{Excerpt} White Hot Truth : Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another by:Danielle LaPorte

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White Hot Truth Highlights

Chapter 1: excerpt
THE CHURCH OF SELF-IMPROVEMENT: When worship becomes work …On the way to my first meeting at the White House, I tucked crystals into my bra for protection—they weren’t detected by security because that’s how magical amethysts can be. I’ve dropped mushrooms but refused painkillers. I’ve popped blue-green algae to pull all-nighters, brewed kombucha for my cha-cha. I have meditated while having a coffee colonic (and let me tell you, if you can meditate with a tube up your ass, you are definitely headed toward enlightenment). I’ve read channeling transcripts on how to find my Soulmate—for which I blame at least two breakups and a few missed opportunities to get laid by good men. If I’d been less fixated on the perfect twin flame, I might have been more easy…going. I temporarily broke up with the New Age to date New Physics. Everything happens for a reason. Being on stage a lot as a “motivational speaker,” I was sermonizing about healthy boundaries and self-Love being a divine responsibility. Most people seemed to think, Well, she doesn’t suffer fools. But behind the scenes I was suffering some serious foolishness. I took a lot of crap from lovers and other collaborators because I thought tolerance was the “spiritual” course of action, or non-action as was the case. I practiced being less attached to my wants and more attached to my needs—but it was really hard to tell the difference. I chose Freddie Mercury as my Spirit Animal. He helped. The show must go on. … You can’t seek approval on your way to sovereignty. Freedom is not something you need to earn. Joy does not come from a checklist.

Chapter 5: excerpt
FULL OF YOURSELF: The curiosities of self-hatred, and the only guarantee of self-Love …we’re missing the deeper dialogue when it comes to self-Love and determination: Loving yourself, even when you do it most humbly, can attract some not-so-Loving responses. When you start to care more deeply about your own well-being, a whole new set of inner—and outer—challenges will surface in your life. Self-respect can create conflict. Just get used it. …How to know that you Love yourself… You will Love more people, more deeply. This is the best part. Self-Love expands into Loving others. It’s so perfect, and beautiful, and right. You’re not trying to attain your own sequestered happiness. You look into your heart and see that it’s connected to everyone else’s. You feel that mystical and palpable kinship, and you want the same freedoms and fulfillment for others that you want for yourself.

Chapter 6: excerpt
YOU’RE SPECIAL—BUT NOT THAT SPECIAL: In search of worth The need to feel special is a healthy human need. It means we’re being seen and are loved for what’s seen. But when you combine spirituality with an unchecked hunger to be “special,” you get spiritual glamour. And it’s some nasty, nefarious stuff. spiritual glamour (noun/verb): 1. regarding your spirituality as a qualification for special treatment; superiority 2. New Age douche Spiritual glamour–pusses always and a way to insert their esoteric resumé into the conversation. “I’ve been meditating for twenty-five years,” or “My work with the orphans…” or “Parmesan Yogi Wannawanda is a personal friend of mine and when I was yachting with him, he told me…” We get it. You’re buds with an Enlightened Master, so you must be special. …On the ego’s role in spiritual growth: Befriending our ego is a step to befriending our whole self. You’re an original. If we’re always looking to see how “spiritual” others think we are, we will never tap the depths of our authentic selves. Their perceived opinions of us will be the greatest distractions to hearing and feeling our Truth. The desire to evolve must come from internal inspiration, not external motivation.

Chapter 8: excerpt
OPEN, GENTLE HEART. BIG FUCKING FENCE. Boundaries for spiritual people …I saw the same boundary issues with my Soul Sisters as well. Other- wise remarkably powerful, get-shit-done women who couldn’t tell their adorable but freeloading brother that it was time to move out of the guest room and get a job; or the gorgeous and articulate friend who kept quiet about the tantra teacher who crossed the line with her; or the whip-smart entrepreneur who couldn’t put a “stop payment” on the check to the “socially responsible” consultant who gave her nearly fatal business advice. We were all so accustomed to directing our compassion outward that turning the tide of protective Love toward ourselves was discombobulating. We fought for causes, for relationships, for our children, for our co-workers, but it was terrifying to fight for ourselves.

Chapter 10: excerpt
THE SOUL OF SERVICE: Conscious optimism and giving from your fullness …according to a lot of spiritual perspectives, all is well in the Universe. Our enlightenment is inevitable. It’s all progress. I do believe that we will get to where we’re headed—to a more enlightened way of living and co-creating… I also believe that over-spiritualizing our global tragedies doesn’t heal them—it perpetuates them. And I believe in free will. So we have a choice: stubborn ignorance can slow us down and make us take the long way ’round to our destination, or we can make some radical shifts and get there with some efficiency. The Universe operates on free will—and that means that both ascension and devolution are options. It’s up to us.

Chapter 11: excerpt
YOU ARE THE GURU: The hottest truth of all …I wasn’t at the ashram for long but, as it happens for me in any situation of extreme restraint, I started feeling hornier than usual, and craving other circumstantially illicit things—like a pack of smokes and some Led Zeppelin cranked really loud. Oh woe. My mind was having a fairly predictable reaction to discipline, but so was my heart. It was becoming clear that I was not made for this scene. …Your breakthroughs have more to do with your own power than that of the expert or guru. Outside sources can be Soul resources—but not because THEY know something that you don’t. They are merely showing you your own wisdom. Wisdom is built, not bestowed.

Chapter 12: excerpt
FAUX FREEDOMS When sacred sex goes sideways …Between oppressive culturalization and the shifting expressions of feminism, I get why Yoni Puja empowerment workshops or an orgy at Burning Man might be appealing—truly healing, even. For some of us, getting greased and going wild is exactly what we need to break the psychological chains and move up our own evolutionary spiral. I also understand why so many progressive, spiritually focused women think they might look like prudes if they demur on the free Love. It can be easy to feel ever-so-slightly shamed for not being “freer,” as if they’re repressed just because they don’t want to go to the Proud and Powerful Pussy Power Summit and pair up with a guy they just met to find their orgasmic sweet spot. Going wild isn’t necessarily freeing. And restraint isn’t always restrictive. What is the modern goddess to do?

Chapter 15: excerpt
DISCERNMENT IS EVERYTHING When the negative serves the positive You can’t have the Light without the dark. It’s a primary function of metaphysical teachers to emphasize the power of the Light, but they can neglect to address the realities of dealing with the darkness. I was at an angel workshop (don’t judge me), and a woman who was mentioning some government conspiracy theories was hushed by the workshop leader, “We can’t talk about negative things like that, it gives it energy.” Please, if you can’t talk about whacky conspiracy theories at an angel reading workshop, then where can you talk about them? …Sometimes, you have to go right to the heart of an issue and call people on their bullshit-making—which might not seem like a very “spiritual” thing to do. But let me tell you…opinions used for raising standards are sacred indeed… Being discerning is not the same as being judgmental. Discernment is big-minded and awake. Judgment is narrow-minded and operates in the dark. Discernment is our wisdom coming to life.
Release: 5/15/17
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{Book Attraction} Slave Day by:Rob Thomas

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From the creator of Veronica Mars comes a timely novel that looks at a high school fundraising tradition of auctioning off students as “slaves.”

At Robert E. Lee High School, the traditional fundraising event is Slave Day, in which the student leaders and faculty are auctioned off as slaves for the winning bidders. Keene Davenport is outraged and plans to stay home to protest this racist practice. But his mom won’t let him skip school, and he finds that none of his classmates took his protest seriously. So instead he decides on an alternative path of civil disobedience—he will “buy” Shawn Greeley, the school’s first black student body president.

Told in eight alternating perspectives, Slave Day is a powerful novel featuring beauty queens, geeks, class clowns, and football players—and none of them will come out of it the same.
Release: 7/31/18
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Ages: 12 And Up, Grades: 7 And Up

{New Release} Holding Out for a Hero: A Men in Uniform Novel by:Codi Gary

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Holding Out for a Hero by Codi GaryHe wasn’t looking for love . . .

Two years after the death of his wife, Sergeant Blake Kline is still hurting. He isn’t ready to date, but whenever he stops by his local diner and sees the friendly smile of his favorite waitress, he feels a spark of true happiness again. And when her life is unexpectedly threatened, Blake discovers his feelings for her might not be as platonic as he thought.

She was holding out for the hero of her dreams . . .

Bookworm Hannah York has always been a hopeless romantic—preferring book boyfriends to blind dates—and she’s been day-dreaming about Blake since the moment he came into her diner. She’s convinced they’ll never be more than friends . . . until Blake kisses her and “weak in the knees” becomes more than just a line from her favorite romance novel. The closer Blake and Hannah get, however, the harder he fights to keep her at a distance.

But forever has a way of sneaking up on you . . .

When their blossoming relationship takes a complicated turn, Blake will have to face his past . . . or risk losing Hannah forever.
Release: 11/8/16
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{Books To Screen} Michael Connelly’s ‘Bosch’ Gets Premiere Date

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Get a first look at Bosch, a new Amazon Original Series based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video in February 2015. Starring Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching and Jamie Hector.

{Books To Film} Wild

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Based on the NY Times Bestselling book “Wild by: Cheryl Strayed.” With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. 

Release: December 5th
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, and Laura Dern
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

{New Release} 8/19/2014

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The Choir Director 2-Runaway Bride by: Carl Weber
Carl Weber takes readers back to church in his latest drama-filled novel, the much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller, The Choir Director.
It’s been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he’s on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation. 

Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, “between heaven and hell.” As the investigation into Tia’s disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined.

{New Releases} 7/29/14

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Bad as in Good by:J. Lovelace
Teeming with dramatic plot twists and wickedly delightful erotic frills, a passionate story about two lovers struggling with heartbreak, heartthrobs, and self-fulfillment.

Many of us fall into unrelenting cycles that lead us to inevitable heartbreak—a knee-weakening, nearly unbearable period of withdrawal where we curse our indiscretions and promise to do better next time. But why? Why do we do this to ourselves?

That’s the question Erin is constantly asking herself.

Along for the ride is Tariq, a young man battling his past as well. While their romantic lives intertwine, they find it almost impossible to break free of the merciless beast that is love and its ugly stepsister, heartbreak.

At first, Erin’s attraction to Tariq is like a drug addiction she can’t ignore, but as drama ensues and the ugly past comes back to visit, both Tariq and Erin realize how bad—as in good—love truly is.

Games Divas’s Play by: Angela Burt-Murray 
An ambitious entertainment reporter, millionaire basketball player, desperate wife, scandalous groupie, and murderous stalker. Games Divas Play takes you inside the high-stakes world of professional sports, where everyone plays to win.

When Nia Bullock lands a job as editor-in-chief of the hot new magazine and web site DivaDish, she finds that her platinum dreams can quickly turn into a nightmare. Battling backstabbing colleagues and reeling from murderous threats, she must turn to an ex-boyfriend for help.

Vanessa King, the first lady of the NBA, is looking for a fresh start with her husband, Marcus, the new star point guard for the New York Gladiators who’s as popular with the ladies as he is with hoops fans. Since marrying her college sweetheart, Vanessa has learned to deal with life with a professional athlete—the groupies, the paparazzi, and the unchecked ego of a man the sports world puts on a pedestal.

When Laila James, self-proclaimed “Golden Goddess,” sets her sights on Marcus and shops a reality show based on their affair—and then a dangerous stalker threatens his family—Vanessa turns to her best friend Nia to save her marriage and her life.

In the first book in the Diva Mystery Series, three women engage in a ruthless battle for love and the limelight, and soon learn what it really takes to stay on top.
Any Man I Want by: Michele Grant
As the beautiful baby girl of the protective Montgomery clan, Katrina has led a charmed life. A modeling career sky-rocketed her to fame and fortune. Facing thirty, she’s ready for a challenge and goes into the fashion design business with her sister-in-law. If only her personal life ran as smoothly. The only man Katrina’s really drawn to is the one she can’t control: former pro footballer, notorious player, and family friend, Carter Evan Parks.

Carter has retired from sports–and womanizing–to build a successful real estate career. Now he wants to get serious in his love life–with Katrina. Trouble is, dating his best friend’s pampered sister could go wrong in so many ways. Yet when Katrina makes a dangerous decision and an old family nemesis stirs up trouble, Carter finds himself coming to her rescue, and soon the two are embarking on a romance–under the watchful eyes of the Montgomery’s. But what happens when a girl who can have any man chooses one who won’t be toyed with?

Drake Pt 2 by:Joy Deja King
Drake was left for dead but he survived, unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for his fiancé and newborn son. With the help of Cindy he has rebuilt his life but the taste of revenge is still what he craves. But will Drake’s quest for retribution be his ultimate downfall? 

Cindy continues to chase the money and power that comes with running the lucrative drug trade in Philadelphia. She believes she has the game all figured out but with a ruthless boss who is unwilling to relinquish his control and a friend who might actually be the enemy, Cindy’s rise to the top might be cut short. Will Cindy be able to maneuver through the madness and dominate the streets or will she have to accept defeat? Find out in the conclusion of Drake.
Put Your Diamonds Up by: Ni-Ni Simone & Amir Abrams
Explosive rumors and a mega-media frenzy almost ended the Pampered Princesses’ reign as Hollywood High royalty. Now only one diva can win the ultimate fame of thrones. . .

London Phillips is keeping her billionaire boyfriend close–and her secrets closer–by pretending to play her mother’s game. But the rules dramatically change when her ex-boo, Justice Banks, ends up in the arms of her best friend . . .

One lie too many cost spoiled Rich Montgomery her one true love. No problem–finding a new man is what she does best. But a certain bad boy’s drama is more dangerous than she ever imagined . . .

Fresh out of rehab, teen star Heather Cummings has Hollywood High’s newest hottie dead in her party-girl sights. And unexpected news could fulfill all her dreams–or shatter them for good. . .

Spencer Ellington wants revenge. And making alliances with her ex-frenemy and her biggest enemy is a small price to pay to expose everyone’s dirty little deceptions–and conquer Hollywood High’s powerful in-crowd once and for all. . .

Jack Strong: A Story of Life after Life by Walter Mosley

In a Las Vegas hotel room, a man awakes to confront his destiny

Dreaming, Jack hears voices: a frightened child in a hospital, a woman cheating on her husband, a death-row inmate. When he wakes, the voices recede, but they do not vanish. He is in a luxurious hotel room on the Vegas strip, and his body is covered in scars. Jack Strong is a patchwork man, his flesh melded together from dozens of men and women, and his mind is the same way. Countless lifetimes are contained within him: people whose time was cut short, and who see their place in Jack as a chance to make things right.

On behalf of one of them, Jack reignites a feud with corrupt casino bosses. Drawing on the skills of another, he beats the life out of two bodyguards. Jack fights for control as he lurches from impulse to impulse, certain that somewhere within him exists a soul. The answers may lie with whomever is tailing him in a sleek black car—if Jack can somehow confront him.

We Should All Be Feminists by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Troublemaker by: Trice Hickman

Every joy has its challenges. . .
After twenty years, childhood best friends Alexandria Thornton and PJ Brightwood have reunited–and fallen in love. Alex’s artistic nature as a spoken word artist, and PJ’s success as a talented surgeon promise a bright future. But their happiness brings unexpected complications for those they care about most. . .
A devoted wife, loving mother, and successful businesswoman, Victoria Thornton is a pillar of her suburban Atlanta community. But when her daughter, Alexandria, becomes engaged to the son of Victoria’s former lover, her past mistake threatens her orderly life. As the impending marriage reunites both families, it reignites old feelings that test all of their relationships–and all of their boundaries. . .
Back Channel by: Stephen L. Carter
October 1962. The Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. Warships and submarines are on the move. Planes are in the air. Troops are at the ready. Both leaders are surrounded by advisers clamoring for war. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel”—a surreptitious path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at risk . . . but they’re careful not to tell her that.
Stephen L. Carter’s gripping new novel, Back Channel, is a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction—a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the fate of the world rests unexpectedly on the shoulders of a young college student.
On the island of Curaçao, a visiting Soviet chess champion whispers state secrets to an American acquaintance.
In the Atlantic Ocean, a freighter struggles through a squall while trying to avoid surveillance.
And in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen, one of the few black women at Cornell, is asked to go to Eastern Europe to babysit a madman.
As the clock ticks toward World War III, Margo undertakes her harrowing journey. Pursued by the hawks on both sides, protected by nothing but her own ingenuity and courage, Margo is drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire—and into her own family’s hidden past.
Magnolia Drive (A Cavanaugh Island Novel Book 4) by:Rochelle Alers 
Love is the sweetest way home . . .
After a taste of Broadway stardom and a failed marriage, Francine Tanner is rebuilding her life back home on Cavanaugh Island. She’s done with acting-and anyone who isn’t genuine about real life and true feelings. But the mysterious newcomer who’s bought land outside her hometown of Sanctuary Cove is as down-to-earth as he is handsome . . . and he may be her second chance for the real thing.
Keaton Grace has had a crush on glamour-girl Francine Tanner for years. He can’t believe his luck that she lives in the same small town where he’s developing his new film studio. He just has to convince his favorite star to return to the spotlight. Yet the more time they spend together, the more he realizes the smart, funny, sexy woman she is in real life is far better than any role he envisioned. 
Now what he wants most is to heal her pain-and prove their attraction could be more powerful than anything they ever imagined . .

My Steps Are Ordered by Michelle Lindo Rice
What happens when your husband finds out you’re in love with his brother?
Team Keith? Team Michael? How about Team God?

       Gina Ward has it all: a husband, a child, and all the finer things life have to offer. She doesn’t see herself as one of the less fortunate who needs God. But, what happens when her only son, Trey, falls ill? Will she rely on the only one who holds the world in His hands?

       Keith Ward is a respected minister, but he cannot shake his inappropriate feelings for his brother’s wife. When his nephew falls ill, Keith knows he has to drop everything to be by her side. Will he finally find healing for his broken heart?
       Michael Ward is living the dream life, but life as he knows it changes drastically when his son falls ill. Everything he thought to be truth will be brought into question. What will he do when he realizes he is living one big lie?
The Second Installment of the “On the Right Path” series promises to keep you turning the pages until the stunning end.

Exit Wounds: Overcoming Unprocessed Pain by Christopher Hartwell

When you have bad experiences, you may not always remember when or where it started, but you have the evidence of how it tore you up inside. The force and pressure of that painful encounter creates an empty space within, distorting what’s vital and valuable, leaving you with a hole in your life. Exit Wounds shows you the steps to processing that pain.