Stories of Ordinary Gurus I've Met
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A self-made successful businessman shares how he unlocked the true key to inner peace and happiness in this debut book.    

A writer, lecturer, and innovative creator of Mind Adventure Inc., a consultancy program for professional and personal growth, White describes his humble beginnings as a child growing up enveloped in the friendly company of his beloved aunt and uncle. Yet he found himself confined to struggle in a poor Massachusetts mill town “scrambling for money.” This lean living motivated him to treat his youth as an atmosphere to grow from, not toward. As an adult, the author developed a talent for making money in business arenas such as real estate, restaurants, and entrepreneurialism. Still, even amid the great wealth he’d amassed by middle age, the perks of a luxury lifestyle and an accomplished professional reputation left him feeling incomplete. “My exterior world reflected material wealth, but my interior world was spiritually bankrupt,” he lamented. At age 50, a crisis of conscience brought White to the threshold of a higher understanding and valuing of peace and joy with a national and international quest for enlightenment. The inspiring life stories in White’s book (many have appeared in the Huffington Post) offer a thoughtful profile of his youth and the guidance gurus and unassuming life teachers he met and learned from. From a mother in a Maasai village in Kenya and a 50-something Boston peanut vendor to the more popular spiritual coaches like Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, they all encouraged the author to embrace a vast assortment of large and small personal transformational experiences. Even a grade school student named Margaret managed to awaken in him “the possibility of starting a new life, as a new person.” Informed by meaningful encounters and leavened with humor, wit, and grace, White’s narrative is powered by the theory that everyone thrives on a beneficial combination of internal wisdom and serendipity. Whether or not readers ascribe to this process is not the point. The message remains a clear and hopeful one, and the life lessons closing each chapter form a friendly reminder of the possibilities of genuine human potential if it is gilded in kindness and compassion.

A warm, highly galvanizing, and proactive memoir about the power of spiritual satisfaction and self-integrity.   

Pub Date: Jan. 13th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9802299-6-7
Page count: 196pp
Publisher: Mind Adventure Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2017