'Grace Unplugged' Movie to Be Released Oct. 4 With 2 Books in September

Christian movie "Grace Unplugged" will enter theaters Oct. 4, and B&H Books is pushing the film along with two new books to accompany it.

B&H will release the books on Sept. 1: Grace Unplugged, a novelization of the script, written by Melody Carlson; and Own It, by Michael and Hayley DiMarco, which challenges readers to begin developing a belief in God that is truly their own.

The film follows Grace Trey, played by artist and actress AJ Michalka, who 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 ended his career after becoming a Christian.

Grace wants to step out of her father's shadow and make it on her own.

Upon an encounter with her father's old manager she gets the opportunity for fame by doing a cover of father's former hit. It is then that she is faced with the challenge of putting God first in her life.

The Dove Foundation gave the movie a "5 Dove" review for family-friendliness and Dr. Ted Baehr of Movieguide calling it "tremendous" and "one of the best, most entertaining Christian movies ever made."

"I'm hoping we prompt a lot of dialogue between families, that this movie is a conversation starter," said writer and director Brad J. Silverman in a press release. "At the end of the day, I don't miss the fact that this is entertainment. But when the movie is over, and the audience reflects on what they've seen, I want Christians to say, 'Wow. I love God.'"

"Do you own your faith? Do you rent it? Or do you borrow it from your friends or family?" asked Russ Rice, one of the film's producers and book consultants. "Those are the questions Grace has to answer, and I hope the movie's audience and the books' readers answer them, too."