Through Fry Propeller, a Christian promotion company, I was given the opportunity to review two books and also offer a giveaway for them. I eagerly awaited them and breezed through them when they arrived. Here’s a little more about the books and my thoughts on them.

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 1.29.26 PM As someone that is very moved through music, I was very much looking forward to reading Grace Unplugged, the story of a young Christian woman who set out to make it big in the music world. Unfortunately, I ended up not being terribly impressed with the story. I found that it was written very simply and was lacking the depth that I was hoping that it would have. Looking at the trailer for the movie by the same name that is coming out in October I was a little bit surprised to see that the book seems to be writeen pretty much word for word as the movie. The book, in the end, kind of reads like a screenplay and I didn’t get the feeling of getting to know and really care about the character, despite their struggles. In addition to that the back cover states “Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent” and I just didn’t feel that. Grace comes across as very spoiled and quite disrespectful and I didn’t feel that her faith meant very much to her at all. I really wanted to see and feel the struggle. This is what I was expecting from this book and am disappointed that it didn’t deliver for me. This book may be good for a young adult that is trying to figure out who he or she is, but it wasn’t really for me at this stage in my life.

Here is some more information from the publisher:

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 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) with performances by award-winning artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace. 

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 1.53.31 PMThis brings me to the second book that we were given the opportunity to review, Own It. Own It was featured in the book Grace Unplugged and was the book that helped bring changes to the confused Grace Trey. As opposed to Grace Unplugged, this book was written with a more mature audience in mind, but it was still very much approachable for younger Christians as well. The personal stories helped bring points across and were much appreciated, making this book an easy read. It think all too often people call themselves Christians but don’t actually behave that way or do so for reasons that are not true to themselves or God and this is a good book to start one’s reflection on that topic.

Here’s a little but more from the publisher:

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! 

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I’m pleased to be able to offer you a chance to own both Grace Unplugged and Own It.
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