Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Own It and Grace Unplugged book reviews

Grace Unplugged Novel

About the book Grace Unplugged:

Grace Trey is an eighteen-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 Tray 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).

Meet the Author:

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

My opinion:

As I'm sure you can tell from my previous posts, I'm a huge Grace Unplugged fan.  I love the movie, soundtrack and of course the novel.  The novel follows the movie very closely, sometimes that doesn't happen and you end up disappointed one way or another.  Now, I'm not going to give you all the details because I absolutely hate spoilers, but just know that this book is about a young lady that decided to follow her dreams.  She tries to make her dreams a reality but there's a cost to pay for not following God's plan for your life.  Along her journey Grace finds that her faith will lead her path in a direction that she only dreamed of but with a twist.  Wonderful book for tweens, teens and parents and a great conversation starter.

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Grace Unplugged Movie



Own It: Discover Your Faith in God
About the book Own It:
It's time to stop borrowing or faking your faith . . . own it!

The feature film Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an eighteen year-old small town pastor's daughter who is also a phenomenal singer. But when she abruptly leaves home and finds instant Hollywood fame, the faith and relationships she grew up with are put to the test.

As seen in the movie, Own It challenges readers by asking what it means to really "own" your faith rather than just automatically or blindly following in the footsteps of friends or parents. Bestselling authors Michael and Hayley DiMarco will help you navigate what to do when faith meets real world challenges.

Renting, borrowing, or faking your faith is a waste of time. Own It is all about the supernatural reality that when you take hold of your faith, it's really God's love that takes hold of you. 
Meet the authors:
Image of Hayley DiMarco
Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of more than thirty books, including Dateable, Marriable, Mean Girls, The Woman of Mystery, and Cupidity. She spent the early part of her career working for a little shoe company called Nike in Portland, Oregon and Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2002 Hayley left Nelson and founded Hungry Planet, a company intensely focused on feeding the world's appetite for truth by producing books and new media, taking on issues of faith and life with a distinctly modern voice. Shortly after founding Hungry Planet, Hayley successfully completed a nationwide executive search for someone to run the company so she could focus on writing. She describes her husband, Michael, as her most successful business acquisition!

Image of Michael DiMarco

Michael DiMarco is a bestselling and award-winning Christian author, and publisher and creative director at Hungry Planet. Michael has authored or co-authored a number of books including "God Guy", "Devotions for the God Guy", "Die Young", "Over It", "The Brave", "Almost Sex", "Unstuff", "Cupidity", "B4UD8" (Before You Date), and the "God Guy Bible" among others. He is married to an even more bestselling author, Hayley DiMarco, and father to their daughter.
A packager and content provider, Hungry Planet partners with publishers to produce books concepts that connect with teens and adults that live life with a multi-tasking mindset.
Hungry Planet's first book "Dateable: are you? are they?" hit shelves in Fall 2003. In the short span since, Hungry Planet has published almost 40 titles and has sold over 1.2 million books. In addition, over 22 titles have appeared on CBA Bestseller lists. Seven Hungry Planet titles have named as finalists for the ECPA Christian Book Award for Youth, with "Sexy Girls" winning the award in 2007 and B4UD8 winning in 2010.
On average, Hungry Planet publishes between 2-3 books every year; books known for their cutting edge interior design and award winning book covers.
Hungry Planet - "Feeding the World's Appetite for Truth" -
Twitter - @dimarco
My Opinion:

The movie Grace Unplugged comes out in theaters on Oct 4th, 2013 and while you're enjoying the movie be sure to keep an eye out for this book called Own It.  It's featured in the movie and then was actually made into a real book.  Own It becomes part of Grace's journey and helps her find her true calling for her musical gifts.  In my life Own It has helped me realize that sometimes I just walk through the motions and don't really have the faith in God that I should have.  It was a real eye opener for it and has helped me grow by leaps and bounds in my walk with the Lord. It's a wonderful book for a baby Christian or for someone that feels their walk with God might be stale or tired.
If you want to know more about the movie Grace Unplugged click here to read my review!

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