Thursday, September 19, 2013

Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson and Own It by Michael & Haley DiMarco

Grace Unplugged is a movie coming to theaters this fall. Melody Carlson wrote the novel for the film and she did a great job (as she always does!) I daresay that this is one time that I will like the book more than the movie. Melody writes with her usual attention-grabbing talent and draws the reader into 18-year-old Grace's world. This is one that you'll want to share with the teens in your life, as they deal with wanting to be on their own and feeling squelched by their parents. The book has a positive message that doesn't get lost as they sometimes do, and it doesn't skimp on what happens in the world. Grace's eyes are opened pretty fast as to the dangers outside of her sheltered life.
Here's a picture promoting the film. I was glad to see this because after reading the book I needed to know what the front of Grace's head looked like. 

From the back cover:
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?

Melody Carlson calls herself a storyteller for women and children, and has sold more than six million books. A professional writer for twenty years, she recently received the Romantic Times Careen Achievement Award. Melody has two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.


An important part of this film is when Grace is handed a copy of a book called Own It (by Michael & Haley DiMarco)

Own It is what helped Grace get back on track. She read the book and realized that she didn't own her own faith, that she was finding her way based on someone else. When Grace takes her faith and makes it hers life changes for her. Own It can help you do the same. If you have a weak faith or have never grabbed hold of it then you need to read this book.

This may be what you need to get your life out of the doldrums. 

These books were provided for review by FlyBy Promotions.

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