Sarah Mae Teaches Us How to Love When it Hurts with New Book

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People always ask Sarah how she forgave her alcoholic mother.

How do you forgive someone who wounded you so deeply, who carelessly brushed aside your pain, who caused such destruction? How do you forgive them when your wounds are still open, they show no remorse, and you're so tangled up with them you're not sure how to get untangled?

These are the questions Sarah Mae has wrestled with since she was fourteen years old-the year she moved in with her mother.

The Complicated Heart takes readers on a journey where they will experience Sarah's story with her. Readers will be able to peek behind the curtain into the heart of her mom as well, through journal entries and letters. The story of Sarah and her mom is the story of how light finds a way in, even in the deepest darkness. It is a story that shows victory, hope, and redemption in the midst of trauma and pain.

Specifically, The Complicated Heart will help you:

  • Learn how to forgive when your wound is still open
  • Heal even when circumstances don't change
  • Get out of the cycle of dysfunction that you seem trapped in
  • Love when it feels impossible
  • Persevere in hope even when you think it's a waste of time
  • Support a friend who is dealing with a broken or painful relationship

Sarah Mae is in the ministry of spilling your guts. Through the "spilling" of her own honest and vulnerable stories, she's learned that no story is too unsafe, no past is too awful, no heartache is too great that God's grace can't cover, recover, and heal. She has a real tender spot for the brokenhearted, especially those with mother wounds, and her writing and speaking is always in service to those who need to know that dysfunction is not their legacy or identity, and healing, redemption, and joy is always on the table.

Sarah is the coauthor of the bestselling book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, the founder of several events including the first national Christian women's blogging conference, Allume (which was retired in 2015) and A Night to Breathe, an event for exhausted but vision-focused moms of little ones. She has been featured on Focus on the Family radio, The Life Today Show with James Robison, and in Life Beautiful Magazine as one of 50 most inspiring Christian women of 2016.

Sarah makes her home in Lancaster county Pennsylvania with her woodworker husband and three spunky kiddos. Learn more and be encouraged in the tough stuff of life at



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