Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Love and the Mystery of Betrayal

Love & the Mystery of Betrayal
Sandra Lee Dennis
Genre: Nonfiction, Psycho/Spiritual, Relationship
Publisher: West County Press
Pages: 332

What is it like to recover from betrayal of trust today in a culture that is blind to the trauma and impatient with grief?  When her long-time partner suddenly left her shortly before their wedding, the author found noting had prepared her for the depth and duration of the pain.  Despite having lived through her husband's death years earlier, she was stunned by the intensity of the suffering and could not understand why this shock hit so hard.  Her loss of faith in this one person precipitated an existential and spiritual crisis that called her very understanding of human nature into question and she wanted to know why.
            As she wrestled with hat turned out to be a massive trauma, she began to keep careful notes of her inner life - she wanted to capture the paradoxes of love, grief and longing mixed with bewilderment and post-traumatic stress.  With bracing frankness and fearlessness, she succeeds.  Love & the Mystery of Betrayal seamlessly blends research and reflection, love and heartbreak, rage and transformation, and the personal with the collective.  The deep, engaging writing provides the type of solace only a kindred spirit who has been there can.  This achingly moving chronicle and meditation on the mysteries of love and betrayal shows how faith and love can triumph even after the most life-shattering revelations and loss.

About the author:
Sandra Lee Dennis, PhD obtained her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her doctorate in Integral Studies (Psychology and Religion) from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  She is an author, teacher and explorer of the interplay of depth psychology and spiritual experience.  Sandra was a teacher in the Gurdjieff tradition for many years, a long-time student of Diamond Heart work, and an Ananda yoga instructor.  She has been on the faculty at Portland State University, the University of Hawaii, CIIS, and the Jung Institute of San Francisco.  The most compelling credential that informs her work, however, is her dedication to and passion for inner life.  She spends her time writing, reading, gardening and luxuriating int he beauty of the Bay Area.


sanleeden said...

Thank you for highlighting “Love and the Mystery of Betrayal” on your site today. This book is available for FREE download TODAY thru Sat (Oct 15 – 18)

“…an achingly moving chronicle of the mysteries of love and betrayal.”

“It is the middle of the night and I have just finished your book, not being able to put it down." — Pam B. (personal correspondence)

“What a remarkable book!”—Gangaji“

A powerful and thoughtful book right from the heart.” —Lundy Bancroft, “Why Does He do That?”

Meghan H said...

You're welcome!!

I know I grabbed it up and I told the people on Facebook and BookLikes to go pick it up too :)

sanleeden said...

Much appreciated! I am really wanting to do whatever I can to help the book find its way into the hands of the people that it can most help: pretty much anyone struggling with their own emotion crisis, but especially from relationship ruptures.

Sorry you didn't realize I had the Free Kindle days going on when you posted!

Meghan H said...

I know. Nobody told me. But I've passed it on everywhere - and it's here too.

I think that's very awesome of you!! :)

sanleeden said...

Thanks again, and best of luck to you with the good work you are doing for the reading world. I like the style and design of your site, too.

Meghan H said...

Thank you so much :)