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Author: Hayley & Michael DiMarco
Publisher: B&H Books
Publication Date: 09/01/2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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!
I’m just going to throw this out there…. this book will step on pretty much every Christian I’ve ever met’s toes. Why? Because pretty much every Christian I know fits the “you don’t own your faith, you borrow it, rent it, pick & choose it” molds presented in this book.
Own It is about owning your faith in God. Not just borrowing someone else’s faith, picking and choosing what you want to believe or follow, or renting your faith by making payments to God, but owning your faith.
I always have a problem with books like this. The reason I do is because they always tell you that you’re doing it wrong. It never occurs to them that there may not be a wrong way to believe or a wrong way to have faith. The way the author’s faith works is always the only right way for faith to work. In this case, you have to “own” your faith.
While well written, the subject matter, to me, is just not a good subject for a book. Telling people that their faith isn’t real or isn’t what they think it is just doesn’t sit well with me. The authors’ experiences are unique to them and their lives. Just because what this book teaches is the way in which they “own” their faith does not mean that everyone has to “own” their faith in the same way. And let’s not forget that the book basically states that God has chosen who will and will not have faith in him, then tries to say we still get to make that choice. Um, no, not if God already did it for us. That makes no sense.
I give this just 2 stars because although it is well written, the subject matter is simply not an objective thing – everyone is different, so everyone’s faith and ownership of that faith will be different too.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.