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White Hot Truth

I got the call from Danielle LaPorte when I was 37 weeks pregnant, early last April. She was writing her new book, and it needed to be done by July. Her description of her book lit up all my circuits. Self-help rooted in compassion instead of criticism? Calling out our addiction to self-improvement? A playful, lovingly contrarian view of New Age spirituality? "And," she added, "it's coming out more personal than I expected." Yes, yes, yes, and hell yes!

“Feel free to bail on me once the baby gets here,” she said before we hung up, but I knew I wouldn’t. I had to work with her, timing be damned. They say you should write the book you want to read -- well, I wanted to edit this book for the same reason.

I gave birth, our collaboration process ramped up, and I edited her book with newborn on one breast and laptop propped on the other side. I sent my suggestions with newborn photos attached. She didn't blink when I replied to her email at two in the morning.

I had the privilege of working with her words and ideas while sloshing around in my own milky postpartum bliss. Fertility abounding everywhere. It was just the best. A total honor.

Tomorrow, her book baby will be born. "White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another" (link in bio) is an invitation to take our spiritual selves a little less seriously, in the most sacred way possible. Danielle blends her signature wit, wisdom, and irreverence into a highly readable book that will help you breathe easier on your path.

It's a gift to all of us who could use some hilarity in our humility, whose sacrosanct could stand to be a little scruffier.

Happy book birthday, D! Thank you again for the pleasure of being on your team. May your book fly off the shelves and touch the heart and soul of each reader! 

Photo by @aboynamedvu
And you can now find my editing self on Instagram at jennifergandinle!


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