I’m super excited about this review and giveaway, and I hope you are too! I am reviewing not one, but two books today. And I’m giving away copies of both books. And as if that were’t enough, there’s a movie premiering soon based on one of the books!
Is your interest piqued? Great! Let’s get this review started!
Grace Unplugged Review
Grace Unplugged is the story of 18 year old Gracie Trey, who longs to make it in the music industry. The daughter of Johnny Trey, a former rock star with one big hit who turned into a worship leader and evangelist, wants to make a name for herself, despite her father’s concerns.
When she strikes out on her own, she finds the music industry isn’t everything she expected. Will she compromise to fulfill her dream? Or will she set her dream aside to follow God?
Melody Carlson, the author of Grace Unplugged, is one of my daughter’s favorite authors. I’ll admit I love her books, too, and Grace Unplugged didn’t disappoint.
It’s a light, easy read, but at the same time, Grace Unplugged challenges the reader to think about compromise: are we compromising to get what we want? Or are we sold out to Christ?
These are the questions Gracie Trey struggles with, and a lot of readers will identify with her inner turmoil. I was especially excited about the subject matter of this book, as my own daughter is an aspiring musician, and I know she will identify a lot with Gracie Trey!
This is a great book for a teenage girl who is beginning to think of what the future holds. I saw a lot of my former teenage self in this book. Hopefully other teenagers will relate as well. I can’t wait for my daughter to read Grace Unplugged, so we can discuss it.
At one point during the story, Gracie, who is at the pinnacle of her struggle between right and wrong, is given a book, written by her pastor. This book, Own It!, makes a lasting impression on her life.
Which brings me to my next review…
Own It! Review
Not written by Gracie Trey’s pastor, but rather by Michael and Haley DiMarco, Own It! is a companion book to Grace Unplugged.
Own It! challenges readers to leave behind a borrowed faith and take on their relationship with Christ as their own. Written to those who may be struggling with the same issues Gracie Trey struggles with, Own It! describes the difference between living on borrowed or fake faith and living in true relationship with Jesus Christ.
The authors are very direct. They tell the reader how much a true faith in Christ will cost her. But they also assure the reader that an owned faith will complete him or her.
I loved the personal stories shared in each of the Own It! chapters! Instead of just writing an advice book, Michael and Haley DiMarco share stories from their own lives, both from times they’ve owned their faith…and times they’ve made poor decisions.
I believe personal stories are really important when targeting teens. Teens don’t want to be told what to do, but shown what to do, and by making the book personal, the DiMarcos have done just that.
Own It! is going to be required reading for my 15 year old daughter this year. It contains a message all Christian (and non-Christian) teens should hear.
And if your daughter or son isn’t into reading, perhaps the next section of this review will be of interest to her or him…..
Grace Unplugged: The Movie
Yes, Grace Unplugged is also a movie, and it will be premiering in theaters across the nation on October 4! Starring AJ Michalka, James Denton, Kevin Pollack, and Chris Tomlin, the movie follows the same storyline as the book. Rated a family-friendly PG, Grace Unplugged is the perfect movie for a date night with your teen! Stargirl and I are already talking about getting together a group of friends to see it!
I am happy to have the opportunity to give away a copy of both Grace Unplugged and Own It! to one lucky reader! To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below.
Giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. You must be 18 or over to enter. Winner will be notified by email and will have three days after notification to contact me with a shipping address, or another winner will be chosen.
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