From Ashes Into Light is a debut novel by Gudrun Mouw and it won the 2016 International Book Awards in the categories Visionary Fiction and New Age Fiction.
From Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the haunting story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.
Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and an East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, young Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times helping her family members escape atrocities.
With war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father and ex-refugee mother, struggle with reverberations of trauma, suspicion and prejudice. Upon leaving home, Friede meets her spiritual guide and confidant in her fiancé’s Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from her past are teachers and the horrors of history also contain beacons of light.
Three electric characters weave a narrative of raw consciousness, a moving example of transforming the ripple of suffering through the incredible strength of vulnerability.
From Ashes Into Light won the Silver Medal in Inspirational Fiction from the 8th Annual Living Now Book Awards, September, 2016.
From Ashes Into Light was named a 2016 International Book Awards Winner in Visionary and New Age Fiction, May 24, 2016.
A great article was published about Gudrun Mouw in the Santa Maria Times, June 5th, 2016.
Gudrun Mouw’s blog, always the most current window into anything new with the author.
Starting July 1st, From Ashes Into Light is being distributed by Small Press United, a division of IPG.
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