Two (available for pre-order as I write this).

If this number of books seems daunting, don't worry. You'll love each one so much that you'll soar through them. These are my favorites of all the series' in the Christian Fiction genre. I wish I had them all to read for the first time still ahead of me!

17 of 17 found the following review helpful:

4Encouraging storyApr 13, 2009
By Sue Foley ""avid reader""
I enjoyed this book - read it on a plane and it kept me from watching the movie; an encouraging story of hope and change and not too emotionally threatening or distressing as some of these stories can be ; with enough action, character depth and engagement -

15 of 15 found the following review helpful:

5FantasticNov 05, 2009
By mama2nine "mama2nine"
Anyone who has read Karen Kingsbury know what a great author she is...her books still bring cover price at the closest used book store. This book is no exception. Characters struggle with finances, family and faith - and learn lessons on the way.

7 of 7 found the following review helpful:

5Great audiobook versionJul 22, 2009
By Barefoot Contessa
I am a big Kingsbury fan; and it's so great that this book takes place in Hollywood, with her leading characters struggling to balance basic Christian family values with the pitfalls of Tinsletown. The characters are all believable, and each dealing in different ways with their faith.

I really enjoyed the multi-voiced production of this book; it made it so interesting and easy to follow, switching from each characters point of view. I kept having to stay in my car after getting home to listen to the end of each chapter!

I must say I enjoyed this presentation better than the woman who previously read Kingsbury's books.

These Cds were very enjoyable, and I was sad to come to the last one.

6 of 6 found the following review helpful:

3Take OneOct 19, 2010
By Skippy
I am a BIG Karen Kingsbury fan. I truly enjoy all the books I read of hers Yet I must say
I was disappointed w/ this one. I thought it was quite slow moving. I did not even bother
w/ the rest of the series. I am anxious to read her lastest Unlocked. Sorry Karen you were
not up to par w/ this one.

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