Friday, September 27, 2013

Grace Unplugged and Own It - A double book review & a 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? 

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

About the Grace Unplugged Author
Melody Carlson has sold more than five million books. A professional writer for twenty years, she recently received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Melody has two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest. 
My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Grace Unplugged.  So many teens dream of being a famous popstar.  Hollywood shows the glamorous side: adoring fans, fame, and fortune.  This book helps portray the "not-so-glamorous" side: promiscuity, substance abuse, lies and deceit.  Fame and fortune have been the downfall of many a good intention.  Grace, the 18 year old in the novel, struggles between her Christian faith and her desire for fame.  I feel the author did a great job of making Grace believeable and realistic.  Grace's father is a reminder that parents aren't perfect; but they do have their child's best interests at heart.  Parents will go to great lengths to protect a child, whether it be to protect the child from the poor decisions of others or the poor decisions of their own making. 
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!

About the Own It Authors
Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of more than thirty books including Dateable, Marriable, Mean Girls, and The Woman of Mystery. She has been a featured speaker at Women of Faith, Precept National Women's Conference, and MOPS Intl. among others and has consulted on the creation and enhancement of some of the largest stadium events for teens and young women in North America.
Michael DiMarco is a skillled communicator and teacher who has authored more than a dozen bestselling books including the 2010 Christian Bookof the Year for Youth, B4UD8 (Before You Date). He and his wife, author Hayley DiMarco, have one daughter and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

My Thoughts

Own It is based on a book mentioned in Grace Unplugged.  A friend gives the book to Grace.  She reads the book and searches her heart to see if she has truly ever "OWNED" her faith.  After being reminded of what it truly means to surrender your whole life to God, Grace has some tough decisions to make.

This book made some very good points, some that I had never thought about before.  How self-hate is still a form of self-love.  And that living in fear or anxiety means that you don't wholly trust God to have it all under control.  "If your live isn't changing, then it is possible that God hasn't saved you. "                               

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Check out the Grace Unplugged movie trailer.   The movie premieres on October 4th.


One lucky reader will receive a copy of these books, courtesy of FlyBy Promotions.  Just leave a comment on or before October 6, 2013.  I will choose one comment at random.



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1 comment:

  1. A double book review. I enjoyed Grace Unplugged and learned a lot from Own It.