In school, you learn about blood vessels and veins, and the intricate anatomy of the heart. But how is it that so many people continue to live, even after their hearts are repeatedly broken? It turns out, that pumping organ in our chests isn’t as fragile as it may seem—in fact, much of the first-hand experience required getting back on track and finding your way to a healthy relationship can be found in examining and evaluating your past relationships, as full of heartbreak as they may be. There is a certain wisdom that can be found in those who have faced a lifetime of trials and tribulations, one that no amount of studying or any college degree can replace. This is the theory behind Half of a Man and a Piece of Me, a candid work in which author Holly Smith-Lindsey shares her personal reflections about past relationships, and what she has learned in the process of becoming who she is today. Part autobiography and part self-help guide, the author shares her valuable insights based on years of good, bad, and ugly experiences in romantic partnerships and the world of dating. From life as a teenage mom, to years of casual relationships, to on-again-off-again and abusive situations, many readers will find that they can identify personally with the subjects addressed in this highly personal work. In addition to Smith-Lindsey’s own stories, you will also read the first-hand accounts of several other women, each sharing the wisdom they have gained from their unique relationships and situations. Full of hilarious, thought-provoking, and deeply emotional situations, the author herself recommends slowing down to savor and digest every word of this unique relationship guide. As opposed to the many general relationship self-help books on the shelf today, this testimonial-style guide stands out because of its deeply personal subject matter. Rather than a PhD or formal education in psychology, Holly Smith-Lindsey simply offers her own life experiences, as well as the shared experiences of her friends. The result is a raw, honest look at the true-life issues many individuals face in their romantic partnerships today, reported first-hand by the people who have experienced them. Through the metaphors of a “half” and a “piece,” this memorable book maps out the process of growth, change, and regrets, which may lead to two people finally reaching a happy union. For a book that addresses such serious subject matter, readers will also find much of the content uplifting and inspiring. The author takes a decidedly positive view on relationships, even the ones that have broken her heart in the past. Rather than playing mind games or seeking revenge, she is a big believer in thinking before reacting, and has plenty of positive pieces of advice to share. She advocates learning from past experiences, but without the toxic practice of dwelling on those people and events that have caused emotional pain. Overall, readers will be informed, entertained, and inspired by this unique take on an autobiographical self-help book. Those who are just starting out in the dating world will have just as much to take from this reflective piece as those who have been married for fifty years, or those who have experienced a string of toxic relationships. Regardless of what category you fall into, there’s something for everyone in Holly Smith-Lindsey’s thoughtfully-crafted, heartfelt work.
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