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The Complicated Heart Book Review

The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When It Hurts

The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When It Hurts by Sarah Mae

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize how much I needed to read this book! The Complicated Heart is really a memoir of two women, a mother and her daughter. The author is the daughter and she adds some of her mothers journal entries in relevant places. The perspective of both women gave me an empathetic pull into their lives.

This book is about manipulation, hurting ourselves and how the hurting can’t seem to stop hurting others. This spiral of family hurt and dysfunction has to be recognized and addressed before moving on is a possibility. I love that Sarah did learn to set boundaries in hurtful relationships, how she gives us hope by opening up and sharing her wounds with us. She shares her intimate story of her soul being repaired by God. This book is everything a memoir should be. It’s about pain and rejection when we really need love and the coping habits we develop that will ultimately destroy us if we let them.

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