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The Art of Losing Yourself

The Art of Losing Yourself

Carmen seems to have it all---a handsome husband, great job, and strong faith. But appearances are deceiving. Her failing marriage and persistent doubt leave her feeling like "dry, empty bones." When her father sells his rundown Florida motel, her 17-year-old sibling, Gracie... Read More

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Carmen seems to have it all---a handsome husband, great job, and strong faith. But appearances are deceiving. Her failing marriage and persistent doubt leave her feeling like "dry, empty bones." When her father sells his rundown Florida motel, her 17-year-old sibling, Gracie, ends up on Carmen's front porch. Can two half-sisters make each other whole?
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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Apr 21, 2015
  • UPC: 9781601425928
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: Apr 21, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 1601425929

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Heart Wrenching and Real Life by Suzie on 5/25/2015
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I had never heard of Katie Ganshert before reading A Broken Kind of Beautiful (which I still think is the best ever title of a book). After reading that book last year, I devoured her other two books and have been anxiously awaiting the one I knew she has been working on. The Art of Losing Yourself was worth the wait.

Ganshert’s tale is told through both Carmen’s and Gracie’s points of view, which allows the reader to take this journey along with each sister. Carmen is broken, and you hurt for her in her suffering while at the same time wanting to shake her until she opens up to those around her who love her. I loved Gracie’s acerbic sense of humor and several of her comments or thoughts made me laugh. But this story is truly about healing. Healing relationships, healing past hurts, and healing from God. Ganshert digs deep, opening some emotional wounds in each of her characters that bleed. Wounds that require more than a bandage and a kiss to make it better. My only objection to the story? I didn’t want it to end. I want to spend more time with Carmen Hart and Gracie Fisher.

Dreams come alive, hope is waiting by Kathleen E. on 5/23/2015
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert, © 2015

Can an antiquated Florida Panhandle mom and pop motel bordered by lapping waters and starry sky be renewed bringing life back to it again? Can hopes come alive, once they have become dilapidated from neglect? Carmen Hart and her sister, Gracie Fisher, have been estranged from each other. Carmen and her husband, Ben, have finished college and are in their chosen careers. From the outside looking in, all seems well. From the inside out, hearts cry to be whole.

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he
brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set
me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
He led me back and forth among them, and I saw
a great many bones on the floor of the valley,
bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of
man, can these bones live?”
—Ezekiel 37:1–3

Aunt Ingrid's words return at just the right moment, as Carmen remembers her profound truth:
"Not all things are worth saving. But some are worth every ounce of fight you can throw at them. You just have to know the difference."
--The Art of Losing Yourself, 232

Dreams come alive, hope is waiting; home. Coming home; wishing for renewal to come along with it.

Christmas for Gracie and her older sister Carmen brings new visions ~ of yesteryear, as they would like it. Releasing what has been to embrace what is before them, opens new avenues of now. It is all in the perspective of what is valued and needed. Direction not to be detoured but to go forward, gleaning what can be. Hope renewed.

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength
—Isaiah 40:28-31a (ESV)

I like the trust that is steadily built as Gracie unmasks who she really is ~ vulnerable and caring. By decisions she makes, observing others and embracing what can be hers, she in turn, reveals forgiveness. A stepping stone too for Carmen's faith and marriage.

A secondary character that was so important to the story is Carmen's friend Natalie. She would appear just when an encouragement and helping hand was needed, giving fresh air and a new glance at trust.

This is Katie Ganshert's fourth novel I have read ~ she has a following of real life issues. I like her reference to dead bones ~ for God can bring back to life and restore what is yielded to Him.

***Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah blogging for Books for sending me a copy of Katie Ganshert's newest novel, The Art of Losing Yourself, which released April 21, 2015. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Two for the Price of One by Sally on 5/18/2015
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We get two stories in one with this novel. There's Gracie's tale. She's a troubled teen who seems determined to keep people at a distance. How will she ever feel included? Then there's her half-sister Carmen, the perfectionist. The only thing missing in Carmen's life is a baby, and goodness knows, she does everything she can to become a mother. However, nothing works. Will her marriage survive this stressful time?

With two such interesting characters leading the way, the novel moves at an interesting pace. I really liked the way the author ends the book. It certainly is different from the way most would expect. I also like the way the author realistically handled the church people.

Details make any narrative come alive. It was fun reading about the restoration of the Treasure Chest. I especially liked the description of the hospitality room with its wall of wisdom.

I recommend this thought-provoking read.

Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and WaterBrook Press for my copy.

Outstanding writing by Tima on 3/27/2015
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Carmen - married with a messed up family, she is trying to deal with the struggles of adoption after miscarriage. Her husband Ben is a wonderful guy, but just can't seem to help her.

Gracie - raised by an alcoholic mother and absentee father, she heads off on her own. She arrives at the place she thought would be a safe haven, only to find it abandoned. The woman she thought would help her needs help herself.

The book is written from the point of view of the two women. The seamless transition between the two allows the story to flow smoothly, while learning different aspects of the narrative. As always, the author has taken a story and made it come alive. The characters are written in such a way that the reader feels a connection with them. The voices and emotions are authentic. The descriptions put me into the small coastal town as I lived the story with the characters. But this isn't just a beautifully written story; it has an artfully woven message of salvation, forgiveness, and hope. Once again the author has hit this out of the park. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.


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