Grace Unplugged & Own It – Book Review & Giveaway

I recently received the books Grace Unplugged and Own It to review. Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name. Own It, mentioned in the film, helps you discover what it means to really “own” your personal faith rather than just automatically following in the footsteps of parents, friends, or other influencers.

Grace Unplugged

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 super stardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it?

Grace Unplugged stars AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) with performances by award-winning artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace.

Paperback: 304 pages $15.99

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.

My Grace Unplugged Review:

Grace’s story is typical of many teenagers. She wants to get out from under her parents control and live her live the way she wants to. For Grace, that also means leaving her faith behind as she strives to make it as a singer. She has many important decisions to make, unfortunately, she makes a few mistakes along the way. Grace finds out the “real world” isn’t that great. She now has an important decision to make. Will she continue with her music career, not matter what, or will she return to her faith, and her family? I think many people, young and not so young, will be able to identify with Grace. What so goes through is something others go through. Not the singing career part, but the decision of whether to follow the world, or to follow God.

I really enjoyed reading Grace Unplugged. Overall, it is a great book. The only thing in the book, and the movie, that you might want to be cautious about with your children, is 18 year old Grace drinking alcohol. The movie is rated PG.


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.
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!

Best-selling authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco help readers understand what to do when faith meets real world challenges.

Paperback: 192 pages $14.99


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.


My Own It Review:

I haven’t finished reading Own It yet. This is not a book that you can read through quickly. Own It challenges you to find out what you believe, what you feel, and why. There are several short testamonies included in the book, so you can see what owning it looks like in the lives of others. I have been reading a section or two of this book at a time, with time to think about what I have read. I want my faith to be real, something that others can see in me. I want to own it. This is so important. We should not be Christians in name only. I’m going to have my teenagers read this book as soon as I finish it. They need to make sure they own their faith, too. Not just go to church because they were raised in church.


The movie Grace Unplugged will be in theaters October 4th. I really want to go see go it!


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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of these books for review purposes. I received no other compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks for the contest giveaway. As a parent of music loving young adults (raised in the church but have had different paths to knowing Christ for their own selves) I am especially interested.

  2. awesome giveaway!

  3. Brandy Fisk says:

    I have a hard time deciding on my own what books to read. These look awesome!

  4. Kelley Galyen says:

    I really enjoy reading inspirational books and would love to have this.

  5. I would like to read the books and share them with my daughter. Thanks for the review and opportunity.

  6. tina reynolds says:

    seem very inspirational and uplifting love a postive read

  7. Christina Lutz says:

    This sounds so wonderful for my musical 16 year old daughter!

  8. Sindy Murray says:

    sounds like something I will enjoy reading!

  9. I love stories about faith, it always encourages me on my own Walk!

  10. I like to read stories like these. Would read these books!

  11. Cassie Sudduth says:

    Awesome giveaway! This would be such an uplifting book to read I believe!

  12. Christian Alejandro says:

    They are intriguing, but I would really love them for my sis.

  13. Diana Hatch says:

    They look good and faith promoting

  14. Debby Chandler says:

    I would like to win this so I can share them with my Church Family, thanks for the opportunity.

  15. I lead a Bible study with high school girls, and Own It sounds like something up their alley!

  16. Audrey Griffis says:

    I just love to read and share book this one sounds great

  17. They look great! I’ve read alot of great reviews for them both so I’m excited!

  18. Paige Kelley says:

    My Mom, my daughter and I all love inspirational books. We would all enjoy these!

  19. These sound like wonderful reads! I especially love the music storyline of Grace Unplugged.

  20. kathy dalton says:

    i love inspirational books like this

  21. Megan Parsons says:

    It sounds like an inspirational book!!! I love books with meaning!

  22. I’ve seen the movie previews several times and it looks really interesting but the books are usually always better. For me, I can study it and get the true story by reading it.

  23. I’d love to share these uplifting and inspirational books with my neighbor and son. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!


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