Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: Own it by Michael & Hayley DiMarco

Having spent time ministering to youth, I can say my number one fear for them, and the number one fear of other youth ministry workers, is whether the kids you minister to will continue to follow God once they are adults and out on their own.  I've seen both sides, kids who leave the Lord completely and kids who grow closer to Him, and everything in between.  So, when I see books like Own It:  Leaving Behind a Borrowed Faith by Michael and Hayley DiMarco, my heart has to smile.  Someone else gets the problems kids face with the transition from following Jesus because their parents make them and following Jesus because they know Him on their own.

The book is broken down into chapters that talk about the effects of really owning your faith.  The authors do this as a way to not only elaborate their point, but to help give a reference point for young adults to judge how much their faith is really their own.  The authors do a good job fleshing out different things that happen in the life of a Christian that serve as litmus tests of how close of a walk one really has.  The way the chapters are broken up into short readings and the critical ideas are bold faced makes this a book that young adults will likely browse, if not sit down and read altogether.  This would be a great book to pass along to teens about to graduate from high school and go off into the world on their own.

I recommend this book to anyone ages 15-25 who are beginning to make their own adult choices about their faith.  The book is also a supplement to the novel and upcoming movie, Grace Unplugged.  This is the practical work to compliment the fictional work from the novel and film, so I recommend this to anyone who reads that book or watches the movie.

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