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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grace Unplugged and Own It Review and #Giveaway

Grace Unplugged Movie releases October 4

Do you ever just 'know' you are going to love a book before you open it up. Well, that's how I felt about the book Grace Unplugged. First of all, the author, Melody Carlson, is one of my favorite authors. Every novel she writes is fresh and new. I never feel like she is rehashing an old storyline. I appreciate that a lot in an author because I don't enjoy cookie-cutter books. Melody Carlson is an author who also makes me think and evaluate how I see things and how I do things and what my beliefs really are. And the story Grace Unplugged is no different. To me, it was a novel that I couldn't put down. When I did put it down, I was constantly thinking about the characters and their situations. I was making comparisons to events in my life. I was hooked from the first page to the last.

Own It is a companion book to Grace Unplugged.  It asks some of the same questions that the characters in the novel are asking and working through. I did not read it with Grace Unplugged, but I'm reading it now. It's a slower read for me as I'm spending time really thinking about the questions raised. It's a terrific faith builder without being too preachy. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed both books and recommend them to everyone. In fact, keep reading to learn about your chance to win a set of these books for yourself. 

From the publisher:
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 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 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. 

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. 

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Disclaimer: I received one copy of each book to review and share my honest opinions. I was given no other compensation for this post. 


Unknown said...

Looks like a great movie!

Mardra said...


Madonna said...

I like that its a movie I won't have to worry about watching with the grandbabies. Anymore its hard to find quality programming that doesn't focus on sex and foul language.

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