The Art of Losing Yourself

The Art of Losing Yourself

by Katie Ganshert

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ISBN-13: 9781601425928
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 663,300
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

KATIE GANSHERT is the award-winning author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning books A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Life After, and The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.

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The Art of Losing Yourself: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, May 23, 2015 The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert, © 2015 Can an antiquated Florida Panhandle mom and pop motel bordered by lapping waters and starry sky be renewed bringing life back to it again? Can hopes come alive, once they have become dilapidated from neglect? Carmen Hart and her sister, Gracie Fisher, have been estranged from each other. Carmen and her husband, Ben, have finished college and are in their chosen careers. From the outside looking in, all seems well. From the inside out, hearts cry to be whole. The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” —Ezekiel 37:1–3 Aunt Ingrid's words return at just the right moment, as Carmen remembers her profound truth: "Not all things are worth saving. But some are worth every ounce of fight you can throw at them. You just have to know the difference." --The Art of Losing Yourself, 232 Dreams come alive, hope is waiting; home. Coming home; wishing for renewal to come along with it. Christmas for Gracie and her older sister Carmen brings new visions ~ of yesteryear, as they would like it. Releasing what has been to embrace what is before them, opens new avenues of now. It is all in the perspective of what is valued and needed. Direction not to be detoured but to go forward, gleaning what can be. Hope renewed. Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength —Isaiah 40:28-31a (ESV) I like the trust that is steadily built as Gracie unmasks who she really is ~ vulnerable and caring. By decisions she makes, observing others and embracing what can be hers, she in turn, reveals forgiveness. A stepping stone too for Carmen's faith and marriage. A secondary character that was so important to the story is Carmen's friend Natalie. She would appear just when an encouragement and helping hand was needed, giving fresh air and a new glance at trust. This is Katie Ganshert's fourth novel I have read ~ she has a following of real life issues. I like her reference to dead bones ~ for God can bring back to life and restore what is yielded to Him. ***Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah blogging for Books for sending me a copy of Katie Ganshert's newest novel, The Art of Losing Yourself, which released April 21, 2015. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As you walk with Carmen and Gracie, you may wonder will they ever figure things out , but God has the last Word - always .
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a book from Katie Ganshert, I think to myself, “well, how is she going to top that one?” and then she releases a new book and I just want to hug it and share it with everyone. I think The Art of Losing Yourself might just be her best yet. I love this book for so many reasons. It’s honest, raw, truthful, refreshing and hopeful. It’s a story of family (the ones we’re born into and the ones we create), pain, mistakes, renewal, loss and choices. I loved every bit of it. It’s a “I’m not moving until I finish this story” kind of read (you know, so you’re warned). The characters are humanly honest and broken in different ways. It’s real life and I can’t say enough how much I appreciated that and related to it. But it’s not just depressing sadness – oh no! I think that’s why I was so drawn to Carmen and Gracie. They had issues, yes, but their journey was one I know so many people could relate to. All the characters were done so well! Gracie was witty and had me cracking up with her dry commentary. Carmen – I know more than one Carmen in my life and I wanted to hug her, so she was reminded she wasn’t alone. But don’t worry, the awesome secondary characters help with that. I also loved how Ganshert seamlessly weaved the flashbacks throughout the novel. They didn’t disrupt the flow, but drew you deeper into the story, gaining an even deeper understanding of not just Carmen and Gracie, but Ben (really loved him!) and other characters as well. I have to say I also loved how she choose to end the novel. It was not only realistically done, but also left us readers what the characters felt – hope. I felt this way after A Broken Kind of Beautiful, so I’ll officially read anything Katie Ganshert writes (her YA trilogy, The Gifting Series, is up next I can’t wait!) Have y’all had a chance to read any of Katie’s novels? Originally posted at http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/08/18/art-losing-katie-ganshert-book-review/
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
  When I first started to read this new book from Katie Ganshert, I found myself trying to figure out what the relationship was between the two characters, Carmen Hart and Gracie Fisher, before the author revealed it. I didn't succeed, eventually losing myself into the world of both sisters. In "The Art of Losing Yourself", Gracie is a teenager on the brink of self-destruction while Carmen is everyone's favorite meteorologist who has it all but on the inside she is falling a part. Ganshert creates two strong female characters who come together to rebuild a place that both have fond memories of- a run down motel owned by their elderly aunt. As they work to rebuild the motel as a surprise for their aunt, each sister is affected differently and in turn their relationship with each other, with their family and with God is affected. This is the first book I have read by Katie Ganshert and found her writing to be inspirational. I will look forward to reading more books by this author.    I received this book to review for free from Blogging for Books.
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ARS8 More than 1 year ago
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 sister’s 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 God’s 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.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, I was leary about starting this book after I read the description. I knew it was going to be heart-wrenching and poignant because that's the kind of stories that Katie Ganshert writes. I kept putting it off and putting it off and finally I just broke down and decided to read it. Let me tell you, I am SO glad I did! I devoured this book. I was reading while I cooked dinner, and I intended to read for just another hour after my evening run, and ended up finishing it after midnight. I couldn't put it down! The story was, of course, heart-wrenching. Katie Ganshert captures the emotions of loss and disappointment in poignant detail. This is definitely not a light read, but the author does a fantastic job of keeping the plot engaging. At one point in the story, I had tears rolling unchecked down my face. I loved reading the story through Carmen and Gracie's eyes. My soul, Carmen's story tugged at my heartstrings. I cannot imagine the amount of pain, sorrow, confusion, and heart ache this woman had to go through. I can well imagine her doubt, depression, and coldness. Gracie is a girl after my own heart. Growing up in a similar situation, I was easily able to relate to her feelings, fears, and understand her rebellious nature. At one point in the story, the author mentions that Gracie picks at her cuticals around her fingers and I thought, that is me in book format! The men in the story were swoon worthy for sure. As I was reading, I thought WOW, these guys are definitely a picture of God's love for us. Ben is a totally and completely devoted husband. He loves Carmen and his actions prove it. Elias is sweet, caring, kind and compassionate. Neither woman makes it easy on them, but they are there for them anyways. The message of the story brought me to tears and humbled me. With all that Carmen's gone through, she begins to doubt the sovereingnty of God. She questions his Will and doubts his goodness. Who can blame her? We've all gone through periods in our Christian walk where we have questioned God for what's happened to us. Gracie knows of God, but doesn't have a relationship with Him. She feels alone and abandoned, and pushes everyone away who might try to get close because she doesn't want to be let down or let them down. As the book progresses, though, we see God working in each of their lives. I love how, at the end, the author doesn't make the jump from not believing God and doubting His goodness to everything is perfect and happy. The ending is as natural as the progression of the story. Sometimes, we have to completely surrender to be whole. "Losing yourself" to be found is hard, but sometimes, that's the point. It makes your belief and faith that much stronger. Overall, as you can tell, I highly recommend this book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Katie Ganshert's awesome stories! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.*
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I loved The Art of Losing Yourself! From laughter to tears, this poignant story evoked so many emotions! Beautifully crafted, the story captivated me from the first page until the last. I loved the authenticity of the characters and their emotional journeys. My heart ached for those who were wounded and hurting and rejoiced over the hope they discovered. Brimming with words to savor and thoughts to ponder, The Art of Losing Yourself is a powerful, stirring story! I received a complimentary copy of The Art of Losing Yourself from the author. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book and share my honest opinion.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
We get two stories in one with this novel. There's Gracie's tale. She's a troubled teen who seems determined to keep people at a distance. How will she ever feel included? Then there's her half-sister Carmen, the perfectionist. The only thing missing in Carmen's life is a baby, and goodness knows, she does everything she can to become a mother. However, nothing works. Will her marriage survive this stressful time? With two such interesting characters leading the way, the novel moves at an interesting pace. I really liked the way the author ends the book. It certainly is different from the way most would expect. I also like the way the author realistically handled the church people. Details make any narrative come alive. It was fun reading about the restoration of the Treasure Chest. I especially liked the description of the hospitality room with its wall of wisdom. I recommend this thought-provoking read. Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and WaterBrook Press for my copy.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Do you ever feel like your drowning in your life, and no one notices? Everyday it seems like everyone is going along with their own lives, while you are watching yours fall apart bit by bit. You pray, but it even feels like God has abandoned you? Then you know exactly what Carmen Hart feels like almost every single day. Being married to her childhood sweetheart, they had always wanted a family. Yet it seems like its just not in God's plan for their life. After having six miscarriages, Carmen has lost more than her will to life, she seems to have lost her sanity at the same time. Being in the public eye has never posed a problem in the past, but when shopping for a friends baby shower gifts at Toys R Us, and walks back to her car, she sees an expectant mother sign and completely loses it. After running over the sign repeatedly, she never expected someone to film it and post it to YouTube. Now as the local weathergirl this is not the type of publicity the station is looking for and tells Carmen to take some time off, til this blows over. Only Carmen can't even discuss any of this with her husband Ben, because after losing so many children, she has put up walls between them and has no intention on taking them down any time soon. She finds solace renovating an old motel that has been in their family for generations. It's either fix it up and attempt to get it running again or sell the dilapidated property and let part of her treasured past go. What she doesn't expect to find there is her seventeen-year-old sister Gracie living there because it is the only real place she can call home. Their mother has turned back to alcohol once again and just seems like their parental roles have been reversed. Gracie is struggling to fit in where it seems like she doesn't and finds solace in the memories from years past in the old motel. Will this restoration project prove to be just what they both need to reconcile their pasts and move to a brighter future? I received The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is such a great novel and truly enjoyed reading it over the weekend. It is such an escape from life, because you can definitely relate to either the characters of Gracie or Carmen. They are both struggling with the demands others have unfairly placed on them even though neither of them will admit it to those closest to them. They keep those buried deep inside instead of confronting them and sharing them with the very people that they need to. I found myself relating more to Carmen because of her apparent need to appear that she is all put together on the outside, but is literally falling apart on the inside. It's like we have to appear strong for others, but never let others see our need for comfort in our own personal struggles. I would have loved to see how some of the situations resolve themselves by the end, and am hoping there might be a sequel to this one in the near future! Well worth every single one of the 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. There is a discussion guide at the conclusion of this book which is perfect for book clubs!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I have read every single novel that Katie Ganshert and have adored every one of them. The Art of Losing Yourself is her best yet. What a fabulous read. I savored every single page. It made me laugh and it made me cry. It is probably not a book to read in public. A reader may find themselves laughing out loud – too loud - and then clutching a box tissues and bawling their eyes out – too loud - within minutes.  I absolutely love the sisters, Carmen and Grace. They were so real. The issues they dealt with are realistic (alcoholism, infertility and dementia). Carmen is a successful weather anchor and Grace is troubled teenager. I really do not want to let go of these two. I do hope a Katie Gansert brings them back in a future novel.  This book is incredible. I highly highly recommend it, including teenage girls. A beautiful story of finding hope, finding faith, finding yourself and finding out what matters most in life. This book is one of few books that I will keep on my shelf to read again later on. It is definitely a must read. I give this book 100 stars.
SVickers More than 1 year ago
“Not all things are worth saving, you know. But some are worth every ounce of fight you can throw at them. You just have to know the difference.” My absolute favorite quote in Katie Ganshert’s newest novel, The Art of Losing Yourself. Just like all of Katie’s other novels, The Art of Losing Yourself has touched me in so many ways and on so many different levels. Katie has the ability to draw me into her books. I often times find myself thinking about the characters throughout the day. I have even told my husband to pray for a particular character. When I get his strange look I soon realize I told him about a character in my book not an actual person that we know. In The Art of Losing Yourself Katie is able to touch on so many different struggles people face today, yet she is also able to show how and who you can always rely on, that person being Jesus Christ our Savior. The topic of infertility is addressed and how it can affect many aspects of a person’s life such as their marriage, their relationships with others and their jobs. Katie also touches on a subject of dealing with a family member that suffers from dementia. This something that is so near and dear to my heart. I have had relatives that suffered from dementia and I have a great aunt that is currently suffering from Alzheimer’s. The topic of alcoholism and how it can affect a person and others was also a part of this novel. The beautiful way Katie uses this topic along with the topic of infertility will warm your heart. I highly, highly recommend The Art of Losing Yourself along with all of Katie’s other novels: Wildflowers from Winter, Wishing on Willows, A Broken Kind of Beautiful and her novella October Bride. Katie is a passionate writer that clearly has a passion for Jesus! Once you read one of her books you will want to read them all!
simpleharvestreads More than 1 year ago
The Art of Losing Yourself is a well written novel that will challenge you to change yourself and look at your problems from a different perspective. The novel deals with difficult issues such as alcoholism, abuse, and infertility. Ganshert shows how God can bring healing. Also how love and patience can bring people together. The characters in The Art of Losing Yourself are raw and real.  The reader can feel their emotions as well as their pain and it tugs on your heartstrings. They sweep you into a whirlwind that makes you want to keep turning the page to see what happens next.  These characters deal with real-life issues that many struggle with on a daily basis, and show you how God’s love can shine through. Although there are weighty issues in The Art of Losing Yourself, the humor sprinkled throughout the novel keeps it from being a difficult read. Ganshert unfolds the plot by showing the readers the story, not by telling the readers the story. For example, one of my favorite quotes, “....he didn’t seem to notice that I was a lone marshmallow in a sea of hot chocolate” (184) paints an incredible mental picture and gives authenticity to the novel because the reader can picture a teenager making this comment.  We all have felt out of place at sometime in our lives - we are uncomfortable and feel as if everyone is watching us. Can’t you picture yourself as a marshmallow floating on top in these situations? I know I can. The imagery Ganshert employs in her novel paints some beautiful pictures through the pain of the characters. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is a book that will make you reflect on how you handle life’s problems and remind you that we cannot appreciate the good times without going through the valleys as well.. A huge thank you to Katie Ganshert for a free copy of her book in exchange for my honest review. No money compensation was received for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
"The Art of Losing Yourself" is an amazing book. It is full of a cast of characters that stay with you long after the story ends. It tells the story of two sisters, Carmen and Gracie, who are both traveling down difficult paths in life and experiencing a dry season. I instantly connected with Carmen and her struggles to start a family, having been down that road myself. I could easily imagine myself doing some of the same things Carmen does in the story. Gracie is a character you can't help but root for. Written off as a misfit by almost everyone, Gracie longs for acceptance without even realizing it. During the story my heart ached for her, cheered for her and, on occasion, screamed at her. Elias is my new crush by the way. Every teenage girl needs an Elias Banks in her life. What I love about Katie's books is that they feel like a page out of everyday life. The conversations between characters flow so smoothly and are so believable you feel as though you're a fly on the wall in a real discussion. I also love how she seamlessly weaves God and our need for Him into her stories. The message isn't stuffed down the throats of the characters but a natural part of the story. I look forward to finding out if there is more to come of Gracie and Carmen's stories.   I received an advance copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
LindseyMBell More than 1 year ago
Another home run from Ganshert. The Art of Losing Yourself is another book of Katie Ganshert's that doesn't shy away from hard topics. It hits on infertility, miscarriages, alcoholism, absent fathers, dementia, and the unfairness of this world we live in. Like all of Katie's books, this one was written in such a way that I immediately connected with the characters. The Art of Losing Yourself is the story of two sisters (Carmen and Gracie) who both have their own battles: one as a high school student with an alcoholic mother and the other as a woman who desperately wants a baby and has to deal with the fact that her dream keeps slipping further and further away from her. It's a story that deals honestly with real issues, but offers hope in the midst of hard. If you've never read Katie's books, you should. All of them are beautifully crafted together, and this one is no exception.  *I received this book for free but all opinions are my own.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
I love reading, but I struggle finding books that are worth reading in today's day and age. Although this book falls into the Christian genre, this is not one of your typical cheesy kind of reads. Instead the characters will quickly warm your heart for their journey as they struggle, learn and grow all throughout the book. If you're looking for a feel good read, this isn't one of those. If you're looking for a read that is very deep, impacting, and real with real characters, then check this book out. If you want a fictional story that'll cause you to grow, then I encourage you to pick this book up. This book is for anyone, both young adult and adult. It's a book that you can have discussions about. Carmen and Gracie's stories are so relatable. You'll find that you won't be able to put this book down. It's a wonderful read and I promise you won't regret your decision in buying this book. Her stories are amazing! I have received an advance copy in return for this review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
TheTeaCupLady More than 1 year ago
Ganshert has once again crafted a beautifully woven story that draws the reader in from the first page and holds the reader captive til the last page is turned. It portrays characters with true to life flaws and struggles. I was once again amazed at the author's ability to create characters who pull the reader into their struggles to the point where you weep with them, rejoice with them and hold your breath with them. Although the story didn't end as I anticipated, with everything tied up with a nice bright bow, I think the ending was more "real". I would highly recommend this book! I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I have read everything Katie has written and there is a good reason for that. Her work is amazing and I think gets better with each book she puts out. Her characters are always real and relatable and such is the case with The Art of Losing Yourself. First of all, the very title always has me singing From the Inside Out by Hillsong. If you’ve heard the song you’ll know why. A change from the inside out is what both of the women in this book need. They are very focused on their hurts and wounds and don’t seek God for comfort. Katie perfectly portrayed the crumbling of Cameron’s marriage. She wanted to show love to her husband but didn’t have the energy. I wanted to scream at her to stop pushing him away. He just wants to love her. But I have definitely been there and I think many other women will relate as well. Gracie…grrrr. She was so frustrating. She too is an expert at keeping people at a distance and not letting them in. One boy in particular kept pursuing her and wanting to be her friend and she just wouldn’t let her walls down, at least for a while. I couldn’t wait to see these women break. That sounds bad, but it’s in the breaking that we can be put back together and made into all God has planned for us. I knew when that happened Cameron and Gracie would see themselves so much more clearly. I am highly recommending this book. Katie has woven together a story that will leave you reflecting on the words you have read long after the last page. A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.