Because of Grácia: A Novel

Based on the award-winning film starring Moriah Peters and Chris Massoglia, Because of Grácia follows the stories of Chase Morgan, Grácia Davis, and their fellow high school seniors as they face life altering decisions on their journeys of faith, friendship, and love.  

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Based on the award-winning film starring Moriah Peters and Chris Massoglia, Because of Grácia follows the stories of Chase Morgan, Grácia Davis, and their fellow high school seniors as they face life-altering decisions on their journeys of faith, friendship, and love.

Chase Morgan would love to live up to his name and pursue something great. It’s his senior year and he’s still as insecure as ever, but Eastglenn High’s newest student is about to turn that around. Grácia is a girl with charisma, intelligence and conviction, but she’s not as “together” as Chase and his best friend OB might think. A dark past gives her a unique connection with Bobbi, a misunderstood classmate with a strained home life and an all-too-cute boyfriend as her means of escape.

As Bobbi struggles with a life-and-death decision and Chase risks rejection, Grácia challenges her friends, teachers and even herself to experience the transformative power of grace.

Tom Simes

Tom Simes has been working with young people for 35 years as a community leader, athletic coach, stage & film director, ministry leader and high school teacher. Because of Grácia is his fifth feature film. He is currently teaching filmmaking to eleventh graders in Canada. Tom and his wife Michelle have 4 children and live in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, the heartland of Canada.

Rick Killian

Rick Killian has ghostwritten or had the editorial lead on more than fifty books. Rick was the developmental editor on the platinum-selling Jesus Freaks and ghostwrote Jesus Freaks: Revolutionaries by DC Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs. He also helped to write New York Times bestsellers The American Prophecies and The Final Move Beyond Iraq by Michael D. Evans. He recently also ghostwrote another book that involved an international adoption entitled Taking on Goliath by Jim Dotson. Rick’s projects have sold more than three million copies. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Boulder, Colorado, where they enjoy walking their son’s dog, Arwen, and trying to keep their daughter’s cat, Milo, from getting out at night. They also play tennis, love the Rocky Mountains, and read as much as possible. For more on the Killians and other projects they have worked on, see their website at

Author: Tom Simes, Rick Killian

5.5″ x 8.5″ trade paperback, 256 pages

ISBN: 9781947297005


Award winning film, starring Moriah Peters (Best Actress – 7th Annual Life Fest Film Festival) and Chris Massoglia, and directed by 2017’s winner of the Life Fest’s Spirit of Capra Award, Tom Simes.

Major national marketing campaign focusing on 20 U.S. markets slated for initial theatrical release, with key church partners in each market supporting lm and curriculum releases. Marketing and launch highlights Include:

  • Long-lead PR and marketing efforts, major national media campaign for lm and books
  • Featured in Parade Magazine, PR Newswire, Box Office Revolution, The Christian Post, West Coast Media Magazine, Faith, Family and Friends Radio
  • Winner, Best Picture, ICVM Awards, Winner of Life Fest
  • Pre-screenings to pastor groups and conferences for grassroots support
  • Key influencers review and endorsements campaign
  • Direct marketing with youth group site licensing timed with theatrical release
  • Supporting film website with additional resources for curriculum users

Because of Gracia DVD release coming August 2018.

Because of Grácia will move young men and women in truth, challenging all in a life changing message of hope.

Kevin McAfee
Filmmaker, End of the Spear and Last Ounce of Courage
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