Women are fiercely passionate people, aren’t we? We connect deeply with other women, and oftentimes develop long lasting friendships that make an enormous impact on our lives. We create bonds that are unbreakable, and fiercely love each other through the unfortunate falls and the tumultuous turns we endure. Our connections with each other are often the very lifelines we create to live more richly and love more fully. Our beloved friends can lift us and carry us through battlegrounds of suffering and trauma, while they can also raise us higher than we are through passionate encouragement and loyal commitment. There is a wondrous and fulfilling sisterhood that develops through these friendships, and I have been blessed with many that have planted a profound place in my heart.
But what happens when our beautiful bonds become broken? How do we navigate those unpredictable and painful turns in the road of our relationships? We are flawed. I am betting that every woman reading this right now, can testify to a crack in her path’s ground where she once walked with a beloved friend… and somehow lost her through unfortunate, misleading and often mistrusted intentions.
I know I can. And that very profound place in my heart is forever broken. There will always be a lingering residual pain that radiates through my every day because I lost my best friend of over 25 years to those things…
Unfortunate, misleading and mistrusted intentions.
I will grieve the loss forever.
Today I am honored to share a new amazing book of such powerful stories of friendships full of love and loss. This compilation of talented writers and bloggers have boldly shared their experience of their heart breaks in “My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends”. The book is a compelling read from start to finish, as each of the 35 stories share a gripping and honest tale of fallen friends and the lingering and lasting loss from their experience.
Jessica Smock (School of Smock) and Stephanie Sprenger (Mommy For Real) set out to publish their first book about friendships, “The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship.” Which featured several gifted writers sharing their experiences of deep female friendships. They were inspired to continue their mission in their second book about friendships that for one reason or another, came to an end.
“We started this book looking for answers. We wanted to know why these stories resonated so deeply with women, years and decades later, revealing wounds deeper than the scars left from romantic relationships. We wanted to know why women’s friendships begin and end so differently than men’s. We wanted to know why women seemed to feel more guilt, more shame, more trauma, and more remorse about the ends of friendships than the loss of romantic partners.”
Both women are incredible forces in the blogging industry and they have inspired many women to be published through both of their anthologies. Many of the authors in both books are dear friends of mine, and I am thrilled to support their published work!
Friends, this is a good read for any woman who knows all too well the pain of losing a beloved friend. You can now pre-order My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends from Amazon until the release date of September 15, 2014!