Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Grace Unplugged & Own It *Review & Giveaway

Grace Unplugged
Written by: Melody Carlson
Publisher: B&H Books
Paperback: 304 pages 
Release Date: September 1, 2013
About Grace Unplugged the Novel
Grace Trey is an 18 year old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one hit wonder Johnny Trey who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. 

When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it? 

My Thoughts:
This is about as modern day for a book as you can get, even mentioning Chris Tomlin in the story line who performed in the movie. I am guessing it is spot on with the movie! It really does sound like Melody Carlson based it on the movie, which seems to be a new thought lately with having a movie and book correspond and come out near the same time. I love it! Gives me the opportunity to read the book first and then see the movie or vice versa. I love seeing how the author is able to bring to life what I saw on the screen.

I think it is much harder to use words to bring things to life than the pictures of a screen and Melody Carlson does an excellent job! She shows us the struggles that Grace is having as she makes the big time, struggling to own her faith.

I really think that in any career we can take our eyes off of Christ, to see what is in front of us and think we got there on our own accord. We get prideful and wishful for things and set Christ aside. This story was a great example of that. I enjoyed the side story of Grace's parents as they struggle with the unhealthy decisions that she makes and how it reflects on them, to the point that they feel it their fault she is falling away. Don't we all feel like that when our children out of their own free will make poor choices? It isn't our fault though and it is so helpful to see that modeled and played out in the book.

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) with performances by award-winning artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace. 
Be sure to watch for the Movie release October 4th!

Own It
Written by: Hayley and Michael DiMarco
Publisher: B&H Publishing
Paperback: 192 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2013
About Own It, Discover Your Faith in God
The movie Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an ideal Christian teenager who is also a phenomenal singer. But when she is pushed into the “real world” at the tender age of eighteen after getting the music break of a lifetime, her faith is put to the test.
Own It mirrors the film by asking what it means to really “own” your personal faith rather than just automatically following in the footsteps of parents, friends, or other influencers. Best-selling authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco help readers understand what to do when faith meets real world challenges.
Without solid beliefs, poor choices are likely to follow. You must take the time to really know who you are, who you are becoming, and who God made you to be. It's your personal faith . . . own it! 

My Thoughts:
This book is fantastic for you high school graduates and those leaving the nest. How can they make their faith their own rather than piggy backing on Mom and Dad? I had just that question for my college freshman, how will you Own It? How can you make your faith your own out there in the world. When you own your faith, fear and doubt and loneliness are cast aside as the creator of all pours out his love on you.

It is also wonderful for those who have lost that passion for Christ, and need to return to their first love and truly make their faith their own. 

This book is based on the movie Grace Unplugged and does reference it at times. I do suggest reading the fictional book first so that you can see some of the suggestions and references and know how they apply.

Owning your Faith will
Save You
Cost You
Change You
Complete You
Free You

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  1. I don't really understand this question. But after reading the review, I think a story about a Christian who gets pulled into the music world is realistic. I also think it is appropriate for those of us who have a child close to that age--to see how the fictional character handles the world temptations. It might give us food for thought in real world situations with our own child.

  2. I am really excited about reading the book and seeing the movie :)

  3. I am very excited about reading the book and watching the movie. I think it sounds interesting.

  4. I think this sounds like a good book. Very relevant and important. I am interested in seeing a faith movie. Always important.

  5. I actually really want to win for my niece. This one would be perfect for her!

  6. I'm looking forward to the movie, but would like to read the book as well.