Publisher: B&H Books
Review Source: Grace Hills Media
Reviewed by: Stormi
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 Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago.
I am very excited to be doing reviews from Grace Hills Media and Grace Unplugged is my first selection form them. Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson is also being made into a movie and I can't wait to see it.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 Trey I believe is like most of your typical teenagers who are about to leave the nest. First of all they think they know what is best for themselves and so anything a parent says goes in one ear and out the other. I know I was a lot like that growing up.
This book to me is really about branching out on your own and learning from your mistakes. Your parents can want whats best for you and they can pray for you, but in the end you have to make your own decisions. At some point your parents have to just pray that God keeps you in his arms and lets no harm come to you. As a parent I am sure that is really hard to do.
Grace has an amazing God given talent, but she wants to rock out instead of doing what her father wants her to do when it comes to their worship music. Grace and her father have been clashing a lot since she turned eighteen. Her parents want her to go to college but she wants to be a rock star. Of all people she would think that her father who was a one hit wonder back in his day would understand her need to rock out.
Johnny does understand her need to play music and to be a big hit but he also knows the pain and sorrow he went through while trying. He just wants to protect his little girl from getting hurt. When his former manager comes back into their lives trying to get Johnny to record an album now that his one hit is popular again. Johnny might long for that life, but he is also happy where he is, with being a music pastor at his local church. Johnny isn't that rock star anymore, he has changed.
Grace can't believe that her father turned down a chance to record an album but she realizes that her father said that Mossy could have his permission to keep his song. He suggest that Mossy get someone else to record his song. Grace records the song and sends it to Mossy and he loves it. Grace knows her parents won't approve so she runs away to LA to where Sapphire records is and where Mossy has a small apartment for her set up.
It's in LA that Grace's faith is really put to the test. Everyone's drinking but she doesn't drink. She doesn't want to look like a wimp so she starts drinking. They change her whole image and make her a rock star, but something is still missing. Grace knows deep down that this isn't really what she wanted, but it's how all rock stars are.
She meets Quentin who remembers her and her father from when her father had came to speak at his church. He want's to be in the music business to but from the business end of things and is an intern at Sapphire. He is nice but he makes her uncomfortable with his talk about her dad and God. When she goes on a radio tour Quentin gives her some reading material and wishes her luck.
In the end, Grace has to decide if she wants to compromise what she believes in for rock star success or if she wants own her faith and let it shine.
Grace Unplugged I believe is a book that would be good for teenagers to read. I would recommend it along with Own it, the devotional book that is in the book and movie. Grace Unplugged is in theaters this October!
Own It: Leaving Behind a Borrowed Faith by Hayley DiMarco, Michael DiMarco
Publisher: B&H books
Review Source: Grace Hills Media
Reivewed by: Stormi
As seen in the movie, Own It challenges readers by asking what it means to really "own" your faith rather than just automatically or blindly following in the footsteps of friends or parents. Bestselling authors Michael and Hayley DiMarco will help you navigate what to do when faith meets real world challenges.
Renting, borrowing, or faking your faith is a waste of time. Own It is all about the supernatural reality that when you take hold of your faith, it's really God's love that takes hold of you.Okay so to be honest I have never really read a devotional book before. This being said I really liked Own It. It was simple but complex and it really makes you think about your faith. Do you really own your faith or are you just simple borrowing it, or maybe faking it? I think it is a great companion piece to go along with Grace Unplugged.
It would be perfect for teens as well as adults who are sort of stuck in their faith and maybe they are wondering why things are going they way they are. I really think it would be great for those who have teens who are about to step out on their own and you worry if their faith will stand the test of freedom.
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