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White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte // Books That Changed My Life

White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte // Books That Changed My Life

As much as it is a little bittersweet to be ending the March theme of Books That Changed My Life, I am so f*cking excited to share this book with you. This beautiful work of magic and raw realness from Danielle LaPorte was not intended to be a part of this series, but I am incredibly happy + grateful the Universe aligned it.

White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another is an incredibly real and beautifully honest take on spirituality, life, and all things universally true. Amazon.com says, “Like a wise girlfriend you can totally relate to, Danielle cheerleads you to own your wisdom and self-worth by having a good laugh (and maybe a good cry) at the ways you’ve been trying to improve on your self-improvement. Rooted in compassion, feminism, and spiritual activism White Hot Truth is an intimate and (hilariously) relatable account of self-help tales gone wrong, and very right.”

Books That Changed My Life - White Hot Truth by Danielle Laporte from the Spirit & Soul blog

In my blog about The Desire Map, I raved about how much I ADORE Danielle and her presence and her work. My love for her only grew deeper and more true within every page of White Hot Truth. White Hot Truth is easily one of my favorite books of spiritual exploration, because of how honest and human Danielle shares her stories + experiences.

I think my biggest takeaway from WHT was that spirituality is equally as human as it is transcendent. It’s beautiful, soulful and enlightening and it is also messy and painful and chaotic sometimes. White Hot Truth is a really beautiful book about giving light and loving – but in a way that is not ‘more light, more love, output all of the goodness’, it’s also ‘bring light to the dark, love extra on the messes of life, if you’re going to love – love it all, if you’re going to feel and grow, feel it all’. Which is really profound and honest. It is soul wrenchingly needed for the ‘trend’ of spirituality today.

As many others in the White Hot Truth launch team have said, “This is a book that needs more than one read.” And while the book isn’t quite out yet, you can preorder it here and get the free audio download here. White Hot Truth has also become a manifesto of sorts for me, or even a mantra at times. I will ask myself, “What is the White Hot Truth?”, when I am experiencing something funky or energetically off.

Now that I have shared a few favorite lines before I tie off this blog, I want to extend my greatest gratitude to Danielle and Team D for being so incredible. I would like to offer my deepest love to all of the other girl’s in the launch team, as well as to anyone else diving into this book and shifting their practice + spiritual outlooks.

Get the White Hot Truth audio book for free here, and join the White Hot Truth book club (even if you don’t own a copy of the book, or haven’t listened to it!) here.

Namaste
~Riley Reign

The Exquisite Risk, by Mark Nepo // Books That Changed My Life

The Exquisite Risk, by Mark Nepo // Books That Changed My Life

In this week’s installment of Books That Changed My Life, I talk about a book I never finished. The Exquisite Risk, by Mark Nepo rocked my world in a way I wasn’t aware existed. After watching Mark speak on an episode of Super Soul Sunday, I bought one of his books on amazon for about $5 or so. A random book, I just wanted to read, and this man’s presence on Oprah’s show inspired me, so why not?

The Exquisite Risk: Daring To Live An Authentic Life, is all about daring to live your whole unique self, to sing your authentic true song, and to be you unforgivingly. As Amazon.com writes, “In these fast-paced times, the exquisite risk facing each of us every day is to slow down and “still our own house” so that we may experience life rather than simply manage it. In The Exquisite Risk, poet and teacher Mark Nepo encourages readers to become quiet enough and open enough to listen to what truly matters—our own hearts, our loved ones, the wonders of nature—in order to live a life with nothing held back. In rich, lyrical prose, Nepo shares his own spiritual path, including a battle with illness that helped him understand how only by daring to embrace all that life has to offer can we come to a deeper appreciation of its meaning and beauty.”

I mentioned that I never finished this book, and I must admit that I didn’t. Not only did I not finish the book, I misplaced it in a move (and lord do I need to get a new copy!). This book awakened me in a really special way. I knew and agreed with a ton of the messaging and lessons, but “Boy!” the writing.

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Whooh, the writing… The way that Mark Nepo writes is indescribably beautiful to me. It’s deep and not in the way us millennials go, “Ooh, that was deep.” in the way that you just feel it in your core deeper than you knew existed, it’s poetic, and incredibly experienced — wise in less of a universal way (though the principles are still incredibly universal), but a very personal soul bearing way.

The way Mark Nepo writes is how I wish to write one day in my career. I have a knack for poetry, I strive to pull depth and wisdom and truth out of people, and Mark Nepo’s writing is the perfect example of what I mean when I say that is what I want to write and express through my career.

 

As I mentioned previously, I discovered Mark on ‘accident’ through Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. Something Mark said that really drew me in was, “We are broken open or we willfully shed, and usually it’s a mix of both.” Mark is talking about the 2 most prevalent ways human beings grow here, and he hits the nail right on the head with it. You’ll notice if you watch the attached video below, that the way he speaks is very soulfully wise, and still soft and human.

 

Mark also speaks of a philosophy in another clip from his Super Soul Sunday episode, to be the poem rather than the poet. Just let that one sink in.

Thank you, Mark Nepo for creating your work. It awakened me to the kind of writer I thrive to be someday. Though I never did finish The Exquisite Risk your work has shifted my life forever, and I am beyond grateful for it.

Namaste
~Riley Reign