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High Way From Hell
Using Emotion to Fan the Fire of Enlightenment

by Moonstone Star White

      Most of us have moments, days, even years in our lives that we’d as soon forget. Perhaps it was a thoughtless remark or a poorly considered lifestyle choice that, from our current perspective, causes us to cringe with embarrassment. Moonstone Star White could be an excellent role model for those of us who haven’t yet mastered the art of live and learn. Just as the cover copy promises, her autobiographical self-help book High Way From Hell : Using Emotion to Fan the Fires of Enlightenment, "invites us to recover the innate radiance that burns away shame and sorrow and... empowers us by allowing the gracious embrace of non-judgmental awareness."

White, described as a mystical visionary, offers her story and the lessons learned without pretension or grandiose claims of supernormal wisdom or power. Readers will likely find that many of the episodes in White’s life parallel their own and those of the majority of a generation. What could have been merely self-indulgent catharsis is, instead, an honest tale of White’s ongoing spiritual journey. Without exception, the vignettes she chooses are told with candor and the sort of free-spirited exuberance we tend to lose as age constructs inhibitory walls around our egos.

White is not promoting any particular doctrine here. She draws on the wisdom from a number of belief systems, frequently reminding us that the "...way to regain control of your life is to recognize that whenever you are resisting some idea, part of you is already buying into it." Using personal examples of learning and growth, White shares clear, practical, and customizable suggestions for releasing anger, forgiving ourselves and others, and, most importantly, for working with our mistakes and emotions rather than being victimized by them. That is the premise of this book; since we are emotional creatures, attempts to proceed on logic will always be derailed by emotion, so why not welcome and befriend our natural responses?

Plain-spoken and sincere, White shows us how to recognize and appreciate the lessons taught by mistakes, anger, even heartbreak. High Way From Hell seems to me to be an excellent resource upon which to base a study group, but it is certainly a valuable guide for individuals as well. As a measure of just how valuable I believe it to be, I’ll say this - I’ve already ordered copies for my children.

The Book

Spirit Wind Publishing
November 2007
Spirituality / Personal Growth
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The Reviewer

Deborah Adams
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Deborah Adams is the Flair and Macavity Award winning author of the Jesus Creek Mystery Series: All The Great Pretenders, All The Crazy Winters, All The Dark Disguises, All The Hungry Mothers, All The Deadly Beloved, All The Blood Relations, and All The Dirty Cowards. She was also an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel.
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