Betrayal

Have you ever been betrayed? If so, then you know up close and personal the emotional suffering that goes along with betrayal.

Dictionary.com defines betrayal like this:

  • the act of exposing or delivering someone to an enemy through treachery or disloyalty: This security leak was an inexcusable betrayal of an ally whose very existence is now threatened.
  • the act of disappointing a person’s trust, hopes, or expectations: Imagine what a betrayal it is each time a rape victim finds out that her fellow citizens, and our legal system, are just not there for her.
  • the act of revealing information in violation of confidence: The library, which carried books criticizing the regime, was kept in private homes and frequently had to be moved to avoid betrayal of its secret to the local authorities.
  • failure to keep or honor a promise, principle, cherished memory, etc.: Many of his constituents are unhappy with his promotion of new mining and logging initiatives, seeing it as a betrayal of his green ideals.
  • an act or instance of unconsciously revealing or displaying some quality or characteristic, typically one preferably concealed: A slight tremor in her hand was the only betrayal of her fear.

These don’t all apply to a personal betrayal but you get the picture.

I read a book a year or so ago called Beyond Betrayal by Phil Waldrep. I just stumbled upon this book and it’s author quite by accident, but not really, because I’m pretty sure God had some things for me to glean from this book, Beyond Betrayal. The man certainly understands what it’s like to be betrayed.

being betrayed, how to deal with betrayal, what do you do when you have been betrayed, betrayed by your spouse, betrayed by your husband, betrayed be a good friend, betrayed by a business partner, getting past betrayal, moving on after betrayal Phil Waldrep tells about a painful part of his story involving betrayal. He gets the point across that it doesn’t matter if the betrayal came about because of a friend, a spouse, a business partner or another family member. The act of being betrayed, no matter the circumstances, leaves one feeling the same gamut of emotions, no matter who was involved. Each individual will experience those emotions differently, but a commonality still remains. And usually, the feelings that go along with betrayal are brutal.

This book is a good read, especially if you were betrayed by someone close that has left you floundering around  as you tried to do the hard work it takes to process and move on. The words that he shares gives you permission to be okay with exactly where you are, knowing that exactly where you are right now, won’t be the place you will land when the processing dust settles.

This book helps you to see that it’s okay to be where you are for as long as you need to be there, knowing that you are not alone. Many people have walked this road before you, but most importantly, you don’t have to go through this self-probing, sometimes gut-wrenching ordeal alone.

This book helps you invite God into the healing process as you journey on. Beyond Betrayal sheds new light on an old problem leaving the reader feeling hopeful, no matter how devastated the betrayal left them. God makes all the difference in healing after you have been betrayed.

If you are looking for help in dealing with the heartache that betrayal has caused, then I highly recommend this book.

If you have experienced betrayal and would like to talk about it, please reach out. We can make that happen. Or if you would like me to pray for/with you, I would be honored to do so.

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