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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Own It: Leaving Behind a Borrowed Faith by Hayley DiMarco & Michael DiMarco

Own It: Leaving Behind a Borrowed Faith by Hayley DiMarco & Michael DiMarco
B & H / 2013

About the book:
It's time to stop borrowing or faking your faith . . . own it!

The feature film Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an eighteen year-old small town pastor's daughter who is also a phenomenal singer. But when she abruptly leaves home and finds instant Hollywood fame, the faith and relationships she grew up with are put to the test.

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. 

My rating:

My thoughts:

Own It is the second book by the DiMarco's I've read. While I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one (True Purity - which I loved), I did like it.

I liked how the chapters were set up and the style of the book. I also liked how Hayley and Michael shared some of their own stories/struggles - that made the book more personal/real.

I thought the beginning of Own It was really good, but I didn't care for much of the second half. I don't know why exactly, it just felt like there wasn't that much to it and some things were repeated a little much for me (like the word "own/owning").

So, there were things I liked and things I didn't. Here are a couple memorable quotes:

God is like food; you need Him every day. You can't get Him all on Sunday and be filled up for the next six days. - Page 60

What we all fail to recognize when we demand punishment for the sins of others is that God hasn't punished us for all of our sins. Surely we can count many of our own sins, failures, and lacking. And surely we deserve far greater punishment than we have been given. - Page 72

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