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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grace Unplugged and Own It- a Review and Giveaway

Today, I'm excited to be able to bring you a review and giveaway for not one, but two different books, both linked to an upcoming movie that will be released October 4th.

About Grace Unplugged:
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. 
OBM says:  Okay, so for about 95% of the book, Grace is NOT the child you want your daughter to grow up and become...she's more like the child every parent fears their child will turn out to be- self centered, determined to get her will no matter how ill advised it is, and convinced her parents are either dumb, or out of touch, or super controlling.   Her dad struggles with her rejection of him, her family, and all she has been taught, but comes to realize that Grace is really God's, and it's as her dad lets go that he experiences some healing of his own.  And as Grace sees that her dream life really is way more of a sham, and much closer to a nightmare, she comes to realize that the fame she thought she wanted really means selling out every value she holds dear, and in the end she makes the right choice, and God blesses her for it.  One of the pivotal things that helps Grace see the truth is a book called Own It.  In Grace Unplugged, Own It is credited to Grace's pastor, but Own It is a real book written by Michael and Hayley DiMarco.

Here's the official blurb about Own It:
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! 

OBM says:  I think that owning your faith is a supremely important point in the lives of most young adults, and especially those raised in the church.  There is a critical time where you have to take all the head knowledge of being raised in the church, and all the innocent emotion of childhood, and really decide to own your own faith.  To be responsible for your own personal relationship with Jesus, and not ride the coat tails of your parents or teachers at church.  I know my oldest 2 children are personally at that place now of having to own their faith and let their personal relationship with their Savior dictate their choices even when it means going against the mainstream.  So I loved having this book as a resource for them to be able to read through and glean information from.

Grace Unplugged will be released as a motion picture on October 4th, but you can own your own copy of the book for $15.99, or you can win one below.  Own It is available for $14.99, or again, you can win a copy of it below.

Wanna learn more about Grace Unplugged?
Grace Unplugged Movie Facebook:
Grace Unpluggled Movie Twitter: @GraceMovie
Grace Unplugged Website:
B&H Twitter: @BHpub

And remember to check out the Grace Unplugged movie trailer

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Tiffany said...

Both of those books sound great!

Melissa said...

Leaving a comment so I can enter.... :)