Diane grew up never understanding what Advent was about because her church never talked about or celebrated it. But as her faith grew, so did her curiosity about spiritual practices of other Christian denominations. Her exploration brought her to dig into into the duality of Advent’s purpose: of celebration and of anticipation.
We are celebrating the arrival of the baby Jesus, of God coming into our world, showing us how to live, giving us a hope. And we are anticipating the return of Jesus which will usher in our eternal life with Him.
It is a consummate celebration of everything that makes our faith as powerful and complete as it is. God came, God died, God returned from the dead and God is coming back.
All wrapped up in this thing called Advent. Who knew?
Diane wrote this devotional to celebrate that awakening, sharing through her daily words the change that has occurred in her since she started doing Christmas God’s way rather than the world’s way. She wrote each entry attempting to capture what moves her about that baby in a manger, that king being born, that God becoming human. She readily admits that she has much more to learn about what this miraculous birth means to humanity, and to our eternity.
Let Diane’s discovery of Advent inspire you to find your own path to Advent, to the manger, and right up to the empty tomb.
- Diane does such a beautiful job in making this an accessible, yet profound devotional experience as we “wait on tiptoes” for Jesus’ birth. I felt this was very universally appealing regardless of age and stage of life. I bought the e-reader version, but will probably need to purchase some paperback copies for friends for next year. Each devotional is the perfect length and ties beautifully our daily experiences with the hope, love, and expectancy of waiting upon our Savior. MUST READ. ~gretchen
- I loved this devotional. It was very thought-provoking and down to earth. ~lkb
Diane survived cancer forty years ago, one of a few who did. With decades of advancements, cancer is still taking lives, including her sister’s in 2008. This book is a memoir of both – of survival and loss, of hope and defeat. But more than that it is a search into why, even in her loss, she has faith that there will be a cure for all cancers in her lifetime.
Jump into her story as she weaves in what used to be with the seeming miraculous advances that have been made since her cure. Her contagious belief that the cure is within reach will encourage and inspire all who battle the disease, who know someone who has, and who seek an end to this disease.
- I haven’t read a book for probably 10 years. This afternoon, I read this book – cover to cover. The facts and personal accounts complimented your honest personal journey. Thank you Diane for sharing your story. ~Amazon buyer/reader
- The book is an easy read that left me with more hope and increased confidence in what is happening in the world of research and addressing the issues that surround cancer treatments and patient reactions. Her own story, as she tells it compared to current treatments, makes clear the advances that have been made – for a cure and for the benefit of the patient in treatments that are not friendly to the human body. I have not had cancer myself but she encouraged me about my own responses to the disease and treatments of those close to me, from feeling confused and unable to help, to anxiety and holding on by sheer faith. She nails the emotion and the hope needed in this engaging book on a tough topic. ~E. Bingaman
Overcoming the fear of failure is worth every bit of effort it may take. Dreams longed shelved because of fear can be rekindled, and achieved. Overcoming the fear of failure is just a step at a time. Losing the Mask can provide the kick you may need to get out of your seat, on your feet, and taking steps toward achieving your dreams.
Thanks for the compelling and frank inspiration to get out and do the thing that fuels our fears. Well said, well written. ~R. Sill
Very well done love the practical real advice. I really enjoyed this author and need to find more by her. ~Amazon buyer/reader
While reading Losing The Mask I felt ennobled, encouraged, and challenged to embrace my life story, warts and all. We can only hope Karchner will be going back to that typewriter again and again. Look for more from this talented new author. ~B. Jones, Sr. Pastor and author of Forgiveness, Hell is Real, Second Guessing God
Simply written and gets to the heart of the matter. The author shares her personal struggles and success in conquering her fears. This is an easy and fast read and very inspiring. This is a book I’ll keep forever. It has helped me to get past my own emotional demons. Let’s face it, everybody feels fear, but we can all overcome it; read this book! ~S. Wood
Losing the Mask was awesome! Not too long. Great points to be easily remembered and useful to guide and overcome fear of failure. I was pumped up to go out to face the fear and do it anyway! Way to go, Diane. ~C. Stewart, Nursing Home Administrator