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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grace Unplugged + Own It ~ Book Reviews and Giveaway

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Recently I had an opportunity to read a couple new books ... Grace Unplugged and Own It.  Keep reading to find out how you can win your very own copy of BOTH books!

Grace Unplugged is a novel by Melody Carlson.  Here's what the back of the book reads ...

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 Trey who found a new life in 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 spiritual compromise.  Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it?

What did I think?  I really liked the book.  The story was easy to follow and, although the ending was predictable, it kept me interested right up to the end.  The characters were believable and real.  I laughed and cried right along with them.

Oh, and the best part is that the major motion picture, Grace Unplugged, will be released on October 4!

The second book is Own It.  

Here's a quick synopsis of this book ...

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! 

The book Own It is mentioned in Grace Unplugged.  A friend of Grace's gives it to her to read when he sees she is going down the wrong path.  The book talks about the importance of owning your faith, not just faking it or borrowing your parents' faith.  But truly understanding that "you own your faith when and only when Christ owns you."

Both books would be great for young adults to read.  Especially those who were raised in Christian homes and may be struggling with their faith.  I was not, so Own It was a little hard for me to relate to.  However, I will encourage my kids to read it when they are old enough to comprehend the message in it.

Here's some more information about the books:
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. 

Grace Unplugged
Written by: Melody Carlson
Publisher: B&H Books
Paperback: 304 pages 
Release Date: September 1, 2013

            Own It           
                    Written by: Hayley and Michael DiMarco
            Publisher: B&H Publishing
            Paperback: 192 pages
            Release Date: September 1, 2013

Stay Connected
Grace Unplugged Movie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/graceunplugged
Grace Unpluggled Movie Twitter: @GraceMovie
Grace Unplugged Website: www.graceunplugged.com
B&H Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhpublishing
B&H Twitter: @BHpub
And remember to check out the Grace Unplugged movie trailer

Whew!  Okay, so here's the best part.  One of my readers can win their very own copy of BOTH books.  Just enter via Rafflecopter (my first Rafflecopter giveaway!).  Winner will be drawn and announced on October 3.  Thanks and best wishes!


Marja-Liisa said...

I would love to have either of these books. Hopefully I'm lucky..

AniLi said...

Hi Kimberly
thanks for the opportunity to win these books!

A Phelps said...

Looks like a great book.