We are now going to start having book reviews often here on our Kira's Cottage Christian Store Blog! This weeks review is on Take One by Karen Kingsbury. We read this book last month for our book club!
Two unknown producers struggle to fulfill their dreams to change lives through the power of film. With millions of investors dollars on the line, everything starts to fall apart and they realize they may be in over their heads. Is it possible to beat the odds and make a movie unlike anything ever done before? Or, will they lose everything in the process?
First off, let me start by saying this is completely my type of book! There is romance, sweet and tender moments, and a wonderful sense of the importance of family in Take One. The book actually takes part in Bloomington, Indiana, and much of it is on the IU campus!
The main adult characters must rely on the Lord to get them through all of the things that happen to them producing the movie. It seemed as though every day, there was another problem with something on set. The power of prayer and trust got them through each day. I related to this part of the story so much because I felt like I could relate it to my own life. Would They were constantly worried about money and would there be enough to finish the movie. Sometimes, money is the thing that worries all of us. Should it? God tells us to TRUST IN HIM!
"Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God ; trust also in me." John 14:1
God does not want us to be burdened and worry ourselves sick. He has a plan, we just have to remember that. Now...I know that is easier said than done!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;"
Proverbs 3:4-6 (New International Version)
The moral of that part of the story, I feel, is that no matter what, we must always trust in the Lord. He will always bring us through all of the hills and valleys in our lives.
The college student characters all have different side stories happenings to them. One is testing her faith and making bad decisions, the other is torn between two guys. Throughout the entire book I have to keep reminding myself that these are only 18 year old kids. Their communication skills with eachother are not good at all and they worry about things that, as an adult, I can look at and say, "Why are you wasting your time?" They make mistakes; some they learn from, and some they don't. But, all of their emotions seem so real and I really loved getting to know all of them. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series coming out on July 1st!
The second book in the Above the Line series finds independent filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison at the center of Hollywood wheeling and dealing. The two friends discover that all that glitters is not gold—and that success in Tinsel Town could cost them everything—their relationships as well as their ideals.