Although the movie Grace Unplugged won’t hit theaters until Oct. 4, B&H Books is ensuring those excited about this faith-affirming movie won’t have to wait until then to experience its moving and meaningful content.
B&H will release two books based on the film this September. Grace Unplugged, a novelization of the script, written by Melody Carlson; and Own It, by Michael and Haley DiMarco (along with Russ Rice and Brad Silverman, the writers and directors), which challenges readers to begin developing a belief in God that is truly their own—mirroring the journey of the movie’s title character, Grace.
Carlson’s novelization will allow readers to dig deeper into Grace’s choices and challenges, while Own It will equip them to face similar challenges themselves. The title Own It comes from a book that appears in the movie, given to Grace by a fellow Christian (Quentin) to help her discover where she truly belongs even as she chases her dreams.
Hailed as “one of the best, most entertaining Christian movies ever made,” the film is about Grace Trey (played by platinum-selling record artist and actress AJ Michalka) who has just turned 18 and aspires to do more than sing in her church’s worship band, which is led by her father, Johnny Trey (James Denton), a one-time pop star who gave up his life in secular music when he became a Christian.
When Johnny’s former manager, Frank “Mossy” Mostin (Kevin Pollak), shows up 20 years after the two parted ways to offer him another shot at the big time, Johnny declines the opportunity. But Grace takes it—without telling her parents. She records a cover version of her father’s old Top 10 hit, runs away to Los Angeles and begins to taste the kind of success she’s always dreamed of. But with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels pressure to compromise her Christian values and learns not everyone who says they’re on her side really is. The one exception is Quentin (Michael Welch), an intern at her record company, who urges Grace to reassess her choices and put God first again in her life.