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? 320 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.
Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. Shes the Florida panhandles favorite meteorologist, married to everyones favorite high school football coach. Theyre the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, shes 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, shes not so sure anymore.
Until Carmens sisterseventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fishersteps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmens aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a womans faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?
Carol Award: Contemporary Fiction Winner
Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When shes not busy writing or playing or reading or consuming chocolate, she is dreaming about the day her Congolese daughter can finally come home. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website at www.katieganshert.com.
"Once again Ganshert holds us spellbound in a beautiful story of endurance and hopeoffering no easy answers but the irresistible light of Christ to guide us. And what characters! Real, heartbroken, warm and seekingwithin them we meet our friends, our family, ourselves. I thoroughly enjoyed this and, as always, eagerly await her next."
Katherine Reay, author of Lizzy & Jane and Dear Mr. Knightley
"The Art of Losing Yourself highlights Katie Gansherts vivid prose as it brims with reality that will challenge and change you with every turn of the page. Ganshert is not afraid to write raw, to wrestle with the things that test our faith andif we are willingwill draw us closer to God."
Beth K. Vogt, author of Somebody Like You, one of Publishers Weeklys Best Books of 2014
"Katie Gansherts poignant novel hits deep emotional chords as the characters battle to a place of healing through a haze of pain. As someone who has experienced the deep pain of miscarriage, I could so easily relate to Carmens journey. Carmens story emphasizes what I learned: the pain and broken relationships can be healed. While plumbing deep waters, this is a story of resounding hope and discovery. I highly recommend it!"
Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten
"The Art of Losing Yourself will have readers lost in its pages for hours, journeying along with two sisters in a rich, emotionally-charged tale of second chances, restoration, and finding hopeand lovewhen it seems perpetually out of sight."
Betsy St. Amant, author of Alls Fair in Love & Cupcakes
"Author Katie Ganshert will sweep you into another world in The Art of Losing Yourself. I loved this book! The journey Katies characters take is raw, beautiful, and honest, and the prose is lovely."
Cindy Woodsmall, author of A Love Undone
"In The Art of Losing Yourself, Katie Ganshert has woven a sensitive story of hope and healing for our modern world. The empathy with which Ganshert explores the complexity of the human heart was so authentic and the depth of emotion so real, I was moved to tears more than once. Sisters, daughters, and mothers alike will find themselves moved by this book."
Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin
"Sitting down with a Katie Ganshert novel is like talking with a trusted friend. Something to look forward to, knowing the conversation wont disappoint and youll be the better for it at the end. The Art of Losing Yourself is a poignant tale of estrangement, loss and grief, and the joy that comes in discovering you are indeed loved. In her classic tell-it-like-is style, Gansherts complex characters step off the page and invite you in. Their journeys are difficult, but relatable, and were sucked along for the ride, rooting for them the whole way through. And when the last page is turned, we are left with a smile and the contented sigh that comes at the conclusion of every wonderful read."
Catherine West, award-winning author of Yesterdays Tomorrow
"Wounded, heart-tugging characters. Beautiful prose. An emotional journey that holds the reader captive. Katie Ganshert has such a way of tapping into those raw, vulnerable places with her characters, and The Art of Losing Yourself is no exception. I love the thread of hope and unabashed honesty weaving through this story of loss and letting go."
Melissa Tagg, author of From the Start
"With a keen attention to detail and a unique, prosaic voice, Katie Ganshert has woven a poignant and powerful story in The Art of Losing Yourself. Universal themes, charged, realistic emotions and characters readers will easily relate to make this story a standout."
Courtney Walsh, author of the New York Times e-book bestseller A Sweethaven Summer and Paper Hearts
"The Art of Losing Yourself took my breath away with its ability to portray the complex facets of human relationships in such a realistic, yet tender way. Gansherts writing creates a prism of perspectives into the lives of characters as deeply flawed as they are endearing. Carmen and Gracies stories made me laugh, made me cry, and made me thinkand thats my definition of a perfect novel."
Deborah Raney, author of The Face of the Earth and the Chicory Inn Novels series