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Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review: Love and the Mystery of Betrayal by Sandra Lee Dennis

An outstanding, in depth look at betrayal and it's impact in our lives. The author brings her extensive psychological and spiritual knowledge and experience to bear on her own response to being betrayed in love. Especially helpful to me was that our brain fails to distinguish between physical and emotional trauma, at least in terms of the impact of the trauma on our psyche and person.

While I do have a history of profound betrayal in childhood, I had (for me) an interesting insight into my current situation. Having struggled with significant and early onset (at age 45) physical limitations and increasing debility for the last eight years, this book got me in touch with a profound sense of being betrayed by my body - which seems to speak to the connection between physical and emotional trauma of which the author wrote. It's an interesting and powerful connection for me and, I suspect, others in similar circumstances.

More importantly, this book is outstanding for those struggling to cope with betrayal in love because it is honest about the struggle and the path of recovery. There are no easy answers here, no encouragement to use band-aid measures that mask the symptoms and in so doing leave an emotional time bomb rather than true healing in place. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by the author in return for a fair, unbiased review.

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