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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622030532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622030538
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Holy. Shit."
-Sera's shadow

"Finally, a book both my mother-in-law and I can enjoy!"
-Mary Magdalene

"Red Hot and Holy is stunning on so many levels. I simply couldn't put it down! This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the Divine Feminine looks and feels like-embodied, immediate, down-to-earth, and completely accessible. Bravo, Sera Beak!"
-Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"Sera Beak blazes with bold and flowing passion for the direct mystic transmission and primal creative power of the sacred feminine. Red Hot and Holy is juicy, funny, raw, and a wonderful contribution for modern-day soul adventurers."
-Shiva Rea, yogini

"What do you get when you combine a weird, hip angel of a thirty-something woman, advanced training in the study of religion, laugh-out-loud writing, God as Girl, and a direct encounter with cosmic soul no longer "tricked into a tradition"? You get Sera Beak. You get this book, which is really not a book at all, but a living revelation, an American Gnostic gospel posing as a spiritual memoir."
-Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred

"Red Hot and Holy is wildly original, hilariously funny, and deeply wise. I think it can start a movement of the great and good and maenadic ladies of the Red persuasions. It is truly cataclysmic and magnificently dangerous! I would join up even in my now-76th year. It is what life is all about."
-Jean Houston

"This is a brave, untamed, and yes, holy and hot book. Sera Beak describes a spirituality unfettered by dogma (traditional or new age). Like all true mystics, Sera's words compel us to fearlessly confront whatever stands in the way of our awakening. Sera Beak is pioneering new pathways."
-Gail Straub, teacher, activist, and author of Returning to My Mother's House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine

About the Author

Sera Beak is a Harvard-trained scholar of comparative world religions who spent years traveling the world studying spirituality with Sufi dervishes, Tibetan monks, Croatian mystics, shamans, and more. She is the author of The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark, and has appeared in The New York Times, People, and Publisher's Weekly, as well as on NPR, The Dr. Oz Show, and Oprah and Friends. She lives in San Francisco, CA. For more, visit

Customer Reviews

This book is a spiritual memoire of Sera's personal spiritual/soul journey.
How about ...feeling like you want to have a conversation with someone that "gets you".....Sera does in this book.
Jesse Herriott
Her writing is so real, her resolve so unflinching, she is brave and also so laugh out loud funny.
Jean Harris

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Pietkiewicz on July 3, 2013
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Sera Beak quotes from the Swiss Analytical Psychologist Carl Jung at the beginning of the second part of Red, Hot and Holy. Jung wrote those words around 100 years ago in what he called his Red Book. It is an uncensored document of one man's search for, encounter and reunion with his Soul. Only recently published, 50 years after his death, it shows us the deep work required to retrieve our Soul and to become what he called, an individuated Self. It involves facing the dark Shadow of our unconscious wounds and projections, while reclaiming and embodying ourselves in all our fullness. Ultimately this journey helps us embody our very own Essence, the gift that we've come to share with the world.

It takes immense courage to go on this journey. But to stand up and reveal it to others (while you're still in your 30s) is brave beyond words.

That is why I feel immense gratitude for Sera Beak and her own Red, Hot and Holy book. Here, in language we can relate to, even though it's richly woven with scholarship on the world's psychoanalytic, spiritual and mystical traditions, a girlfriend sits down with us over a glass of red wine and has the courage to share in the most intimate, heartfelt, soul searching, gut wrenching, deep belly laughing, and Real way her own incredible Love Story with the Divine. It's her life's search for an authentic and individuated way to honour what she comes to know and embody as herSelf: the Red Lady of her Soul.

As Sera's story reveals, the Soul's journey is a wild ride. And she shares it with us in all its messy and mystical detail. Holding. Nothing. Back. Because of this I couldn't put this book down.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Moon on July 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a man, and I am so grateful to have had this book come into my life. I have been on a spiritual path since before I met Sera (where we went to college together), and have been on the yogic path, in and out of the new age scene since, and done my best to keep it real and authentic for myself all these years. I have read so many uplifting sacred non-dualistic, buddhist, tantric, kabalistic, self help texts, and tried my best to live up to these ancient lineages as a modern western man, with varying degrees of success. As inspiring as all the mythology around enlightenment is, nothing compares to honesty. Brutal and brave honesty. And for this, my inner divine feminine curtseys to Sera Beak. Her story is personal, yet universal. It is written for women, but as a modern man who has embraced his own shakti life force, I can see beyond the distinctions of male and female, and take away so much wisdom from Sera's journey of her own soul re-connection. Ultimately Sera is exposing her own struggles on this spiritual path (which is marketed to us as so shiny and fluffy and positive), and showing the true path home into our heart and sense of fullness isnt always sugar coated, and the fact that she is sharing this publicly is giving us all permission to acknowledge our own struggles, and not feel there is something wrong with our own tears of feeling separated from our soulmate (our very own soul), or feeling frustrated of having connected with it and loosing it, yet coming back to it (us) with an even deeper appreciation. So I say Bravo, and I wish all my sisters, and ex girlfriends, and strangers out there needing to taste something authentic with-in this superficial matrix we live in (and are seduced by), can be blessed to have this book come into their path.Read more ›
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. Towler on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was both surprised and impressed by this book. I find most spiritual memoirs to be uninteresting, but this was different. I think the difference is that Sera Beak approaches spirituality with a kind of ruthless self-honesty that is rare to see.

Basically, this is a story of how a spiritual journey is ultimately one that you have to take alone. Not in a vacuum... Sera has lots of teachers and influences. She's tempted along the way to settle on one tradition or another, but there's something inside her that keeps pushing her to find her own truth. She's very candid about her stumbles and fears along the way, and some of the chapters are uncomfortable to read because she's so frank about the self-delusions that she uncovers. I really got the impression that she was opening up her soul in this book.

For the most part, I don't "do" spirituality like Sera Beak does. There are some insights that I liked a lot (like the difference between "spirit" and "soul" work... that's really interesting), but on the whole I'm not that attracted to many of the practices or philosophies that speak most strongly to her, and all her "Redvolution" stuff doesn't really do much for me. But that's okay. The main point I got from this book is about being true to yourself, and NOT settling for someone else's version of spirituality. And that's what I found most inspiring about it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Schofield on September 7, 2013
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If you are reading this, then, you must realize that you are on a spiritual path. What I like about this book, besides the arthors complete honest, courage and testimony, without being preachy, is her message. No one said being on the spiritual path is easy, there are things in this book I can relate to on a very spiritual and personal level. When all said and done, there is no one path fits all. Our job to to walk the path, face our demons, and realize there is no such thing as failure. We must all get up, dust ourselves off, and begin the journy again. No matter how many times we fail, or fall, we only need to get up, and try something else. This is not a book you take on faith. The arthor encourages you to find your own answers and what you are currently believing, or following may not be the right path for you. Eventually we all find our way. A unique book that one can read several times and get something new, or a fresh perspective each time it is read.
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