of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Becky4 Stars Out Of 5zgrippingMay 31, 2018BeckyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In all honesty, I was hesitant about reading No One Ever Asked. Katie Ganshert is very vocal about her views on racism and unfortunately, I disagree with quite a bit of them. So when I learned that this was going to be the topic for this novel, I was skeptical. Im a huge fan of the authors other books so I decided it was time to give this one a try and see how she handles the topic. It exceeded my expectations! In fact, this is a keeper for my bookshelf.
This is a book that needs to be read and talked about with everyone. Its the perfect novel for book clubs to get those important conversations going. If were going to fight for equality, then we need to work together to make that happen.
The book is told through three different womens points of views, all going through different things. They all have different opinions and it was neat watching how they all connected. They are raw, vulnerable, transparent, and realistic. Each of their stories is an emotional rollercoaster that will have readers crying, laughing, cheering them on, or getting mad.
This isnt just a story about racism, but a journey of grace, mercy, redemption, and forgiveness. Its a story about how we treat one another with love and kindness. Its a story that will stick with you long after the book has ended.
Overall, I enjoyed this. Highly recommended!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Gripping tale of self-discovery and social justiceMay 24, 2018MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was an amazing book that will stay with me for a long time.
Three very different women "put all their eggs in one basket," and then found that basket knocked out of their hands. Marriage, motherhood, competitive running - all noble occupations, and none of them as easy/permanent/satisfying as previously thought. These realizations come in the midst of a community examining their attitudes on race and economic justice, and suddenly the most carefully guarded hearts are laid bare. I love the growth and transparency that comes to Camille, Jen, and Anaya in this story. As I personally have found in other aspects of my life, "...her family had benefited from something she had diametrically opposed, from something she had absolutely feared."
It's interesting that the title, "No one ever asked," is spoken by two very different women at the beginning and end of this tale. Or are they really so different at all? That's the crux of this book...clearly not an easy one to read OR write. I am grateful to Ganshert for bringing her gifts and experiences to this issue!
bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Timely, thought-provoking novel that is a must-read!April 29, 2018bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert
My one main regret about this novel is that I read a digital copy which I cannot share, because this is definitely a book to recommend and pass along to reading friends. I think a paperback copy to loan out will find a permanent place on my book shelf.
Katie Ganshert details the lives of three different women in a school district. Jen, an adoptive mother of a girl from an African country, Camille, an active mom of three children, and Anaya, an African American who is a first year teacher in an affluent school district. The author portrays the struggles they share: a challenged marriage, difficulties in adoption, racism, diabetes and even sexual harassment.
Ganshert weaves a complex, multi-layered tale that mirrors real life problems. Her characters are real and relatable. By the end of the book, each character experiences growth and hope.
My one disappointment was that although the women would have claimed to be believers, Christianity didnt seem to impact their behavior very much. The church or the Bible didnt seem very relevant to the answers to the problems they faced despite having Bible study groups pray or verses occasionally quoted. And maybe this is part of the problem: a vibrant faith isnt impacting problems in society today.
Katie Ganshert brings these challenges to the forefront in a powerful way by using fiction. It is my hope that this book will stimulate conversation and change. She has given me much to ponder.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this, my honest review.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Powerful and compelling!April 24, 2018Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Be the change where you're at."
It's hard to write a review for No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert. I went back and reread a few key moments in order to settle my heart on what I thought. Out right, I can tell you, Katie Ganshert is an amazing writer. Her words dig deep, and penetrates through to our hearts, no matter the subject. She did so without asking, and as is with No One Ever Asked, it's a strong emotion, or rather a series of emotions. There's a lot on our minds when one concludes this story.
You see, No One Ever Asked may be a story, but the relevance of the underlying messages of disparity, of facing the hard of many areas to this day, and of fear on so many levels, are more apparent than one thinks. The author is not afraid to tackle some very tough topics including race, adoption, marriage, harassment in more ways than just sexual, but it's the way it's interwoven through our characters' lives, presenting readers a work of fiction that challenges us, but also encourages us to do right. And by doing right, it's however the reader reads into it. There's profound insight, allowing us to ask the right and appropriate questions, and that's personal and awakening at times. So yes, No One Ever Asked makes for one compelling read, but possibly more so for the effect it will have on the reader.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5We Just Don't ThinkApril 20, 2018GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you were asked if you are a racist or if you are prejudiced toward people of a different skin color, what would you say? I would venture a guess that most people would strongly declare that they love all people and would deny any prejudice toward others. I once had a professor who would declare he was not prejudiced but clearly demonstrated a prejudice toward others that he considered to be prejudiced. I suppose that may sound like a convoluted statement but the point is we often have preconceived ideas about people of other people groups that we have never thoroughly examined. In this well-written story by Katie Ganshert that was inspired by true events, the author causes the readers to study their own lives through the eyes of the characters in the book. If you are a Christian who attends church on a regular basis, take a look around the sanctuary where you worship on Sunday morning and ask yourself if people of other races are welcomed with open arms to your worship services and other activities. Do you welcome them? Now move outside the church and look at your community, particularly the schools which are a focal point of this story. Examples of racism are prevalent throughout the book. As you read and take a look around, how many of these have you seen acted out just recently? More to the point, how many of the attitudes have you harbored in your own heart and mind? Just in the last few days I read that the devil does not try to tempt us to commit big ugly sins but rather he tempts us with small things that we hardly even stop to question. But the catch is that they keep building up to bigger things over time if we fail to put a stop to them. Racist attitudes are much like that. We fail to even recognize them as sin when they first assail us because we have seen other good Christians do and say them without considering the impact on others. Take a closer look and truly analyze your attitudes. I believe this is a story that can help bring positive change if enough people read it and grasp the message the author is conveying. I encourage you to take that step.