I have to admit that with all of the books I review, I sometimes find myself "skimming" through a book without much thought expended. Some books just seem to be light reading, not really requiring much emotional energy. But, every once in a while, a book comes along that absorbs me. I become a part of what the characters are going through. I think about the book throughout the day. I'm moved to tears- happy tears, sad tears, thoughtful tears. The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert was one of these books.
The book is written in first person point of view, alternating between Carmen and her sister Gracie. The two stories are parallel, but there are many similarities- although it takes them much of the book to realize this. There is some romance here, but it isn't the focus of the book. More important are the relationships the characters have with each other and with God.
Although the book isn't "preachy" in the least, there is definitely a thought-provoking message here. And anyone who has had those seasons of life where God feels far away, and they feel dry and discouraged will relate to the theme of the book.
I ended the book in tears- good tears (although I won't spoil it all). It was one I hated to put down. And I'm sure I'll continue to think about Carmen and Gracie and those around them for quite a while. I'll also be looking out for other books by Katie Ganshert.
I give this one 5 stars (Can I give more?) and a PG rating (although there are references to drugs and alcohol that make it a little on the edge).
You can find The Art of Losing Yourself on Amazon here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s 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 woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Art of Losing Yourself, go HERE.
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