Book Review | The Art of Losing Yourself

The Art of Losing Yourself
by Katie Ganshert

Katie Ganshert’s new book, The Art of Losing Yourself, pulls you into a story of two sisters each facing a crisis. Art-of-Losing-Yourself-333x500 Carmen seems to have it all together: handsome husband, immaculate house, successful career, good looks.  But she’s falling apart inside after a long and wearying battle with infertility, six miscarriages that she’s kept private, and her beloved aunt’s dementia.  Carmen hides behind a false image of perfection.  Katie, her younger sister, is the opposite, hiding from her potential.  Outwardly labeled as a troublemaker, she’s running away from her mom’s alcoholism and troubles at school.

Ganshert’s writing is powerful as she delves into the deep emotions accompanying the various issues these sisters face:  Infertility.  Miscarriages.  Rape.  Alcoholism.  Marital tension.  Dementia.  It’s a heavy story.  Her realistic dialogue make the characters come alive and make this a book you won’t want to stop reading in order to make dinner.

I loved the book and thought the writing style itself was lovely and articulate.  With that said, I do have to quibble a bit with some of the author’s choices.  I would have preferred that the Magic 8 Ball not be used as a significant item in Katie’s story.  And, while Ganshert is tasteful and not at all graphic, really I think any mention of sexual scenes—even though they only exist between husband and wife—were unnecessary.

With as many weighty issues as this story covers, I appreciated that Ganshert ended the book with hope.  I have to confess that the story lingers with you because what we readers probably really want is everything tied up at the end with all problems happily resolved.  You really won’t get that here. You get that one glimmer of hope that Carmen and Katie are going to be better off now than they were before, that somehow in losing themselves, they drew closer to God and closer to each other as a family.  God really uses their brokenness to rescue them.  I would have loved 100 more pages so their story could be more fully resolved, but who knows, maybe that will take a sequel?

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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