Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts

Narrated by: Deb Thomas
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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When your partner betrays, what are the first steps to picking up the pieces of your shattered heart?

Many unsuspecting people wake up every day to discover their loved one, the one person whom they are supposed to trust completely, has been living a life of lies and deceit, because they suffer from a disease: sex addiction. This is a disease shrouded in secrecy and shame.

This is your go-to guide for what to do when you discover your partner is a sex addict. Each chapter is based on frequently asked questions by partners, such as: "Should I Stay or Should I Go?", "Is This Going to Get Better?", "How Do I Set Boundaries and Keep Myself Safe?", and "What Should I Tell the Kids?"

©2015 Gentle Path Press (P)2016 Gentle Path Press

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exactly what I needed!!!

this is a must-read step-by-step manual for anyone with a sex-addicted spouse. I cannot recommend this book any higher. My only regret is that I did not find it a year sooner while going through the agony of discovery

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Such a helpful book

This book soothed my tortured heart and soul and made me realize I'm not alone in what I'm feeling. Highly recommend.

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Excellent resource-thoughtfully organized

This book has been incredibly valuable as I travel this path. It explains so much about how I feel but didn’t understand. It explains logical steps to move forward and a thorough reinforcement that I’m not to blame, but can only progress through finding peace within myself. Great advice compiled from numerous leading researchers in the field.

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Addiction is the partner’s fault?

First of all, I agree with some of the other reviews saying that this book assumes your partner is willing to go to therapy or honestly getting help. But mostly I felt like this book over and over tells the spouse they had a part in their spouse’s addiction. I would maybe understand this view if we were talking about normal affairs where you are trying to figure out why and maybe there was something in your marriage that you contributed to. However, even then it isn’t the spouse’s fault ever that someone chooses to be deceitful rather than addressing the problem or leaving the relationship first. Now when you are addressing addiction, this is even less the partner’s fault. This addiction likely pre-existed the partner’s and the acting out typically has nothing to do with the state of the marriage. This book May be helpful if you are dead set on staying in the relationship and feel that your partner is honestly in recovery, but anyone else please read something else and realize this is not not not not your fault.

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A Must Read

This book provides much insight for both parties. I found that I could relate to most of the content. It is supportive and motivating. I plan to keep it handy as a resource for difficult times and situations.

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must read!!!

I couldn't put this book down. It had everything in it that I have been wondering I've been thinking I've been questioning and been experiencing. It had so many thoughts to put with the struggles. Even in therapy these have been hard points for anybody to explain. This book does an amazing job of bringing you through a lot in the process. It has definitely helped my process!

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very educational

lots of clinical information to help understand the addiction. some practical help as well. will listen again to fully grasp all the info.

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very helpful

I'm really glad I found this book I'm very helpful I will probably listen to it over and over again so I can learn about what's going on with sex addiction