From Ashes Into Light: A Novel
Published in February 2016
Retail $16.95 US
Souls from Native American genocide and the Jewish Holocaust tell in tandem a compelling message to their current incarnation—grow, overcome, redeem—in this historical, literary tale.
"…Three lives, three places in time, one single thread of truth. This is a transcendent novel that speaks to the cycle of souls, the terrible wheel of human suffering, and the ultimate capacity we all share for hope and healing."
–Karin Gastreich, Author of Eolyn
" …it shows how thin the veil is between life and death, and how strong is the power of love over hate to raise us all from the ashes of ignorance into light."
–Perie Longo, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emerita and Author of With Nothing behind but Sky
“Friends and relations, mothers, fathers, priests, rabbis and soldiers all embody timeless virtues as profound as the inhumanities inflicted by, or upon, us all.”
-Mac Graham of Whole Life Times
“[a] novel of deep conviction…”
-Chico Enterprise Record
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.