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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. But as Chase and Keith begin shooting, their well-laid plans begin to unravel. With millions of dollars on the line, they make a desperate attempt to keep the film from falling apart--even as a temperamental actress, a botched production schedule, and their own insecurities leave little room for the creative and spiritual passion that once motivated them. Was God really behind this movie after all? A chance meeting and friendship with John Baxter could bring the encouragement they need to stay on mission and produce a movie that will actually change people's lives. In the midst of the questions and the cameras, is it possible to keep things above the line and make a movie unlike anything done before--or is the risk too great for everyone?… (more)
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I like Karen Kingsbury's stories, but over time, they all start to seem a bit too perfect. It's very rare that her characters don't eventually get what they hope and pray for.

The "above the line" phrase gets repeated often throughout this book--both in regards to character and in regards to professional entertainment work. In fact, it was repeated so often, I almost got tired of hearing it.

Missionary buddies turned filmmakers,Keith Ellison and Chase Ryan, set out to make an independent film "The Last Letter", but they face financial struggles and come up against other issues that threaten the project.

Keith's daughter, Andie, starts college. Bailey Flanagan is her roommate. Andie feels she's led a "safe" life and wants to experiment with the wild side. Smart, but apparently not a fast learner, as she's almost raped twice before, we hope, learning her lesson that the grass is not always greener on the other side. I still think Ben slipped rufie's into her beer though Andie only thinks that it was hard liquor. She really needs to get a grip on safer ways to test if what she's thought all her life is true.

Andie's also struggling with the death of her friend Rachel. It seemed they'd had plans to do much together and with Rachel's death, those plans have had to change. Andie doesn't understand why God would take someone as good as Rachel so early--someone who had plans to glorify God.

The movie idea allows Kingsbury to pull in Dane Matthews from the Baxter family series and Bailey Flanagan from the series with her name as characters in this book and intertwine the three series. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Sep 30, 2018 |
The first book of four, in yet another great series, by Karen Kingsbury. She has an amazing talent in writing, what I call 'people stories', which in the publishing world is referred to as 'realistic fiction'. Her characters are always so relatable -- boldly dealing with everyday human issues, not being afraid to show weaknesses. This makes her works so powerful in weaving stories of triumph over adversity and hardship -- be they be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual ones.
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
This first in the Above the Line Series about Bailey Flanagan's college adventures will be a sure hit with Kingsbury's Baxter Family Series fans. ( )
  SherylHendrix | Oct 10, 2011 |
I hadn't read any of Karen Kingsbury's books for a while and was glad to get back. She introduced some new characters as well as having the tried and true as minor characters. The one exception was that Bailey Flanigan was a major character. I stayed up late to read the last few chapters because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. ( )
  eliorajoy | May 21, 2010 |
I thought she was a very good author. Great story -- great book. ( )
  golsonwill | May 4, 2010 |
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Chase Ryan doubted there was enough oxygen in the plane to get him from San Jose to Indianapolis. He took his window seat on the Boeing 737, slid his laptop bag onto the floor space in front of him, and closed his eyes.
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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. But as Chase and Keith begin shooting, their well-laid plans begin to unravel. With millions of dollars on the line, they make a desperate attempt to keep the film from falling apart--even as a temperamental actress, a botched production schedule, and their own insecurities leave little room for the creative and spiritual passion that once motivated them. Was God really behind this movie after all? A chance meeting and friendship with John Baxter could bring the encouragement they need to stay on mission and produce a movie that will actually change people's lives. In the midst of the questions and the cameras, is it possible to keep things above the line and make a movie unlike anything done before--or is the risk too great for everyone?

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