REVIEW: The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

Carmen and Gracie, sisters who are several years apart in age, both find themselves adrift in their circumstances.  Carmen has longed for a child of her own for several years and through too many miscarriages. It is negatively impacting her marriage and her on-air meteorologist job. Gracie has been living in a difficult home situation with their alcoholic mother.  A brash decision by Gracie starts forces in motion to change both of their lives.

In this story readers find Carmen, Gracie and Aunt Ingrid all “losing themselves” as they come to terms with new ways of living and thinking.  The author uses several clever analogies to explain the feeling of despair in the drowning story, or the wedging of the clay.  The author ties the story to the dry bones in Ezekiel that God brings back to life.  Both Carmen and Gracie need to find their footing with God to move forward after having been lost.

I must say that at least one advance review had me thinking this was a story about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease more than the actual story of the book.   The real story was a great discovery and my first, but not last, time reading Katie Ganshert’s work.  Plus, Ms. Ganshert just won a Christy Award 2015 in the Contemporary Romance category for her A Broken Kind of Beautiful novel.

Thanks to WaterBrook Press for providing me an advance copy to review in my own words.


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