The Art of Losing Yourself, Large Print  -     By: Katie Ganshert
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Fiction Series
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)
ISBN: 1628995823
ISBN-13: 9781628995824

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Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.

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  1. KarenCollier.com
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This story feels so real!
    July 14, 2015
    Karen Collier
    KarenCollier.com
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    This review was written for The Art of Losing Yourself.
    This is a story full of raw honesty, brokenness, grace, and hope. Its told from two distinctive first person viewpoints. Carmen a married woman grown distant from her husband under the strain of six miscarriages, who tries to put on a perfect faade for the outside world. And her teenage half-sister Gracie, who has run away from their alcoholic mother, in hopes of returning to a place where she once felt appreciated.

    The story feels real the characters, the situations, the emotions, the relationships, and the setting. All of it. I enjoyed coming along on the sisters journeys as they grow and develop in their relationships and their personal faith. And I love the fact that the characters problems arent downplayed by a too tidy ending, and yet there is a hopeful and satisfying resolution complete with an inspiring look at grace and trust.

    One of my favorite parts of the whole book is when Carmen looks back at a series of what could have been seen as coincidences, and instead sees evidence of a God who orchestrated even the most mundane details for our good (Page 300).

    Another favorite moment was when Aunt Ingrid (suffering from dementia) defends her dessert from being taken, to the point of throwing a spoon at someone, and then offers a bit of surprisingly sage advice: 'Not all things are worth saving, you know. But some are worth every ounce of fight you can throw at them.' With all the dignity in the world, she took a few small bites of her dessert. 'You just have to know the difference.' (Page 53)

    I brought this book along with me on a weekend trip to the beach and devoured it in the shade of a beach umbrella. Since the book was set partly at a beach-side motel, it turned out to be a particularly great fit for the weekend. I highly recommend both book and beach, taken together or separately. :)

    Author Katie Gansherts Christy Award winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful was among my favorite reads of 2014, and this latest novel by Katie Ganshert could well be among my favorites for 2015. I think Book Groups will find it an excellent choice for discussion, and in fact, it includes a discussion guide.

    Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing a paperback copy of this book as part of the Blogging for Books Program in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well crafted novel
    July 1, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Art of Losing Yourself: A Novel - eBook.
    I really liked this novel. Great characters, superb writing, tantalizing plot it's a very good novel.

    The story centers around Gracie, the younger teen-aged daughter of an alcoholic mom who runs away and ends up living with her older sister and her husband. She is a fierce character, honest to a fault. She's been hurt so many times her outer shell has reinforcements. Just maybe Elias, the nice Christian football receiver who befriends her, can break through the facade.

    Gracie's older sister, Carmen, has enough trouble of her own. After six miscarriages, her burning desire to be a mother has singed her relationship with her husband, the high school football coach. Carmen struggles with her own frustration and having Gracie in the house isn't easy.

    There is much to think about and discuss in this novel. Perhaps the biggest one is how God directs lives and causes events to work out for good for those who love him. Other issues include alcoholism, the inability to have children, trust, family loyalty, and what it really means to lose yourself.

    This is a novel about confronting issues, about growth, about forgiveness, about restoration. It is an exceptionally well crafted novel with characters so realistic I'd forget I was reading a novel. I highly recommend it for youth and adults alike.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this novel from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  3. Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Touched My Heart and Ended Perfectly
    June 8, 2015
    Janet
    Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Art of Losing Yourself.
    I loved this book! And Im so glad I read it.

    I almost didnt. Id seen a review that said the ending was disappointing. I didnt want to be disappointed.

    But Ive enjoyed Katie Gansherts other books, so I decided to read the book.

    In my opinion, it couldnt have ended more perfectly! And everything leading up to that ending was absolutely worth reading.

    This is a book about sisters. Its a book about a marriage struggling to survive. Its about a woman with dementia who remembers what counts. Its about people who refuse to give up on people who tell them give up, who shove them away and claim they arent worth fighting for. Its about people desperately in need of second chances, third, and fourth, and more. Its about learning to be honest with yourself and others. Its about loss and disappointment and heartache. But its also a story of hope and faith and Gods incredible faithfulness, His work behind the scenes even when it seems Hes forgotten His children have needs.

    Our God never forgets. I love how Ganshert makes this point.

    If youve been disappointed, hurt, or treated unfairly, The Art of Losing Yourself has a message (or two) for you. I recommend this read.

    Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lost Myself in The Art of Loosing Yourself
    June 7, 2015
    Christian Fictionista
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    This review was written for The Art of Losing Yourself.
    Author Katie Ganshert has been a favorite of mine since her debut. I will admit, initially the story idea didnt seem to grab my attention. The fault is mine in that because once I read the first line, I was lost in Carmens and Gracies world.

    The author paints word pictures on each page with beauty and grace. Her characters are believable and flawed yet loveable. We can feel their pain and empathize with their reactions.

    When you close this book, you will do so with a hope-filled heart toward whatever situation that you must loose yourself in.

    I will eagerly anticipate to her next novel.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.*
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    True to life circumstances and pain
    June 5, 2015
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Art of Losing Yourself.
    Very close to a true to life story, The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert is a story of broken people living in a broken world. Alternating between two half sisters, one of whom is Carmen, a married meteorologist, and the other is Gracie, who is a senior in high school. Sharing the same alcoholic mother, both have already started out with issues. Carmen is dealing with infertility and her marriage is suffering for it. She has started to hit rock bottom stemming from a couple of melt downs. Gracie, sarcastic and dealing with abandonment issues, decides to move in with her sister and her sisters husband. In the midst of losing hope, both sisters find solace in fixing up the old family motel. We also get to see both sisters views of faith and God, and the realization that Christianity is not a magic fix. We are not promised a problem free life; however, we are promised help. This story really deals with the brokenness of life and coming to the point to be content no matter what the circumstance is. And that maybe through it all we will see that Gods hand was in everything. This is a lesson I hope to long remember.

    FTC disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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