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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Fiction (March 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310266262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310266266
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Karen Kingsbury is currently AmericaÆs best-selling inspirational author. She has written more than 30 of her Life-Changing Fiction titles and has nearly 5 million books in print. Dubbed by Time magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen receives hundreds of letters each week and considers her readers as friends. Her fiction has made her one of the countryÆs favorite storytellers, and one of her novels - GideonÆs Gift - is under production for an upcoming major motion picture release. Her emotionally gripping titles include the popular Redemption series, the Firstborn series, Divine, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, Oceans Apart, and A Thousand Tomorrows. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest and are parents to one girl and five boys, including three adopted from Haiti. You can find out more about Karen, her books, and her appearance schedule at www.KarenKingsbury.com. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Karen Kingsbury is truly one of the best christian fiction writers around today, although Francine Rivers is up there to.

'Take Three' will not disappoint fans. In her usual stylish manner she beds difficult and tough life issues into an engaging storyline. I'm sure fans will find this a real page turner if you can excuse the cliche and be left inspired. Some more great christian fiction of note at the moment are 'Godstone' and 'A skeleton in God's closet'.

Godstone - The Kairos Boxes

A Skeleton In God's Closet
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I have never been dissapointed by one of Karen's books. I love how God uses her to speak to others through her books. Her stories are always gripping and always encouraging! Can't wait to read Take Four!
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If you've read any of Karen's books about the Baxter family, or any of the the other above the line series, then you'll love this. To me her stories always deal with real life issues and I love how the characters are always on a journey to walk in faithfulness, yet they are not fake. Reading about Andi's struggles, pregnancy, depression, and thoughts toward abortion were gripping. I love how her stories show the love and faithfulness of a God who loves us more than we could ever imagine.
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I no longer care for any book by this author as her books are constantly almost the same story just from another characters perspective she writes them so quickly that she seems not to have time to actually think up new plots
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HASH(0xa273512c) out of 5 stars Any book by Karen is worth the time you spend reading it! March 25 2010
By hoodie - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm pretty sure that anybody who has ever read a Karen Kingsbury book isn't here looking at this review--we already know how good she is, no matter what she writes. But for those of you who have heard of Take Three and are wondering about it, it is the 3rd in her Above the Line series. Some of the characters were introduced in other series' by Karen. I would recommend starting with the Redemption series to come to know these characters. After that, you will know them as family. Karen has a way of writing that makes you want to meet these people and be a part of their lives. When she writes a series, you can hardly wait for the next book--you want to know how everybody is doing. She addresses issues in the lives of her characters that we all face at different times in our lives--and she brings out the truth of what a difference God can make in your life. She brings home the message that it's not so much what happens in your life, it's how you handle the happenings. With God all things are possible. God has gifted Karen Kingsbury--her writing is her ministry,not her job!
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HASH(0xb622215c) out of 5 stars Good book for the most part May 11 2010
By Marie Rostova - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Take Three was a good book, for the most part, when it came to story arc. It lacked, however, in that it tried to include so many story lines and because it would jump from character to character and introduce "new" (though not really new, old ones brought back) characters and story lines and scenes right in the middle of the book. This made the book feel sort of jumbled and confusing. I think Kingsbury writes her best books when her focus is on one or two characters and she follows them closely through the whole book instead of jumping around to tons of different people. She also dropped a character or two in the beginning of the book and there wasn't any update on them later. I found myself skim reading and skipping paragraphs so that I could find out what was happening to the characters.

Also, did anyone else notice that the author likes to end most all of her chapters with one power packed sentence? Try it - go look at the end of every chapter of your book and notice how many times it happens. Haha, somewhere near the middle of the book I read one and thought "wait.. she does an awful lot of these.." and went and checked. :) Interesting stuff.

I don't want to sound totally down on the book - it was an okay book (it just could have been better). :)
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HASH(0xa2a412dc) out of 5 stars Take Three March 26 2010
By Ashly - Published on Amazon.com
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I received Take Three in yesterday, two days after it came out and I have already read over half of it. I can't wait to read the rest! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Karen Kingsbury!

Take a look at her website ([...]) to get a complete list of her books. They are so awesome. She loves God and HE is glorified through everything that she writes!

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HASH(0xa2a41474) out of 5 stars Amazing March 24 2010
By Donna Wesey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved take three. It was an amazing book and i could't put it down. I loved the baily and cody story and the way everything happend. I love that it shows real life situations and how God can help you through.
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HASH(0xa2735714) out of 5 stars Too Much For Me... May 13 2010
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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**A few minor spoilers***

I might be the only person who has read her books who feels this way, but so be it. I have read from the Redemption Series to the First Born Series to the Sunrise Series and on to this Above the Line series. I know all about the Baxter Family and their story and I really liked all of the first 3 Series. (Otherwise I would not have read all 14 books :) )

Now, with this Above the Line series. I am not sure if my explanation will come across as I intend, but here goes. I think she is starting to take it to far. It is almost too "preachy" for me. Any character in the book that doesn't have the confidence and conviction of Bailey Flannagin's character is always having bad things happen to them. It really started to get to me in Take 2, but especially in Take 3. And I really didn't understand the story line of Chase's wife wanting to eat candy or feed her kids Mac and Cheese and feeling like dirt because of it and that being part of the reason she loses some of her faith. I understood completely her feelings on being separated from Chase and his seemingly initial lack of real concern when their daughter got hurt, but I was really confused about her grabbing a few m&m's and then feeling depressed for hours.

I was really disappointed in the way she handled the Andi Ellison story line. I seemed to just get more irritated as the book went along. She seemed to use the fact that Andi has questions about her faith to throw every possible bad thing that could happen to her short of dying. She isn't 100% in her convictions and man does she pay the price by making one bad choice after another throughout the entire book until the end. I don't agree that because someone isn't 100% sure of their faith or has questions, that they will just make nothing but ignorant decisions. I found myself not even wanting to read the parts that were from her perspective.

I loved the faith and spiritualty of the Baxter Series books, but in my opinion, and I may be a lone ship here, I am not really a fan of the way this series is going. I will probably read take 4, if only because I have read all of the books up until now, but I am not really anticipating it.