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?
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 Carmen’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 Carmen 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.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.