White Hot Truth
“Chapter 1: The Church of Self-Improvement. When worship feels like work.”
And with those introductory words from the audio book of White Hot Truth by Danielle Laporte, my shoulders relaxed and I sighed in relief.
Danielle Laporte is someone I was aware of and followed on social media, but was never compelled to purchase any of her books or other products. If you’re unfamiliar with Danielle, Entrepreneur magazine describes her as, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.”
She’s like How I Met Your Mother or New Girl. I felt like I was supposed to like her and I certainly fit her target audience but I just wasn't feeling it.
On social media, Danielle is known for her truth bombs, as she calls them, and a new series of truth bombs actually started to resonate with me. Apparently this latest series was related to the launch of her new book and included a promotion for a free audio book download. And since I haven’t read a whole lot of books lately but I have listened to hours upon hours of podcasts I decided to give this a try (my very first audio book!).
As I first mentioned in this post, it was like Danielle was speaking just to me. I finally felt validated.
But, let me back up though to preface that for almost a year now, I’ve felt a bit lost on my spiritual journey. I witnessed well known coaches with shady business practices attracted mobs of desperate people willing to pay anything to finally be “fixed”. Myself included. It didn't feel right.
I tried to talk about this with a few people but the overwhelming conclusion was that I was “jaded”. Feeling dismissed, I talked about this less and less. I vowed not to sign up for any new courses or read any new books until I could get some clarity on how I fell off my spiritual path and frankly whether or not being on “the path” was worth it. I even had a rant on why it’s called a “spiritual path” and why we can’t just call ourselves spiritual.
Anyway...back to the book.
At the heart of White Hot Truth is the message that you are your own guru. I mean the extended title is: "White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another". This was the right divine timing of the lesson I needed to hear - to trust my instinct and have more confidence in my decisions and opinions.
It’s so easy to get sucked into a spiritual "path" and self improvement death spiral. As Danielle writes in her book and as I’ve experienced first hand there are so many people ready to teach you the 5 steps to this and the magical food that will cure that. And if you think you’re broken and just need to be fixed then you find yourself desperately looking for that glue everywhere else but inside yourself.
She writes about self-improvement seminars, forgiveness, compassion, gurus, sex, and friendships while highlighting how easy it is to listen to what your community thinks you should be doing instead of taking the time to figure out what you actually want to be doing. While many self-improvement/spiritual books seem to reiterate the same message over and over again, White Hot Truth stands apart with this fresh new take.
Overall the book has a tone of “Hey friend, I want to save you from making the same mistakes I made.” I didn’t find it to be condescending or pushing any particular agenda. Regardless of your preferred book format, I definitely recommend White Hot Truth.
Have you read (or listened!) to the White Hot Truth? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Did you enjoy it? What was your favorite part? Any a-ha moments?
Cover photo by @holisticoilmama