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White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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"Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth comes straight from the messy, complicated world of authentic life experience. She is a force field of energy, wonder, humour, and love."
– Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and In The Body of the World
"Danielle LaPorte is a bright light in the modern priestesshood. She keeps it spiritual, she keeps it real, she keeps it good."
– Marianne Williamson, NY Times bestselling author of Tears to Triumph
"Our souls are yearning for Danielle’s liberating message―that discernment is crucial to our true spiritual freedom. She’s as compassionate as she is fiery, and every contemporary seeker will see themselves in her hard won―and very timely―White Hot Truth."
– Dr. Shefali Tsabary, NY Times bestselling author of The Awakened Family
"Searing grace! When Danielle LaPorte writes, there is nowhere to hide. White Hot Truth is an incendiary device for the soul. Raw, honest, funny, wise, it’s a portal to the part of you that’s always wanted to see the light of day, but never quite knew how to find its way out. Read it. Live it. Breathe it. Be it."
– Jonathan Fields, author of How to Live a Good Life
"I devoured this book. The way Danielle questions our approach to self-actualization and reminds us what self-love truly looks and feels like is a revelation and a revolution. Let this book be your guide to what you already know in your bones but may have forgotten as you’ve traversed the crowded spiritual growth industry. Strip back the layers and remember the truth with a capital T."
– Kate Northrup, author of Money: A Love Story
"This brave book is a substantial feast of truth singing and ecstatic wisdom delivered by a fierce spirit called Danielle LaPorte. Your heart will leap in recognition and your soul will rise up mightily and do mighty things."
– SARK, co-author/artist of Succulent Wild Love
"A wonderfully engaging, deep-diving yet user-friendly tour of the promises and perils of 21st century spirituality. Danielle casts a fiercely compassionate, psychologically savvy eye upon the ways in which we distract ourselves from what really matters. Hers is a vividly alive, multi-colored invitation to embrace a life in which the personal, relational, and spiritual function as one."
– Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, author of Spiritual Bypassing and To Be a Man
"Danielle LaPorte never disappoints as this generation’s go-to truth teller and visionary, always leading by being ahead of the curve. She intuits what is needed and provides it at the exact right moment. This holds true for her newest sizzling book-baby, White Hot Truth. Danielle is empowering readers to trust their truth as she leads with her own vulnerability, wisdom, and wickedly good sense of humour. A must-read for these tumultuous times!"
– Terri Cole, psychotherapist and creator of the Real Love Revolution
"I love real language. Communication without it is a diversion. I also recognize real insight, it brings out your highest consciousness when you read it...it’s the “aha” that ignites you. White Hot Truth has all of this and far more...cover to cover."
– Guru Singh, Kundalini yoga & meditation master, author of Buried Treasures
"Danielle’s voice is medicine for self-help fatigue and ambition overdrive. Her deep clarity and realness are a healing combination―and it’s right on time for our culture."
– Dr. Mark Hyman, 10-time NY Times bestselling author
"In White Hot Truth, Danielle LaPorte graces us again with her creativity and courage. I consider Danielle one of the embodiments of prophetess in the modern age―she’s a leader, a path-creator, and a vision keeper for hundreds of thousands of women in our time. Once again, in this book, she raises the lantern of powerful words to help us see through the fog, and illumine a way forward."
– Tara Mohr, author of Playing Big
"Danielle LaPorte addresses the central question of our generation: Why is spiritual progress so confusing, full of nonsense, and plagued by false gurus? She’s the fierce, daring, truth-slinging wingman we all need while on the authentic path of the soul. In her epic yet short book, I found the answers I’ve been seeking for decades."
– Sara Gottfried, NY Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure
"Danielle lights the way in reconnecting people to their true voice and authentic self. Her words hold the power to validate, heal, and free the hearts and souls of womankind."
– Anthony William, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods
"When we share our stories and our struggles and the overcoming, we give others an opportunity to see themselves and to see that we all go through so much. Danielle does just this in White Hot Truth. She shares her journey with humour and wisdom allowing us to break through as she explores the journey of an enlightened woman walking the path of the real life. I inhaled White Hot Truth and bow to Danielle and the voice she brings to all."
– Carrie-Anne Moss, actress and founder of AnnapurnaLiving.com
"Danielle LaPorte is our soul’s champion. She shines her white hot light on the radiance that lives in each of us."
– Regena Thomashauer, NY Times bestselling author of Pussy
"I’ve long said that Danielle LaPorte is one of the most beautiful writers alive today. White Hot Truth is Profound. Timely. Timeless. Danielle steps into a deeper leadership role as she blazes a SPIRIT path while also being incredibly hip to the countless complexities of our very human experience/experiment. Riveting!"
– Linda Sivertsen, bestselling author and host of The Beautiful Writers Podcast
"Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth is provocative, essential, devotional, sacred, profane, and necessary for all seekers...an invitation for you to be brave and committed. So get your courage on. Read it, be inspired by it, then read it again. Love lives in these pages."
– Colette Baron-Reid, author of Uncharted and creator of Oracle School
"Danielle LaPorte is a human hummingbird. Hummingbirds memorize thousands of flowers, but only go to the ones that truly nourish them. They are bright, intelligent creatures who cultivate the discernment to no longer be distracted by false images and pay special attention to the moments of illumination when their true nectar appears. White Hot Truth is a must have how-to guide for efficiently and enjoyably traversing your daily life with less bullshit and more joy. Danielle’s words fly across the page sharing timeless eternal wisdom by making it accessible in a modern relatable context."
– Rochelle Schieck, author of Qoya and creator of www.Qoya.love
"Poetic, visionary, and downright hysterical, White Hot Truth reminds us that spirituality is about having the courage to just be real―it is to be the hot mess and the holy soul that we are."
– Meggan Watterson, author of How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People)
"This is a book to be lived. Savour it. Delight in it. Weep and laugh and belly your way through it. This is a gospel for our times. A laser beam of truth that will “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” White Hot Truth is, ultimately, a love song. To our divinely human selves. To our beautiful, fractured world."
– Hiro Boga, creator of Become Your Own Business Adviser
"I love the tenderness with which Danielle sees the whole. Beautiful and funny and wry. This feels mature, wise-woman, and integrated. White Hot Truth gives us permission to be ourselves when we are so caught up in being what we think we should be. This book is a gift."
– Lianne Raymond, Master Coach
"Every paragraph of this book is a truthbomb. Danielle’s way of naming what you feel in your bones but haven’t yet identified is the gift of White Hot Truth. It’s validating, it’s wise, and―if you’re ready―this is a majorly liberating approach to becoming your best self."
– Eric Handler, founder of PositivelyPostive.com
About the Author
Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s inaugural Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of The Fire Starters Sessions, and The Desire Map―the book that turned into a day planner and journal system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators. Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, over 5 million visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com monthly for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.”
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Definitely a worthwhile read for any Danielle fan, or someone burnt out on "New Age" and feeling like they are doing the "right" things spiritually but not getting anywhere meaningful. The main message of the book is that only YOU can look inside yourself and "be your own guru", get to know yourself and what you're all about. Radical self-acceptance.
Danielle dissects the lies that permeate a lot of New Age thought and encourages the reader to look past these lies and more into themselves for answers. She uses her own extensive life experiences with religion and spirituality to support her argument, which is super helpful and lends her credence. I really like what she had to say about the meaning of suffering and how to deal with it when it arises.
I do, however, have several problems with the book. First off, while it is clearly written to appeal to women, Danielle doesn't just come out and actually say it, which I wish she would. She mentions at one point the importance of including men, but there are no men really mentioned in the book - it's all bits of conversations with her girlfriends. I think the book would be more powerful if it either a) was written with all genders in mind; or b) was explicitly feminist and, say, explored goddess narratives. I also feel that certain messages in the book are really only accessible towards people with a certain amount of privilege, and I wish Danielle had expressed more cognizance of this. As someone who has worked with low-income clients as a caseworker, I can see how the ideas about "not letting your bills get to you" or "staying positive" don't apply to someone who experiences constant life stress and oppression. This is a trend that I see - a lot of spiritual books coming out, written by white women, that don't seem to acknowledge that those women are writing from a position of privilege. For me, unfortunately, this taints the message of what is otherwise a well thought-out and helpful book.
So on the one hand, I liked this book - I'm going through a major transformation in my life, and a lot of Danielle says are things that I can relate to. On the other hand, I like to see when an author owns their audience and wish Danielle had expressed more insight into whom she was specifically writing FOR. She's done some populations a disservice by ignoring them in this book.
But, that's the deal. Danielle doesn't think you should accept her truth as The Truth. That is kind of contrary to her whole focus. She wants you to run wildly into the arms of YOUR Truth and to stop trying to do it "right" or someone else's way. I love how she is able to gently mock so many new age experiences/axioms from within that community, from having been there and done that, little wisecracks about how she is drinking her wheatgrass smoothie or lemon water. The "been there" and there's some crap mixed in, quality, really makes White Hot Truth a liberating read (or listen).
Note: I originally listened to the audio version of this book and the relational quality of listening to the author read the book, brings it into a conversational realm in particular in a way that makes me overlook some of the aspects that might be more "four star" in print. White Hot Truth is awesome. It is funny, relatable, honest, no nonsense, inspiring, and helpful.
1. Ask questions.
2. Be discerning.
3. Trust yourself.
Danielle writes, “I believe our Soul is guiding us through every kind of experience. And I’m learning to be at ease with how unfathomable that is.” Yes. It is okay not to be okay, not to know, or understand. There are paradoxes throughout the book. For example, she urges you to forgive people, when you are ready (Other writers usually say forgive. Period). I appreciate her struggle to explain suffering: She anticipates some things that troubled me, such as whether she is saying that folks should accept mistreatment ("Not a chance."). She talks about lack and challenges (somewhat) the manifestation myth: "True abundance mentality creates solutions for inequalities."
I’ve read a lot of self-help, motivational, and spiritual writing. I enjoyed the book's refreshingly honest and complex perspectives and Danielle's lush and personable language.